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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…

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…

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…

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