Down Memory Lane for July 25

Nov. 9, 1972

After some further hesitation about being asked to sign a “blank check,” Rappahannock’s supervisors agreed at their Nov. 2 meeting to include the county in a new mental health care regional alignment. The Rev.William Hargett and Mrs. Marilyn Lancaster, of the mental health staff, appeared to explain what was involved and to answer questions. The board had refused to act on their request at the October meeting. The supervisors agreed to join the region only on the stated motion that it will not cost the county more than the $1,500 annually already being appropriated for mental health services.

Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Eastham of Ben Venue Farm were presented the Outstanding Farmer of the Year award for Rappahannock County from the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District. The presentation was Saturday evening at the dinner meeting of the district at Graves Lodge in Syria. A certificate was presented to the Easthams, who were cited for conservation practices on their 3,000-acre farm, where they have 200 head of beef cows.

Mr. and Mrs. George Muth graciously received the Rappahannock Hunt for its opening meet Saturday at their farm, Stonehaven, near Woodville. The autumn scenery was still to be enjoyed by the field, which was entertained with members by the Muths for the hunt breakfast in the early evening at the Ski Lodge near Washington.

Oct. 15, 1981

“Simple but elegant,” is the note Peggy Clark wants to strike at the Corner Post, the new restaurant that opens in Flint Hill this weekend. A long time county resident and real estate agent, Mrs. Clark has felt for years that Rappahannock needed a restaurant that offered good food and a nice atmosphere at a reasonable price. “Rappahannock County has gotten very sophisticated, but the people still have to travel some distance to find a place like that. By the time our young people pay a babysitter and drive to Loudoun or Fauquier, they can’t afford to dine out.”

When no one else appeared to fill the breach, Peggy decided to try it herself. The upstairs of her real estate office at the corner of Route 647 has been remodeled into a dining room and kitchen, the downstairs into a conference room and neighborhood pub. With a breakfast-lunch counter of old barn wood as the focus, the atmosphere in the wall-papered upstairs dining room is classy but comfortable. The Post is open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “We want our customers to feel unhurried and relaxed. The food will be affordable but with a gourmet side to it.”

In a suit filed last Friday, the circuit court has been asked to review a variance granted by the Rappahannock Board of Zoning Appeals to Luther and Dorothy Atkins of Flint Hill. In papers filed Oct. 9 by Washington attorney David Konick, petitioners Werner Krebser and Lee Bird allege that the BZA acted in bad faith in granting the variance a decision that violated the county’s zoning ordinance. The Atkins sought a special-use permit and variance in order to build a second dwelling unit on their two-acre parcel and subsequently subdivide the property into two one-acre lots.

The old guard is changing in Flint Hill. After more than half a century of minding the store, Boo and Frances Bradford have turned over the front door keys to what has become a village landmark. Officially, Bradford’s Superette is now the Flint Hill Store House under the management of Jean Lillard and Bob and Sue Lane. “But when we answer the phone, we’ll always very fondly say “Bradford’s,” Lillard promised.

Aug. 20, 1992

The annual serial reconnaissance by the Virginia State Police proved successful last week, with overflights of the county yielding two patches of homegrown marijuana, according to Sheriff John Henry Woodward. Woodward said about a dozen plants were found in an isolated area off Route 612 in Old Hollow, and another 42 were found in a patch off Route 620 near Five Forks.

He said the plants, from 3 to 6 feet tall, had apparently benefited from the abundant moisture. An investigation into the illegal crop is continuing, the sheriff said, and charges are pending. The seizure was valued at approximately $2,000 per plant, Woodward said.

The dump truck loads of fill dirt that came from the Child Care and Learning Center property were part of a deal to get a new driveway and deceleration lane for the day care facility. Years ago, VDOT required that the center have a deceleration lane for westbound cars turning into the property. The center was able to delay putting in the extra lane until the four-lane project was underway. L. F. Franklin Construction Co. of Stevenson, the firm that is completing the first section of the four-lane project, needed fill dirt. In exchange for the dirt they have taken from the center property, they have agreed to put in the deceleration lane and a new driveway and bus turn around on the property for $18,000.

At the Washington Town Council meeting last Wednesday night, Mayor Dean Morehouse requested that the council examine the issue of road ownership and expressed objections to actions taken by the town council at its July 16 meeting when it approved a variance from the subdivision ordinance for Fredette Eagle without deleting the roadbed from the plat that was conveyed. Mrs. Eagle had requested the variance to make a boundary adjustment with a neighbor to enlarge the lot at the corner of Gay and Wheeler streets where her shed sits. Mr. Morehouse, who was absent from the July 16 meeting, questioned whether the roadbed in front of the Eagle property should be conveyed with the quit claim deed and suggested that the council make an effort to “clear the title.”