Over the years, in my Washington column, I have expressed feelings of sympathy many times for people who have passed away in Rappahannock County. I never once imagined that I would ever be writing a column such as this in regards to my precious granddaughter. My heart aches. Something I will never get over.
I always think that summer is finally winding down, farmers getting their last cut of hay, Halloween displays are already in some of the stores! Last week was a harbinger of fall, if not a teaser, with the blue sky and white fluffy sheep clouds in the sky and cool temperatures early in the mornings. For some people I am sure that summer has just started for them, but for me I always think of fall just around the corner when I see Roger Jenkins’ stand open in Sperryville. I’m sure there will be some more hot days in the forecast, for example this week. Overall, I am ready to switch gears here to welcome the autumn weather, shorter days and cooler nights.
The town had been without a resident physician for many years until 1974, when Werner Krebser, M.D., and Jerry Martin, M.D., purchased a 0.871-acre parcel straddling town lots 42 and 43. Krebser and Martin obtained permission from the Washington Town Council to build a full-time medical clinic on the property and, in January 1975, the new brick building housing the Rappahannock Medical Clinic was opened.
In the early 1920s, African Americans in Rappahannock County’s Hampton District organized the Parents’ Civic League with the intent to erect a public school building for their children, who were excluded at the time from attending school with white children.
R. H. Ballard is having a sale in the shop and on the website this weekend May 28-31, with 30 to 50 percent off select items throughout the shop, including vintage items, tablecloths, placemats, towels, home decor, puzzles and children’s items. Rugs will be 20 percent off. If locals purchase online, they can choose local pickup and receive free shipping.
In 1964, more than fifty people met at the Rappahannock County courthouse to organize the Rappahannock Historical Society. Judge Raynor Snead chaired the meeting, and William Carrigan and Dorothy Davis helped explain the reasons for the formation of the society.
This building is located on the eastern half of the original town lot 22. On 12 May 1856, Tamar Spiller sold lot 22 to Robert Deatherage and Robert S. Bell, trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Washington, for $350. The deed specified that the eastern half of the lot, measuring 132 feet along Gay Street and 82.5 feet along Calvert Street, should be held by Deatherage and Bell in their capacity as trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Washington for the purpose of establishing “a house of worship for the use and benefit of the said church.”
The whole upstairs of the Washington School could be converted to a dance hall, and dances also took place on the second floor of Thornton’s Garage. The expansive upper space in Thornton’s building evolved into the town’s first community entertainment and recreational center. Over time, there was a barroom, poolhall, poker and cardroom, dance hall, basketball court and a theater to show movies.
On Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at Rappahannock County Park, 7 Park Lane, join the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority (RCRFA), Rappahannock County Park Foundation, Friends of the Rappahannock, Piedmont Environmental Council, Old Rag Master Naturalists, Rappahannock Fauquier Master Gardeners, and local volunteers as they clean up the Rush River to ensure its safety for our community.
Baldwin’s Grocery has a new face working at the store: Lori-Anne Moss of Castleton. She has been in the cashier business for five years. I got to know her when she work at Hillsdale. With Ashley Mills showing her the ropes at Baldwin’s, she will catch on fast.
In 1935, a new waterworks system provided potable water to the town, and that led to the organization of the first Washington Volunteer Fire Department. Franklin Clyde Baggarly was elected chief of the new department and was asked by the Town Council to develop a constitution and bylaws.
Join Gay Street Gallery this Saturday, March 20, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a Virtual Artists’ Talk. The event will showcase the gallery’s newest exhibition featuring Barbara Heile, a Rappahannock resident who is well known both locally and nationally. This is her first show at Gay Street Gallery and they are very excited to be presenting her new, non-objective work.
By the year 1930, Rappahannock County had struggled through the chestnut blight, the loss of many apple crops from frost and the clear-cutting of the mountains whose woods had provided major income to many families. The brutal drought of the early 1930s and the Great Depression were two more blows to this rural population.
The Book Barn is happy to announce that it will be reopening on Saturday, March 6. Temporarily the hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please come by to select reading material for the rest of the winter. There are lots of books, CDs, and DVDs available at great prices. Please wear masks and practice social distancing. Hope to see you there!
Firehouse Fred (our resident groundhog) invites you to our 2021 Grand Reopening of Firehouse Treasures on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. Come shop and check out all of the great new inventory. They are so excited to reopen and welcome back their awesome customers!
Join Gay Street Gallery this Saturday, Jan. 23, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the Virtual Artists' Talk surrounding the new exhibition featuring Sara Adams, Mike Howat, Doris Jones, Andrew Morgan, Nancy Nord and Kevin H. Adams talking about their work and process.
As we turn the pages of the calendar and welcome another year — and decade — there is considerable optimism that 2021 will be better than ever for everyone. It just has to be. Let’s have faith that this COVID-19 will disappear for good and we can get our lives back to normal.
To start the new year right, my late mother-in-law had to cook her black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Why do you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day? If you’ve never heard of the tradition, it’s likely that you’re not very close with people raised in the South.
With most of us now shifting our focus to Christmas it’s a good time to shop locally. In Washington, nice gift selections await that special person at R. H. Ballard Art, Rug & Home, The Inn at Little Washington’s gift shop, Geneva Welch Gallery, Middle Street Gallery, and other shops.
It’s Thanksgiving, and for most of us this holiday conjures up memories or anticipation of such traditions as the huge turkey dinner with dressing, cranberry sauce, famous pumpkin pie and somebody accomplishing the carving. It’s a time we travel “over the river and through the hollows” to celebrate with family and friends.
The senior angels are going up for grabs starting this Thursday, Nov. 19. They will be on display at the Washington School, 567 Mt. Salem Avenue. Use the side entrance near the Rapp at Home office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Details and instructions can also be found at the Washington School.
The Child Care and Learning Center would like to give a big thank you to our Volunteer Washington Fire and Rescue Department. On Thursday Oct. 22, the devoted first responders visited the center to talk with the children, in doing so complimenting the preschool’s fire safety curriculum.
Last Friday, Sept. 25, children from Renee Estinola’s Child Care and Learning Center class toured the gardens at the The Inn at Little Washington. My granddaughter was one of those to visit. She had so much fun that when she came home she could not stop talking about the fun she had. She especially loved the llamas.