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With Al Henry, right, are Free Clinic executive director Rob Marino, left, and the Food Pantry’s Hal Hunter.

The charity desk . . .

Rappahannock County Planning Commission member Al Henry says he got the idea one night while staring, once again, at the courthouse’s antique bailiff’s desk, which is in his line of sight up at the head table in the courtroom.
Henry’s idea — which he brought to Madison’s E.A. Clore Sons Furniture, which made it happen — was to create reproductions of the desk that has been at the courthouse since it was built in 1833, surviving two major renovations — and sell them to raise money for charity.

The reproductions cost $1,345 — and $400 of each sale goes to the Fauquier Free Clinic and the Rappahannock Food Pantry.

Henry said longtime Washington attorney Doug Baumgardner, who’s spent a lot of time in that courtroom, took one look at the two cherry and mahogany samples Henry commissioned and the Rappahanock National Bank agreed to display in their foyer — and put in the first order.

“We figured these two organizations probably had the most need and the biggest demand right now,” Henry said.
Each numbered reproduction comes with a letter from former Circuit Court Clerk Diane Bruce outlining the original desk’s history. Call Al Henry at 540-675-3490 for details.

Antique and garden show

Pam and John Kiser’s Ragland Farm in Sperryville is hosting a multi-dealer antique and garden show this weekend. By all accounts, it should be quite a show.

It runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. There is a $5 admission charge per person. For more information, call 540-987-9561, visit, or e-mail

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