Raphine is situated approximately midway between Staunton and Lexington
making it an ideal location for exploring the Southern end of the Shenandoah Valley area.
Raphine is 1935 feet above sea level which gives us a
mountain environment. Great for enjoying the porch, watching the
birds, watching the sunrise or walking or riding your bike along one of
Virginia's By-ways, Route 606 is one. We tend to be several degrees cooler
than the Local weather forecast, unfortunately we can not control the rain and
you can expect misty mornings when the forecast is for high
Ours is a small hamlet but we offer a weekend or more of things right
here to keep you occupied and entertained:
Cyrus McCormick Farm
Museum, a five-acre memorial plot pays tribute to the ingenuity of the
McCormick family. It is designated a National Historic Landmark and Virginia Wayside site.
Cyrus Hall McCormick invented the first successful reaper and founded the harvesting
Rockbridge Vineyard is the fruition of
Shepherd Rouse's dream to make fine wine in his native state of Virginia. Starting
with 5 acres of grapes the vineyard has grown to a producer of fine award winning wines.
Tours and tasting are conducted year-round Wednesday through Sunday from 11 to 5.
Wade's Flour Mill is a working flour mill, circa
1750, The mill is powered by a 21 foot water wheel fed by a nearby stream. Fresh
stone ground grains and mixes are available to fit your needs.
Herb Farm an 18th century
farmstead offers tours of theme gardens, a plant house stocked with herb plants and
accessories and the barn where herbal products, dried flowers, floral designs and
books may be purchased.
Goshen Pass is three
miles of rushing whitewater lined with rhododendron, laurel and ferns. There is a pavilion
about midway through the Pass with a picnic shelter, water and sanitary facilities.
Activities include swimming, tubing, canoeing, fishing, hiking and picnicking.
Orchardside Yarn Shop is a quaint and
friendly specialty yarn shop. Carole and Guy also offer home grown berries in
season. Their residence, shop and farm is so picturesque with a creek running
along the front of the shop so you can sit on the porch and watch the geese,
ducks or their peacocks wander around the lawns. Talk about serenity! Carole
offers classes or that personal care selecting your patterns and yarns and help
in getting started.
Nearby towns include Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro:
Historic Lexington welcomed Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee
and Stonewall Jackson. Today Lexington is the County seat of Rockbridge County and
the home of several fine universities.
Augusta County was created in 1738, and Staunton was founded 9
years later. Augusta County originally stretched to the Mississippi River and
through Illinois and into Wisconsin.
Waynesboro is situated at the end of Skyline Drive and the
beginning of The Blue Ridge Parkway. Waynesboro is named after Mad Anthony Wayne who
fought a battle with the Indians here, an Urban Myth but a good story.