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Missing the train

Rappahannock County failed to get a railroad link to the outside world six times in the 1870s and twice in the 1880s. Now, in the spring of 1890, the giant Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railway Company was contemplating a railroad…
State adds fifth Rappahannock site to Landmarks Register

The Ben Venue Rural Historic District is now an official designation. In December, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) added the Rappahannock site, along with ten other historic sites around the state, to the Virginia Landmarks Register.
Summer snapshots in the hollow

Bruce Sloane’s short, sweet first novel recalls bygone days in a familiar place — not exactly Rappahannock, but “Tales of Shirt Tail Hollow” is close enough and worthwhile reading for anyone who might have forgotten the simple joys, and earnest…
Down Memory Lane for Nov. 26

July 3, 1980 The cosmetic surgery is finished, the bandages have come off and the operation leaving Washington with a new look for its town square is an unqualified success. Dr. Werner Krebser supervised the facelift on the old building…
Down Memory Lane for Nov. 12

May 1, 1980 Barbara Sharon sees woodworking as more of an art form than a profession. Rappahannock Refinishers, the business she began with her partner Sandra Maskas, pays the bills but it also offers Barbara an outlet for her creativity.…
Down Memory Lane for Nov. 5

April 24, 1980 Dr. Werner Krebser of Huntly recently completed continuing education requirements to retain active membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians, the national association of family doctors. The Academy’s requirements call for members to complete a minimum…
Down Memory Lane for Oct. 29

April 3, 1980 Theodore and Margaret Barron love their store. Their little neighborhood grocery in Viewtown is more than just a business. It’s a way of life, family history and a mirror of the past. Their pride and affection glows…
Down Memory Lane for Oct. 15

Feb. 7, 1980 The ski area in Harris Hollow is no longer for sale. According to Eric Adamson, Front Royal attorney and partner in the operation, the Rappahannock slopes will open December 1980 — “November, if there’s snow” — as…
Down Memory Lane for Oct. 8 |

Jan. 10, 1980 Alvin D. Grigsby of Castleton bagged a 28-pound bird on the last day of 1979 to close out the old year with a bang. Grigsby said he was out hunting deer when a flock of turkeys wandered…
Down Memory Lane for Oct. 1

Jan. 3, 1980 After consulting with commonwealth’s attorney Douglas Baumgardner, present by request at last Thursday’s meeting, the Rappahannock Board of Zoning Appeals unsnarled legal questions and voted to renew James B. Russell’s special use permit for a campsite in…