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Hidden Treasures of the Northern Neck and Beyond!
The watermen of the Northern Neck are legendary. Hereâ€™s your chance to spend a day living the legend.
atermen of the Northern Neck have fished the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for more than two centuries. They are guided by the changing seasons, harvesting oysters in the winter months, crabbing in the summer and fishing in all kinds of weather. Today, you can experience firsthand tonging for oysters, pulling crab pots and more with a waterman as your guide. Go to northernneckheritage.com or call 804-333-1919. northernneckheritage.com ÂŠ2014 Northern Neck Tourism Commission. All rights reserved.
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As Ruth would say, “Life goes on!” For the first time since its debut issue in 1987, Getaway magazine has a new publisher. In addition to being President here at Journal Press, Inc., Jessica Herrink has taken on the title since her mother, Ruth, passed away unexpectedly on October 12, 2013. It was originally my intention to dedicate this issue of Getaway to the watermen of the Northern Neck. My grandfather, Capt. Carla Rollins Gutridge Dewey Parkinson, had come to the Northern Neck of VA from the Eastern Shore of MD early in the 20th Century, beginning what would become three generations of “Parkinson watermen” living in Colonial Beach. Ruth and I had discussed this dedication in great length; from the story content we would use, to the advertising campaign by which we’d finance the production. But with her untimely passing last fall, my focus shifted- ever so slightly. While there is still a heavy focus on watermen, boating and fishing, we’ve also included a tribute or two within these pages to honor one of the coolest ladies I’ve ever known.
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This issue’s cover was designed by Journal Press, Inc. graphic artist Leonard Banks. The insert photo is of our dearly departed publisher, Ruth Herrink, on a fishing trip aboard the Midnight Sun awhile back. Labeled “Ruth Rocks” and submitted by our “Outdoors Report” correspondent Mark Fike, this photo represents fond memories of Ruth and that fishing trip by many here at the office.
When we met for the first time, almost exactly one year to the day of her passing, Ruth struck me as a strong, no-nonsense businesswoman. I soon found out that she also had a heart of gold and was devoted to her faith, her community, her family and her friends. During my job interview with Ruth and Jessica in early October of 2012, I mentioned that I was a lifelong resident of Colonial Beach who enjoyed working with people. I remember Ruth commenting that both of those things about me would come in handy as a member of The Journal family. And when I told her that I have a problem with taking “No” for an answer, her eyes lit up with delight. “You’ll do just fine around here,” she said to me, smiling. It was my pleasure to nominate Ruth for the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Press Association, and my honor to accept it recently on her behalf posthumously. Her list of lifetime achievements took quite some time to be read by the presenter. And now, a shout out to spring; I can’t recall another year when yards in the Northern Neck had both Easter decorations and snow shovels on display at the same time. The St. Patrick’s Day snow here had even the most diehard snow lovers saying, “Enough, already!” So, now that Old Man Winter has taken his final bow and made his final exit for the season
Ruth J. Herrink (hopefully), take this issue of Getaway with you as you visit more of the hidden treasures of the Northern Neck and its neighboring areas. Whether for a day, or a stay, enjoy some of the most historic and beautiful areas our state has to offer. And please remember to let our advertisers know that you saw them here.
The Getaway The Getaway is published by the Journal Press, Inc., of King George County. The Getaway is for both locals and tourists visiting the Northern Neck and regional visitor locations, and is published two times a year. Each issue highlights attractions in the counties of the Northern Neck and surrounding areas. All rights reserved. No part may be reproduced without written permission. Contact us at P.O. Box 409, King George, Virginia, 22485 (540) 775-2024, FAX (540) 775-4099, www.journalpress.com. The office is located at 10250 Kings Hwy., in King George, VA. Publisher...................................................................................................................Jessica Herrink Managing Editor........................................................................................Carla Rollins Gutridge Production.........................Cynthia L. Ailey, Drue Murray, Leonard Banks, Jessica Herrink Advertising.......Carla Gutridge, Charlene Franks, Steve Detwiler and Elizabeth Foreman
A winery right in King George County Richard Leggitt One of the highlights of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail is located in King George County. Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery brings a taste of Europe to Virginia’s Northern Neck and delights travelers and residents alike with its Old World winemaking skills. The Northern Neck business opened in 2002, the creation of Conrad Brandt and his family. Brandt, who began making wine at home in the 1950s, was determined to create good Bordeaux-style red wines and Rhine-style white wines and to share them with others. When the Brandts purchased their current home just off Route 218 in King George in 1971, Brandt immediately began planting grapes on an adjoining eight acres. For starters, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapevines were obtained and grafted onto American rootstock. Famed Virginia winemaker Jacques Recht advised the Brandts to plant Bordeaux vines, which they did, and the vines have flourished. In California, the Brandts purchased Symphony vines, a cross between
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Muscat of Alexandria and a rose of Grenache, which produces a wine taste similar to Riesling, and added those to their vineyard. Actual construction of an Bavarian-style winery began in 1999, after careful calculations of the wine market, the average vineyard yield, bulk wine aging and the entire grape to wine to bottle process. The name “Oak Crest” was selected for the many oak trees bordering the vineyard, and a German-style crest was designed as a branding label. Today, Oak Crest produces more than a dozen popular wines; from the Rhine-style Moonlight Sonata made from Symphony grapes, to a deep, rich and smooth Merlot, to the Summer Medley made with Symphony grapes and Virginia strawberries, Oak Crest has a wine for every palate. The Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery is located at 8215 Oak Crest Drive, King George, VA 22485. The winery and gift shop hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, beginning April 1, and running through Dec. 23. The winery hosts tastings and events, and is closed on Easter and Thanksgiving.
Lancaster County’s hidden treasure — The Kilmarnock Inn Richard Leggitt The Kilmarnock Inn is a great stop for visitors to and residents of Virginia’s Northern Neck. Located in the heart of Kilmarnock, just off of Route 3, the Inn on East Church Street is a Northern Neck treasure of presidential history. This quaint bed and breakfast features inspirational mementos of American presidents including George Washington, James Madison and James Monroe, all born in the Northern Neck, along with a beautiful décor of the Colonial time period that puts its visitors in a relaxed aura of reverence and appreciation. As you register at the Inn, you’ll be pleasantly greeted by a welcoming staff, and you may notice the colorful carpet with the Presidential Seal as you approach the desk in the Inn’s main building. Called the “Wilson House” after Virginia’s Woodrow Wilson, this historical structure, circa 1884, contains guest rooms, a lounge and a restaurant with a delicious menu that includes humorously titled options such as “Filibuster French Toast” and “Votes are Stacked” pancakes. Other guest rooms are housed in cottages arranged around a small courtyard. Named after other Commanders-in-Chief, you’ll find the Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Harrison, Taylor-Tyler cottages, each with its
own sign of presidential trivia placed in front to give insight into each president. For example, did you know President Tyler had fifteen children, and he was playing marbles when he learned he was to be the next president? At your request, the Kilmarnock Inn will arrange exciting day trips such as flying above the Chesapeake Bay, tours of the Northern Neck wineries, kayaking, fishing on the Rappahannock River and more. The Kilmarnock Inn will have your picnic lunch ready as you head out to enjoy the day, which might also include sailing, power boating or a scenic drive to one of the Northern Neck’s many natural sights. Also, you’ll find delightful shops in the town of Kilmarnock itself. Walk down Main Street to discover gift shops containing unique aquatic-themed designs of dinnerware and casual furniture made of rattan. Cozy eateries are a great place to grab a sandwich or a bowl of crab soup, or later have a romantic candlelight dinner. The Kilmarnock Inn is found on 34 E. Church St., Kilmarnock, VA. You can find out more about this welcoming tribute to history by calling (804) 435-0034, or visit www. kilmarnockinn.com. You’ll feel welcomed and at home, while being treated like a dignitary with the best in hospitality at this popular bed and breakfast.
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Hiking in the Northern Neck The Northern Neck does not have the large acreage and long hiking trails that other parts of the state are blessed with. However, there are many smaller venues that provide wonderful opportunities for day hikes. This article summarizes those trails, which are in parks and other public resources, as well as a few private trails. Be sure to check the webJim Lynch sites for more details, rules of use, any fees, and possible closures. Many of these parks have “friends” groups that provide opportunities to offer your time and talent to “give back” to the parks. All of the URLs for the websites can be found on the Friends of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail site: www.friendsdrht.org. Some of the trail sites are also described in the excellent “60 Hikes within 60 Miles” by Nathan Lott (the 60 miles is the distance from Richmond, VA, which covers most of the Northern Neck). King George County Caledon State Park- 2579 acres Caledon has recently been elevated to full State Park status. This means that some new trails have been opened and more will be in the future. The five “nature trails” are still there, which provide everything from pleasant strolls through old growth forests, to stressing hills. The longest trail, Cedar Ridge, four miles, is a nice challenge for the fitness buff. The new trails are the old park roads, most of which have been closed until recently and which lead down to the Potomac River in a couple of places. These trails are open to both to hikers and bicyclists. Primitive campsites have recently been installed along the river, providing a backpacking opportunity, as well as canoe/kayak camping. Note that there is no vehicular access to the river, including the campsites. Parking fee and campsite fee.
Center, and enjoy the view of Popes Creek from the wooden deck (there are rocking chairs there for those not wishing to hike). Take the Popes Creek Trail toward the Historic Area and Cedar Grove. If you have a little more time, take the new (2012) wooden footbridge that goes across an arm of the creek to the Picnic Area (restrooms here are closed during winter months) and a separate 0.9-mile nature trail. Come back across a pair of boardwalks to the barnyard area, and back to the Visitor Center parking lot on the Upper Trail. Level grade with a few short rises. Dirt, crushed oyster shells or woodchip-based. There is one small wet, boggy stretch on the separate Nature Trail, but for only a few yards. About two miles total, not including the separate nature trail. Tours of the Memorial House and other informative presentations by Park Rangers and Guides are available. Open 9-5 daily (except for New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). Pets are not allowed in the Historic Area (including its trails and the footbridge). No admission fee. www.nps.gov/gewa Westmoreland State Park- 1900 acres (approx.) There are seven trails, totaling six miles in length. Some steep hills, including a long and steep staircase coming up from the beach on the Potomac River. Dirt paths, winding through mature forests. Well-marked. A great place to spend the day hiking with a lunch. Cabins and campsites are available. Parking fee and camping fee. Stratford Hall- 1311 acres The birthplace of Robert E. Lee and home of historic Lee family, there are several trails on the Stratford Hall plantation property that have the potential to be excellent hiking opportunities. Unfortunately, due to damage from recent hurricanes, some of them cannot be recom- mended for use by the general public at this time. The staff has ambitious plans to improve, and in some cases, relocate the trails. But until that work is completed, stick to those trails closest to the Great House- the Vault Trail and the Spring House Trail. As an added benefit, Stratford Hall is the only hiking venue in the Northern Neck that is associated with a restaurant (and a fine one at that!). Either before or after your walk, enjoy lunch at the restaurant. Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Tours of the Great House and grounds are also available. Entrance fee.
Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail (DRHT)- 238 acres Photo courtesy of the National Park SerIn 1942, the US Navy built a railroad to vice- Alan Hageman, Park Guide at George serve the Naval Proving Ground at Dahlgren, Washington Birthplace National Monument. VA, during World War II. The part of the line Richmond County stretching through the eastern part of King George County has been Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refugeabandoned and is now in private hands, pending adoption into the State 8707 acres (total current acreage of the Refuge) Park system. A friends’ group is clearing and improving the rail bed. There Wilna Pond Tract- Several nice trails, mostly level with a gravel mix for are trailheads with limited parking at several road crossings. The trail is the tread. The Eagle Scout Trail (EST) and the Green Heron Trail (GHT) 15.5 miles long. A permit (no charge) is required. See the Friends’ web- are very short, a couple hundred yards max, and flat, although the EST site for details. does have a short set of steps leading up to the start of the trail at a kiosk. The EST goes out to an overlook over the pond- very nice. The GHT goes Westmoreland County behind the lodge, just a nice short loop. The Wilna Creek Trail is longerGeorge Washington Birthplace National Monument- 550 takes about 15 minutes to hike out and back. Has an accessible blind overacres total looking the pond for wildlife viewing and photography. Ends in a loop, Under the protection and care of the National Park Service since 1932, even though the trail map says that it continues out to the road (to the the grounds are a nice walking area with several paths around the Memo- lodge/education center). rial House in the Historic Area. Park at the Visitor Center (nice movie, continue to next page exhibits, gift shop and restrooms). Go out the back door of the Visitor
Hike the trails of the Northern Neck
Photo by Jim Lynch The trees just speak to you when you’re at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve in Northumberland County. from previous page Lancaster County Belle Isle State Park- 739 acres One of the newer parks in the family of State Parks, there are seven trails, ranging in length from 0.4 to 1.5 miles long, totaling 5.3 miles. Several of the trails are multi-use, allowing hiking, biking and horseback riding. So brush up on your multi-use rules before starting out. Two of the trails have campsites, thus affording a backpacking opportunity. The trails are level and comprised of dirt and gravel. Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve- 254 acres Just off of Rt. 3. Parking and a system of trails, totaling 3.5 miles. Dirt treads, mostly flat, but a couple of short hills. Blazing is erratic, sometimes lots of blazes, other times not a one, so keep your eyes open. Get the nice map at the kiosk in the parking area. Unique trail signs are used throughout at junctions, with little triangular pointers- Nice! Stick to the “white” blazed trail for first-timers; take a couple of side-trails to overlooks. Acquired with help from the Audubon Society. Northumberland County Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve- 103 acres On Rt. 642 outside of Heathsville, with 1.4 miles of trails, with moderate grade down to Deep Landing Stream. An overlook platform for wildlife observation on a spur loop (Heron Loop) is off the main trail. Very nice little place for a short stroll. Also acquired with help from the Audubon Society. Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve- 316 acres On the Chesapeake Bay, there is a short gravel path (about 100 yards) and a boardwalk to a raised deck overlooking a grassy marsh and the Bay. The deck has a nice bench to relax and have lunch. The Preserve also has a canoe launching beach, but no other water access. Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve- 204 acres Also on the Chesapeake Bay, and not far from Dameron Marsh- Easier to reach, since the entrance kiosk is right on the main road (Ball Neck Rd.). A short path and a boardwalk lead to an old farming road, now a trail, that runs parallel to the beach. There are three beach access points, along with two observation decks. The Beach Shore Trail is 0.7 miles long, making a nice round trip. Very level and an easy walk.
Fletcher Stephen Lee is preparing trail markers for the new orienteering trails the scouts built at Westmoreland State Park for Flether’s Eagle Scout project.
Local boy is troop’s youngest Eagle Scout Troop 258’s newest Eagle Scout is 14-year-old Fletcher Stephen Lee of Colonial Beach. Fletcher completed all of the required merit badges and demonstrated his leadership skills, as well. He has shown that he is capable of getting things done and leads by example. Fletcher has never asked any scout to do a job that he would not do himself. In hoping to encourage people to get out and hike more and to support our local parks, Fletcher did his Eagle project at Westmoreland State Park last fall, by building two orienteering courses for the public to use. Take a day and go over to the Westmoreland State Park office and ask for the orienteering course map and hike away. There are two trails- one for those who need a simpler trail, and one for those wanting a little more adventure. Be sure to also check out the park’s geocaching along the way, too. Fletcher is the son of Stephen & Missey Lee, the grandson of Laura-Lee Fletcher Manning, and the great-grandson of Joe and Helen Fletcher, all of Colonial Beach. His paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Elizabeth Lee, are from King George. His Eagle status was signed by National last fall, two days before his 14th birthday, which makes him the troop’s youngest Eagle Scout so far. The troop’s first Eagle Scout, Trevor Alger, was the officiating Voice of the Eagle for the ceremony, and the troop was glad to have him help out. Trevor went on to become a Virginia State Trooper, and the troop is proud of his leadership in the community, now as well. Troop 258 is sponsored by the Colonial Beach Baptist Church and meets on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Belle Grove Plantation on Ghost Hunters on the SyFy Channel! Carla Rollins Gutridge King George County’s own Belle Grove Plantation, birthplace of President James Madison on March 16, 1751, was featured in an episode of the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters. The show aired on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, with an encore of the episode aired on Wednesday, February 26. Owner and Innkeeper Michelle Darnell says of the taping for the television show, “The TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) Team and crew were here in November filming the episode. I have to say they were so professional. They weren’t only mindful of our time, making sure they didn’t cause us to lose any business, but they were very thoughtful when it came to the antiques in the mansion and the history that makes Belle Grove Plantation so special. When they left, you never would have known that they were here. I have to say, it was surreal to walk into the mansion and see Jason, Steve, Tango, Amy, Adam and Samantha walking around. We have watched the show for years, marveling at the locations they travel to and getting as excited as they do when they find something. Jason is very much the professional. He is the leader of the group, but has a wonderful, friendly side. When I was walking around with him, he listened and answered my questions with an understanding that only years of experience would have afforded. It was also really sweet to see him guiding his daughter, Samantha, during the walkthrough and re-
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minding her of things she would need to remember. Steve is just like you see on television; very laid back and easy going. His soft manner that he shares really puts you at ease. He is a great compliment to Jason. I have no doubt that Steve could step up as leader, if needed, but I think his open and friendly nature helps keep things light. Steve was even nice enough to talk to my son, Tyler, on the phone. Tyler is really a huge fan, and I know it really thrilled him. One thing I found out from the crew; Steve loves Andies candies. Thank goodness I always have them on the Grand Hall sideboard! Amy and Adam tended to hang together during the walkthrough of the mansion. But their walkthrough wasn’t so much about the ghosts as looking at the antiques. I would point out pieces and explain where they came from and any history that went with them. They were impressed by some of our great buys and suggested that they should be shopping with me! Of course, I needed to point out to Adam that none of the antiques were to go home with him! Tango wasn’t with the team during the walkthrough. I only briefly saw him here and there. He was mostly busy working with the crew and getting things ready. I have to say, the crew worked like a well-oiled machine, but were just as friendly and kind to us. I would never have a question of having them return. Doing my filming was a little unnerving. I had some wonderful people guiding me through so I would know what to expect. And believe it or not, I didn’t have to do too many second or third takes. The crew gave me an idea of what they were wanting in part, and I just filled in the spaces with what I knew. The reveal came later. It was really very exciting to see what they would come up with. My biggest fear, though, was that our ghosts would be quiet and not really come out for them. Most of the time, the ghosts here are quiet. They were moving around a lot when we first started making changes [to the plantation house]. But since things have settled down, they seem to have done the same. Mind you, they aren’t gone. We still have things that happen. The latest happened just this morning; I need to go back to an earlier event for this event to make sense. Back in September 2012, our caretaker and his family were living in our quarters in the mansion as their home was without power due to an electrical fire. They told us during their stay, they woke up around 4 a.m. to what sounded like a rubber ball bouncing on the floor; it really scared them. To this day, the caretaker’s wife doesn’t like to come in at night alone. Just after this event, I started having ‘things’ happen during our visits to the mansion (before I moved up here in April 2013). I had heard if you set down the ‘rules’ with the ghosts, for the most part, they would follow them. So that is just what I did. My rules are as follows: 1. You can’t call or whisper my name 2. I don’t need to hear footsteps or door slams to let me know that you are here, because I know you are here. 3. I don’t want to see you, because it can scare me. 4. If we have guests that are afraid of ghosts, we ask that you don’t make your presence known. We don’t want people scared of the mansion, because we have to make money to keep the doors open. 5. If a guest comes and is wanting to see or talk to you, and you are up continue to next page
from previous page for it, then you have our blessing; go for it. 6. When I am in my room (which is in the mansion) and my door is closed, you aren’t to come in. I don’t want to see you standing in the room or wake to see you watching me. This is my space, and I need to feel safe. Since I made the ‘rules’, things have really calmed down. For the most part, they seem to understand and comply with them. In December 2012, we had a medium, Laine Crosby, come through to give us her impressions of the mansion. During her visit, we were sitting in my room. She stopped our conversation and told me that there were two boys (twins) that were standing at my door (which was open). She told me that she had asked them to come in several times, but they replied that they couldn’t. They said, ‘Mama says we can’t play in there anymore.’ Laine then told me that they had a message for me. They wanted to let me know that they were the ones bouncing the ball. She asked me if I understood; of course, I did. Since then, we have Innkeeper Michelle Darnell (center) poses with Ghost Hunters’ TAPS Team last November. heard the ball bouncing on the second floor hall. Psychic Medium Laine Crosby again. Darnell says that as long as the In July 2013, one of our guests who had stayed the night told me that she had heard a woman’s voice on the second workshops are popular, Belle Grove will continue to host them about floor, where she was sleeping. The woman called out, ‘Twins’ in a song- every six months or so. Special Paranormal Tours of the plantation will also be offered on like manner. We figured the boys and their mom were now hanging out October 24, 25 and 31 this year. For a full list of events and for more upstairs. Another morning, around 4 a.m., I woke and couldn’t get back to information on Belle Grove Plantation, visit their website www.bellesleep. I sat up for an hour and watched a little television to relax myself groveplantation.com. Editor’s note: In a previous issue of Getaway, we mistakenly listed and tried to get back to sleep around 5:30 a.m. Just as I got comfortable, President James Madison’s year of birth as 1871. Thank you to the I heard at the end of the bed, a rubber ball bouncing. I knew at once it knowledgeable Park Rangers at George Washington Birthplace Nationwas the twin boys playing. These boys have been a little more active over al Monument for bringing this to our attention. Please forgive us, Mr. the last month. They have gone as far as to hide my kitchen utensils from President. me, only to return them later. So I knew they were being mischievous this morning. So I called them out saying, ‘Okay, you know you aren’t supposed to be in here. Please leave so I can sleep.’ Just after I said that, I heard a woman’s voice say, ‘Come’. I guess the boys were called down by their mother, and she got them out of the room. I am asked time and again if I am afraid to be alone in the mansion at night. To be honest; no, it doesn’t bother me. In fact, it is almost comforting. Our ghosts, if you see or hear them, are very friendly and warm. The mansion has a warm feeling, as if it has a happy disposition. We know people died here, and I am sure there were some tragic things associated with the plantation, but I don’t thing it comes through with the ghosts. I like to think that they watch over the mansion; and me. And that they are happy with us and with the fact that we are remembering and honoring their past.” So, what did the TAPS Team find during their visit to Belle Grove? Owners Michelle and Brett Darnell advise that the Ghost Hunters’ website has a section on Dead Presidents, and the episode from the SyFy Channel may also be seen “on demand”. Anyone wishing to ghost hunt at Belle Grove for themselves can sign up for one of the ongoing “behind the scenes basement tours” of the mansion. While there is no guarantee of the ghosts’ participation, Michelle Darnell says that many times, the ghosts have reacted to flashlights in the basement. Following the success of the Paranormal Workshop held at the plantation in January, another has been planned for Saturday, July 12, with
Westmoreland County Museum is right on Rt. 3 in Montross.
