A Little History

In 1970, eighty-five conservationists in a young environmental group challenged a giant utility’s plans to erect huge towers and 138,000-volt transmission lines through the heart of Rappahannock County. RLEP led a 15-month fight that forced the utility to withdraw its plans. In the years since, the League has confronted other threats to the rural community it serves. Now one of the region’s senior conservation groups, RLEP is a strong voice for environmental protection and carefully planned growth—a voice heard well beyond the county’s borders.


Hear the words of Phil Irwin, a major force in the preservation and gentle growth of Rappahannock County.

(This short video will teach you a great deal about Rappahannock’s history since 1960.)