The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the greatest American battle in World War One. It was located in France as shown on the map below.
From Thornton Gap to Thornton River to F.T. (Francis Thornton) Valley Road and beyond, there were six Francis Thorntons associated with Rappahannock County between 1731 and 1840, one of whom laid out Sperryville in 1817. Rappahannock Historical Society researcher Maureen Harris in 2015 wrote…
Rappahannock native Edward Homer Bailey Sr., was born on Sept. 12, 1909 to Edward and Lovace Maggie Brown Bailey. On Dec. 28, 1931 he married Ethel V. Timbers, daughter of Henry and Josie Fitzhugh Timbers. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II — from Feb. 7, 1944 through Nov. 2, 194…
‘In 1963, I doubt very seriously that any of King’s associates dreamed that our nation would ever honor him with a national holiday’
General Orders No. 9 ‘farewell’ issued at Appomattox; General Orders No. 59 followed ‘glorious victory’ by Lee at Chancellorsville
‘It is almost uncultivated . . . no animals are grazing where there used to be hundreds . . . numberless farms burnt’
From the time Nils Aylor was 11 years old his grandfather would set him on the path to a rustic log cabin that fronted F.T. Valley Road “to pick up his medicine from Doctor Crop.”
“A great Rappahannock coming together experience.” So proclaimed Washington Mayor John Fox Sullivan following Sunday’s 27th Annual Rappahannock County Birthday Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on what is the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s assassination.
‘People mistake him for just being a yahoo. But he’s educated, he’s very articulate, and he’s very clever’
Officially, on the calendar, summer is sticking around for a couple more weeks. But with another Labor Day now in the past, the summer vacation season has indeed passed. Fun and carefree getaways, yes — and we all need those. But often journeys lead to unique, unexpected, meaningful experien…
Rappahannock County resident and historian Don Audette conducted 50 hours of research from five sources to compile a list of 249 men from Rappahannock County who fought in World War I. Specifically, Audette worked from a spreadsheet prepared by the Rappahannock County Historical Society; rec…
It’s been more than six decades since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that integration in schools is the law of the land — and fewer years that Virginia finally succumbed to the decision.
Route 211 is the main highway through Rappahannock County. Its formal name is US 211, that is, United States Highway 211. It deserves some recognition.
The Blue Ridge Echo was Rappahannock County’s second newspaper. The Rappahannock News was the first, but its initial version lasted only two years: 1877-1878.
Peggy Ralph, circuit court clerk for Rappahannock County, says this old civil defense sign was rediscovered in a basement of Courthouse Row. She’s hoping to have the sign displayed publicly, perhaps at the visitor’s center. The Office of Civilian Defense (OCD) was established in 1941 by Pres…