Westmoreland County Museum expands! A favorite of history buffs because of its everchanging exhibits, the Westmoreland Museum in Montross is the oldest museum in the Northern Neck. It was established in 1941 to display Charles Wilson Peale’s 1768 portrait of William Pitt, the British Parliamentarian behind the repeal of the Stamp Act. And the exhibit still prominently displays the Pitt painting, along with almost a dozen lifesized paintings of prominent Northern Neck historical figures, including Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lighfoot Lee, two leaders of the American Revolution and signers of the Declaration of Independence. In addition to the Lee brothers and William Pitt, the Museum also proudly displays portraits of: Robert W. Lee, who was born in Westmoreland County; Colonial landowner Archibald Campbell; former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall and Lord Thomas Fairfax. Also displayed are an 1862 Confederate dollar bill and artifacts from the area’s early farming and fishing industries. continue to next page
The original home of the Westmoreland County Museum was built using the same plans as those used for the Memorial House at George Washington Birthplace National Monument. Many locals still refer to the National Monument as “Wakefield” today.
from previous page But the popular museum also features exhibits and programs designed to interpret Westmoreland County history from pre-colonial times to today. Visitors also marvel at historic items discovered at the sites of Indian settlements and early plantations of the area. For those doing genealogical research, the Museum is home to an extraordinary genealogical research collection. The collection includes Northern Neck vital records, family histories, reference works, military histories, church and cemetery guides, Northern Neck town and county histories, immigration lists and census records. The original museum building was designed using the same building plans as that of the Memorial House at the birthplace of George Washington, referred to by locals as “Wakefield”. To increase space for events and exhibits, the Museum is remodeling a building next door that used to be the home of the Wakefield Furniture Company on Route 3. The new building will showcase the Town of Montross as it appeared between the 1930s and the 1950s, and highlight that important era of Westmoreland’s history. The Museum’s additional space, located directly on Route 3 in the heart of the town, will augment the current museum building that faces Courthouse Road. The Museum is restoring the façade of its new space so it will appear once again as it did in the 1930s. The front portion of the additional space will be transformed into both a general store and Coca-Cola soda fountain that will provide visi-
The Westmoreland County Museum Board of Directors and guests held a retreat at The Inn at Montross in February to brainstorm and finalize plans for the Museum’s 2014 list of events. Volunteers and sponsors of the Northern Neck’s oldest museum are always welcomed. tors with the opportunity to shop, have refreshments and relive a time that many remember with fondness. The center and rear of the new area will provide a multi-use space where portraits of many of Westmoreland’s most distinguished inhabitants will hang, and artifacts will be displayed to highlight the county’s important and historical past. There will also be space for community
functions, meetings, lectures and workshops. The Westmoreland County Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The museum is located at 43 Court Square, Montross, VA 22520. The phone number is 804-493-8440. To learn more about the Museum, including how to become involved in its mission, visit www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org.
A little history on the museum’s new space Carla Rollins Gutridge
R. Flynn Smallwood purchased the property that now houses a portion of the Westmoreland County Museum in 1927 to build a car dealership and garage. He added the second-floor apartments for his family during the 1930s. The building housed Smallwood’s business from 19271944.
From 1800 to 1904, the Westmoreland County Museum’s new space housed the Westmoreland County Clerk’s Office. Dr. M.W. Walker operated an office and a drugstore in the building from 1904 to 1908, at which time it was converted to the Bank of Montross. After the bank found a new home, R. Flynn Smallwood purchased the property in 1927 to build a car dealership and garage, aka the Smallwood Motor Co. According to the signage in the photo submitted by the Westmoreland County Museum, Mr. Smallwood sold Firestone tires and Amoco gasoline and motor oil. Ford was the automobile of Smallwood’s choice for sales and service, and patrons arrived by both horse and automobile. Sec-
ond-floor apartments were added by Smallwood for his family in the 1930s, and the structure’s frame remains the same today. During World War II, the building housed the area’s Selective Service and the Rations Boards. Mr. Smallwood sold the building to Mr. and Mrs. Littlefield in 1944, and they operated it as a drugstore with a bar situated in the rear. In 1946, Lester Miller purchased the building and then sold it to Hugh Sisson, who established the Wakefield Furniture Store. The Sisson family owned and operated the furniture store for over fifty years, and in 2009, agreed to sell the property to the Westmoreland County Museum. The Museum has plans to include an old-fashioned soda fountain bar in its additional space, paying homage to one part of the building’s past.
Kashmir Rocks Colonial Beach! Carla Rollins Gutridge Since their first appearance in Colonial Beach back in 2006, Kashmir, THE Led Zeppelin tribute band, has given classic rock fans in our area something to look forward to. Thanks to High Tides Restaurant owners Vickie and Bryan Coffman, it’s become a Colonial Beach tradition to both open and close the summer season with holiday weekend concerts featuring these guys. Appearing on High Tides’ Black Pearl Tiki Bar stage every Memorial Day weekend and
Labor Day weekend since 2009, Kashmir gets the “Led” out in a performance, that if you didn’t know better, would swear it was the original band. From the opening, “Hey, hey, Momma, said the way you move…” of the playlist, to the final, “…and she’s buying the stairway to Heaven”, lead singer Jean Violet wails out notes that would surely impress Robert Plant himself. Lead guitar/bow player Andy Urban never disappoints with his incredible talent and black leather outfit as he pays tribute to his character, Jimmy Page. Donning his trademark derby
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vision for King George becomes a much-needed reality Jessica Herrink The night before my mother, Ruth Herrink, had a cerebral hemorrhage from which she never recovered, we talked about how to deal with the impending bankruptcy by King George Medical Center, which operated the Gateway Urgent Care facility in King George. My mother was usually brimming with energy and ideas, and this time was no different; we both had ideas of how to keep a medical clinic operating in the county. I remember she told me this was all God’s plan, and that it would be better than ever in the end. At that moment, I didn’t realize that part of God’s plan was that she would die less than a week later. The night she passed away, I promised her we would solve the problem and make certain the community wasn’t left without a full-service medical center. However, with all of the chaos surrounding medical services, viable practices were not exactly clamoring to pursue new ventures. Each day, as we directed yet another patient away. it became clear that waiting around for Dr. Charming to appear was not an option and that we would just have to do it ourselves. On Dec. 3, 2013, a small group of us had a strategy session and decided the best option was to purchase a medical practice and open our own clinic. Two months later, on Feb. 3, 2014, we opened the new Community Care Clinic. Sounds a bit audacious, but it is what Ruth would have done. After all, when I was in college, my mother told me she was starting a bank. My reaction was ... okay. If she said she was going to do it, I considered it done.
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In December 2013 Congressman Rob Wittman visited The Journal offices to present a copy of his remarks to the House of Representatives on the passing of Journal Publisher Ruth J. Herrink. While he was at The Journal he gave valuable information and advice to the organizers of the Community Care Clinic, (l to r) Theresa Gauvin, RN, Arlene Jacovelli, Rob Wittman and Jessica Herrink. Louis Herrink (center) manages the building which houses the clinic. from previous page She had no experience running a bank, but she and the other organizers knew that women had a difficult time getting credit in those days. The solution - start your own bank. The Women’s Bank opened in Richmond in 1977. In 1983, my mother called to tell me she was planning to buy a newspaper and a few days later she did. Did she have any newspaper experience? No. But when she heard “The Journal” had been placed up for sale, her reaction was, how could you sell a newspaper? So she bought the paper, then convinced me to leave the practice of law (not a hard thing to do!) and join her at The Journal. How could the urgent care close when there is clearly a need for a walk-in practice in the county, and a need for more primary care in King George, not less? My mother taught me that when you hit an obstacle, you make it an opportunity. She had no plans to let someone else’s bad business practices keep the doors closed to primary and walk-in care for our community. In fact, she knew that we could and would find a way to provide even better medical services, and she was right. The new Community Care Clinic offers same day appointments and a state-of-the-art laboratory, AtheroTech Diagnostic Labs. AtheroTech accepts all laboratory orders, including those for LabCorp, Quest and Mary Washington Hospital, and you do not have to be a patient of the Clinic to use the laboratory services. The Clinic, which is a not-for-profit organization, is raising funds to purchase an X-ray machine - a service not currently offered in King George. Within the month, the Community Care Clinic will welcome a full allergy service through United Allergy Services. Ruth said it would all be better than ever, and we appreciate all of the people who are working hard to make her vision a reality. The new Community Care Clinic is located at 11131 Journal Parkway, adjacent to the offices of Dr. Zavelsky, pediatrician. The number is (540) 625-2527.
