Down Memory Lane / Out of the Attic

Out of the Attic: The first year that Rappahannock County held its own Relay for Life event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, this photo of the event at RCES was published in the May 29, 1999 edition of the Rappahannock News.

50 years ago
May 12, 1960

Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday, May 4 for their regular meeting with Chairman E. M. Jones, Herbert Foster, Landern Luttrell and E. M. Estes present. Mrs. Buntin of the Welfare Department presented a hospital bill for payment. It was agreed to pay the bill with the understanding of being reimbursed. Mrs. Buntin also asked that the Board enter upon an agreement with Culpeper Memorial Hospital for care of indigent patients which they agreed to do.

The Rappahannock 4-H Livestock Judging Team, composed of Walter B. Kilby, Lyle Updike, Harrison Powers and David Lyne placed 5th at the District Contest held last Saturday at Verona. The team left Sperryville at 7 a.m., arriving just in time to register, be divided into groups and start judging.

The Dorothy Carder Circle of the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church met Thursday evening at the parsonage in Woodville. Mrs. Carder was guest speaker and showed slides of Thailand which she and Rev. Cecil Carder took while they were missionaries there. Mrs. Carder’s children were dressed in the native costume of that country. Thirty-eight members and friends of the circle were present.

25 years ago
May 2, 1985

The Rappahannock Hunt’s hounds began their residence n new kennels at Thornton Hill Farm near Woodville last week. The 30 pairs of American fox hounds are separated into three pen areas; one for females, one for males and another for puppies. Oliver L. Brown, huntsman, is in charge of the hounds’ care, breeding and hunting. He said that the Rappahannock Hunt tries to breed hounds that have red and white or lemon and white markings.

Good riddance to April. Who needs it?
All the people in Rappahannock surely looked the other way on Tuesday night when April parted. After all, the stingy month gave nothing to this county. April was cruel, hitting early and hard with a freeze on the 9th and 10th. Jerry Jenkins of Woodville says he lost most of his peaches in five hours during the freeze. Talk about hitting below the belt.
The verdict among area peach growers is unanimous: there will be precious few peaches in the county.

The Rappahannock Board of Zoning Appeals approved on Wednesday, April 24 a special use permit application submitted by the trustees of the Sperryville Assembly of God Church after conducting an on-site inspection, hearing two hours of testimony and attaching conditions to the approval. BZA Chairman Lee Bird said that the 12.8 acres on Route 612 that the church plans to build on is a long and narrow tract. “The stake out of the church site showed an adequate distance from the side boundaries,” Bird said. “The septic field was staked out above and behind the church with the parsonage behind that on high ground, and there would be no construction in the flood plain.”

10 years ago
May 10, 2000

As the years progress, and time and nature take their toll, sometimes even the most venerable and storied old buildings pass away. Fletcher’s Mill is as recognizable and renowned a landmark as any in the county. The beautiful old mill, by the corner of 522 and the mill’s namesake road, has passed through many vicissitudes in its long life, but now succumbs to age. Owner John Ford is in the process of partially tearing down the mill. His family informs us that there are one or more springs flowing up through part of the foundation, causing the sort of damage you would expect from water on wood over many years. If nothing were done, the building would gradually become more unstable. The Fords have determined that the damage is much too extensive to simply repair. Fletcher’s Mill was the last grand old water powered mill in Rappahannock to close down.

Waterpenny Farm, a new vegetable farm in Sperryville, is hosting an open house on Saturday, May 13. This is an opportunity for Rappahannock residents to learn about this new farm and meet farmers Eric Plaksin and Rachel Bynum.
Waterpenny Farm uses all organic and sustainable farming methods on its 12 acres of pesticide-free vegetables and 50- tree orchard.

Rappahannock National Bank is offering telephone banking to their customers. Customers of Rappahannock National Bank can call the RNB Access Line, 888-265-4RNB to gain telephone access to their bank account or loan information.

Michael T. Leake, executive vice president and CEO of RNB said, “Telephone banking is a great and secure service for our customers that has no fees.”