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Down Memory Lane for July 30

May 20, 1976 One of the newest businesses in Rappahannock County is Charlie and Frances Eldred’s Washington House of Reproductions. Located in the handsomely restored old mercantile building next to the old hotel on Main Street, between Middle and Calvert…
150 Years Ago This Week: Straight out to sea

After waiting nearly three weeks to learn where their sentences for complicity in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln were to be served, Samuel Mudd, Edman Spangler, Michael O’Laughlen and Samuel Arnold were taken to a ship and there learned their…
Down Memory Lane for July 23

April 22, 1976 The Early Birds of Amissville have been just that — working early and late to prepare a new diamond for the baseball games scheduled this season. The Early Birds are sponsored by Early’s Carpet Sales and Service…
Down Memory Lane for July 16

March 15, 1976: Most of the apple crop in Rappahannock County was wiped out this past weekend when a killing frost froze the apple blossoms that were almost in full bloom.
150 Years Ago This Week: Waiting . . .

July 1865 Of the cast which Abraham Lincoln’s assassin had so hopefully assembled in Washington for the roles he had assigned in the crime, five of them, including himself, were now dead on July 9. Booth, the star-tragedian of the…

March 4, 1976 Emergency service at Washington was wiped out Saturday afternoon when the water tanker and ambulance collided on Route 211 at the entrance to the Amissville fire house and carnival grounds. According to Trooper. W. Weatherholtz, Bruce Critzer,…
Avon Hall draws a crowd again

Monday night, a dozen years after the town of Washington purchased what is now a nine-acre spread from the estate of the deceased William Carrigan, and almost a decade since the fireworks moved to Sperryville, a remarkably fond and thoughtful…
Shenandoah Valley history programs in July

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will offer a series of special National Park Service ranger programs this month to highlight stories related to the history of the Shenandoah Valley. “These programs will give visitors a chance to…

Feb. 12, 1976 The old barn on the Bird family farm in Jefferson, Md., had not aged gracefully. After 150 years, the shingled roof was rotted through and the foundation sat four feet or manure. With the passing of a…

Feb. 5, 1976 Grand opening for an auction house and furniture store in the “Lea Building” in Washington is scheduled Saturday, February 7, by the proprietor, John Walker Jenkins of Sperryville. Mr. Jenkins has been an auctioneer for many years…
150 Years Ago This Week: The last organized surrender

June 1865 On Wednesday, June 21, President Andrew Johnson appointed Lewis E. Parsons as provisional governor of Alabama; this was in keeping with the president’s policy of appointing provisional governors in the former Confederate States before the Radicals in the…

Jan. 29, 1976 The Rappahannock County Library has announced the appointment of Mrs. Edward F. Hufstedler as librarian. Mrs. Hufstedler, a two-year county resident of Amissville, is thoroughly qualified for this position through library science studies and years of varied…