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Down Memory Lane for May 14

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May 14

Nov. 27, 1975 A familiar scene in Rappahannock for the past few weeks has been great trailers loaded with tall pine trees lumbering along the highways. The delicate long-needled branches blowing in the wind appear to be waving a farewell, and indeed they are, as they make their way to a new home. These...
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150 Years Ago This Week: The Confederacy collapses

May 1865 After the surrender of Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor and his Confederate army in Alabama and Mississippi on Thursday, May 4, there remained only Confederate troops under Gen. Kirby Smith in the Trans-Mississippi; Brig. Gen. Jeff Thompson’s troops in Arkansas; and Brig. Gen. Stand Watie’s Indian Brigade in the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)....
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150 Years Ago This Week: The Confederacy unravels

On Saturday, April 29, President Andrew Johnson removed trade restrictions in former Confederate states east of the Mississippi River, within military lines. President Jefferson Davis and the remainder of the Confederate cabinet continued their movement to the south.
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Down Memory Lane for May 7

Oct. 9, 1975 The Woodville General Store, known for the past 30 some years as Burke’s Grocery, will continue to be operated by the new proprietors. The Falls have been in charge of the store since the death of Mrs. Fall’s mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Burke, in September. Myrtle and Jimmy Falls aren’t lacking experience in the...
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150 Years Ago This Week: Two momentous days in April

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April 30

On Wednesday, April 19, the first of many funeral processions for Abraham Lincoln began, in Washington. It took 20 days over a route which was mostly aligned to the route the 16th president took on his way to his first inauguration in 1861.
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Down Memory Lane for April 30

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April 30

Oct. 2, 1975 At breakfast, lunch and dinner time both sides of Route 522 through Flint Hill are lined with cars. The reason for all the activity is the new Bradford’s Restaurant, an extension of Bradford’s General Store. Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Bradford say they’d been wanting to open a restaurant for several years,...
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Amissville column for April 23

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April 23
Charlotte Laing displays her “I Spy” quilt, made for the Food Pantry fundraiser.

The eight needle women met last week at the regular day and time at Charlotte Laing’s house, but this time they weren’t going to just quilt or embroider. They were going to talk about underwear. Women’s Civil War-era skivvies, to be exact.
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150 Years Ago This Week: The President is shot!

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April 23

April 1865 On Wednesday, April 12, on the fourth anniversary of the start of the war, with the city of Charleston, South Carolina in Union hands, Maj. Thomas Hugenan, Fort Sumter’s last Confederate commander, simply evacuated the crumbling fort. The symbol of Confederate resistance had survived until the war’s end. That same day, another...
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Down Memory Lane for April 23

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April 23

Aug. 14, 1975 O.A. Norton continues in the capacity of Superintendent of Schools for Rappahannock County, working solely with this county, rather than with both Rappahannock and Warren as he did previously. The School office has been established in the former Lee Highway Hotel building in Sperryville and Mr. Norton has T.A. Fleetwood as assistant...
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Mountain family trees

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April 16
By Cathie Shiff

Down Memory Lane for April 9

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April 16

July 31, 1975 In early 1973, the National Zoo bought 2,800 acres of the former U.S. Army Remount Station, which had been established in 1909 as a place to breed horses and mules for the cavalry and was then later converted, in 1948, into a beef cattle research center, operated by the Department of...
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150 Years Ago This Week: The end of the road in Virginia

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April 16

Events of momentous importance occurred almost daily in the first two weeks of April 1865.
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150 Years Ago This Week: Richmond evacuated, Petersburg lines broken

With the Confederate disaster at Five Forks on Saturday, April 1, Gen. Lee sent a wire to President Davis in Richmond on Sunday morning, April 2. “I think it is absolutely necessary that we abandon our position tonight. . . .”
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Down Memory Lane for April 9

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April 9

July 3, 1975 Rear admiral John L. Marocchi, United States Navy, retired June 30 and will make his home in Rappahannock near Sperryville. He is a native of Bologna, Italy, and a 1938 appointee to the U.S.  Naval Academy from Tennessee. A member of the class of 1942, he graduated and was commissioned in December 1941,...
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150 Years Ago This Week: The road to Appomattox

