Washington: Beautifying the family plot, and flowers in town

Beulah Bolen of Luray, 91, still goes to the cemetery on Pig Nut Mountain each year for a picnic and fellowship.

A note from Wayne Baldwin:

The Bolen Cemetery in Washington was officially established with a deed made and recorded and designation of trustees on March 15, 1916. The cemetery measures roughly 200 by 180 feet. There have been 55 burials in the cemetery, with surnames of Bailey, Baldwin, Bolen, Dwyer, Gaunt, Pullen and Woodward among them.

The cemetery is on Pig Nut Mountain on land once owned by the Gaunt family, which in sold it at auction in 1869 when John Henry Bolen purchased it. J. Bernard Bolen owned the nearly 1,000 acres of land until the formation of Shenandoah National Park.

The family has continued to visit and maintain the cemetery for many years.

In 2001 a call went out nationwide to many cousins to assist with the restoration of the stone wall which had crumbled. The wall was restored in 2002 after much labor on the part of James B. Bolen, brother of Beulah, and a few dedicated others.

Wayne Baldwin has been visiting this sacred resting place of four generations of his ancestors since he was 12 years old. The call goes out twice a year to gather for a picnic and to clean up the cemetery. Those who gather share the food, labor and memories of the years gone by.

Wayne and the family extend an invitation to anyone to come and tour the cemetery and enjoy some wonderful food and fellowship.

Remember that the annual picnic/cleanup day at the Bolen family cemetery is scheduled for Monday (May 31). Meet by 11 a.m. at the end of Keyser Run Road. Bring something to share for lunch and plan on doing some light cleaning of the cemetery. For more information, call Wayne Baldwin at 540-543-2590.

Fawn Evenson of Washington, center, Connie Payne of Amissville Nursery and Mike Brown. Staff photo by Jan Clatterbuck.

Barrels replanted

The town barrels were cleaned last Friday of last year’s remarkably resilient pansies (all of which were recycled) to make way for all new flowers that will grace the town this summer. Mike Brown of the Baumgardner, Brown law firm assisted, using his official town watering can that he and others received last summer when they agreed to water the pots during dry spells. The town council provided the flowers planted by Fawn Evenson of Washington and Connie Payne of Amissville Nursery. Evenson would like to thank the many Washington residents and shopkeepers who keep the plants watered all year.

Ribbon cutting

The Town of Washington invites everyone to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new, state-of-the-art Washington Wastewater Plant off Warren Avenue at 11 a.m. Friday, June 4.

Parking is available at the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue hall across Warren Avenue at 10 Firehouse Lane. After the ceremony there will be refreshments served at the fire hall. Please RSVP to Laura Dodd at 540-675-3128 or e-mail washingtonva@earthlink.net

Thrift Shop reopens soon

Last week in my column I had said that the Thrift Shop would reopen June 5 under the new auspices of the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue squad with a $5 per bag sale at the building next to the fire hall.

It will not open on June 5 and June 6, but, I am told, will reopen in the near future. Be sure to watch for the new dates in the paper.

Birthday open house

It’s hard to believe, but the Rappahannock Food Pantry has been open a year! There will be an open house at the pantry from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 3. The pantry is located at 603 Mt. Salem Ave., Washington. If you take the middle entrance to Washington from U.S. 211, the pantry is the second driveway on the right. For more information call 540-675-1177.

The Rappahannock Food Pantry will be closed this Saturday for the Memorial Day holiday.

Book Barn Saturdays

The friends of the library would like to remind the citizens of Rappahannock County that the Book Barn is open 9 to 3 every Saturday. Currently paperback novels are on sale for $2 a dozen.

The Book Barn? It’s that red barn-like building next to the county library. Come and browse or look for your favorite authors. For more information call 540-675-3532.