Monday, November 21, 2011

Episode 89 (November 21, 2011): "Rappahannock Rapids" by Morey A. Stanton

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Please see below (after the transcript and show notes) for links to news and upcoming events.

From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of November 21, 2011. 

This week we feature a delightful banjo tune inspired by one of Virginia’s major rivers.  Have a listen for about 45 seconds. 


You’ve been listening to part of “Rappahannock Rapids,” written by Morey A. Stanton.  After many years of visits to Rappahannock River Campground in the Culpeper County town of Richardsville, Mr. Stanton wrote the tune for the staff at the campground, who now feature it on their Web site.  The headwaters of the Rappahannock River, and of its major tributaries the Hazel and Rapidan rivers, begin at the Blue Ridge in Fauquier, Rappahannock, Madison, and Greene counties.  The Rappahannock ends at its confluence with the Chesapeake Bay, where the river separates Lancaster County on the Northern Neck from Middlesex County on the Middle Peninsula.  The river’s approximately 184-mile length is rich with natural beauty and aquatic habitats, local and national history, and of course, rapids!  Thanks to Rappahannock River Campground for permission to use this week’s music. 

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water. 


“Rappahannock Rapids,” composed by Morey A. Stanton, was located in 2010 on the Web site of Rappahannock River Campground at 33017 River Road in Richardsville, Va. (Culpeper County), now online at; used with permission granted at that time by owners of that business.  This week’s information and music were previously included in Virginia Water Radio Episode 24 (week of July 12, 2010). 

Sources: Information on the Rappahannock River was taken from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Web site at, 11/21/11.  For a musical selection on the removal of Embrey Dam from the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, please see Virginia Water Radio Episode 71 (week of 7-11-11). 

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