Washington Column for Oct. 7

Heritage House is 25 and looking for a buyer

Heritage House B&B, currently on the market, marks its 25th anniversary in November. The house was converted into a B&B by Jim and Nan Thompson in 1985. It was subsequently operated as a B&B by three other owner-innkeepers until Gary and Michelle Schwartz took over the business in June 2002. Their vision was to live in a beautiful location in which they could eventually retire. They purchased two pieces of property, intending to one day transition out of the B&B business. After some recent serious health issues, the Schwartzes have decided to sell Heritage House and retain their cottage on Piedmont Avenue.

They have listed the B&B with Denise Chandler of Country Places Realty, who’ll host an open house at the inn from 5 to 7 today (Oct. 7). For more information, please contact her at 540-675-1200.

In the meantime, Gary and Michelle Schwartz plan to operate the B&B until the house is sold. “We will continue to provide personal service and quality accommodations to our guests. We enjoy being their ‘home away from home.’ ”

Jan Barbano (left) and Helen Williams at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington creating floral masterpieces for the Dried Flower Sale and House Tour Oct. 16-17. Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck.

Rappahannock’s fall splendor

Fall is a special time in Rappahannock County.

On Oct. 16-17 hundreds of visitors will come to Rappahannock County for the 54th Annual Dried Flower and House Tour to held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington.

When you look at an uncut field on any one of the beautiful roads in Rappahannock County, you think of its treasures. If the sight of the bright orange of a butterfly weed in the field makes you want to pull the car over and grab your gardening gear, or if your garage or attic is now full of hanging flowers that dried in the August heat, you must be getting ready for the Dried Flower Sale and House Tour sponsored by the Episcopal churchwomen.

It has been a fixture on the fall calendar of the county for as long as I can remember. Drying flowers seems like a very old-fashioned thing to do, what with the abundance of silk flowers available nowadays and the florist sections of supermarkets always available. But finding and preserving nature’s bounty has it own rewards.

Even as this is written, the arrangements are being created at Trinity’s parish hall.

The dried flower arrangements also will decorate the three houses chosen for the tour this year. For more information on the house tour, call Helen Williams at 540-937-4279 and check out the story on page B1.

Mark Oct. 16-17 on your calendar now!

New items at R.H. Ballard

Every week the R.H. Ballard shop at 307 Main St. has been receiving all sorts of new shipments for the fall season. Besides all the new gift and home items, one highlight has been the introduction of an “Eco-Baby Collection.” All plush toys, blankets, rattles, blocks and finger puppets are made with certified nontoxic materials that are safe for babies. They also have new children’s books. Stop in and check out the shipments, and while you are shopping, you can enjoy a cup of their coffee.


Congratulations are in order for Sarah Brown and Kenny Miller on their marriage to take place on Sunday (Oct. 10) at the Washington Baptist Church.

And more congratulations go out to Rappahannock County High School’s varsity football team for its first win of the season. The team defeated Carson Long Military Academy, 54-13, last Friday at home. Keep up the good work, guys!