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Stratford Summer Camps to look at espionage in the American Revolution Bill Doerken While spying or espionage seems to be a popular news item today, it is by no means new. Thousands of years ago, the Roman Spartans were sending secret messages by “scytale,” a coded message on a strip of leather, which was decoded by wrapping it around a stick and reading it. During the American Revolution, 10% of the war effort was allocated to intelligence. Tory and patriot agents were employed—lured by gold pay. Such tricks as deception or disinformation to fool the British about Colonial plans were common. Campers in Stratford’s Grandparent/Grandchild summer camps will explore this fascinating subject, along with many other activities. They will use various encoding systems, such as a rotary code device. A number of different code systems were in use—most were difficult, but not impossible for the enemy to figure out. Over half of American secret correspondence was eventually decrypted by the British, who had a sophisticated and well-established spy system and funds to support it. Stratford campers will also see how some innocent correspondence contained secret messages, which could be seen only by masking out the superfluous words. Stratford’s Light Horse Harry Lee was instructed by George Washington to send an agent into the British fort at Stony Point, NY, to gather intelligence on the exact size of the garrison and the progress it was making in building defenses. Captain Allan McLane took the assignment. Dressing himself as a country bumpkin and utilizing the cover of escorting a Mrs. Smith into the fort to see her sons, McLane spent two weeks collecting intelligence within the fort and returned safely. This information allowed the Colonials to stage a successful surprise attack using only swords as weapons. Arthur Lee, son of Stratford’s Light Horse Harry Lee founder, was not only a physician, lawyer and diplomat, but is often considered to be one of America’s first spies—transmitting to America information from England and France, using invisible ink and with so-called dictionary codes. Sophisticated invisible ink, called sympathetic stains, was created by a physician brother
of John Jay. Invisible ink messages (secret intelligence) were written in the blank spaces of a regular social or business letter so as not to arouse suspicion and were developed (decrypted) by the Colonials. Arthur’s brother, William, was serving as Sheriff of London and was, likewise, in a position to collect important intelligence for the Patriots. Grandchildren in the Stratford summer camp will enjoy making cloth-covered buttons containing intelligence information, as did a Philadelphia Quaker, Lydia Darragh, who eavesdropped on British conversaAn example of a Revolutionary War Era tions and sent her coding device young son wearing a coat with such buttons across enemy lines to the Colonials. There may not have been a surrender at Yorktown without the diversionary deception the British were led to believe— that a French-American attack on New York was being planned; or if a Philadelphia British printer/American spy had not obtained a copy of the Royal Navy signal book, which helped the French fleet repel a British flotilla trying to relieve Cornwallis; or if an encrypted message from Cornwallis had not been intercepted, the code broken and General Washington able to determine how desperate Cornwallis’ situation was and to time his attack on British lines; or if the Colonials had not been able to decrypt another message warning the French fleet off Yorktown that a British force was approaching, allowing them to scare off the British flotilla, sealing victory for the Americans. Grandparents who bring their grandchildren to one of the 2014 Stratford summer camps will be able to live American history—Spying and so much more! For example, Campers will be applying wattle and daub to a small house, looking for ghosts, shark teeth hunting, fishing, marching as the Virginia Militia, cooking on an open hearth, dancing the Virginia Reel, and reenacting a British attack at the Stratford Landing. The Camps are June 24-26, July 8-10 and August 5-7. The cost for these popular camps is $360 per person and includes comfortable lodging at the Stratford Inn and all meals in the dining room/restaurant. Enroll early. Space is limited. For camp information and registration go to www.stratforddhall.org or phone (804) 493-8038.
Spring and Summer Events for the Outdoors! Mark Fike Fishing is a great way to get your kids involved in a wholesome activity out of doors. Who knows, maybe they will catch dinner! On May 3, King George Parks & Recreation (KGPR) and the Northern Neck and Fredericksburg chapter of the Virginia Deer Hunters’ Association will hold their 8th Annual Youth Fishing Day at Taylor’s Pond on Rt. 3 in King George County. This is also a FREE event with prizes given to kids for the fish they catch. There are usually hot dogs and chips and water to go with the fun. Call KGPR at (540) 775-9780 for details. Don’t forget the FREE Fishing Days in Virginia this year on June 6, 7, and 8. No fishing license of any kind will be required for rod and reel fishing in either fresh or saltwater, except in designated trout-stocked waters. Access Permits will also be waived on FREE Fishing Days for anyone fishing or with someone who’s fishing. So, you can “go fish” pretty much anywhere for FREE those days! Want to try hunting? If your family wants to try hunting, keep in mind that Virginia offers Apprentice Licenses to allow prospective hunters to give hunting a try for $11. The license is good for two years for small game. Big game tags are optional and cost a bit more. One of the best ways to get involved and meet other hunters is to attend a hunter education class. Hunter education classes give you the basics of how to hunt safely and ethically. Hunter education classes held in Virginia can be found online at http://register-ed.com/programs/virginia/agency:19/ Currently, there are two hunter education classes available in the King George and Westmoreland County areas for the summer: *Jul. 21- At King George Parks & Recreation in King George; contact Rick Wilks at (540) 775-4625 *Aug. 23- At King George Parks & Recreation in King George; contact Buddy Fines at (540) 775-7294 Other Events Do you just love the outdoors and/or want to learn more about it for FREE? If so, you’re in luck. On SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, Rick Wilks, a Safari Outfitter, former Marine, avid hunter and hunter education instructor, will be offering a FREE seminar on whitetail deer hunting at Caledon State Park in King George County. Typically, he teaches deer biology, hunting tactics, tree stand safety and placement, and even field dressing and butchering of a real deer! Space is limited and fills quickly, so CALL RICK WILKS at (540) 775-4625 ahead of time to reserve your spot. Kids would be thrilled to know that on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, the 7th Annual Youth Outdoor Day will take place at Caledon State Park. Youth Day is a FREE event full of tables with outdoor-related information, hayrides and demos by K-9 officers. Fire and Rescue units are typically there, the NJROTC rifle team has an air rifle range set up for kids to try to hit targets safely, and much more! For more information, CALL CALEDON STATE PARK at (540) 663-3861.
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Tips for Choosing a Charter Boat Mark Fike The Northern Neck is a gorgeous place to visit, and certainly one of the better places in the state to fish. On the Neck, you have freshwater options, brackish water and saltwater options, all within an easy drive. Many residents of our counties already know the great spots to go wet a line, but newcomers or visitors may not know where to go, or how to fish for various species of fish. One of the easiest ways to get some time on the water and bring home some fish to grill or fry afterwards, is to charter a boat on the saltwater reaches of the Potomac or Rappahannock Rivers, or even the Chesapeake Bay. Charter boats are run by people who work on the water on a regular basis. Some reputable charter captains do this work daily and know exactly where the fish are and what they are biting. Having a guide with such knowledge makes an investment into a fishing trip worthwhile. Fishing with a charter captain is also a great opportunity to learn more about the area, its history, the fishery and how to fish in a different manner. How do you go about finding a charter boat and how do you know if it is a good boat from which to fish? Pick up fishing magazines, particularly regional ones that feature local fishing. National magazines will feature only the largest operations that can spend a lot of money on advertising. Those charters are often good, but very expensive. Local publications (like this one, the Getaway) will offer lower advertising rates, and captains that are knowledgeable will use these venues to market their business. Fish-
Photo submitted by Mark Fike Captain Ryan Rogers certainly caught “the big one” while out on his charter boat, Midnight Sun. Will you be so lucky? ing reports in local newspapers or other publi- out what fish are caught at what time of year is cations are good sources for charter operations. important, too. Read the websites very carefully. Stop in a local tackle shop and ask about local Jot down questions that you have, and then do a charters. Those are the people to check with. bit more research. Type in the name of the charThey know who is good at bringing home din- ter captain and read reviews on them and their ner. operation. I did this with a charter captain I had Once you get a name of a charter boat, go thought about using, and found out some interonline to look for their website and read their esting things such as brushes with the law, etc. terms, conditions, trip history or view their Needless to say, I withdrew my interest in going, photos and logs from previous trips. Finding to save my reputation as an outdoor writer and ethical outdoorsman. Those are good things to know before committing to a trip and putting a down a deposit! Next, call the charter captain, ask your questions and write down the answers. Be sure to get the price and ask about bad weather, refunds and cancellation policies. Ask what gear you need to bring, what weather is typical and Fish the Potomac River, Virginia and Maryland portions of the Bay. any rules. Most captains will have all the gear. Generally, sunscreen, cameras, food, drinks and Enjoy a day of fishing on the coolers are necessary. Seasick pills or other moChesapeake Bay aboard the Midnight Sun tion sickness prevention aids are a good idea Clean & comfortable, we do the work, unless you know you are unlikely to suffer from while you do the fishing. License, bait & those effects. Being seasick is miserable. I have gotten that way twice, and not only was it emgear are provided. We also clean barrassing, but it ruined my trips. and filet your catch. In our area, there are charter boats from Southern Maryland on the Potomac River that (804) 453-5812 • www.fishmidnightsun.com also fish the Bay. Some charter boats at Reed-
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from previous page ville/Smith Point and near Windmill Point on the Bay, also fish on the Rappahannock River, as well. All are less than two hours away and offer great trips for a variety of fish. Spring rockfish season begins in late April and extends into May, and the fish are often 20+ pounds. Once May rolls around, anglers can also begin seeing croaker, a few bluefish, tautog, spot and speckled trout in the Chesapeake Bay. As summer comes along, spadefish, flounder, sea bass, Spanish mackerel, red drum and other fish start being found in ice chests on boats. Depending on where you are hoping to fish will determine when these species arrives. Be sure to get the complete lowdown from your charter captain before setting a date. Charter boat trips can be pricey. Most are approximately $600-$700 per trip for six people, but keep in mind that you are splitting that six ways, and a lot is included in that figure. One of my favorite charters to use is the Midnight Sun out of Smith Point. Capt. Ryan Rogers is top-notch, honest, knows his business, and puts his clients on fish as best he can with the conditions he has to work with. When you step onto his boat, you need only food, drinks, a camera, sunscreen and a willingness to reel-in fish. He and his mate set lines, bait lines, net fish, ice the fish, and even clean and bag your fish. Capt. Danny Crabbe with KIT II is another great captain and boat to use. There are other good captains out there. Take the time to do some research, and check around. Charter fishing is fun, easy and relaxing. The captain and his or her mate do the work for you, and you wind in the fish. With all the saltwater in our area, it is well worth the time to get out and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and a fresh fish meal!
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Stratford Hall (1738) Birthplace of Robert E. Lee and home to two Lee signers of the Declaration of Independence. Visit the Great House, the Mill, and the rare Miocene cliffs formation, the last found in only three other places in the world. www.stratfordhall.org
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James Monroe Birthplace Markers identify the birthplace of James Monroe, 5th President of the United States. There is also a small museum with Monroe artifacts. www.monroefoundation.org Colonial Beach Historic town on the Potomac River. Widest point of the Potomac River – 7 miles wide. www.colonialbeachva.net
County history is on display at the King George County Museum and Research Center While the “Old Jail” in King George County served as the repository for individuals whose actions called them into question from around 1865 until 1949, for the last 17 years it has become the home of treasured items that tell the history of King George County. In 1997, the King George County Museum and Research Center was established by the King George County Historical Society (KGCHS) and began filling the “Old Jail” with artifacts, relics, pictures, genealogical records and treasured items associated with the county’s past. The museum was the dream of the KGCHS when the Society was founded in 1987. Although it took 10 years for the dream to become a reality, it finally came true when the “Old Jail” was made available to the KGCHS by the county. The goal of the museum is to preserve the history of King George County; operating the Museum and Research Center is one means of achieving this goal. One of the museum’s acquisitions is a pontoon anchor, dating back to the mid-1800s that was retrieved from the Rappahannock River in the fall of 2011. This calls to mind a time when neighboring Port Royal and King George’s Port Conway were seafaring commerce centers. Visitors to the museum can view items and artifacts associated with King George’s history since its first courthouse was built in 1725 on the Rappahannock River at Canning, near Dogue. Items currently on loan for display include a brick from that original 1725 courthouse and items found at the original courthouse site including shoe and belt buckles, pieces of clay pipe and a 1730 Spanish coin. Every period of the county’s history is represented, beginning
with Native American projectile points and tools dating back to roughly 10,000 – 8,000 B.C., then picking up again with Colonial days and running to the present. Conflicts from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom are also included. The museum is overseen by Elizabeth Lee, Curator, and Jean Graham, Museum Assistant. Additionally, KGCHS members volunteer at the museum. The museum is also concerned with the preservation of the historical data of its residents and performs genealogical research for families that originated from King George, upon request. Any given Thursday finds Lee and Graham performing research, organizing donated re-
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cords or data or working on the latest display for the museum. Lee and Graham have authored two books together- King George County, A Pictorial History was published in 2006, and King George County Confederate Monument lists all King George County residents, including the company under which they served, who fought for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. These books and others related to the county’s history are available for purchase at the museum. Also for sale is a selection of King George County pottery, the King George afghan and the annual KGCHS Christmas ornaments. The museum is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment. Call the museum at (540) 775-9577 or e-mail email@example.com. The museum operates under the King George County Historical Society (KGCHS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Admission is free. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. All donations to the museum or KGCHS are tax deductible. Keep up with the museum on Facebook at ‘King George County Museum and Research Center’. Visit the KGCHS website: www.kghistory. org for information on how to become a member. Members receive a quarterly newsletter, containing “News of Yesteryear”, as well as current events and other historical information.
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Historic Christ Church in Lancaster County is a sight to be seen, especially when the dogwoods are in full bloom. Make sure to stop by when visiting the Northern Neck. Richard Leggitt A must see when visiting Lancaster County in the Northern Neck is Historic Christ Church, the sophisticated work of architecture, and a historic reminder of Colonial days, completed around 1732 at the directive of one of Virginia’s richest and most influential Colonial planters and statesmen, Robert “King” Carter. The best preserved of Virginia’s Anglican parish churches, the entire structure is a work of craftsmanship unparalleled in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century church buildings. The brick Georgian building, which was built to replace a wooden church built in 1660 by landowner John Carter, has changed little from its original state. Created in 1958, the Foundation for Historic Christ Church has overseen the preservation of this historical site, and do to its work, Historic Christ Church was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961, and in 1966, was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1969, the Church was named to the Virginia Landmarks Registry, and in 1971, Mrs. Richard Nixon presented the Foundation with an award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for excellence
in historic preservation. In May of 1975, the Foundation was awarded the coveted Mary Mason Anderson Williams Award for outstanding work in historic preservation. The Foundation invites those who visit in the spring, summer and fall informative tours of the Church given by knowledgeable docents. A new museum on the site, completely renovated in 2009, contains exhibits of the Carter family, the Church of England, a history of the Church’s preservation and the parish community. Much research has been done to document the lives of those in the eighteenth century who formed the parish community. Tireless volunteers also continue to revise and expand extensive databases on the prolific Carter family. One can also learn more about the exciting events, meetings and projects that are held frequently at the historic site by visiting in person or viewing the Historic Christ Church website. For additional information on this fascinating church and its educational community outreach programs and events, please visit: www. christchurch1735.org or call (804) 438-6855. The Church is located at 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, VA 22576.
Things to do around the Northern Neck April 2014
Friday, April 11 2nd Friday Art Walk in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeachartistsguild.org Owl Prowl at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml Raku Workshop with Instructor Ed Ramsey at The Studio Gallery (L) www.ralgallery.com Saturday, April 12 All U Can Eat Breakfast at OGVFD in Oak Grove (W) oakgrovevfd.com CBVFD Ladies’ Auxiliary Dinner in Colonial Beach (W) www.facebook.com/cbvfdla Fossil Find at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml Functional Fitness for a Healthy Lifestyle- Workshop at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Lancaster “Court Day” Arts, Crafts, and History Festival- Outdoors on the Historic Courthouse Green and Mary Ball Washington Museum Grounds (L) www.lancasterva.com Pancake Breakfast at Carmel Church in Kinsale (W) www.codeapollo.com Spring Barrel Tasting at Ingleside Winery (W) www.inglesidevineyards.com Student Art & Wine at the Westmoreland County Museum and The Inn at Montross (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org
Sunday, April 13 Easter Egg Hunt at WVFD in Montross (W) www.wvfd2.com Making Tracks at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml Monday, April 14 Fossil Hike at Westmoreland State Park (W) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml Tuesday, April 15 thru Wednesday, April 16 Extreme Painting Workshop-Session two-Kathleen Noffsinger (L) www.ralgallery.com Tuesday, April 15 Pocahontas’ People at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Wednesday, April 16 Fossil Hike at Westmoreland State Park (W) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml Geocaching 101 at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Thursday, April 17 Nature’s Easter Eggs Workshop at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Friday, April 18 Fossil Hike at Westmoreland State Park (W) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml Habitat at Home Workshop at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml continue to next page
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Located in the “Old Jail” on the east end of the King George County Courthouse on Kings Highway, the museum is open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or by appointment by calling 540-775-9477 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. ADMISSION: Free 25
Calendar continued... from previous page Saturday, April 19 CBVFD’s Annual Spring Rockfish Tournament in CB (W) www.cbvfd.net CBVFD Ladies’ Auxiliary Bake Sale outside of Rite Aid in CB (W) www.facebook.com/cbvfdla Eagle Tours at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml Easter Egg Hunt at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Easter Egg Hunts in Westmoreland County: On Town Hill in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeach.org At Stratford Hall (W) www.stratfordhall.org At Cople District VFD in Kinsale (W) www.coplefire.org Heathsville Farmers’ Market at The Tavern (N) www.rhhtfoundation.org Northern Neck Wine Tasting Festival at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern (L) www.rhhtfoundation.org Saturday smARTS at Rappahannock Art League Gallery (L) www.ralgallery.com Sunday, April 20 Easter Sunday Brunch at Stratford Hall (W) www.stratfordhall.org Easter Sunrise Service at Westmoreland State Park (W) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml
James Monroe Birthplace Park and Museum
The historic James Monroe Birthplace Park and Museum is open during the summer on weekends from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Bring lunch and enjoy the picnic area on the grounds or launch your canoe from our dock on Monroe Creek which flows into Monroe Bay and the Potomac River.
Wilderness Survival Skills at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml Monday, April 21 Fossil Hike at Westmoreland State Park (W) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml Tuesday, April 22 thru Thursday, April 24 Workshop: Interesting Techniques Using Yupo at Rappahannock Art League (L) www.ralgallery.com Tuesday, April 22 Earth Day Program at Westmoreland State Park (W) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml Wednesday, April 24 Fossil Hike at Westmoreland State Park (W) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml Friday, April 25 thru Saturday, April 26 (rain date Sunday, April 27) CB Schools fundraiser- Rock the School- at High Tides in Colonial Beach (W) www.Facebook.com/rocktheclass Friday, April 25 Fossil Hike at Westmoreland State Park (W) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml Saturday, April 26 Earth Day Celebration - One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Art Contest at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml continue to next page
The Northern Neck is beautiful all year long!
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The Foundation’s purpose is for Education and Preservation honoring the life and legacy of James Monroe, our fifth President and founding father. He was the only other US President to have served in active duty in the Revolutionary War other than George Washington and helped save this nation during the War of 1812 when he served as both Secretary of State and Secretary of War. Visit the new Museum with its expanded exhibits honoring President James Monroe. Directions: The Birthplace is located on Route 205 in Westmoreland County, 1 mile east of Colonial Beach at 4850 James Monroe Highway at the James Monroe Birthplace Historical marker. www.monroefoundation.org • firstname.lastname@example.org Find the James Monroe Memorial Foundation on Facebook 804-214-9145
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There’s so much to do around the Northern Neck from previous page Earth Day Celebration- Make a Rain Barrel- Workshop at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml The Roaring Twenties 2014 Auction Gala at Festival Hall in Reedville (N) www.rfmuseum.org Westmoreland County Museum’s Mt. Holly Night at Murphy’s Seed (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org King George Farmers’ Market at KGES (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Sunday, April 27 Garden Day at Stratford Hall (W) www.stratfordhall.org Junior Ranger Day at George Washington Birthplace National Monument (W) www.nps.gov/gewa I Spy Hayride at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml Monday, April 28 Workshop-Wirework and Beading at Rappahannock Art League & RAL’s Got Talent: Rose Nygaard (L) www.ralgallery.com Tuesday, April 29 Workshop-Wirework and Beading at Rappahannock Art League (L) www.ralgallery.com Wednesday, April 30 Historic Garden Week - Northern Neck Day in Richmond County (R) www.vagardenweek.org
Thursday, May 1 thru Sunday, May 4 Women’s Wellness Weekend at Westmoreland State Park (W) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml Friday, May 2 thru Saturday, May 3 Smith Point Sea Rescue Fishing Derby (N) www.smithpointsearescue.com Friday, May 2 Northern Neck History and Culture Day at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts presents the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (L) www.rappahannockfoundation.org Saturday, May 3 Cople District VFD Strawberry Festival (W) www.coplefire.org Derby & Daffodils Picnic in Warsaw (R) www.wrcmsp.com Irvington Farmers’ Market (L) www.irvingtonva.org Kentucky Derby Party at The Tavern (N) www.rhhtfoundation.org
King George Farmers’ Market at KGES (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Montross Market Day (W) www.visitmontross.com Opening Day at the Northern Neck Farm Museum (N) www.thefarmmuseum.org Star Parties on the Lawn at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml Stewardship Virginia--Invasive Removal Day at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Friday, May 9 thru Sunday, May 11 Mother’s Day Weekend at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Friday, May 9 2nd Annual Food Bank Open Golf Tournament in Kilmarnock (L) www.icycc.com 2nd Friday Art Walk in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeachartistsguild.org Saturday, May 10 Image is Everything! 18th-Century Fashion & The Stratford Lees (W) www.stratfordhall.org King George Farmers’ Market at KGES (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Stewardship Virginia—Community Tree Planting at Westmoreland State Park (W) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland. shtml Sunday, May 11 Mother’s Day Breakfast at CBVFD in Colonial Beach (W) www. cbvfd.net Mother’s Day Hike at Westmoreland State Park (W) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml Wednesday, May 14 Art & Wine at the Westmoreland County Museum and The Inn at Montross (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org Friday, May 16 thru Sunday, May 18 Kekoka Yoga Retreat in Kilmarnock (L) www.peninsulaymca.org Friday, May 16 Art Walk in Montross (W) www.visitmontross.com Saturday, May 17 Farm to Fork Dinner at the Northern Neck Farm Museum (N) www.thefarmmuseum.org Fleece to Fiber: Traditional Trades at Stratford (W) www.stratfordhall.org continue to next page
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Events around the Northern Neck from previous page Heathsville Farmers’ Market at The Tavern (N) www.rhhtfoundation.org King George Farmers’ Market at KGES (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market ‘Ladies ONLY’ Wine Class at Ingleside Vineyards (W) www.inglesidevineyards.com National Kids to Parks Day- and Safe Boating Day - at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml National Kids to Parks Day- at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml National Kids to Parks Day- at Westmoreland State Park (W) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/westmoreland.shtml Saturday smARTS at Rappahannock Art League Gallery (L) www.ralgallery.com Friday, May 23 Memorial Day Campfire at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Saturday, May 24 thru Sunday, May 25 Spring on the Plantation at George Washington Birthplace National Monument (W) www.nps.gov/gewa Saturday, May 24 King George Farmers’ Market at KGES (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Let’s Get Crabby- and Hayride at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml St. Stephen’s Strawberry Festival in Heathsville (N) www.ststephensheathsville.org Sunday, May 25 Make a Hiking Stick- and Geocaching 101 at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Monday, May 26 Concert-Come Out and Picnic With The Pops on the grounds at MWH in Fredericksburg | www.rappahannockpops.org Habitat Hike at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Friday, May 30 thru Saturday, May 31 3rd Annual Parade of Homes by the BAY in Kilmarnock (L) www.lancasterva.com Friday, May 30 Night Owls and Coyote Howls Campfire at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Saturday, May 31 King George Farmers’ Market at KGES (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Something’s Fishy- and Watch the Birdie- Events at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Star Parties on the Lawn at Caledon State Park (KG) www.virginiastateparks.gov Studio Tour in Montross (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org
Sunday, June 1 Potomac River Festival Baby Contest, Little Miss, Jr. Miss and Miss CBVFD Contest at CBVFD in CB (W) www.facebook.com/cbvfdla Monday, June 2 Wild Food Walk at Belle Isle State Park (L)
www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Tuesday, June 3 Fish Printing- and Be a Backyard Naturalist- Workshops at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Wednesday, June 4 thru Saturday, June 7 CBVFD Carnival on Town Hill in CB (W) www.cbvfd.net Wednesday, June 4 Water Ways Canoe Trip at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Thursday, June 5 Watch the Birdie- and Pocahontas’ People- Workshops at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Friday, June 6 3 p.m.- Deadline to register for 63rd Annual Potomac River Festival’s Miss CB Contest at CBVFD in CB (W) www.facebook.com/cbvfdla Kekoka Music Festival in Kilmarnock (L) www.kekokamusicfestival.org Potomac River Festival in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeach.org Saturday, June 7 Irvington Farmers’ Market (L) www.irvingtonva.org King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Montross Market Day (W) www.visitmontross.com Potomac River Festival (W) www.colonialbeach.org Sunday, June 8 Potomac River Festival (W) www.colonialbeach.org Wednesday, June 11 Art & Wine at the Westmoreland County Museum and The Inn at Montross (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org Friday, June 13 2nd Friday Art Walk in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeachartistsguild.org Saturday, June 14 Edible Plants of Virginia at Stratford Hall (W) www.stratfordhall.org King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Water Ways Canoe Trip at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Sunday, June 15 Father’s Day Car Show on Town Hill in CB (W) www.colonialbeach.org Monday, June 16 Wild Food Walk at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Tuesday, June 17 Fish Printing- and Be a Backyard Naturalist- Workshops at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Wednesday, June 18 Water Ways Canoe Trip at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Thursday, June 19 Watch the Birdie- and Pocahontas’ People- Workshops at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Friday, June 20 thru Sunday, June 22 CB Blues Festival in CB (W) www.hightidez.com Friday, June 20 Art Walk in Montross (W) www.visitmontross.com continue to next page
Events continued.... from previous page Saturday, June 21 CB Blues Fest 5K on the Boardwalk in CB (W) www.colonialbeach.org Heathsville Farmers’ Market at The Tavern (N) www.rhhtfoundation.org King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/kinggeorge-farmers-market Tuesday, June 24 thru Thursday, June 26 Grandparent/Grandchild Summer Camp at Stratford Hall (W) www.stratfordhall.org Friday, June 27 Screen on the Green in Montross (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org Saturday, June 28 King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Star Parties on the Lawn at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml Threshing Day at the Northern Neck Farm Museum (N) www.thefarmmuseum.org Water Ways Canoe Trip at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml Wet & Wild in Warsaw (R) www.wrcmsp.com Monday, June 30 Wild Food Walk at Belle Isle State Park (L) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/belle-isle.shtml
Friday, July 4 Historic Port Royal’s 4th of July Celebration in Port Royal www.historicportroyal.com Fireworks in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeach.org Fireworks in Kinsale (W) www.kinsalefoundation.org Fireworks in Reedville (N) www.northumberlandcoc.org Saturday, July 5 Irvington Farmers’ Market (L) www.irvingtonva.org King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Montross Market Day (W) www.visitmontross.com Tuesday, July 8 thru Thursday, July 10 Grandparent/Grandchild Summer Camp at Stratford Hall (W) www.stratfordhall.org Wednesday, July 9 Art & Wine at the Westmoreland County Museum and The Inn at Montross (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org Friday, July 11 2nd Friday Art Walk in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeachartistsguild.org Saturday, July 12 thru Sunday, July 13 Potomac River Regional Art Show in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeach.org Triathlon in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeach.org Saturday, July 12 CBVFD Ladies’ Auxiliary Dinner in Colonial Beach (W) www.facebook.com/cbvfdla King George Farmers’ Market (KG)
www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Warsaw Farmers’ Market in Warsaw (R) www.warsawfarmersmarket.com Friday, July 18 thru Sunday, July 20 Jet Ski Races in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeach.org Friday, July 18 Art Walk in Montross (W) www.visitmontross.com Saturday, July 19 thru Sunday, July 20 Potomac River Regional Art Show in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeach.org Saturday, July 19 Heathsville Farmers’ Market at The Tavern (N) www.rhhtfoundation.org King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Thursday, July 24 thru Saturday, August 2 Kilmarnock Fireman’s Carnival (L) www.kilmarnockva.com Friday, July 25 Screen on the Green in Montross (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org Saturday, July 26 thru Sunday, July 27 Potomac River Regional Art Show in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeach.org Saturday, July 26 King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Star Parties on the Lawn at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml Thursday, July 31- Saturday, August 2 Kids Camp at the Museum (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org
Friday, August 1 thru Sunday, August 5 Kilmarnock Firemen’s Carnival (W) www.kinsalefoundation.org Friday, August 1 Art Walk in Montross (W) www.visitmontross.com Saturday, August 2 thru Sunday, August 3 Potomac River Regional Art Show in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeach.org Saturday, August 2 Irvington Farmers’ Market (L) www.irvingtonva.org King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Montross Market Day (W) www.visitmontross. Tuesday, August 5 thru Thursday, August 7 Grandparent/Grandchild Summer Camp at Stratford Hall (W) www.stratfordhall.org Friday, August 8 thru Saturday, August 9 Revolutionary War Encampment at George Washington Birthplace National Monument (W) www.nps.gov/gewa Friday, August 8 2nd Friday Art Walk in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeachartistsguild.org Kinsale Foundation Summer Dance/BBQ (W) www.kinsalefoundation.org continue to next page
Events in your ‘Neck’ of the woods from previous page Saturday, August 9 CBVFD Ladies’ Auxiliary Dinner in Colonial Beach (W) www.facebook.com/cbvfdla King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Warsaw Farmers’ Market in Warsaw (R) www.warsawfarmersmarket.com Tuesday, August 12 thru Saturday, August 16 Richmond County Fair (R) www.richmondcountyfair.com Wednesday, August 13 Art & Wine at the Westmoreland County Museum and The Inn at Montross (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org Saturday, August 16 Heathsville Farmers’ Market at The Tavern (N) www.rhhtfoundation.org King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Saturday, August 16 thru Sunday, August 17 Rod Run to the Beach- on Town Hill in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeach.org Saturday, August 23 King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-georgefarmers-market Star Parties on the Lawn at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon. shtml
Friday, August 29 Screen on the Green in Montross (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org Saturday, August 30 King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market
Friday, September 5 Art Walk in Montross (W) www.visitmontross.com Saturday, September 6 Irvington Farmers’ Market (L) www.irvingtonva.org Jazz in the Courtyard at Ingleside Vineyards (W) www.inglesidevineyards.com King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market Montross Market Day (W) www.visitmontross.com Wednesday, September 10 Art & Wine at the Westmoreland County Museum and The Inn at Montross (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org Friday, September 12 2nd Friday Art Walk in Colonial Beach (W) www.colonialbeachartistsguild.org Saturday, September 13 CBVFD Ladies’ Auxiliary Dinner in Colonial Beach (W) www.facebook.com/cbvfdla King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market
Warsaw Farmers’ Market in Warsaw (R) www.warsawfarmersmarket.com Sunday, September 14 Harvest Festival at George Washington Birthplace National Monument (W) www.nps.gov/gewa Saturday, September 20 thru Sunday, September 21 Stratford Hall Wine and Oyster Festival (W) www.stratfordhall.org Saturday, September 20 Heathsville Farmers’ Market at The Tavern (N) www.rhhtfoundation.org King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-georgefarmers-market Kinsale Day (W) www.kinsalefoundation.org Star Parties on the Lawn at Caledon State Park (KG) www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/ caledon.shtml Friday, September 26 Screen on the Green in Montross (W) www.westmorelandcountymuseum.org Saturday, September 27 King George Farmers’ Market (KG) www.thefarmersmarket.co/king-george-farmers-market
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Grow your own salad! Theresa Martz If you want to enjoy lettuce for fresh salads through fall and early winter, August is the time to start planting. Planting in August or early September will give your lettuce time to attain a significant size before cold weather and low light conditions stop vigorous growth. This is the lettuce that will give you salads for Christmas dinner! How to Plant Lettuce is easy to grow; just scatter your seed over a prepared garden bed rich in organic matter. Or, plant sparsely in rows several inches apart. Cover with a thin layer of soil. Sprinkle lightly with straw. Then water. (The straw is a big help in keeping the soil from drying. It’ll also keep the seeds in place when you water.) Getting Around Hot Temperatures If August temperatures stay in the 90′s — not ideal for lettuce germination — you might have to use a few easy tricks to get your lettuce to germinate. In its natural state, lettuce is dormant through hot weather and then germinates when cool temperatures arrive. So keeping the seed in the refrigerator a couple of days before planting can help trigger and increase germination. Another thing that works well in hot weather is lowering the soil temperature of your planting area by watering deeply and then mulching heavily. I like to throw a thick layer of straw (about 3 or more inches) on the planting bed before watering, so the soil won’t compact. Water for at least 30 minutes. Wait a couple of days, pull back the straw and follow the same steps for planting as mentioned above. Need another option? For many years, I started lettuce in August in flats in the shade of a tree. I’d fill the flat with grow mix, wet it well, scratch the surface of the soil (to give the seeds areas to lodge) and scatter the seed. A little straw on top will keep the seed in place and the soil moist. When the soil looked like it might
be drying out, I’d water. After the lettuce was up about 1½ inches, I’d transplant to the garden. Varieties for Fall/Winter Gardening Some lettuces are better suited than others for fall and winter’s low light and colder temperatures. Experiment with some of these cold weather varieties to see which ones perform well in your garden. • One of the best for fall/winter planting is the green Romaine type, Winter Density. It’s productive even in low light conditions and very cold tolerant. • Another Romaine type with red-tipped leaves and dark green base is Rouge D’Hiver (Red of Winter). It’s frost tolerant, productive and easy to grow. Especially delicious as a baby leaf variety. • Winter Marvel, a butterhead with tasty tender leaves, has superior cold tolerance. One of the best bets for very cold areas. • One that does well in my fall/ winter garden is Little Gem. It’s a miniature Romaine lettuce. Beautiful, and the taste is great! • Bronze Arrowhead — touted by many to be one of the best lettuces in the world — is worth trying – especially if you live in Zone 8 or below. With a little protection from freezing temperatures, all of these lettuces will winter over. And you’ll still be enjoying salads while you’re waiting for your spring plantings to come up. CREDIT: Theresa Martz has been an organic gardener in the Northern Neck of Virginia for over 35 years. She writes about gardening at TendingMyGarden.com.
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Richmond County’s Historic Garden Week Everything Old Is New Again Richmond County will be featured in the Garden Club of the Northern Neck’s annual home and garden tour Wednesday, April 30. Originally explored by Captain John Smith in 1607-1608, Richmond County was settled by 1640. Forestry, fishing and farming continue to be the backbone of its economy. Hosted by the Garden Club of the Northern Neck, the tour includes a mix of historic, waterfront and restored homes located throughout this beautiful rural community. Four of the six homes on tour are owned by new generations, giving a new look to these beautiful homes. SABINE HALL 1692/1694 Sabine Hall Road A fine example of a colonial Georgian house, Sabine Hall was built c. 1738 by Landon Carter, the fourth son of Robert “King” Carter of Corotoman and builder of Christ Church in Lancaster County. Originally a classic Georgian brick structure, Sabine Hall reflects alterations by both the builder and later generations. In 1764, the south wing was built as a covered passage to the kitchen. The covered “piazza” on the river side of the house was added by Landon Carter and documented in a 1797 insurance policy. In the 1820s, influenced by Classical Revival architecture, Robert Wormeley Carter II lowered the roof pediment on the land side, altered several classical architectural elements on the interior and painted the exterior of the house white. The north wing was added in 1929, when the home became a two-family dwelling. Just inside the front door, the great hall is bright and filled with family portraits, including one of King Carter. The traverse corridor staircase, just off the great hall, has walnut balusters, and the original heart-pine floors are side-pegged. Sabine Hall rises on a ridge of the Rappahannock River, with six terraces sloping toward the water. The garden retains its original 18th century design. The house has always been owned and occupied by direct descendants of Landon Carter and is both a Virginia and a National Historic Landmark.- Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carter Wellford IV, and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Drayton O’Hara, owners. (Carter Wellford and Mercer O’Hara are brother and sister.)
MOUNT AIRY 361 Mill Pond Road Acclaimed as one of the most beautiful Palladian houses in Virginia, Mount Airy was begun by John Tayloe II in 1761, on land the Tayloe family had acquired in 1682. The entire architectural plan, completed in four years, includes a main two-story house connected to symmetrical dependencies on either side by curved passageways, a formal forecourt facing a deer park, and terraced gardens. Although cautioned about using soft, local sandstone, Tayloe did just that, choosing to build Mount Airy of local brown sandstone, three feet thick and quarried on the farm. The house is trimmed with contrasting buff sandstone, quarried from Aquia Creek near Fredericksburg. A recessed loggia with four Doric columns leads to the front door, which is flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows. Inside the home, a large collection of family portraits details the history of the Tayloes, the tenth generation of which recently took up residence with their young family. Each room offers a garden view, with age-old English boxwood as the background for daffodils, heirloom roses and a profusion of iris, which add color to the sweep of the lawn in the spring. The current owners have freshened the interior and added a bit of whimsy to the park-like setting with a vegetable garden, large cutting garden and handcrafted chicken coop. Several outbuildings and one wall of the orangery remain, as does the distinctive 18th- century stone stable, which housed many Thoroughbreds in colonial days. Refreshments will be served at the stable. Mount Airy is both a Virginia and a National Historic Landmark.- Mr. and Mrs. J. Tayloe Emery, owners. GROVE MOUNT 755 Grove Mount Road Grove Mount, a fine example of a Georgian plantation home, was built c. 1785 by Robert Mitchell and his wife, Priscilla Carter, who was the oldest daughter of Robert “Councilor” Carter of Nomini Hall and is wonderfully described in Phillip Fithian’s diary of 1774. Grove Mount is constructed of frame and brick nogging, with a full cellar and foundations laid in English bond. To the west of the house stands the original continue to next page
from previous page dairy, next to the site of the original kitchen. Inside and out, Grove Mount remains basically unchanged. In the 1950s, a kitchen was added, and in 1988, the orangery was built. With few exceptions, the interior woodwork is original. The staircase is very similar to that at Menokin, c. 1769. The formal parlor has twin alcoves and cupboards, while the dining room contains twin closets flanking a fully paneled chimneybreast. Sited on a high ridge, Grove Mount offers spectacular views southward to the Rappahannock River Valley and the river. Terraces, gardens, a lily pond and mature plantings create a lovely setting. Grove Mount is a Virginia Historic Landmark. A new generation has recently taken residence.- Mr. and Mrs. M. Kirwan King II, owners. SUGAR HILL FARM 7066 Newland Road A prime example of preservation of historic properties, Sugar Hill Farm is a marriage of two Federal-style houses. The home was constructed on its present site beginning in 2008 and continuing for two years by homeowners who salvaged Forest Grove c. 1820 from Center Cross, Essex County, and a planterâ€™s house c. 1772 from Campbell County. Both houses were in disrepair and scheduled for demolition. Once purchased, the structures were cataloged, dismantled, cleaned and stored to transport to the Northern Neck for reconstruction. The dismantled houses were painstakingly reconstructed with an eye to period detail into one residence, combining all the charm and integrity of old with the modern amenities of today. The house was reassembled on land that had been in the Bartlett family in Newland for more than 175 years. The front section of the house had originally been built for the Dillard family, while the rear section was originally constructed by Housewright Julius Wood for the Hamlett Family. Of particular interest are the grain-painted wainscoting, the marbleized mantle, matchstick moldings and hand-carved fluted columns. Many period antiques and extensive collections adorn the home. A colonialdesigned raised bed vegetable garden was built in 2013.- Mr. and Mrs. M. David Bostic, owners. SUNSET 211 Headley Road Completed in 2011, this new home boasts Arts and Crafts and Victorian touches. Whale tail gables are modeled after a local home built in 1910. Featuring panoramic vistas of the Rappahannock River, the home has a water view from each room. Continuing a centuryold family tradition, the owners create hand-
Sugar Hill Farm made kayaks and have an extensive collection of kayaks and racing canoes. The collection of related artifacts and pictures tracing the history of the familyâ€™s involvement in these boats and racing will be exhibited in the newly refurbished studio.- Mr. and Mrs. Jon Dockins, owners.
SUGGETTS POINT FARM 2296 Suggetts Point Road Suggetts Point Farm, a classic river house built in 1900-1902, was remodeled in 2010, with period-appropriate quarters. Located on a point, with tides that cause oysters to mature continue to next page
Historic Gardens on display in Richmond County from previous page quickly, the site is a “good oyster ground.” In the 1940s, the owner’s grandparents, Charlie and Seawilla Lewis, purchased the house and the surrounding 200 acres because of the almost one mile of waterfront and the “point,” where the shoreline curves back in a 90-degree turn. Charlie Lewis harvested oysters for over 40 years from this point. He also saved three capsized fisherman offshore, receiving the Carnegie Bronze Award for Heroism. Oysters continue to be harvested in the family tradition. The original house was expanded twice, and the Lewis family constructed a kitchen addition. The summer kitchen, a separate building with tongue and groove walls and ceilings, was used by the owner’s uncle to work on his novels. A full third floor with two rooms and a bath is now used for storage and ductwork. The owner’s grandparents planted the English boxwood along the sides of the road down to the river. The crepe myrtle trees were planted from shoots from the neighbor’s trees, and the maples were transplanted from the surrounding woods. The current owners bring a new generation to the stewardship of this family farm.- Mr. and Mrs. Colin Wilkinson, owners. Tour Information Tickets for the one-day event can be purchased in advance by mail for $25 per person until April 23. Please send checks payable to the Garden Club of the Northern Neck with a stamped, self-addressed, letter-sized envelope to: Carolyn Loritsch, P.O. Box 778, Warsaw, VA 22572. For questions, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org . Tickets may also be purchased locally at Colonial Collectibles, Warsaw; Art of Coffee, Montross; The Dandelion, Irvington; and Wildest Dreams, Burgess. For internet ticket sales, access www.vagardenweek.org . Tickets will be available the day of the event for $30, or $15 for single-site admission at all tour properties and at the Information Center- Warsaw United Methodist Church at 287 Main Street, Warsaw. Pre-paid box lunches, for
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. For bus or group tours, contact Courtenay Altaffer at (804) 313-1254 or NorthernNeckGardenTour2014@gmail.com. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens. (photography by Anne-Sophie Marchal)
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Built by John Bernard Lightfoot on the foundations of a 1757 structure, the house was damaged by shelling from Union gunboats during the Civil War. In 1865, John Wilkes Booth, fleeing after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, crossed the Rappahannock and landed here. Invited in, he declined and pressed on to the Brockenbrough-Peyton House. In 1896 the house was bought by Sallie Tompkins, the “Nurse of the Confederacy” and only female commissioned officer during the Civil War, who lived here until 1905.
Dorothy Roy was the only woman in the American colonies to have a franchise for a tobacco warehouse in her name. These chimneys are all that remains of her house, and nothing at all remains of the warehouse that once stood immediately behind it. The warehouse was originally chartered by John Buckner in 1673 and passed to John Roy, who passed it to his wife upon his death. The town of Port Royal grew around the Roy tobacco warehouse.
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Bonnie Cannon Port Royal, settled in 1652, was first inhabited by the Algonquian tribe of Native Americans. Located in Caroline County on the Rappahannock River, the town was charted in 1744 around Roy’s Tobacco Warehouse and soon became an important center of commerce and trade. The Civil War touched Port Royal directly in May 1863, when elements of the 24th Michigan and 14th Brooklyn Regiments attacked the town. In April 1865, John Wilkes Booth — infamous for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln — sought refuge at the Peyton House on King Street. Visit the Port Royal Museum of American History and Gift Shop, located at 506 Main Street. It’s open every Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For special tours and hours by appointment, call (804) 742-5406 or (804) 742-5654. The Hall of American History consists of a timeline including: Skinner Native American Collection, Colonial Port Royal, Sidney King Art Gallery, and Civil War Diorama. The Toleware Room consists of: One of the country’s largest collections of tinware painted by Early American folk artists. The White House China Collection Room Consists of: Dinnerware of American Presidents from George Washington to Dwight Eisenhower, with oil portraits of the five First Ladies. Be sure to visit Historic Port Royal for the yearly 4th of July celebration. Take time to “Explore Historic Port Royal, Virginia, where Historic Heritage is Preserved.”
