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ctober is Halloween season, when we delight in thinking about spooky, scary things, like ghosts. But for me, October is about history and heritage. After all, what are spirits but the vestiges of people who have lived their lives in the past? My favorite quote from this issue is from my article, “Talking to Josie.” The story is about the ghosts at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail and, said Culpeper Paranormal Investigations, ”It’s about learning about the stories of the place and the people of the past. It’s like reaching back and touching history, it’s like stepping back in time.” October is also Virginia Wine Month, which also involves history. Virginia wine makers treasure their heritage, and in preparation for next year’s 400th anniversary of wine making in our great state, a number of wineries have produced a red wine blend called Virginia’s Heritage. Plan on visiting some of the fifteen participating wineries this month to sip and savor Virginia’s Heritage for yourself. Autumn is also about the harvest, and many people are harvesting the last produce from their vegetable gardens in the fall. Homesteading, or producing your own vegetables, fruits, meats, and dairy, was simply a way of life for most people in the past. Today, the lifestyle is again being embraced by passionate modern homesteaders who treasure growing and producing their own food. They have a close-knit community, both locally and online, and the Homesteaders of America Conference, the brainchild of local homesteader Amy Fewell, brings together homesteaders from across the country at its conference October 12-13 in Front Royal. If eating healthier and being self-reliant intrigues you, go check it out! Have a wonderful October and take this month to enjoy our area’s heritage.

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Great October Reads

Cuddlers

24 Fauquier Chooses Vitality

Offering troubled newborns a comforting start

If you dare BY THE FAUQUIER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF

12 Our Community’s Veterans Connecting to local and national resources BY CAROL SIMPSON

BY ROBIN EARL, FAUQUIER HEALTH

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The Homesteading Lifestyle

Talking to Josie

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Plants to spruce up your yard

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At the Top of Her Voice Warrenton’s Diane Burket

The Fall Garden

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Why small business matters

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BY NATALIE ORTIZ AND JESSICA LESEFKA

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BY LAURA CLARK

Virginia is for Wine Lovers A celebration of an anniversary BY MARK LUNA

42 Halloween in Virginia

Spirits at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail BY PAM KAMPHUIS

52 The Great Escape A Cold War experience in Vint Hill BY MIKE ALLEN

So much to do it’s scary BY EMILY CHILDRESS

A Q&A with two couples

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ith Halloween and the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein looming around the corner, it may be time to revisit a few of the classic horror novels or discover some new reads that will keep you up long past your bedtime. But first, what exactly is a horror novel? Classic monsters like Dracula come to mind, as do the gothic short stories of Edgar Allan Poe and the works of the modern master of horror, Stephen King. Some might remember childhood favorites, such as R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series. The Horror Writers Association defines horror as “… not only blood and gore, but psychological horror, suspense, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, supernatural terror, and so much more.” Whether you are looking for suspense, mystery, or a tale of the supernatural, you will find a wide range of choices at your local library, with options for readers of all ages.

Scary short stories are great for both reluctant readers and those that just want to raise goosebumps. The library has a multitude of short stories for young readers, including the well-known Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series by Alvin Schwartz. At age 80, Mary Downing Hahn remains the queen of children’s scary stories. All The Lovely Bad Ones is one of her most popular: this tale of two siblings who decide to play pranks in their grandmother’s haunted inn, awakening ghosts, will thrill young readers. If creepy stories with an old-fashioned feel are your jam, then Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is for you. To save her parents, herself, and the souls of lost children, Coraline must summon all her strength to escape a “mother” and “father” who want to keep her in their secret world forever. Holly Black’s Doll Bones (2014 Newbery Honor recipient) is perfect for those who relish creepy tales. When three middle

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school friends embark on a quest to bury a china doll made from the ashes of a dead girl (a “mourning doll” popular in the Victorian era), they encounter disasters, surprises, and even some fun on the journey. The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh is one of my favorite creepy reads. Twelve-year-old Mary is excited to finally be adopted, until she learns that her new mother is the notorious and fearful Baba Yaga, the legendary Russian witch. If you’re into scrumptious descriptions of feasts with a Russian flair (or think you might be), you’ll love this one. Does a supernatural story set in the Caribbean entice you? The Jumbies by Tracy Baptiste features a brave elevenyear-old girl as she attempts to save her community from a devious spirit. Consider the Notebook of Doom series by Troy Cummings, part of Scholastic Inc.’s Branches line, if you are looking for beginning chapter books. Alexander’s new school is not like any other school— for one thing, it’s located in a hospital


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teens Kendare Blake’s Anna series is a hardcore, knock-your-socks off scare. Beginning with Anna Dressed in Blood, Blake introduces readers to Cas, who is following in his father’s footsteps to rid the world of the murderous undead; although Anna has killed anyone who dares to enter her old home, she decides to save Cas, leading to devastating consequences. Obsessed with zombies? Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation should be on your list. This tale of young people training to become attendants to kill the dead is set in Baltimore County during the Civil War, and has received outstanding reviews. Thirsting for more gruesome zombie tales? Give the works of Darren Shan a try. Cautionary note: both Blake’s and Shan’s works contain violence and mature language. I was in high school when I read Edgar Allan Poe's “The Tell-Tale Heart” for the first time, and it’s remained one of the most vivid and freaky short stories I’ve ever read. A thick book of Poe’s stories and poems can be intimidating. Instead,

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adults A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal turns vampire fiction on its head: what if vampires were the elite of society rather than being chased by townspeople clutching torches? When the first “Gloaming” runs for governor, the world is upended like never before. In the southwestern town of Night Vale, ghosts, aliens and conspiracies are not extraordinary. A young pawn shop owner is focused on solving the mystery of a man in a tan suit who handed her a piece of paper that only read “KING CITY.” Her quest to discover his identity and the meaning of “KING CITY” launches an offbeat and unique paranormal series by Joseph Fink, beginning with Welcome to Night Vale. In the mood for a supernatural read that won’t give you nightmares? Consider Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Jane Austen’s beloved heroine, Elizabeth Bennet,

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Our Community’s Veterans Connecting our veterans with local and national resources STORY BY CAROL SIMPSON PHOTOS COURTESY OF HERO’S BRIDGE

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oy M. (name changed for privacy), a Vietnam-era vet being treated for cancer, was struggling with difficult medical treatments while working to support his family; without his income, Roy and his wife faced losing their home. A perceptive nurse navigator from Fauquier Hospital reached out to Hero’s Bridge, an organization dedicated to assisting older veterans. According to the nurse, Roy had contacted the Veterans Administration (V.A.) years earlier, planning to enroll in their health care system, but had become so frustrated at the red tape that he gave up; this experience had left him soured on the V.A. Dave Benhoff of Hero’s Bridge worked with Roy to see what could be done. Dave knew, as a veteran himself and having talked with hundreds of other vets, that Roy’s story was not uncommon; only 35 percent of those with military service are enrolled in the V.A. Dave convinced Roy to contact the Virginia Department ABOVE: David Benhoff of Veterans Services, LtCol. USMC (ret.) whose staff assists in Hero’s Bridge co-founder screening and applying and vice president.

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women currently in the military are required to attend a briefing on benefits; this was not the case until recently. Veterans as a group are proud, often too proud to ask for help. Or they may believe that the funds that could go towards their care should be used for someone “more deserving.” Veterans and/or their family members often delay accessing benefits. Processing times are often long and applications can be kicked back, resulting in even longer waits. Dave Benhoff recommends that vets apply for a disability rating as early as possible, if not for themselves, then for their spouse’s future benefit. Some veterans have trouble navigating the V.A. System. Hal Halevy of Veterans Health and Benefits Management, a non-profit agency dedicated to aiding veterans, explains that the V.A. has three administrative departments: the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA), the

Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). When veterans look for health care or want to file for a disability they are often unaware that within the VHA alone there are three different departments: compensation, health care, and pensions. These departments do not communicate unless the veteran supplies permission with the proper forms. Roy M. enlisted in the Army and served the USA bravely and honorably; he now is receiving the care and benefits he was promised and deserves. There are approximately 3,800 Fauquier County veterans ages 55 and older, and hundreds are living without accessing available V.A. resources or care. Let’s help the older veterans in our community by talking with them about connecting with DVS or one of the non-profit assistance organizations available to them in our region that can help them navigate the system and help with other life obstacles. ❖

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Carol Simpson is a graduate of Georgetown University. She was executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Washington, trainer at Home Instead Senior Care, and development manager at the Alzheimer’s Association of Central/ Western Virginia before becoming executive director of Aging Together.

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cuddlers offer troubled newborns a comforting start BY ROBIN EARL

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hen Jane Steinard first started as a volunteer Cuddler for Fauquier Hospital in January, it was hard on her heart. The Cuddlers, a fourperson subset of Fauquier Health’s volunteer force, help to provide warmth and security for infants who are born withdrawing from drugs. The medical term for their condition is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Steinard said, “These babies, they are all so beautiful. There is something special about each and every one of them. It was hard for me to see how upset they were. I saw this very troubled situation and it impacted me. It was taking a toll.” Cheryl Poelma, director of the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN), explained, “After they are born, the newborns with NAS are given medication to help with their withdrawal symptoms. The medication is slowly reduced as the infant improves. Withdrawing can make the infant uncomfortable and irritable. Reducing stimulation and promoting a quiet environment helps these infants recover. Holding and cuddling these infants also helps in their recovery.” As Steinard continued to work with the NAS newborns, she started to see significant improvement in their moods and attention. She saw that day by day, slowly, the babies began to relax and come back to themselves. Steinard said that fellow Cuddler Joan Anthony told her that Olympic gymnast Simone Biles was born to a mother who was addicted to drugs and alcohol. “That showed me that there’s a lot of hope. Whatever little bit of help we can give these children, we will.” Cuddler Joan Anthony nodded, “One little boy I was cuddling was really impacted by the drug withdrawal. He was having a very hard time. He was so distressed, but by the

time he was set to leave the ICN, he was ready to take on the world.” Cuddler Bette Hine said, “Each baby possesses something extraordinary. From the start, when they are on more medication, they can be lethargic. By the time they are discharged, they are alert and curious.” Bette Hine’s husband Bill has been trained as a Cuddler, but has not been called in yet. He said, “Unfortunately, this program is going to be more important than ever. Drug deaths were up 17 percent between 2016 and 2017. There were 72,000 deaths from overdose in 2017. And the proportion among pregnant women is skyrocketing.” Deb Clinard, of Fauquier Hospital’s Volunteer Services, said that would-be Cuddlers must volunteer in other parts of the hospital for six months before they can be considered for the Cuddler program. She said that she wants to make sure that applicants have the patience, reliability and temperament for this delicate job.

Cuddlers are called in as they are needed, in two-hour shifts. “Sometimes we tag team,” said Anthony. Clinard said, “I look for someone who understands the importance of confidentiality, who is relaxed and can work as part of a team, someone who can take things in stride and has a very flexible schedule. Sometimes we know when we will be getting a baby who needs cuddling, and sometimes there are walk-ins.” Clinard has seven Cuddler hopefuls ready to be trained and would like to eventually have 20 on the team. Anthony said, “I never had the ability to give this kind of service. It’s an incredible gift. Sometimes I think about the alienation, the isolation of the mothers that may have caused their addiction. We can be a silent second family to them, the cheering section they can never hear. Little things done with love can make the difference. I have put my other volunteer efforts on notice. I have to be available for this.” All of the current Cuddlers are parents and grandparents. Anthony has been an attorney and a judge; Steinard has worked as a school secretary and day-care owner; Bette and Bill Hine are trained EMTs. But nothing prepared them for the fulfillment they get from comforting a stranger’s baby. Steinard said, “There is so much love in the ICN. I love being a part of it.” Anthony added, “I cherish each one. When you cuddle them for the last time, it’s emotional.”❖

ABOVE: Bill (seated) and Bette Hine, Joan Anthony and Jane Steinard are Cuddlers in Fauquier Hospital’s Intensive Care Nursery. TOP: Consistent, gentle touch can help calm a baby recovering from neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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and groups to help make handmade holiday ornaments for our upcoming HERO'S Project. Salt dough ornaments or any creative ornaments are greatly appreciated. These can be decorated or non decorated, and will be added to our candy care containers which will be distributed to our heroes at Walter Reed Medical Facility in November. This is a huge project and we need lots of help making sure each container has a handmade ornament. We gladly collect these year round. GOT CANDY? We are also in need of candy for the candy care containers. Unopened Halloween and Christmas candy can be dropped off at Earth, Glaze & Fire in Old Town Warrenton on Main Street. OLD TOWN SCARECROWS

The scarecrows are back in Old Town Warrenton from October 1-November 2. Stop by and check them out, eat and do some holiday shopping! We would love for you to share your photos with us while visiting!

F4F ROCKS CLUB AT THE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL We are excited to announce we will be hosting our F4F Rocks Club at the Fauquier Parks and Recreation Children's Festival at Crockett Park on Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Family fun with boat rides, games, pumpkin painting, sand art, rock painting, and so much more! Admission is $10 per car. Crockett Park, 10066 Rogues Road, Germantown, Virginia. SPAGHETTI DINNER We are proud to be a sponsor of two tables at the Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Fauquier Cops for Children's Shop-With-A-Cop Program. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 20 from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Fauquier Fairgrounds for the all you can eat spaghetti dinner. Raffles, bake sale, and more. $10 adults and $5 children (6-12). This event is open to the public.

Dont miss these popular upcoming annual events! TRUNK OR TREAT Families4Fauquier will be hosting our annual Trunk or Treat event at the WARF on Friday, October 26 from 5:30-7 p.m. Fun for the whole family. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact us if your group or business is interested in hosting a decorated trunk. Registrations are now open. Please visit our facebook page for more information.

PRESCHOOL & FAMILY RESOURCE FAIR Families4Fauquier will be holding our Annual Fauquier County Preschool & Family Resource Fair on Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Come learn about local area preschools, private schools, and family friendly organizations all under one roof. Table registration is now open for schools and family friendly organizations wishing to participate. Please visit our facebook page for more information.

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The Homesteading Lifestyle A Q& A WITH TWO COUPLES

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ave you ever heard of homesteading? If you haven’t, you will. Although it’s a relatively old term, coined when the original homesteaders had no choice but to grow their own food and be completely self-reliant, today it has a brand new meaning and is being embraced by people across the country. We talked with two local couples who are passionate homesteaders. Maybe their enthusiasm will motivate you to join the movement, too!

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What are your homesteading activities? I grow vegetables (squash, tomatoes, corn, asparagus, beans, sweet potatoes & white), fruit trees (Asian pear, apple, peach, cherry) and berries (black, raspberries,

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Caroline and Robert Murphy, Elioenai Farm


Did you have any experience with homesteading before you started? Not with the livestock, but my mother taught me a lot about gardening when I was growing up, especially the fruit trees and the berries. Why do you homestead? We like to know what goes into our food. Our goal is to be self sustaining. It’s very personally rewarding. What is your philosophy on homesteading? We work with a holistic approach, and use herbs and natural remedies as much as we can. We buy chemical free feed. I feed my dairy goats alfalfa hay, because the better you take care of them the better the milk is for us. What motivated you to get into it? My husband has breathing problems and the doctor suggested goat’s milk! So that’s why we started. How has homesteading improved your life? We feel that we are eating the healthiest food possible, and we are both taking care

of ourselves. Our children have grown up and started their own families. This is our second honeymoon, our second life. We love the country and the beautiful surroundings; we love listening to the frogs in our pond. My husband taught me to drive a tractor! I love it! What advice would you give people just starting out? Start slow. Buy excellent quality livestock. Feed them quality food. Never stop learning about the homesteading life. Read a lot, watch a lot of YouTube videos, and reach out to the homesteading community. The people around here are so amazing about giving their time and expertise. So many people are so helpful, you just have to reach out and ask. I thought when we moved here that we were going to be doing this alone, and so I guess one of the major surprises was everybody helping us so much. What surprised you most about homesteading? The attitudes and different personalities of the animals. They’re each really unique. What’s the hardest part of homesteading? Losing animals when they die. That was a surprise for both of us. We don’t raise our livestock for butchering, and we get attached to them, so it’s hard to lose one.

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What are your homesteading activities? We currently have 20 laying hens, three pigs, two sheep, and a vegetable garden. How much time do you spend on homesteading? Brian: On a normal day we spend about two hours on gardening and animal care, sometimes more when we have big projects to do. I have a full-time job off the homestead and Casey home schools our children. Why do you homestead? Casey: We homestead because we enjoy it and like knowing where our food comes from. It’s rewarding watching your hard work prosper and provide for your family. What motivated you to get into it? Brian: I think what got me started homesteading is my background as an avid hunter. Once our family started growing we became more interested in consuming healthier food. We started out with a few laying hens then added pigs to supplement our venison supply. Every year we increase the size of our garden. I believe God wants us to be good stewards of the earth, and we try to accomplish that through rotational grazing our pastures,

managing our wooded land for wildlife, and using our trees for firewood and construction materials. How has homesteading improved your life? Casey: We live a much healthier lifestyle now. Our oldest child use to be a really picky eater before we started homesteading and now she, as well as our other two children, will eat just about anything you put in front of them because they have grown up living on the homestead. The kids get excited about collecting eggs and watching the garden grow, I think being involved helps them want to try new foods. I feel that a big benefit to homesteading is that it has brought us closer as a family since we all pitch in and work together. What advice would you give people who are starting? Brian: Don’t try to accomplish all of your goals at once. Set priorities and start small. There are often many ways to complete a task, figure out what works for you. YouTube is a great learning tool. ❖

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Fauquier Chooses Vitality Why small business matters BY MILES FRIEDMAN DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, FAUQUIER COUNTY

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f your idea of the “good life” includes vitality, action, challenge, adventure, and forward movement, then you are ready to embrace our local economy! The life of a local economic system must be vital and filled with new ideas, growth, and forward motion; the alternative is stagnation. In this way, local economics somewhat parallels our outlook on life. Study after study has demonstrated the link between remaining active, mentally and physically, to a longer, healthier life. Much the same is true of a local economy. Certainly we believe this in Fauquier County! Entrepreneurship is the heart of the economy, be it locally, regionally or nationally. For it is the risk takers, the creative thinkers, and the innovators who serve as the entrepreneurs that spur the heartbeat of an economic system. Likewise, it is that spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation that produces a vibrant, spirited community. A study at MIT as long ago as the 1970s found that the biggest difference between healthy communities and those in economic decline could be found in the birth rates of new businesses. Numerous subsequent studies suggest that the most consistent facilitators of economic and job growth are our abundant smaller businesses.

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voice-over artist. Her impressive range of voice work covers commercials, corporate films, multimedia events, telephone prompts, games, and much more. Her client list is comprised of businesses of all sizes from around the world, including well-known brands like Apple, Tiger Balm, Visa, Genentech, and Southwest Airlines, as well as smaller companies. A recent film, Zebrafish, featured her narration and earned the honor of being an official documentary selection at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. One of the most appealing aspects of a career in voice is the freedom to work from anywhere. About 11 years ago, Diane took advantage of that freedom, packing

up her home in San Francisco and moving to Warrenton with her long-time partner. Relocating to the east coast has not slowed her success at all, especially since she records much of her work from a studio in her house. Not surprisingly, many people are curious about how they can launch a career like hers. The most common question she’s asked is how to get into the business. But before Diane will offer advice to anyone, she gives them homework. Friend and fellow voice-over artist, Dave Webster, wrote a book called You Should Do VOICEOVERS! that Diane highly recommends. In fact, she tells anyone seeking her guidance to read the book first. It covers everything related to the voice-over industry, including equipment. She believes in this resource so much that she highlights it on her homepage. Fortunately, she did offer a few important tips over lunch, no homework required. Most importantly, if someone is not used to working for themselves, the profession can be daunting. After all, the work is not predictable or consistent. Diane cautions that people need to have additional pursuits in their lives, but remain 100 percent available at all times. She adds, “When a client sends an email with a voiceover opportunity, they mean today.” To underline that point, Diane tells the

“It’s like sports. You’ve got to build up to it. You have to practice.”

ABOVE: Headshots from Diane’s acting days.

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highly entertaining story of being in Amelia Island, Florida, at a hotel that had paper thin walls and an unfortunate location next to a railroad. A client contacted her with an urgent request, but she knew the recording quality would be unacceptable from her noisy room. With her ever-present creativity, she ran out and bought moving blankets and turned them into a makeshift studio. With a bit of careful editing, she was able to salvage a potential audio disaster. Now she never travels without a portable booth that makes it possible to record anywhere. Diane says having a mobile booth and home studio can be quite affordable. She uses a Shure microphone from a wellinsulated space in her house and edits with WavePad software. This works for most situations, but as she explains, “If clients want a really clean, really high end recording, they’ll ask me to come into a professional studio.” For example, a recent job took her to Henninger Media Services in Arlington, which she says is “gorgeous — the nicest studio I’ve ever been in, and I’ve been in a lot.” While Diane can make what she does seem almost effortless, it’s most assuredly not. For starters, voice-over work requires acting skills. Diane knows her words will come across most effectively if she mentally speaks to one person instead of many. She believes, “If you’re talking to everybody, you’re discounting the individual.” Additionally, she’s emphatic about the importance of getting into character. Before stepping up to the microphone, she asks questions about who she is supposed to be, even though she’s not on camera. Is she blond or brunette? How old is she? Who is she talking to? Diane says voice-over artists “need a bunch of voices in their bag of tricks.” It’s amazing watching her transition seamlessly into different accents and moods. When she casually puts an audible smile in her voice, the change is remarkable. Speed and consistency are also vital in the business. It’s not uncommon for clients to want to condense a 15-minute script into 10 minutes. There’s no room for pauses or choppiness. On the other side of the equation, Diane can read lengthy scripts flawlessly, and advises that if someone cannot read 100 pages without their voice changing, they won’t go far in the business. She says, “It’s like sports. You’ve got to build up to it. You have to practice.”

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Diane is especially well suited for a wide range of voice-over roles not only because of her considerable talent and experience, but also because she can accept union and nonunion jobs. She is well versed in the nuances of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the financial core (Fi-Core), and the Taft-Harley Act. Understanding these union-related aspects of the business is essential, and Diane navigates them with the ease of a seasoned professional. The pay-off for achieving the status of a highly lauded voice-over artist is substantial. Asked what her favorite jobs are, Diane immediately responds that she’s partial to SAG-AFTRA commercials. The reason? Residuals! She laughs, explaining, “When it plays, it pays.” Regularly finding checks in the mailbox is quite a perk. In addition to her voice career, Diane is an artist agent for her partner, Armand Cabrera, an accomplished oil painter represented by galleries across the country. She actively works on Armand’s behalf and speaks of his artistic ability with obvious and well-deserved admiration. While many of his paintings go to galleries outside of Virginia, some of them are featured locally, like in the rooms at Salamander Resort and Spa. Some of Diane’s clients are also close

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LEFT/ABOVE: Both Diane and her partner, artist Armand Cabrera, have work studios in their Warrenton home. Diane’s recording studio is a seemingly modest setup located in a walk-in closet. Although not much to see, the recording studio provides ideal acoustics and can be packed up and moved when needed. When she’s not doing voice-overs, Diane works as an artist agent for Armand.

to home. For instance, a recording of her welcoming voice greets those calling The Inn at Little Washington. We live in a time when the podcasting boom is making a lot of people believe they could use their voice to earn a living. And while that may be true for some, being able to resonate with an audience from behind a microphone is an art form. Diane Burket is a shining example of someone who understands that and has dedicated a lifetime to honing her craft. Her numerous awards, honors, and recognitions are testimonies to her soaring success. Through it all, however, Diane has managed to stay grounded. After talking about her extraordinary career, she says simply and humbly, “It’s a great way to make a living.” To learn more about Diane and hear examples of her work, visit dianeburket.com. To learn more about Armand and his work, visit armandcabrera.com ❖

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Virginia is for

WINE LOVERS A celebration of Virginia Wine Month and a happy anniversary to us all STORY BY MARK LUNA PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAHAM, WILD LIGHT PHOTOS

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utumn has fallen. And as it happens every year in our glorious Commonwealth, beautiful colors of yolk, russet, and vermilion overtake the maple, mulberry, and oak trees as the steady drop in temperature reminds us that we’re about to settle into the year’s homestretch. For me, no other month satisfies the love I have for this time of year than October, the first full month of the new equinox. I always find a new rhythm in my pace and the crisp air fills my senses with seasonal culinary and imbibing desires. It turns out, as good luck would have it, that October is also Virginia Wine Month. And this year’s annual observance may very well be the most anticipated one yet, as local wine producers and lovers alike prepare for 2019, celebrating Virginia’s 400th anniversary of winemaking history. For it was in 1619 that the first vines were planted in Virginia, with the hope and pursuit of producing the first American wines. To

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honor this milestone, a very special wine project was created and an equally unique wine was born. Virginia’s Heritage is the name given to both the commemorative endeavor and its dedicatory wine. Shepherded by the venerable Virginia wine producer Chris Pearmund of Pearmund Cellars in Broad Run, Virginia’s Heritage is a collaboration of sixteen of Virginia’s finest wineries. Pearmund asked that each producer contribute one to a few barrels of


their best red Bordeaux-varietal wine, with the caveat that all fruit must be 100 percent Virginia sourced and harvested in either 2016 or 2017. In all, 10,000 bottles (more on that later) were assembled in August of this year, all from the finest (red) wine grapes that Virginia has to offer, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and even Tannat…thank you, Madiran! Aged in Virginia oak barrels, Virginia’s Heritage Red Wine is an elegant, cultured

blend, produced by “A Consortium of Virginia’s Finest Wineries Contributing in Unison,” as noted on the front of its beautiful birchwood label. The back label, also made of birchwood, is a peek into the heart and soul of this project. It reads: In the year 1619, Vitis Vinifera vines were first brought from Europe to America with the intent to produce wine in Virginia. Eight vignerons were brought from France to set the stage for a thriving wine industry

LEFT: Virginia’s Heritage, bottled and labeled for sale. The wine labels are printed on thin sheets of birchwood. TOP: Cabernet Franc vines at Philip Carter Winery in Hume. The Carter family has deep roots in Virginia wine making, dating to 1763.

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400 years later. Virginia’s Heritage is a celebration of this historic event. This limited-edition Virginia wine is a blend from many of the state’s finest wineries, in recognizing Virginia as the cradle of American Winegrowing. Perhaps you’re wondering, what is vitis vinifera? Well, in its simplest and most literal form, vitis is the genus of the plant kingdom that includes the vine, and vinifera is the European species (of vitis) that is the vine most used for wine production. To understand the significance of this, a little Virginia history is in order. As I was taught in school, and learned again in my visit with Pearmund, an avid historian, Virginia was the first permanentlysettled English colony in North America. It was named “Virginia” in 1584, in honor of Queen Elizabeth I, and is thought to have been coined by Sir Walter Raleigh, for whom Raleigh, N.C., was named. In 1607, members of a London-based venture called

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The Virginia Company were sent to the new colony and ultimately founded Jamestown. The next few years were near catastrophic, however, as famine, disease, and conflict consumed the new locals. But, more settlers and supplies would arrive in 1610, eventually stabilizing a desperate environment and bringing a renewed vigor of growth. As English interests in expanding colonization were strong, self-sustaining growth was imperative. But in order to obtain fine products such as wine, silk, and olive oil, England had to pay cash to rivals Spain and France. Having its own resources in a new colony, however, would eliminate this unwelcome reality, so a decision was to be made. Tobacco quickly became Virginia's first profitable export, and its financial impact was significant. But Jamestown locals maintained the belief that Virginia could also become a major source of wine for the British Empire, and in 1619 the newly formed House of

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Grapes on the vine at Narmada Winery in Amissville; Dr. Sudha Patil, owner and winemaker at Narmada Winery; the vineyard at Pearmund Cellars; Chris Pearmund, owner of Effingham Manor & Winery.

Burgesses – predecessor to today’s Virginia General Assembly – enacted a law expressly requiring that each landowner ‘yearly plant and maintain 10 vines until they have attained to the art and experience of dressing a vineyard either by their own industry or by the instruction of some vigneron.’ This law was called the Twelfth Act of the Original Acts, and was the earliest documented effort to transplant European vines to eastern America. That very year, 1619, eight vignerons (French for vine grower) were sent to Virginia to plant vines and thus, the Virginia wine industry was born. By 1621, ten thousand vines were brought from Europe by The Virginia Company, and this is the inspiration for the number of


Virginia’s Heritage Red Wine bottles produced. Over the ensuing decades, vines were often lost as a result of failed harvests and the plant-eating louse, Phylloxera, yet wine growers would persist in Virginia. Notable figures such as Charles Carter, often touted as the founding father of American wine; Thomas Jefferson, of course; and Dr. Daniel Norton, whose name is synonymous with Virginia’s most famous indigenous red wine grape, would help shape and define the Virginia wine landscape forever. The Prohibition era dealt a heavy blow, and it would take decades for the industry to recover. But new and successful plantings of vinifera in the 1950s would be a turning point for Virginia wine. That said, it was still illegal to grow grapes and make wine on the same property, and that would last another 20 years. The law finally changed in the early 1970s and as a result, six new wineries emerged. The Virginia wine industry never looked back. By 1995, there were 46 open

for business and by 2005, there were 107, a phenomenal growth rate by any standard. Included in all of this is the Virginia Wineries Association (VWA) formed in 1983, which, as highlighted on its website, “grew out of the desire by owners of Virginia wineries to create a wine community that shared ideas and resources to the benefit of everyone in the Virginia wine industry.” Its annual wine competition, The Governor’s Cup, honors the best wines and brightest talent in the Virginia wine industry. Today, Virginia ranks fifth in the nation for wine grape production and sixth for number of wineries, with upwards of 300 that are open for business. There are seven AVAs (American Viticultural Area) that pepper the state, with each geographical designation showcasing the grapes that grow best and the wines they produce. Which brings me back to our sole wine of the month and the partners who helped to create it.

ABOVE: Philip Carter I had the Strother, owner and privilege and true operator of Philip pleasure of tasting Carter Winery in Virginia’s Heritage Hume, in his vineyard Red Wine on the day it was bottled at Effingham Manor and Winery, a second Pearmund winery in Nokesville. It was August 14. The wine was aged and blended at the beautiful, historic estate, and the excitement of watching the first bottles get filled, labeled, corked, and sealed will stay with me for years. The glass I had with Pearmund and the crew was an equally nice moment. As for the wine’s composition, Virginia’s Heritage Red Wine is a Bordeaux-esque blend, comprised in approximate percentages of 50 percent Merlot, 20 percent Petit Verdot, and a 30 percent collective of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tannat, a personal favorite. The barrels, as mentioned before, were of 2016 and 2017 harvests; as it turns out, more than 90 percent of the fruit is from 2016.

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Pearmund shared with me, “Texture is really important, as is the diversification of flavor. I think we’ve achieved that and I’m very excited about this wine!” Winemaker and Narmada Winery coowner Sudha Patil, who also contributed a barrel of the predominant Merlot, added, “In Virginia, Merlot is a special grape because it ripens early, doesn’t get hit too hard, and it’s a very flavorful fruit, you can actually eat it!” I completely agree, as all the varietals themselves showed up, ready to perform. In my tasting, I immediately noticed the dense ruby color, with a very light purple on the rim. Being freshly bottled, this wine was a newborn. After several wrist-swirls, I stuck my nose deep into the glass and was taken in by a big wash of dark red and black fruits, an innocent shadow of Virginia oak and faint hints of both herbal spice and mint leaf. There was a rustic nature to the bouquet and it took me back to a log cabin in the woods that I lived in years ago; and for second there, I thought I might’ve just poured myself a glass of Rioja! On the palate, the wine was lively and fresh, medium-bodied with good up-front acidity and splashy fruit. As expected from a young, tight wine, with both Petit Verdot and Tannat in the mix, there was a tannic presence towards the back, but the Merlot kept it under control. What caught me the most, however, was the balance of the wine. Nothing stood out too much, nothing was lost. And with an ABV level just under 13.5 percent, I have no doubt that this wine will age beautifully for the next several years. As I mentioned earlier, the wine labels are printed on thin sheets of birchwood. Additional packaging reflects Colonial roots and the wine bottle is rested in a Virginiamade commemorative box, surrounded by ribbon shavings of the same birchwood. The cover label on the box is a reprint of the 1619 Virginia Company seal. The entire presentation is beautiful. The wine will be featured at both the Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival this month and at the Virginia Executive Mansion, in Richmond. From its onset, Virginia’s Heritage has been a collaborative effort, and its undertaking wouldn’t have happened if not for the contributions of the 16 wineries involved. Each of these wonderful destinations, located throughout the state, bring their own unique

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story to the grand table of Virginia wine, and I encourage you and yours to travel to these places, meet the families and friends who run them, and share in their gifts of awardwinning wines and friendship. Virginia’s Heritage Red Wine will be sold in select local wine retailers, online through Pearmund Cellars, and in the tasting rooms of these beautiful, partnering wineries: Aspen Dale Winery at the Barn, in Delaplane; Cooper Vineyards in Louisa; Effingham Manor & Winery in Nokesville; Glass House Winery in Free Union; Ingleside Vineyards in Oak Grove; Naked Mountain in Markham; Narmada Winery in Amissville; New Kent Winery in New Kent

County; Philip Carter Winery in Hume; Pearmund Cellars in Broad Run; Potomac Point in Stafford; Rappahannock Cellars in Huntly; Rosemont of Virginia Winery in La Crosse; Vint Hill Craft Winery in Vint Hill; Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg; and The Winery at Bull Run in Centreville. Virginia’s Heritage and its commemorative, eponymous wine are a true reflection of our great Commonwealth, and all that she represents…shared roots, pride and purpose. And I think Pearmund said it best when he remarked, “It really takes a community to raise a foal, and this wine is a child of all of us.” Happy Vino’ing! ❖

Virginia’s Heritage is available in the tasting rooms of the 16 participating wineries: Aspen Dale Winery at the Barn, Delaplane / AspenDaleWinery.com Cooper Vineyards, Louisa / CooperVineyards.com Effingham Manor & Winery, Nokesville / EffinghamManor.com Glass House Winery, Free Union / GlassHouseWinery.com Ingleside Vineyards, Oak Grove / InglesideVineyards.com Naked Mountain, Markham / NakedMountainWinery.com Narmada Winery, Amissville / NarmadaWinery.com New Kent Winery, New Kent / NewKentWinery.com Pearmund Cellars, Broad Run / PearmundCellars.com Philip Carter Winery, Hume; PCWinery.com Potomac Point, Stafford / PotomacPointWinery.com Rosemont of Virginia Winery, LaCrosse / RosemontOfVirginia.com Rappahannock Cellars, Huntly / RappahannockCellars.com Vint Hill Craft Winery, Vint Hill / VintHillCraftWinery.com Williamsburg Winery, Williamsburg / WilliamsburgWinery.com The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville / WineryAtBullRun.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Mark Luna is a Portfolio Rep for Roanoke Valley Wine Company. He has a Level 3 Advanced Certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and is a member of the prestigious Wine Scholar Guild, where he’s finishing his Italian Wine Scholar post-nominal accreditation. Through and beyond his work for RVWC, Mark writes, teaches and guest-speaks about wine in a variety of both industry and privately held events. He lives in Nokesville with his family. For events, Mark can be reached at info@winespique.com.

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Starting October 5 Paxton Manor, a real life haunted mansion, is open this season for a blood-chilling experience. Feeling extra brave? Try their separate basement experience, the Carnival of Souls. According to the story, this manor is overrun with “carvers,” gruesome zombies determined that you won’t leave in one piece. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights October 5 – November 4. For more information, visit Shocktober.org and on Facebook at @Shocktober.

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Throughout the month of October, this terrific spot filled with shops and restaurants in eastern Prince William County celebrates “Haunt the Town.” Stores throughout Occoquan display life-size Halloween characters on benches, porches and doorways to bring a spooky vibe to the town known for its haunted history. More than 20 buildings are said to be haunted and Haunted Occoquan offers family-friendly walking tours to share stories of the haunted houses, stores and other structures. Tours are conducted Tuesday through Saturday, from 8pm to 10pm. For information and reservations (required), visit http://hauntedoccoquan.com/

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The Haunted Forest is a terrifying walk through the haunted woods of Algonkian Regional Park. Once in The Woods, you will find yourself in the dark, but definitely not alone. Enter at your own risk. Can you face the Haunted Forest at Halloween Woods? 2018 opening weekend: Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th. Ticket sales start at 7pm. Haunting starts at dusk! HauntedForestVA.com

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This haunted trail in and around the barns of an abandoned haunted farm will leave visitors breathless or gasping for your last breath. Only the bravest should attempt Haunted Hollow. Not recommended for children under 12. Open Friday and Saturday nights, September 28 - October 27. Tickets: $18. Cash and major credit cards accepted. HauntedHollowVA.com.

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Hosted by the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, the hour-long tours give history buffs and paranormal enthusiasts an opportunity to hear ghost stories grounded in real events. Each year there are between 12 and 15 spooky stops on the tour, and each year organizers add new stories between old favorites. In recent years, the historical society has recruited actors dressed in period garb to perform scenes at some stops. This year, five new stops have been added and tours are available on Friday, October 19th and 26th at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm, and on Saturday, October 20th and 27th at 6pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, and 9pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tours start at the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, and tickets go on sale September 18th. Tickets can be purchased at the museum or online at FauquierHistory.org.

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Starting September 15 Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens® Howl-OScream®. At the stroke of 6 p.m. Busch Gardens becomes home to a host of creepy creatures that lie in wait for unsuspecting victims. Fear abounds in the Virginia theme park's collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed Terrortories™ and darkly entertaining live shows. Guests should consider the park's elevated scare factor when deciding whether Howl-O-Scream is appropriate for young children. For more information, visit howloscream. com/va. The haunts begin Sept. 15 and continue every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and select Thursdays through Oct. 28. Event is free with park admission. For more information, visit buschgardens.com/va.

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T A L K I N G to J O S I E Spirits give an added dimension to the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail STORY BY PAM KAMPHUIS PHOTOS BY KARA THORPE

“Do you want to talk to Josie?” Erin Clark, executive director of the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, asked me. Did I want to talk to Josie? Of course I wanted to talk to Josie! Normally I wouldn’t get that excited about conversing with a pre-teen girl; after all, they’re a dime a dozen, but this one was different. Josie Pattie died in the Old Jail’s residence in the 1870s, at the age of 11. How do I know that? I asked her myself, and she answered. As you may have guessed, the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail is thoroughly haunted. Josie is one of the better-known ghosts, but there are others, some whose identities are known, and some more obscure ones. Spirits have been detected by different mediums who come in as visitors to the museum, usually with corroborating results. Culpeper Paranormal Investigations (CPI) has also helped with the identification and documentation of some of the ghosts. They said that the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail is one of the two most haunted locations they’ve investigated, the other being the Kemper House in Madison. “We have captured evidence in almost every room at the Old Jail,” said Paul Warmack of CPI. The staff at the museum communicate with some of its spirits using dowsing rods. The L-shaped brass rods, usually known for detecting underground water, are also said to be sensitive to the energies of spirits. Held by one person, one in each hand, yes or no questions are asked, and if the rods LEFT: Erin Clark, Executive Director of the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, communicates with resident spirits with dowsing rods.

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LEFT, TOP: The original brick shows through on the wall of the stairway off the kitchen in the 1823 addition to the original 1808 jail building. LEFT, BOTTOM: Josie Pattie’s name is etched in the window in her bedroom upstairs in the 1823 addition. The etching appeared mysteriously in the 1970s.

“I think the biggest thing for us is that it’s not just about going in and doing an investigation, it’s about learning about the stories of the place and the people of the past. It’s like reaching back and touching history, it’s like stepping back in time.” — CULPEPER PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS

cross, the ghost is answering “yes,” and if they separate, the answer is “no.” That was challenging for me...so many things I wanted to ask Josie, so many questions popping into my head, but so hard to think how to phrase my ideas as yes or no questions. I wanted to ask, what did she die of? How many brothers and sisters did she have? Did she go to school? What sort of games did she play with her friends? What was Warrenton like during Reconstruction? How did she dress? What did her mother cook for dinner? When I visited the second time, with our photographer, Erin asked Josie if she’d ever had her photo taken. Unfortunately, the answer was no, otherwise I would have gone on a search for it...what wouldn’t I have given for a photo of Josie to go with this article? So, what’s it like working in the haunted building? Josie’s not the only ghost there, not by a long shot. Erin said, “We get asked about ghosts a lot. I always tell folks that if I were to tell them about all my experiences we would be here all day long.” As a museum director, Erin has worked in many historic buildings and homes, and admitted that the Old Jail is the most haunted place she’s experienced. “Our board of directors always jokes with me, asking if they told me the building was haunted during my interview, which they didn’t. In most jobs, on the first day of work, you meet the staff and get to know the building, where the coffeemaker is, that sort of thing. But here, you meet the ghosts. I met a ghost on the first day, using the dowsing rods. It took awhile for me to get used to being in the building by myself.” But, she said

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the windows, floating around the room. It would be at different times, always at night, and it would move in different directions, up, down, right, left. You could see it turn, and see that it had dimension to it. One of the orbs had audio caught with it, too, on the security system. It sounded to me like a kind of a chime noise, but to some other people it sounds like a high pitched voice. My first reaction was to look for an explanation, like was someone outside with a flashlight, or was it a helicopter with a searchlight? I showed this video to board members and staff members, and we never found an explanation,” said Erin. JOSIE’S STORY

she’s never felt threatened or so scared she wanted to leave the building. CPI agreed that there don’t seem to be any evil or malevolent ghosts on the premises. How do the ghosts make themselves known? Usually, it’s sounds that alert the staff to the presence of spirits. Footsteps, sometimes the sounds of children running and playing (Josie and her siblings, perhaps?), a strong breeze through the hallway, previously closed and locked doors standing ajar when there’s no one else in the building and no wind to blow it open. Moving objects are rarer, but it does happen. An office door moving as if someone had bumped it passing by, a wellsecured part of an exhibit removed from the wall and fallen in an unlikely place. But there are visual signs too. “On our security cameras, there was a time from late May to early June, about nine or ten times during a two-week span, that we were catching a huge orb of light from one of

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Josie’s family had a strong connection to the jail; both her father, Horace Pattie, and one of her brothers were resident jailers, Horace in the 1860s through 1880s and then Caldwell in the 1900s through the 1930s. Horace’s family lived in the jailer’s residence, and Josie’s mother would have cared for her own family as well as cooking two meals a day for the prisoners out of the residence’s kitchen. We know, from census records, that Josie was between 10 and 14 when she died. We also know the Patties lost several young children during the time they lived here, likely to illness or epidemic. Upstairs in the residence building, to the right of the stairs, there are two rooms. One would have been the children’s bedroom, presumably where Josie died, and the other likely the parents’ bedroom. These two rooms are where Josie hangs out. Erin’s office is in one of those rooms today. So how does she know when Josie’s there? Erin explained, “A lot of former directors of the jail have experienced her. She likes to tug hair gently. She also likes to tickle people’s elbows. Some directors have heard her laughing and playing. When I got my new desk, she would play with the shiny brass drawer pulls, flipping them up and down so they would ding. She did that for about a month after I got the desk, then it kind of quieted down. Maybe she was attracted to it because it was a new object. If I was a little girl in the 1870s I’d like a shiny brass knob, too. Once, when I was in the next room over, I was telling one of our board members the story, and shortly


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after I finished we could hear her playing with them. She knew that we were there, and she was just playing around.” More corroborating evidence: CPI said, “We’ve gotten recordings in there that sound like a little child’s voice, and we’re assuming that’s Josie.” T H E C I V I L WA R S O L D I E R

HISTORY OF THE FAUQUIER HISTORY MUSEUM AT THE OLD JAIL The front stone building of the Old Jail, where the entrance to the museum and the gift shop are now, was built first, in 1808. It was the sixth jail built in the county, and it replaced older, wooden structures. Conditions there were deplorable, with four cells, no heat, no floor, and no full time jailer. There was one full time sheriff in the county, who cared for the prisoners as well as fulfilling the rest of his duties. So there were no regular meals, and no one to let the prisoners out to go to the bathroom, either. As a result, there was a lot of disease. In 1820, the state of Virginia sued Fauquier County due to the bad jail conditions. The newer stone jail was built in 1823, the original building was turned into the jailer’s residence, and the kitchen was added at that time. So that way there was a full time jailer who lived there with his family, and his wife had the job of cooking for the prisoners. The jail remained in service until 1966. GHOST TOURS October 19, 20, 26, 27 Ghost Tours running at the Fauquier HIstory Museum at the Old Jail. Schedule at fauquierhistory.org

A couple of other potentially identifiable spirits also inhabit the buildings. Josie has a companion ghost in the upstairs room, a Civil War soldier who has also communicated through the dowsing rods. Erin said, “His answers are always consistent. We have asked him many times through different people if he was Union or Confederate, whether he was infantry, cavalry, or artillery, and if he is buried in Warrenton. Every time he has answered that he was Confederate infantry, and he is indeed buried in Warrenton. Whenever we ask if he’s there protecting Josie, or if Josie’s there, he always says yes, and Josie says the same thing.” He has been potentially identified as Captain John Scott, via his very clear communications through the dowsing rods involving a laborious process of alphabetical yes or no questions. His name is on the Confederate Memorial here in Warrenton. He died in the early 1900s, and it is not clear why he would be inhabiting the Old Jail. MR. MCGHEE Another ghost that mediums often sense is Mr. McGhee. He lived in northern Fauquier County in the 1920s and he was most likely suffering from what we now know as dementia. Erin related, “He was afraid that someone was going to take his house, so he burned it to the ground and tried to take himself with it. He was arrested and brought to the jail here, and was charged with attempted suicide and arson. Since he was elderly, he was put in one of our maximum security cells so he could be watched. He

came down with pneumonia, and while the staff was in the process of finding him a bed in an infirmary, he passed away here at the jail. He’s said to still be up there—there are accounts of other prisoners seeing the spirit of an elderly man with a beard who comes in the middle of the night and tries to take their blankets. And all the accounts were consistent, an exact description of Mr. McGhee. We have some photos of the cell back there where you can see a dark humanshaped shadow. We’re not sure if that’s Mr. McGhee but it’s in the right area where he would be, so it might be him.” T H E L A DY I N W H I T E A few decades ago, the museum’s board of directors was having a meeting in the war room, and the shape of a lady dressed in white walked out of the fireplace. Five out of the six board members saw her. She walked back into the fireplace, and they picked up and moved their meeting elsewhere. “We’re not sure of her identity,” said Erin. “Supposedly she was one of the jailers’ wives. There’s a story here that one of the wives suffered severe burns from a fire and passed away a few days later, so that could be an explanation.” Erin said, “I always talk to the ghosts, I say hello and goodbye to them. And I acknowledge their existence. Whenever I hear something strange, I say out loud, ‘Yes, I hear you,’ and go about my day. I do feel that they listen. I think sometimes that’s what they want, to be remembered and noticed. When we had the orb back in May and June, one night when I was leaving I said good night, and I said, ‘I want to let whoever’s floating around in here know that we see you, and have a good night.’ And the orb hasn’t come back since. That was the last time we saw it. So that to me kind of sealed it. I don’t know if maybe it got scared, or maybe that’s all it needed, to know that we see it.” ❖


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Time to get started. In our team’s case we decided to time our arrival so that we’d get there early enough for two drinks, because everyone knows that if you drink wine, you’ll know things. So though our team, made up of Jennifer “the eyes” G. and myself, was smaller than usual, we thought maybe with the wine we’d even the odds. Upon arrival at the antebellum Inn, we headed directly to the bar, where we found bartender Rob Davis ready and waiting to help us get our game on. Although he didn’t reveal much about what we would find in the escape room, he was happy to go over the drink menu. Unfortunately, after only a few paltry sips, owner Dawn Donaldson interrupted our pregame, last-minute cram session, so excited to tell us about the escape room that she couldn’t wait until our appointment time. Clearly we should have started cramming earlier. In a short briefing, Dawn explained that the premise of the game is based on the historical significance of the Vint Hill Farm site, first as a deciphering facility in WWII, then a key anti-espionage station during the Cold War. As such, the theme for the escape centers on the Cuban Missile Crisis. However, it is not necessary to be a history buff or Bond aficionado. But then again, why wouldn’t you be? It is more important, however, to be methodical, logical and able to work well under pressure. Also make sure your glass is full…it will have to last an hour. Next thing we knew, we were locked in a dimly-lit room furnished in standard government issue 1962 military office furniture. