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Boundary issues

Last week’s informational meeting about a proposal to designate Ben Venue Road as the county’s first official rural historic district began as a celebration of Rappahannock County’s rich history — and ended in a shouting match, colored by a bit…
Down Memory Lane for Aug. 20

Aug. 12, 1976 “The country is different. You’re either rich or very poor; there is no in-between class. It really makes you appreciate what we have here in our country,” said Mike Tupper of Washington. His sentiments were echoed by…
150 Years Ago This Week: It is finished

When CSS Shenandoah set sail for Liverpool on Aug. 2, 1865 after the crew learned from the British ship Barracouta that the war had ended months earlier and that the Confederacy had collapsed, the North and South were still settling…
Down Memory Lane for Aug. 13

June 17, 1976 Dick Pierson of Amissville considers himself one of the last practitioners of a dying art, a master of a craft that is no longer being properly taught. He is a calligrapher of the old school, instructed in…
Washington column for Aug. 6

A ‘miracle’ Mimi Forbes reports a “miracle” at the Food Pantry this past week — a phenomenal outpouring from the community to the Pantry’s appeal for school supplies for Pantry families’ children. “It’s the best school supply drive we’ve ever…
150 Years Ago This Week: The last flag down

As August 1865 began, the country, north and south, was still coming to grips with four intense years of bloody warfare. Out in the vast Pacific Ocean, the Confederate raider CSS Shenandoah cruised south, unaware that the war had ended…
Down Memory Lane for Aug. 6

June 10, 1976 The Raney family has come a long way from 10 grapevines in their New York backyard to Farfelu Vineyard in Flint Hill. Some of  those first 10 vines are still around but they’ve been transplanted around the…
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…