The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors last week became the first and only county governing body to denounce the regional college board’s decision to “abandon” the name of Lord Fairfax.
Declaring that “Lord Fairfax doesn’t represent anything we are about,” the Lord Fairfax Community College Board will rename the college to better reflect the vision and mission of its students and surrounding communities.
William Grimes, the fugitive runaway slave who became famous for authoring the first-ever narrative of an enslaved African-American, wrote that he endured continuous physical and mental abuse while kept at Col. William Thornton’s “Montpelier” plantation along today’s F.T. Valley Road in Rappahannock County.
To rename or not to rename? That will be the question surrounding Lake Pelham - which is believed to be named after a Confederate soldier - during a Feb. 9 Culpeper Town Council meeting.
This comes after a town committee consisting of elected officials recently forwarded a recommendation to the council that the lake be renamed.
When the Scrabble School Preservation Foundation and Culpeper Media decided on a fitting theme — "The Fierce Urgency of Now" — for Sunday evening’s virtual musical production in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, little did they foresee this month’s deadly insurrection of the U.S. Capitol.
Powhatan referred to the Manahoac tribe as Anchanachuck — “those who hunt in the mountains.” The small band of Native Americans — barely a thousand strong when wiped off the map in the early 1700s — are among the proclaimed “indigenous peoples” of Rappahannock County.
Missy Sutton: ‘As a descendant of William Jackson Rutherford, who was forced to leave his [Sperryville area] home when his 300 acres were condemned, I find comfort knowing the story of what happened’
Rappahannock County is fortunate to possess the eye of Gary Anthes, a member of the Middle Street Gallery artists’ co-operative and gallery in Washington, whose fine-art photographs have appeared coast-to-coast in newspapers and magazines to exhibitions and solo shows to breathtaking books.
Teacher and principal at Sperryville School from 1929 to 1969, then principal of the new Elementary School until her retirement in 1977, Mrs. Quaintance touched the lives of thousands of youngsters.
On Memorial Day 2020, eighteen Rapp at Home members joined on the popular Zoom platform to share their reminiscences of World War II. From memories of London to Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard to the Midwest, Austria to upstate New York, our neighbors recalled the mundane and the horrors of the war that ended 75 years ago.
Editor’s note: Rappahannock County last week lost one of its leading entrepreneurs, raconteurs and a genuinely fine fellow, Nevill Turner. He was English born and educated, a world traveler, Rappahannock resident since 2005, and a proud America citizen since 2010.
By the time the 318th Infantry Regiment of the 80th Infantry Division, with men from Rappahannock County, was relieved of frontline combat on October 7, 1918, it had lost almost one-third of its strength. From September 26 to October 7, casualties were 108 killed, 908 wounded and 2 missing, …
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’