Washington’s Middleton Inn, known as The Maples in the 19th century, this week joined other Rappahannock County sites that are part of the Virginia Civil War Trails program. The marker installed on the grounds this week reminds visitors that its namesake, Middleton Miller, who built the residence, owned a woolen factory on the Rappahannock River near Waterloo 15 miles east of The Maples that manufactured ”Confederate Gray” cloth for uniforms. Miller was a generous host to officers from both the North and South who passed through Little Washington, including Union Col. Daniel Ullmann, who convalesced there from typhoid fever. Confederate Gen. Wade Hampton’s cavalry paused at The Maples while shielding Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army as it marched southward after the Battle of Antietam. Hampton and others fondly recalled the excellent quality of Miller’s peach brandy. In keeping with tradition, innkeeper Mary Ann Kuhn is considering offering peach brandy to her guests rather than port in the evenings.
Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue reports a successful breakfast fundraiser last Saturday, when about 60 guests feasted on eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, potatoes and gravy biscuits. Watch the paper for the next fundraiser.
WVF&R would like to welcome new members, and reminds all that a course for state firefighter certification begins at the Amissville fire hall on Sept. 18. The approximately five-month course meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings and some Saturdays. Anyone in the area around Washington interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter can contact Russ Collins or Ann Spieker at 540-675-3615, and should also consider attending the meeting at the Washington fire hall at 9 a.m. this Saturday (Aug. 25) to apply for membership (which would provide the accident insurance needed to attend the firefighter course).
A Parkinson’s Support Group is starting up in the county that promises to be informative, informal and fun – yes, fun! The first meeting is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27 at at Dianne Fallon’s house (206 Grandview Road). Group will meet the second and fourth Monday of each month. Contact Diane (540-987-9060) or co-organizer Rob Sherwood (540-987-8596) for more information.
Lisa Leftwich of Washington recently returned from a week-long intensive study at the internationally acclaimed Augusta Heritage Center on the campus of Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va. This was her third time in the program, and Leftwich says it’s always a welcome challenge: “I now approach blues literature with a whole new perspective. It’s kind of thrown me for a loop, as I am a country blues guitarist who sings also, but now I have to use different muscles. Too much muscle memory going on now!” Leftwich, who said she loves “the continued community that comes home with me,” also teaches fingerstyle guitar. Leftwich minored in music at James Madison University.
The annual Bowen family reunion is 11 to 3 this Saturday (Aug. 25) at the Washington fire hall. Please bring a covered dish and/or drink to share. For more information, call Loretta Clater at 540-727-2862.
The next Rappahannock Youth Group event is this Sunday (Aug. 26) at Washington Baptist Church – with football, ping-pong, basketball, volleyball, board games and much more. For more information, call Janet Jenkins at 540-987-8426.
Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church, Washington, offers revival services starting at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Aug. 27) and continuing nightly through Friday. Guest speaker is evangelist Don McCann from Kingsport, Tenn. Special singing and nursery nightly. For more information, call Pastor John K. Burke at 540-937-4944.
The Rappahannock Class of 1961 is organizing a reunion of all Rappahannock graduates from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Sperryville fire hall. Please pass the word to all graduates you know to help make this a special opportunity to renew old acquaintances and bring back many fond memories. Please bring a covered dish to share and also what you wish to drink. Paper products will be provided. If you have any questions, call Shirley Brown Kushner at 301-869-1189 or Richard Belch at 410-437-5373.
Birthday wishes go out to Hope Huff, who will celebrate her special day on Wednesday (Aug. 29).
And the town welcomes another new resident, Sandy Parris, who has rented an apartment on Main Street. Welcome, Sandy!