Rappahannock News Publisher Walter Nicklin was honored Wednesday (Dec. 5) with a “Heritage Hero Award” from the Mosby Heritage Area Association.
“Honoring those who have given of themselves to better our community through preservation or conservation,” the annual award is presented in ceremonies at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg.
Over the years, Nicklin has written about and created publications devoted to a deep appreciation for our region – most recently “The Piedmont Virginian” magazine, now in its sixth year.
When notified of the award, Nicklin gave thanks to all those writers, photographers, readers and advertisers who have made the magazine possible – in particular Caroline McDermott, who served as both the magazine’s calendar editor and circulation director and who met an untimely death in a Rappahannock County traffic accident last year.
Nicklin also wished to credit his two founding partners who shared his editorial vision in creating the magazine – the late Arthur W. “Nick” Arundel, former Rappahannock News publisher, and Loudoun County’s Sandy Lerner, a national leader in sustainable agriculture.
The mission of the Mosby Heritage Area Association is “to educate about the history and advocate for the preservation of the extraordinary historic, cultural and scenic resources” in the approximately 1,800 square miles of Virginia’s northern Piedmont. The heritage area is named for the famed Confederate Cavalry officer John S. Mosby, whose rangers fought here during the Civil War, and where the landscape, through preservation and conservation, has changed little in the past 150 years.