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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 humidity.

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 machine industry.
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.
Buffalo Spring 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.


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Back In Thyme Bed and Breakfast
2060 Raphine Road
Raphine, Virginia 24472
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Last modified: May, 2010