Out of the Attic

Washington column for April 10

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April 10
Rev. Jennings Hobson (right) lead a flock of 15 Rappahannock residents on Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual pilgrimage last week — this year to Vienna, Austria, where the group took in cultural and religious sites.

Mail carrier Bobby Brown joins the Million Mile Club, Trinity Church returns from its Austrian sightseeing tour, CFC holds an open house and Easter is on its way in this week’s Washington column.
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Nov. 14, 2013
The motel, as it appears today.

Earl Johnson of Sperryville turned up this postcard on eBay — an artist’s rendering of the former Black Kettle Motel on Warren Avenue.
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Photo by Francie Schroeder

A crowd gathers in 1982 on the porch of the old Bradford Market on Zachary Taylor Highway for the annual Flint Hill Fire Department parade.
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At Rappahannock County High School in 1988, senior class officers (from left, Elizabeth Jenkins, Randy Jenkins, Guy “Butch” Foster and Sean Wayland) wore hard hats for their yearbook portrait.
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Photo courtesy of Dan Hitt via Rappahannock Historical Society

The Mountain View Tea Room and Tourist Court was located on Lee Highway in Amissville in the area currently occupied by a trailer park.
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Sept. 27, 2012
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The photo in the Dec. 13, 1962 Rappahannock News touted the “facelift” being given to the corner of Main and Middle streets, seen here as you approached the corner from the north. “All of the old buildings on the left at the caution light are being torn down,” said the caption. “The Episcopal Church...
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Sept. 13, 2012
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This is a picture of Raymond Lyle Rector, better known as Lyle, sent in recently by his daughter, Eleanor Rector James of Culpeper. The photo was taken in the early 1940s when Rector worked at Swartz’s Store – which is now the Corner Store, Thornton River Grille and Rudy’s Pizza. A little bit of...
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

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April 28, 2011
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Headlines from the Rappahannock News of 50, 25 and 10 years ago — plus a photo from the attic files.
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

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April 21, 2011
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The headlines from the Rappahannock News of 50, 25 and 10 years ago, plus a photo from out of the attic.
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

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April 14, 2011
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The headlines from the Rappahannock News of 50, 25 and 10 years ago, plus a photo from the attic files.
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Celtic music headed into town

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From contributed reports The high-energy pan-Celtic band Iona will take the stage at the Theatre at Washington for the first time at 8 Saturday, April 16. The Washington, D.C.-based Iona describes its shows as offering “traditional Celtic material . . . original acoustic arrangements . . . lively entertaining presentation.” The group...
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

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March 31, 2011
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An especially poignant photo from Out of the Attic -- Elizabeth Taylor at the races at Thornton Hill -- and headlines from 50, 25 and 10 years ago in the Rappahannock News.
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

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March 17, 2011
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Rappahannock News stories from 50 and 25 years ago, and a photo from the attic.
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

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March 10, 2011
Standing by a waterfall near Skyline Drive is Betty Jackson with a friend. Although the picture was taken close to 75 years ago, when this photo was first run in the Rappahannock News in February 1986, visitors could still collect spring water from this site. It was later sealed.

Rappahannock News stories from 50, 25 and 10 years ago, and a photo from the attic.
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic for March 3

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March 3, 2011
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Headlines from the pages of the Rappahannock News 50, 25 and 10 years ago, plus a photo from the Attic files.
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic for Feb. 24

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Feb. 24, 2011
At the 1988 Rappahannock Nature Camp, in the back row, counselor Beth Conover, director Lyt Wood and instructor Robin Purnell help the Rappahannock Nature Camp’s class of 1988 show off their artwork. Photo by Linda Coit.

Headlines from the pages of the Rappahannock News 50, 25 and 10 years ago, plus a photo from the Attic files.
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic for Feb. 17

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Feb. 17, 2011
From the Rappahannock of March 19, 1987: Cella’ Deli becomes the Hazel Mountain Pub with its move to the ground floor of Country Manor (nowadays Hearthstone School) in Sperryville. Shown at the register here, manager David Huff (nowadays owner of Washington’s Country Cafe) reported that the bright, roomy area has produced a good response from customers. "After five years in the basement, we're glad to have some windows," he added. Photo by Lou Hatter.

