Washington column for Sept. 20

Rush River overflows it banks

Harris Hollow Road By Charles Smoot

Just as we were beginning to dry out some, heavy rains from Hurricane Florence drenched the area on Monday evening. Rain and more rain came down after I got home from work. Around 9:15 p.m., we could stand on the deck and hear the water coming off the mountain behind us. There were two streams running from the mountain down through my yard.

Harris Hollow Road was finally closed — no one could get out or come in. The Rush River flooded its banks. It was said that we had around 2 feet of water that covered the road.

Nothing but water and more water. Whenever there’s lots of rain, I always think of the story of Noah and the Ark. I was beginning to think that Harris Hollow residents might have to have a boat to make it to work on Tuesday morning.

Although in the Bible, Genesis 9:11: “And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. Least I know for sure that the world would not be destroyed by a flood.”

So that verse made me realize that the earth would not be destroyed by water. And I went to bed thinking no way would I be able to go to work the next day. Boy, was I wrong! My son and his wife drove down to to check out the road, came back and said the road was clear. The Rush River had gone down. So yes, here I am at work writing this column.

But always the optimist, I’m still able to find a silver lining in all the clouds. Look on the bright side. And it was nothing compared to the flood we had back in the 90’s.

Thrift shop

After a week of being closed, the Washington Firehouse Treasures Thrift Shop is reopening with amazing fall and winter items. Be sure stop by to see what is new for the season.

Their hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m t o 1 p.m.

Historic quilt

A treasure on loan at the Rappahannock Historical Society: A quilt made by Viola Cubbage Estes, wife of Benjamin George Estes, at the beginning of WWI.

It’a a Crazy Quilt with unique sections featuring birds, crosses, flowers made to commemorate WWI and honoring those who served. Viola passed away in 1921.

The quilt can be viewed at the Rappahannock Historical Society at 328 Gay Street, Washington, Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday from 11a.m. to 5 p.m.


Sympathy goes out to the family of Dwight Eugene “Ike” Frye, 61, of Washington, known to many people as Ike. He passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

He was married to Robin Estes, they made their home on the Estes Family Farm in Washington. He and Robin were blessed with their son, Derick Judson “DJ” Frye.

I got to know Ike when he would come in the office to pay for his subscription. He always had a smile on his face talking about his family and the farm.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Mt. Jackson with Reverend Matthew Diehl officiating. Interment followed at the Estes Family Cemetery in Washington.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to a friend, Jay Brown, who will celebrate his birthday on Friday, Sept. 28. Happy Birthday, Jay

Be safe and have a wonderful week.