Down Memory Lane for Oct. 6

Sept. 20, 1984

In the 1950s, Washington became a part of the national news with the first “all women” town council. On Thursday, Sept. 13, there was another first for women as the Rappahannock County Jaycees elected the first woman president of a Jaycee chapter in Virginia.

Patricia Vest of Washington was sworn into her new office Sunday, Sept. 16 by Tommy Todd, the U. S. president of the Jaycees, who flew in from the Jaycees U. S. headquarters in Tulsa, Okla. The swearing in ceremony was held at the Twin Bridges Marriott in Washington D. C.

Vest is excited about her new office, and about what the new Jaycee chapter in Rappahannock can accomplish. “I’m really proud of the organization,” said Vest. “I think that we’ve got a good group of people, and that we’ll get a lot done.”

The Medal of Honor is the highest honor that the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) can give to an individual. On Sunday, Sept. 16, the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the DAR surprised William Carrigan by bestowing the honor on him. About 35 people watched as Mr. Carrigan received the award at the Rappahannock County Library. It was a fitting place to hold the ceremony since Mr. Carrigan was instrumental in organizing and establishing the library.

Besides his work for the library, Mr. Carrigan is widely known for his Fourth of July celebrations. For 23 years, the people of Rappahannock have been invited to celebrate the Fourth at Avon Hill with Mr. Carrigan and his wife Ramona.

Mr. Carrigan’s weekends have been busy since he bought Avon Hall around 1960. In addition to establishing the library and organizing the Fourth of July festivities, he has also helped to create the Rappahannock County Historical Society, headed a local committee to create a time capsule filled with information about Rappahannock County and located at the library, and provided a place for the Catholic Mission and the Family Worship Center to hold services.

Other services to the people of Rappahannock County by Mr. Carrigan include his donation of the use of the old school building auditorium to groups for cultural purposes, and his offer of water to the residents of Washington during the 1983 drought.

Aug. 7, 2002

In the face of impending unanimous opposition from the Board of Supervisors that accurately reflected the tenor of the public hearing, David Cole announced that “the applicant would just as soon withdraw” and he added that “. . . we will look elsewhere to meet the needs of our business.”

Mr. Cole appeared surprised that the Board of Supervisors’ hearing on Sunnyside Farms’ application for “an education facility and conference center” met with a radically different response from that received at the Planning Commission hearing on July 17, and he suggested that another county might better support his plans for an institute that would advance the tenets of sustainable agriculture and related practices. The planning commission had recommended that the special exception application be approved and they voted overwhelming to do so — by a six-to-one margin.

The Board of Supervisors’ public hearing brought forth a nearly singular voice in opposition to Sunnyside Farms’ application — the only support heard in fact was from Sunnyside’s primary construction contractor Peter Kreyling — and most expressed concern for the traffic impact on Harris Hollow Road and through the town of Washington.

How does a work of art happen? In this case and perhaps in all cases it grew. It began with the leg of a dining room table and a challenge. The dining room table had been designed and built by Peter Kramer   cabinetmaker and the challenge came from Gregory and Nancy Earnheart, who became the owners of the table when they brought the Mettens’ home on Tiger Valley Road a little over a year ago.

The previous owners had used one of the large first floor rooms as an exercise studio. The now empty sunlit room seemed like the perfect place for a pool table. Part of the challenge was to create a pool table in complete harmony with the house. The pool table needed to belong in this elegantly designed open house as flawlessly as the kitchen, staircase, walls and windows. It also had to fit with Kramer’s other pieces of furniture in the house, and it had to function as a pool table.