The Washington column for July 7

Those inspiring Internationals

Half the year has gone by in the blink of an eye! Here it is July already, and we just celebrated Independence Day. Our country has so much to be thankful for, and it all started with our independence. As Lee Greenwood so beautifully sang, “I thank my lucky stars to be living here today, ’cause the flag still stands for freedom, and they can’t take that away.”

I received a phone call last week from a gentleman asking if those antique International tractors were going to be parked again at the end of a driveway near 211 between Washington and Sperryville. “Oh,” I said, “you are talking about Manly and Jackie Bruce.” I told him they were not there yet, and he said he would be coming through Rappahannock again this July 4 and hoped to see them again. He said they looked like they had been well used, and I told the gentleman that they probably were and, for me, they brought back fond memories of farmland, our heritage and, most of all, our freedom.

I gave the Bruces a call the next day and talked with Jackie. Was Manly was going to have his tractors on display again this year for the Fourth? Yes, she said, he was getting them ready. And so Manly Bruce’s collection of antique International Farmall tractors, with Old Glory flags blowing in the breeze, was poised at the end of his driveway along U.S. 211 on Saturday.

Manly and Jackie, I didn’t get the chance to see your collection of tractors this year, but I hope the gentleman on his way through got to see them on Saturday. I think the whole community would love for you to keep this tradition going for years to come. I know I would. I thank my lucky stars to be a part of Rappahannock County.

First-ever farmer’s market

A large crowd came by for the Inn's first farmer’s market last Sunday in town.
A large crowd came by for the Inn’s first farmer’s market last Sunday in town. Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News

Last Sunday (July 3), the Inn at Little Washington held its first-ever farmer’s market. I stopped by to see what they had, and it was incredible. They had everything from different varieties of vegetables to jars of honey, bouquets of flowers and some very beautiful jewelry. They had a great turnout, from the locals to some out of the county. I even ran into Rachael Hayden, who is the director of public relations for the Inn. She was busy as a bee, to say the least. But in the end, it was all worth it, and I’m sure there will be an even bigger turnout next Sunday.

A large crowd came by for the Inn's first farmer’s market last Sunday in town.
A large crowd came by for the Inn’s first farmer’s market last Sunday in town. Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News


A reminder of the food preservation class, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. next Thursday, July 14 at the Extension office, 311-J Gay St., Washington.  Learn how to preserve your bounty for the winter months by attending the Extension-sponsored class. The cost is $20. For more information or to register, contact Becky Sheffield at 540-727-3435 (ext. 344) or email

Remember in your prayers

During your daily routine, keep Ellen Mustoe in prayer for her safety. She will be leaving for a mission trip to Eagle Butte, South Dakota July 22. This is her 13th year of missionary work. This is one amazing lady. Always on the go, putting the Lord first in her life and helping others in need.

Berry season

July is berry month. Blueberries come first, wineberries next, raspberries, than my favorite, blackberries. My husband has some blackberry vines this year with large berries on them. I hope that I can get them before the bears do.


Birthday wishes go out to Betty Crawford. She will celebrate her special day on July 21. Also birthday wishes go out to Janet Burke and Heather Dawn Singleton who will celebrate their day on July 27.

Dwyer reunion

The 27th annual Dwyer family reunion begins 10:30 a.m. at the Washington fire hall. Please bring a dish and drink to share. For more information, call Wayne Baldwin at 540-547-3722.

Stay cool, have a wonderful week!