Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for April 11

Feb. 3, 1999: The specter of 200-foot telecommunications towers with warning lights being built on mountaintops elicited a lively discussion at the board of supervisors meeting on Monday. County Administrator John McCarthy suggested a public meeting to determine public sentiment for cellular telephone service. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for April 4

Aug. 2, 1973While Rappahannock County remains primarily agricultural and recreational territory, light industry is filtering into several areas, with Sperryville receiving the most recent activity. Established by Witold Kuncewicz, the Virginia International Equipment Corporation has located in the building which formerly housed Blue Ridge Fruit Growers, next to the co-op. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane March 28

March 29, 2000: In response to the Planning Commission’s village planning process, an unsolicited “draft” commercial development plan for Amissville has been forwarded by Robert Lindquist of Amissville. Lindquist and other longtime citizens of the Amissville area spent about a year preparing this plan to provide their perspective to the planning process. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for March 21

May 23, 1985: Wednesday, May 15, was not a regular school day at Rappahannock County High School. On that day, 255 students left their classes and participated in a walkout to demonstrate their disapproval of the board of supervisors’ decision to cut $120,000 from the proposed 1985-86 school budget. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for March 7

Jan. 24, 1963: Sperryville has no public library, but it does have a modern barber shop, owned and operated by John Eubank. As in all barber shops, John’s customers frequently must wait for their turn. While waiting they look around for something to read to pass the time away. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Feb. 28

Jan. 16, 1975: When trustees of the Rappahannock Library assume charge of the Helen Fuller estate in March, they will receive less than half of what they had originally expected. Receipts from a public auction of Miss Fuller’s personal belongings amounted to $28,000 in October of 1972, when the sale was held. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Feb. 21

May 25, 1961: Dr. Howard Berger of Arlington and Washington, Va. has established a dental office in the basement of the Washington Elementary School. He donated the office equipment to the county to aid in the County Dental Clinic, which has enabled many children to have corrections made. Most of these students would not have otherwise had this service. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Feb. 14

Dennis’ Store in Scrabble is a tiny building at the junction of routes 626 and 680. It is a family-run business, begun by Clifford R. Dennis 70 years ago. His son Robert Dennis Sr. and his wife Doris have run the store half of that time, since 1960.  […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for June 7

July 29, 1965: The relocated Post Office at Flint Hill was officially dedicated in a ceremony held Saturday afternoon with U.S. postal, state and federal officials and a large number of friends present. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Jan. 31

Dec. 31, 1981

By late spring, sedentary secretaries, lawyers, clerks and other office workers in the town of Washington will be able to chin-up, push-up, squat, jump and jog their way through lunch hour on the new one kilometer fitness trail that will be part of the county’s first park. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Jan. 24

Dec. 31, 1981: A large weather balloon was found Tuesday by Edward Marcey of Flint Hill while he was hunting. The object came floating down and distracted him from the deer that ambled past about the same time. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Jan. 17

Once again, the old toll house on U.S. 211 is abustle with merchant activity. An interest in firearms is in the blood of the McCoy family. John, his brother, Downing and their father Quentin needed little encouragement from a relative to begin a shop. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Jan. 10

Jan. 9, 1975: The Rappahannock Medical Clinic opened Monday under the direction of Dr. Jerry Martin of Flint Hill and Dr. Werner Krebser of Huntly. The clinic is located in Washington, in a new brick building, which was designed for the specific needs of a clinic. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Jan. 3

Aug. 17, 1994: “We are just like family, and it really hurts.” That was just one employee’s reaction to the announcement at the Aileen sewing plant in Flint Hill last Thursday. Bob Fadely, vice president of manufacturing for Aileen, broke the bad news to employees that the plant would definitely be closing on Oct. 12. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Dec. 20

For this Christmas 2018 edition of the Rappahannock News, Down Memory Lane harkens back to the Dec. 6, 1990 edition, to a series of photographs taken by Cindy Mahan that were published beneath the headline: “Christmas, Colonial style.” […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Dec. 13

April 27, 1972: Joseph J. Scherschel of Flint Hill captured the White House News Photographers Association “Photograph of the Year” award, adding another top honor to his 22 years as a photojournalist. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Nov. 29

April 12, 1979: L. V. Merrill, owner and operator of Merrill Motor Company, can qualify as an historical monument in the town of Washington. His business at the corner in the center of town has been around for as long as most of the under-50 generation can remember. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for Nov. 22

Aug. 3, 1978: Statistics compiled by the Department of Agriculture in a Rappahannock land use study and data gathered by the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection show that over 50 percent of the county’s property owners are absentee. […]