Headlines from the pages of the Rappahannock News 50, 25 and 10 years ago, plus a photo from the Attic files.
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

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Feb. 10, 2011
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Rappanannock News headlines from 50, 25 and 10 years ago, plus a picture from the attic files.
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

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Feb. 3, 2011
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A selection of stories from the Rappahannock News of 50 and 25 years ago, plus a photo from the Attic.
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

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Jan. 20, 2011
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The news from editions of the Rappahannock News from 50, 25 and 10 years ago, and a photo from Out of the Attic.
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Jan. 13, 2011
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The news from 50, 25 and 10 years ago, as published in the Rappahannock News.
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic for Jan. 6

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Jan. 6, 2011
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50 years ago January 19, 1961 On Friday, Jan. 13, the Republican dinner meeting at Cab Inn was well attended. After a delicious dinner was served by Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Thompsen, and the regular business was conducted, including the reading of a letter from Richard Nixon, a very informative speech was made...
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

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Dec. 23, 2010
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50 years ago January, 5, 1961 The Rappahannock Rescue Squad met Jan. 2 at the fire house with 13 members present and Capt. Frank Huff presiding. After the reading and approval of minutes, a report was given on the last dance sponsored by the squad and held at Sperryville. Proceeds from the dance and...
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Out of the Attic/Down Memory Lane for Dec. 9

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Dec. 9, 2010
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10 years ago: County Attorney Peter Luke and County Administrator John McCarthy reported that the Sprint PCS cell tower application is still on hold, and that their appeal before the board of zoning appeals of the zoning administrator decisions regarding their application has been continued at their request, until Dec. 27.
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Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic for Dec. 2

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Dec. 2, 2010
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50 years ago December 8, 1960 Rappahannock County supervisors held their regular December meeting on Wednesday the 7th with Chairman E. M. Jones presiding. Present were Supervisors L.H. Luttrell, Herbert Foster, E.M. Estes, and H. B. Wood. D. G. Wilfong of the Division of Forestry and Raymond Johnson, forest warden for Rappahannock, made a...
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Out of the Attic/Down Memory Lane

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Nov. 24, 2010
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50 years ago December 1, 1960 Lyle Updike, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Updike near Washington Va., won second place in the 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, held in connection with the International Livestock Exposition at Chicago. He judged classes of beef cattle, swine and sheep last Friday and on Saturday received...
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Photo courtesy of Annie Moore

Posing in front of the family home in 1912 are, from left, Annie Bruce, Edward Bruce, Ruth Bruce Griffith (holding baby Haywood), Virginia Bruce, Robert, grandfather Silas and Benny Bruce, Mary Bruce Whalen, baby Myra and Annie Griffith. The big white frame house, remodeled over the years, sits at Blue Rock Farm, just across...
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Out of the attic

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Sept. 23, 2010
Courtesy Hazel Zinn-Day

In going through her cousin Brad Nicholas’ collection of their grandmother Zinn’s recipes recently, Rock Mills resident Hazel Zinn-Day came across a book of “Rare Rappahannock Recipes” originally compiled by the Woman’s Missionary Society of Woodville Baptist Church” in 1929, and updated by the missionary societies of the Woodville and Mt. Lebanon Baptist churches...
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Out of the attic

Photo from A Journey Through Flint Hill

Hezekiah Ricketts built the Ricketts Hotel in Flint Hill in 1869 and it served travelers as well as locals, who used it as a rooming house. Two doctors had their medical practices here. At some point, a saloon occupied part of the space. From 1915 to 1940, girls from the Foxcroft School would stop...
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John B. Kiger, a blacksmith and wagon maker, built Conestoga wagons in this location in the 1820s. It later became the home of the James Hitt family, shown here near the house. The house is still standing today on Main Street, Sperryville. Photo loaned to the Rappahannock Historical Society by the Estes family.
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Out of the attic

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Aug. 12, 2010
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Photos/postcards were a gift of the late Ruby Green to the Rappahannock Historical Society. Earl Wayland first ran Bel Air Restaurant on U.S. 211 in Amissville, a popular dance hall, bar and restaurant. It was then taken over by Mary Hall in 1947, who turned it into Bel Air Tourist Cabins. Some locals fondly...
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Out of the attic

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July 22, 2010
Photo courtesy of Thaniel Dodson

