Richmond County, not to be confused with the city of Richmond, was established in 1692 and has a current population of approximately 9,000 people. The county covers 216 square miles and 25 square miles of water, with the largest body of water being the Rappahannock River. Warsaw is the largest town and county seat, with shopping, dining, consumer services, and Rappahannock Community College.
The county is rich in history, with Capt. John Smith being one of its earliest tourists. Several 18th century homes are on the National Registry of Historic Places including Grove Mount, Sabine Hall, and Mount Airy of the Tayloe family. Menokin, the ancestral home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, holds the annual Menokin Bluegrass Festival. Recreation focuses on the water, with several public access points for boating, fishing, kayaking, and hiking. There are three National Wildlife Refuges offering spectacular bird watching and nature trails.
It seems as though time has stood still here with Richmond County’s slower pace of life, yet it’s only an hour from the city of Richmond and two hours from the Washington, D.C. area.
Areas in Richmond County: Warsaw, Farnham, Haynesville, Sharps, Simonson
Bodies of Water: Rappahannock River, Farnham Creek, Lancaster Creek, Totuskey Creek