Historical Society rallies through the countryside

From contributed reports
How many of us as kids enjoyed the story of Mr. Toad in “Wind in the Willows” cavorting about the countryside in his open-topped jalopy? On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 2, the Rappahannock Historical Society will offer the opportunity to revisit those memories and to make new ones for participants in its Autumn Road Rally.

People of all persuasions enjoy road rallies, a sort of motorized scavenger hunt for adults in which both observational and driving skills are brought into play. Participants search for landmarks, signs and more while attempting to achieve a “perfect” time for completion of the entire route. Scores are given based on the difference between that ideal number and a car’s actual course time as measured at checkpoints along the route. The checkpoints also help ensure that safe driving speeds are maintained.

The RHS rally will cover some of the back roads and history of the eastern and central parts of Rappahannock County. Entrants will follow a series of clues seeking historical or geographical information at various sites along the rally route.

At the completion of the course, drivers and friends enjoy a picnic with musical entertainment and good conversation at Fern Springs Farm, the home of Helen and Emerson Williams.

One or two offbeat activities at the farm will allow rally entrants a chance to earn extra points to subtract from their timed score. A short annual meeting of the Historical Society, featuring highlights of the year’s activities and election of board members, will briefly interrupt festivities.

Rally participants who are not already members of the Historical Society will have an opportunity to join at the event. Society members who only wish to attend the picnic/meeting should meet at Fern Springs Farm at 3 p.m.

Call 540-675-1163 or email rapphistsoc@comcast.net) to reserve a place in the rally, which starts at 1 p.m.

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