About three miles west of Sperryville in what is now Shenandoah National Park, students in grades one through six spent their days at the Atkinstown School, which ceased to exist when the park was created in the 1930s. In this photo, taken in the late 1920s, three of the students who posed for a...
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Photo courtesy Rappahannock Historical Society

The "Sunbeam Band," as they called themselves, posed for this picture in October 1952 at the Luannah Smith residence in Sperryville. They are, front row, from left, Jackie Brown, "Bucky" Fletcher, Doris Ann Dodson, Michael Brown; second row, Louise Fletcher, Cathy Fletcher, Charles Dodson, Lee Thorton, Joe Brown; and, back row, Janice Lee Dodson,...
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Down Memory Lane / Out of the Attic

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July 8, 2010
Out of the Attic: The Woodville schoolhouse is shown as it looked around 1920. The four-room building was destroyed by the tornado that ripped through Woodville in 1929. Photo was a gift from June Kibler Clark to the Rappahannock Historical Society.

Eleven members of the Hiker's Club started at the Pinnacles on Sunday, June 19 and took the trail to Thornton River Gap. The trail wound through woodland carpeted with moss and bordered with columbine and dozens of other wild flowers. Several times the trail came near the highway where some of the members tried...
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Down Memory Lane / Out of the Attic

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July 1, 2010
Decked out with flags and bunting, Avon Hall is the backdrop for the choral group performing at the Independence Day celebration in Washington. Photo was taken July 4, 1987. Courtesy Rappahannock Historical Society.

50 years ago, June 30, 1960: The National Apple Institute has expanded its name to The National Apple Institute, the Apple Growers of American. E. M. "Ned" Jones of Washington, Va., head of the Virginia State Apple Commission, was elected president of the Institute, which wound up its annual meeting on June 24. A budget...
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Out of the Attic

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June 17, 2010
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Seventh grade students at Washington Elementary School who will receive certificates of promotion at commencement exercises are, front row, from left: Wanda Silvey, Gail Updike, Teresa Cordani, Diane Woodward, Linda Martin, Betty Jenkins and Charlotte Printz. Standing in the front row: Randolph Cooke, Arnold Walker, Jamie Tharpe, Wade Massie; second row, Donald Mills, Floyd...
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Down Memory Lane / Out of the Attic

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June 10, 2010
Spring gardening is for everyone: 97-year-old George Washington Beahm gets the ground in shape for his spring garden, taken at the Beahm home site on Pignut Mountain around 1912. (Photo courtesy of Mrs. Charles C. Burke, first ran in the March 21, 1985 edition.)

Mayor and council ladies of the town of Washington will come up for reelection Tuesday, May 14. Not having qualified 60 days before election, as required by law, the election will be a write-in-vote. Mrs. Morgan Johnson has announced that she is not a candidate and will not accept the office of council lady...
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Down Memory Lane / Out of the Attic

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June 3, 2010
Out of the Attic: The old mill outside the town of Washington still catches the eye of passersby and photographers. Even though it is in need of repair, many still take a moment to imagine it in its heyday. (The photo and caption ran in the March 22, 2000 edition of the Rappahannock News.)

On the evening of Friday, June 10 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Sunday School of the Washington Baptist Church is entertaining at a reception in honor of Mrs. J. Frank Jones in recognition of her fifty years of faithful service in the primary department. All of her friends and former pupils are cordially...
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Out of the Attic

Rae's Restaurant, Washington, Va., 1982.

This photo was taken at Rae’s Restaurant — circa 1982 — in Washington. You’re looking at the space today occupied by the Country Cafe, though Rae’s also included what is now the Post Office next door. It was sent in by Sandra Cartwright-Brown, who is seated at the table in front with Dan Lewis;...
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Down Memory Lane / Out of the Attic

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May 13, 2010
he first year that Rappahannock County held its own Relay for Life event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, this photo of the event, at Rappahannock Elementary, was published in the May 29, 1999 edition of the Rappahannock News.

50 years ago: Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday, May 4 for their regular meeting with Chairman E. M. Jones, Herbert Foster, Landern Luttrell and E. M. Estes present. Mrs. Buntin of the Welfare Department presented a hospital bill for payment. It was agreed to pay the bill with the understanding of being...
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