SPERRYVILLE Laid Out By Francis Thornton , Jr . , In 1817 , Sperryville Survives ...
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Description: SPERRYVILLE Laid out by Francis Thornton , Jr . , in 1817 , Sperryville survives as an upper Piedmont crossroads village . In the early 19th century John Kiger built Conestoga wagons here . By the 1850s two turnpikes ( Thorntons Gap and Sperryville & Rapphannock ) intersected here . In 1867 , the Smoot family , of Alexandria , built a nearby tannery that closed in 1911 . By that time , the town boasted four churches , five general stores , one hotel , six mills , numerous shops , a masonic hall , and a population of 350 . Sperryvilles wooden residences and visual charm have long made it a familiar stop for seasonal tourists to the Blue Ridge Mountains . Department of Historic Resources , 1997