Raphine, Virginia is an unincorporated community in Rockbridge County in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.
The name "Raphine" came from an old Greek word "raphis", meaning "to sew." It was chosen in honor of James Edward Allen Gibbs (1829-1902), a local farmer who patented the first chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine on June 2, 1857. In partnership with James Wilcox, Gibbs became a principal in Wilcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company. Wilcox & Gibbs commercial sewing machines are still made and used in the 21st century.
Nearby, the McCormick family farm, Walnut Grove, was the home of Cyrus McCormick (1809-1884). He became famous as the inventor of the mechanical reaper in 1831. He moved to Chicago, Illinois, and was the founder of McCormick Harvesting Machine Company which became part of International Harvester Corporation in 1902. The McCormick farm became a test farm for the school known as Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (better known as "Virginia Tech").
Web Sites and Links
Docs HillSells lotions, soaps, creams, linen mists, bath salts and gels, and masques.
Rockbridge VineyardProduces fine award-winning Virginia wines; includes events calendar, photo tour, and directions.
The Fuchsia Fleece, LLCBreeders of alpacas and Angora rabbits, and suppliers of fiber arts equipment and supplies. Includes information on farm and animals.