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How NARFE saved us! Carla Rollins Gutridge Anyone who is not familiar with NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) Premier Federal Credit Union (PFCU) in King George, may be pleasantly surprised to learn that federal workers are not the only ones who can benefit from its services. Anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in King George County is now eligible for FREE membership in this non-profit credit union. Once a member, family members of the NARFE PFCU member are automatically eligible, as well. Spouses, children and grandchildren (even those married), parents, siblings and others may take advantage of the many money-saving opportunities NARFE PFCU has to offer. FREE interest-bearing checking and savings accounts, auto loans, mortgages, VISA Rewards credit cards, balance transfers and CDs are just some of the many ways members can save and earn interest on their hard-earned money. NARFE differs from regular banking institutions in being a non-profit credit union with low overhead expenses. These savings and any profitable earnings are passed on to its members by offering them free services, good interest rates on checking and savings accounts, and low interest rates on loans. I met NARFE PFCU representatives Yohanna Gonzalez and Krista Kyte at a community event in August. These ladies, as well as others from NARFE PFCU, are very active in the King George Community. You can find them at many events in the area. They attend to give out information, answer questions, contribute to the causes, and in many cases, assist with the events themselves. Before talking to Yohanna and Krista, my perception of what NARFE meant was, “Blah, blah, blah, federal employees.” And since I had never worked for the federal government, I had never paid attention to the advertisements. While talking to these ladies, I mentioned that my husband had just bought me a new car. My infamous pink and white PT Cruiser was getting old, so Michael got me the new Dodge Challenger I have now. When I told them that we were paying 9.99% interest through a well-known banking institution, they assured me that they could give us a better rate. Being the skeptic that I am, I figured they’d offer us a rate of a percent or two lower, just to get us to transfer the loan to them. Boy, was I wrong! They offered us a rate of 3.4%. When I totaled the payments we’d be making with the original loan compared to NARFE PFCU’s offer, the savings were $8,000 over the life of the loan. I checked my math again, not believing the savings I was seeing. Yep, I had been right the first time$8,000. WOW! And our savings haven’t stop there. We have since consolidated our high-rate credit card balances to a VISA Rewards credit card with NARFE PFCU. Before transferring those balances, we were paying 26.9% on a couple of accounts, and no lower than 22.8% on a couple more. Our next step is to have our daughter’s student loans paid off and consolidated by NARFE. We probably never would’ve lived long enough to get those accounts paid off at those rates, but NARFE PFCU has consolidated those balances for an introductory rate of 1.99% for the first six months, and then it will be for a rate of 12.9% from then on. I haven’t taken the time to do all the math on those savings, but I can tell you that we’ll be paying a lot less each month, and the balance will be paid off many, many years sooner because of the savings in interest charges alone. Online account management saves us a lot of time, too. To make pay-
Saving $8,000 on this car has made it an even sweeter ride! ments or schedule them automatically, all we have to do is go online. We can take a picture of a check with our phone and submit it, and the deposit is credited to our account. Direct deposit from our employers is also an option, as well as depositing cash and/or checks through some of its many available ATMs. If we need cash, it’s always available at any of their ATMs, with no fees, of course. No waiting for a bank to open or waiting in line, either inside or at the drive-thru. More time saved! Taking just a few minutes to fill out a short application for FREE membership to NARFE PFCU and talking to its very friendly, very helpful representatives has saved us so much, in so many ways. Check them outyou’ve got nothing to lose, and so much to save! Editor’s note: If you are from out of the area, look for a NARFE branch near you.
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Stan’s Skateland is still rocking and rolling in Westmoreland County Richard Leggitt Westmoreland County Businessman Stan Schoppe spends much of each week working to preserve a part of Americana. Schoppe owns Stan’s Skateland roller skating rink in Montross, one of just 20 roller skating rinks still open in Virginia. Indoor roller skating has been on a roller coaster ride in America since it was first introduced in the 1930s. It was especially popular in the 70’s with the advent of disco music and then again in the 80’s and 90’s with the introduction of in-line skates. But there have been lows as well, in the 40’s and 50’s, and recently, as economic woes have plagued the country. “We opened in 1980, and through the 90’s, things were going great,” Schoppe said. “We would have 250 to 300 people a night. But over the last seven years, there has been a decrease. Now, 75 a night is about the best we do.” But despite the ups and downs of the roller rink business, Schoppe remains undaunt-
ed. “The kids have a great time. We do a lot of birthday parties. And I have a 67-year-old man who drives from West Point every Friday and Saturday to skate.” “We get school kids from King George, Richmond County, Lancaster County and from Cople and Washington District Schools in Westmoreland County,” Schoppe said. “Right now is one of our busiest times of the year.” Schoppe ended up in Montross 45 years ago, almost by accident. “I was 21 years old, living in Richmond, and I came over to repair some kitchen equipment at the Dairy Freeze next door. The owner, Clarence Osborne, told me he was trying to sell the restaurant.” “I said, ‘Well, I’d like to buy it, but I don’t have enough money.’ He went with me to the bank and helped me arrange financing and even took a second mortgage himself. That’s how I got started,” Schoppe said. Schoppe’s Dairy Freeze, with mouth-watering cheeseburgers, ice cream and many other fast food items, has become a legendary Mon-
tross eating place over the years. Its success led him to build Stan’s Skateland next door, 34 years ago. “I was advised against it,” he said. “But it boomed.” With manager Dottie Lewis, the occasional help of his two grown children and two young employees, Schoppe keeps the roller rink rolling. January through April, which are the rink’s most active months, they feature TGIFJam Nights, Rock’in Oldies Nights and Country Nights. Skateland is located at 17408 Kings Highway in Montross, right next door to the Dairy Freeze on Route 3. It is open Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The phone number is (804) 393-9890. The rink has rooms for birthday parties and other events. There is a snack bar featuring pizza and other snacks and drinks, as well as a game area and a pool table. “Winter’s our best time of the year,” Lewis said. “When the weather warms up, we have to compete with Little League, TBall and the outdoor sports.”
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Blue Crabs Fever Leonard Banks Maryland Blue Crabs fever has officially arrived! As the regular season (April 24) drew near, the closest professional baseball organization to the Northern Neck area made plans to host spring training. Southern Maryland gets wild with baseball fever, and this year will be no different. With four exhibition games, the 2014 Crustacean Celebration Fan Fest, Community Caravan Day and two exhibition games at Regency Furniture Stadium the team have on April 14 and 15, local fans with have plenty of opportunities to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. The community of Waldorf gets flooded with Blue Crab members, as they celebrate Community Caravan Day. Split into groups, players visit local charities and non-profit organizations throughout the Southern Maryland area. As for the Crustacean Fan Fest event, sixteen fans have the opportunity to team up with Blue Crab players in a charity softball game. News outlets get a rare opportunity to interact with the players during Media Day, held this year on April 17. The media-only event takes place during the 10 a.m. workout. This year, pre-season play opens up against the York Revolution on Sunday, April 20, at Santander Stadium in York, PA. Three games later, the Blue Crabs will finish their preseason play against the College of Southern Maryland. Game time is 5 p.m. on April 23 this year, at Regency Furniture Stadium. Gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m., and admission is
Photo submitted by Maryland Blue Crabs Pinch, the Maryland Blue Crabs’ mascot, gets the crowd excited for the game. accepted in the form of donations. “Spring training is almost here,” said Blue Crabs general manager Patrick Day recently. “It’s so important for the team to get acclimated to the area, but most importantly it’ll be exciting for the fans to get early access to the team before the actual season begins.”
The independent league baseball organization has existed for seven seasons in Southern Maryland. Loved by the entire community, the Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League. For more information about the Blue Crab organization and fan promotions, go to www.somdbluecrabs.com.
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2014 Season Lineup
Sat., May 3- Southern Bred Fri., May 9- Chris O’leary Sat., May 10- Radio Redline Fri., May 16- Sam O’ & JFC Sat., May 17- Jettstream Fri., May 23- Doug Parks Sat. & Sun., May 24 & 25- Kashmir Fri., May 30- Touché Sat., May 31- Rock Bottom Sun., Jun. 1- Sunday kinda Blues featuring Moonshine Society Wed. & Thu., Jun. 4 & 5- Roger Fri. & Sat., Jun. 6 & 7- LongReef Sun., Jun. 8- Sunday kinda Blues with Sunday Blues Buckets Wed. & Thu., Jun. 11 & 12- Roger Fri., Jun. 13- Doug Parks and the Lonewolves Sat., Jun. 14- Too Many Mikes Sun., Jun. 15- Sunday kinda Blues with Biscuit Miller Wed. & Thu., Jun. 18 & 19- Roger Fri., Sat., & Sun., Jun. 20, 21, & 22Colonial Beach Blues Festival
Wed. & Thu., Jun. 25 & 26- Roger Fri., Jun. 27- Southern Bred Sat., Jun. 28- The Craze Sun., Jun. 29- Touché Wed. & Thu., Jul. 2 & 3- Roger Fri., Jul. 4- Rock Bottom Sat., Jul. 5- Rock Bottom opens for Night Hawks Sun., Jul. 6- Sun. kinda blues featuring JP Soars & The Red Hots Wed. & Thu., Jul. 9 & 10- Roger Fri., Jul. 11- Funk U Sat., Jul. 12- JettStream Sun., Jul. 13- Sunday kinda Blues presents Moonshine Society Wed. & Thu., Jul. 16 & 17- Roger Fri. & Sat., Jul. 18 & 19 - LongReef Sun., Jul. 20- Sunday kinda Blues welcomes Blues Buckets Wed. & Thu., Jul. 23 & 24- Roger Fri., Jul. 25- Robert Johnson, Jr. Sat., Jul. 26- Radio Redline Sun., Jul. 27- Brandon Santini (Blues)
Wed. & Thu., Jul. 30 & 31- Roger Fri., Aug. 1- Franklin Square Sat., Aug. 2- Piranhas Sun., Aug. 3- Night Hawks Wed. & Thu., Aug. 6 & 7- Roger Fri., Aug. 8- Funk U Sat., Aug. 9- Too Many Mikes Sun., Aug. 10- Patti Reese (Blues) Wed. & Thu., Aug. 13 & 14- Roger Fri., Aug. 15- Southern Bred Sat., Aug. 16- Radio Redline Sun., Aug. 17- Moonshine Society (Blues) Wed. & Thu., Aug. 20 & 21- Roger Fri., Aug. 22- Jettstream Sat., Aug. 23- The Craze Sun., Aug. 24- Doug Parks (Blues) Wed. & Thu., Aug. 27 & 28- Roger Fri., Aug. 29- RockBottom Sat. & Sun., Aug. 30 & 31 Kashmir Fri. & Sat., Sep. 5 & 6- LongReef Thu., Oct. 9- Sara Gray Fri., Oct. 10- LongReef and RoadDucks Sat., Oct.11- LongReef and Kashmir