At the end of March, 1865, beyond the lines at Petersburg and in North Carolina, fighting between Union and Confederate troops continued unabated in from Florida to New Mexico Territory.
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Down Memory Lane for April 2

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April 2

June 26, 1975 “Now , I don’t know if I ought to say it for the paper or not, but they tell me that if a man chews ginseng he can take care of his wife, his mistress and another woman, too!” Rappahannock ginseng hunter, Burnam Atkins, looked a bit sheepish. He’d just disclosed...
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Discover Rappahannock’s ‘Mountain Heritage’ on April 11

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March 26
The Savilla Harrell home, as it appeared while it was still standing near the Hull School Road.

Less than a century ago, the mountains of Shenandoah National Park were home to hundreds of families. Meet some of them and learn their stories April 11 in Sperryville, courtesy of the Rappahannock Historical Society and Piedmont Environmental Council.
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150 Years Ago This Week: The Battle of Bentonville

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March 26

March 1865 Union Maj. Gen. William Sherman did not expect an attack near Bentonville, N.C. on Sunday, March 19. Gen. Sherman ordered Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum to take his command from the left flank of the army and move to the right, to support Maj. Gen. Oliver Howard’s command. Unexpectedly, Gen. Slocum’s troops ran...
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Down Memory Lane for March 26

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March 26

June 19, 1975 Charles Moore has been assigned to Rappahannock County as a trooper with the Virginia Department of State Police. His assignment followed the retirement June 1 of W. A. Buntin. Moore is a native of Winchester, Frederick County but came here from Prince William, where he has been an officer for a year....
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Out of the Attic

Courtesy of Lucia Kilby

150 Years Ago This Week: The Confederacy enlists slaves to fight

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March 19

March 1865 The fighting in North Carolina intensified between the Confederates under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and the Union troops under Maj. Gen. William Sherman. Gen. Braxton Bragg, commanding the Confederates on the coast, fought a two-day battle with Federal forces under Gen. Sherman at Kinston; Gen. Bragg was forced to withdraw as Union troops...
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SNP Trust seeks help for historic camp renovation

The Pinnacles Research Station at milepost 37 in Shenandoah National Park is the only remaining barracks-style CCC-era building surviving in the park.

Pinnacles, the only CCC-era barracks-style building left in Shenandoah National Park, is in dire need of repair to continue its service as housing and workspace for researchers and volunteers.
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Down Memory Lane for March 19

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March 19

April 10, 1975 The projection screen at Hillsdale Drive-In Theatre on Route 211 east of Washington was downed by last week’s heavy winds. TV antennas, trees and roofs sustained heavy damage and one farmer said it would take him a week to get his farm straight again. Highway crews were kept busy clearing debris...
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Down Memory Lane for March 12

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March 12

April 3, 1975 Mrs. Mabel P. Lillard has been appointed postmaster of the Flint Hill Post Office, it has been announced by Francis X. Biglin, Regional Postmaster General for the Eastern Region of the U.S. Postal Service. Mrs. Lillard was one of 21 postmasters appointed in the Eastern Region States of Maryland, New Jersey,...
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150 Years Ago This Week: Lincoln’s second inauguration

Union Maj. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick

At the Capitol in Washington, Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address, outlining his second term and speaking directly to the Confederate people.
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Supervisors simplify motor vehicle tax  

At a relatively brief end-of-winter, pre-budget-season meeting, the supervisors agreed to the county administrator’s request that the new motor vehicle tax be applied consistently to all types of vehicles.
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150 Years Ago This Week: Battle of Waynesboro

In the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan sent a force of 10,000 Union cavalry south from Winchester with orders to destroy the Virginia Central Railroad and the James River Canal, take Lynchburg east of the Blue Ridge and then either join forces with Maj. Gen. William Sherman in North Carolina or...
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Down Memory Lane for March 5

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March 5

Feb. 20, 1975 L.V. Merrill and Mrs. Bertha Armel are honorary life members of the Washington Fire Company and Rescue Squad. Both have been active members for many years and have served the county and community diligently. Washington was the first fire company organized in Rappahannock and the only one for a long, long...
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150 Years Ago This Week: A tragic time in the Southland

February 1865 When Columbia, S.C., was being destroyed in mid-February, the City of Charleston was evacuated by Lt. Gen. William Hardee and his Confederate troops. Charleston had been the birthplace of secession and a spiritual capital of the entire South. Its defenders were in danger of being penned in, and Gen. Hardee reluctantly and belatedly pulled...
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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 26

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Feb. 26

Feb. 6, 1975 Delegate D. French Slaughter Jr. has announced the appointment of Douglas K. Baumgardner of Washington as his administrative assistant for the current session of the General Assembly. Baumgardner, a 1973 graduate of Virginia Military Institute and a second year law student at the University of Virginia, will be employed by Slaughter on a...
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Presidential summit

By Raymond Boc

Down Memory Lane for Feb. 19

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Feb. 19

Jan. 16, 1975 When trustees of the Rappahannock Library assume charge of the Helen Fuller estate in March, they will receive less than half of what they had originally expected. Receipts from a public auction of Miss Fuller’s personal belongings amounted to $28,000 in October of 1972, when the sale was held. But that was...
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150 Years Ago This Week: The destruction of Columbia

On Friday, Feb. 17, the Federals captured Columbia; Mayor Thomas Goodwyn and a delegation of officials rode out in carriages to meet the Federal invader and to surrender the city.
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150 Years Ago This Week: Political issues

After months of siege operations at Petersburg, Lt. Gen. Ulysses Grant with Maj. Gen. George Meade and the Army of the Potomac became active again on Sunday, Feb. 5.
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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 12

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Feb. 12

Jan. 9, 1975 The Rappahannock Medical Clinic opened Monday under the direction of Dr. Jerry Martin of Flint Hill and Dr. Werner Krebser of Huntly. The clinic is located in Washington, in a new brick building, which was designed for the specific needs of a clinic. The doctors have issued an invitation to the public...
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Washington column for Feb. 12

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Feb. 12
From left, Louise Eastham, Rev. Jennings Hobson, Betty Buntin, Ruth Baumgardner and Lois Snead gathered Sunday afternoon to reminisce about life at Trinity Episcopal Church during the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.

Trinity’s Forum What gorgeous weather we had on Sunday, I hoped that everyone got out and about and took advantage of it. People were out walking their dogs, jogging enjoying the beautiful weather. Just maybe spring is just around the corner for us. Members of Trinity church came out on Sunday afternoon for a...
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The Rapp for Feb. 5

With vocalist Tracy Walton and conductor Peter Jaffe, Paul Reisler and school kids perform last month with the Stockton Symphony in California.

The Inn’s looking for your snapshots from their first year (yes, 1978); Kid Pan Alley performs with a California symphony; the founders explain themselves on Presidents Day in Little Washington; Bel Canto auditions and more in this week’s The Rapp.
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150 Years Ago This Week: The peace conference

The three Confederate peace commissioners appointed on Jan. 28 by President Jefferson Davis: Vice President Alexander Stephens, Robert Hunter and John A. Campbell, received a pass issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 29 to allow them through U.S. military lines to Fortress Monroe, Va.
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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 5

Nov. 28, 1974 A wing on the end of the house of Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Parrish near Viewtown burned Friday. Four rooms were gutted and smoke and water damage took their toll. A faulty electrical wire was believed to be the cause of the fire. Fortunately the family was home, discovered it soon...
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Is it Washington — or Little Washington?

Part of  Maj. Jedediah Hotchkiss’ 1862 map of the region.

There has been an enthusiastic online disagreement lately regarding the name of Little Washington, but it turns out the town officially known as Washington, Virginia, has been referred to as Little Washington on and off over the past 150 years or so.
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