Warsaw-Richmond County Chamber of Commerce

For a number of years, this was the official site of the Warsaw-Richmond County Chamber of Commerce.
Content is from the site's 2001-2006 & 2013 archived pages.

Their current website can be found at:http://wrccoc.com/

Warsaw, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Warsaw-Richmond County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 1141
Warsaw, VA 22572

Welcome to the Warsaw-Richmond County, Virginia Chamber of Commerce's website.  We hope you'll find information about our business community and our organization that's helpful and interesting.

The Chamber in Richmond County is an exciting and active organization -- reflecting the growth and activity in our community. In addition to providing leadership on several important community events, the chamber provides networking opportunities and other benefits to its members, and key economic development activities for the local community.

Stop a while, browse through our website -- and contact us if you have any questions about our Chamber or our community.

At the Warsaw-Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, we're proud to provide community leadership for the 21st century.

Members Benefits

Connect with other Business Leaders to expand your influence, and learn about your local business environment.
Mingle with other local Business Owners at a  Business After Hours or a Chamber Breakfast.

Significant Savings
Save on business services you use everyday through the chambers participation in the members SAVE®, your business joins the collective buying power of more than 20,000 member businesses from across the state.



Richmond County is located at the southwestern end of the Northern Neck peninsula. Bordered entirely on its western side by the Rappahannock River, its remaining borders touches all of the other Northern Neck counties.
Settled by the English well over 300 years ago, Richmond County, named for the Duke of Richmond, was created in 1692 when (Old) Rappahannock County was divided into Essex and Richmond County. (Old Rappahannock County was formed from Lancaster County in 1656;  Lancaster was originally part of Northumberland County.
Historic sites, including St. John's episcopal Church, the site of Menokin, the Taylor plantation, Mt. Airy, and others are located here. 
Richmond County, the least populated of the Northern Neck counties, is miles of undisturbed Rappahannock waterfront, tidal marshlands, farms, nurseries, and scenic back roads.   Many examples of colonial homes are still here, as well as classic farmhouses.

TOWNS of Richmond County, Virginia
Maybe not all "real" towns by definition, but our own versions of small town "Northern Neck" style.
Located at the intersection of Rt. 3 and Rt. 360, in about the middle of the county, Warsaw has been the county seat of Richmond County since circa 1730.   Rappahannock Community College is located here. 
On Rt 624, surrounded by farmland and nurseries.
Naylor's Beach
On the Rappahannock River.  The original county seat.
A victorian village on the Rappahannock River.
Site of the Old Farnham Church



Circa 2005

Newsletter Fall Edition

October, November, and December 2005

Board Meeting

Thursday November 17th, 2005 6:00PM at The Bank of Lancaster


Warsaw Fest

Even though it was a Wash Out, I would like to thank everyone that helped with this year’s Warsaw Fest. The vendors that did show up seemed to be pleased and enjoyed their free coffee and donuts. The F.A.B. Band did show up Saturday night, however due to safety issues they decided not to play and have been rescheduled for November 12, 2005. If you know of a location to hold the dance please calll Renee Edwards or Tania Keyser. Once again the kids dance and the Baby and Beauty Pageant events were very successful. The kids dance had over 75 children attend and the Baby and Beauty Pageant packed the back-up location, Rappahannock Church of Christ with over 91 participants.    

I felt that we had one of the hardest working committees ever and I appreciate everything that everyone has done over the last 11 months for Warsaw Fest. Some things you just can’t control and the weather is surely one of them!


Ronald Alderman

2005 Civic and Business Person of the year.

It’s that time again; do you have a favorite Civic or Businessperson? We will be sending nominee forms to all of the Chamber members.  We are currently running the  ad in the Northern Neck News. We are going to try something a little different this year and we need the members help.  Once all of the entries have been received we will send a list of the nominees and we are going to ask the Chamber members to choose the winners.  You will be allowed one vote per business. There will be more information to follow soon. The winners will be recognized at the Chamber Christmas Social. This year the Chamber members will be asked to vote on the nominees.


2005 Business Person

Sandra Pierson

Christmas Plans

Believe it or not Ole St. Nick is right around the corner.

Mark your calendar for December 8th for the Chamber Christmas Party to be held at the Heritage in Warsaw. Invitations will be mailed in November.

Now that we’re on the topic of Christmas, don’t forget to help support WRAR’s Christmas Wishes Program. Listen to WRAR on Tuesday December 6, 2005 all day long to hear the Children’s wishes or for more information call WRAR 443-4321. Please don’t forget those less unfortunate than others.


Circa 2006

What Your Chamber of Commerce Does for You

Why should you belong to the Warsaw-Richmond County Chamber of Commerce?   Members of the Chamber help promote positive business growth within Richmond County.  Our Chamber serves as a contact point for businesses and individuals that may be considering a move to our area.

The Warsaw-Richmond County Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice of the business community to the government, town council, supervisors and state legislature.  Currently, a member of our Chamber attends all of the local government meetings.   We also utilize our membership in the State Chamber of Commerce to serve as your voice at the state level.

As a member of the Chamber, you will have valuable opportunities to network and share ideas and resources, as well as establish mutual interests and needs.  

Join the Chamber and make a difference in our business community! 


2006 Dues Schedule

Annual Gross Receipts


$0 - $149,999 $55.00
$150,000 - $299,999 $82.50
$300,000 and over $110.00
Individual Membership
Civic Organizations and
Non-Profit Groups
Annual Membership Dues are Due in January. 



Circa 2013

History of The Chamber


Origin of the Chamber concept
The concept of various businesses joining together in a mutual effort to increase commerce had its beginnings in Europe hundreds of years ago.  Primarily as a defensive tactic, traders banded together for protection against common enemies and to establish policies to govern trade. This was eventually extended as a means to exert influence on governments and legislation.

The first organization of businesses was evidently in Marseilles, France, where the first use of the term, “Chamber of Commerce” has been documented.  This fledgling group was established by the city council in 1599 - over four centuries ago. The idea caught on and spread to Germany and eventually throughout Europe.

The concept comes to America
The modern Chamber of Commerce is more of an American development. The New York State Chamber is the oldest Chamber of Commerce in America, formed in 1768 and chartered by King George III in 1770. That makes it older than the Declaration of Independence, so Chambers of Commerce are not a new development.

Local chambers
The first local chamber was founded in Charleston, South Carolina in 1773. This was followed by New Haven, Connecticut and then to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1800. The trend spread rapidly across the country soon after. By 1870 there were 40 local Chambers of Commerce in the United States. Today there are over 5,000 Chambers of Commerce.

The purpose of the Chamber of Commerce has evolved from simply the protection and promotion of commerce to many of the things we have presented on this website. The primary function of protecting commerce remains the same, but it is interesting to follow the changes and adaptations of the Chamber functions through the years as chambers have adjusted to the changing needs of society. Today the role of Chambers of Commerce has expanded to address socioeconomic concerns and social needs, going far beyond its original intent several centuries ago.

The prosperity of individual businesses depends on the development of the community. The success of individual businesses serves to increase the prosperity of the community and the resulting prosperity bounces back to the benefit of the local business owner. It’s a win-win deal, as we have pointed out in other sections on this site.

National chamber
President William Howard Taft sent a letter to Congress in 1911 addressing the need for a “central organization “in order to “keep purely American interests in a closer touch with different phases of commercial affairs.” A few months later the U. S. Chamber was born.

The U. S. Chamber of Commerce began in 1912 and today claims a direct membership of 300,000 businesses and 3 million in state and local chambers. The U. S. Chamber of Commerce is not the same as local and state chambers, which focus on local and state issues. The U.S. Chamber is concerned with national issues and dealing with the federal government.

International chamber
The chamber concept functions on a global scale as well. The International Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in the world. Founded in 1919, it now has hundreds of thousands of companies under its umbrella in over 130 countries. With headquarters in Paris, it is a watchdog of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.

 The primary purpose of the ICC is to promote trade and investment, an open market for goods and services and encourage the free flow of capital.

Chambers require free enterprise and private initiative
America as a nation stands for freedom and the Chamber concept can only be found where private initiative and free enterprise exist. Chambers of Commerce serve a function internationally, nationally and locally, with a proven record of success for the benefit of local business and commerce, as well as on a much larger scale.

Historically and to this day the Chamber of Commerce remains the most trusted source of information on local businesses and services and the most dependable ally in commerce. There is no better partner for success than your local