Down Memory Lane for Sept. 15

Aug. 9, 1984

For about four months, Ronald Frazier of Amissville has spent every hour he can muster in the county clerk’s office poring over Rappahannock’s proposed zoning ordinance. If he had his way, every property owner in the county would be doing the same.

“This zoning ordinance could be in place the next 10 years,” Frazier says. “I’d like to be involved in the planning of my future.

The county’s future zoning ordinance has been in the planning stages nearly four years. Several drafts have been written and revised; Rappahannock’s Planning Commission now is ready for public comment on the document.

Richard “Dick” McNear, Fauquier County planning director and consultant to Rappahannock’s Planning Commission, knows firsthand what a legally defensible zoning ordinance can do for a county.

From the Aug. 9, 1984 Rappahannock News: Ronald Frazier of Amissville examines the zoning maps.
From the Aug. 9, 1984 Rappahannock News: Ronald Frazier of Amissville examines the zoning maps. From the Rappahannock News

McNear believes Rappahannock’s proposed zoning ordinance, scheduled for public hearing Aug. 15, has the same kind of legally defensible guts. Void of legally defensible, a county’s zoning ordinance doesn’t have a leg to stand on, according to McNear.

“Legally defensible, I call it,” McNear said Aug. 6, following Rappahannock’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting at which concerns were raised regarding the county’s proposed zoning ordinance.

“If a county wants to have zoning, impact land use, protect rights to peace and quiet . . . it’s got to have laws that will stand. That’s what zoning is all about.”

Feb. 20, 2002

In June of 1802, David T. Cox and his wife, Anne Calvert Cox, purchased a half-acre lot for $15 in the Town of Washington. On that site, at Main and Middle Street, Mrs. Cox, in her “Ordinary,” served meals and rented bed space to notables and travelers of the time.

Cox’s Hotel, as it was then known, became the meeting and greeting place, and provided comfort and sustenance to many. When the new county of Rappahannock was formed in 1833, Mrs. Cox’s Hotel expanded its role and became the de facto offices of the county court and a polling place, and hosted countless meetings of the county’s leaders.

Two hundred years later the Inn at Little Washington has committed to the purchase of this venerable edifice, and they may foster the rebirth of those rooms in which some familiar names met, worked and comforted with food and drink-names like Wood, Eastham, Menefee, Thornton, Amiss, Pendleton, Lillard, Dearing, Fletcher and Thornhill.

Said the Inn’s Patrick O’Connell, “We look forward to purchasing the tavern and bringing it back to life. We are grateful to have an opportunity to restore a building which has such historical significance to Washington, Virginia.”

Sperryville resident and Democrat J. Kent Reeve received a distinguished honor from the Democratic Party of Virginia, at the Party’s Annual Jefferson Dinner in Richmond recently. To the applause of Gov. Mark Warner and Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine and more than a thousand other guests, Mr. Reeve was bestowed with the “Tom Whipple Party Services” award for his contributions in the area of technology.

This award is given annually to Virginia Democrats for exemplary service to the party. Mr. Reeve was the only recipient this year.

A longtime county resident, Mr. Reeve is a former chairperson of the Rappahannock County Democratic Party. He has served on several area statewide democratic committees, including the State Technology, the 10th Congressional District, and the State Central Committees.

Attending the dinner with Mr. Reeve were his wife, Nancy Reeve, son John Robert Reeve and Robert Weinberg.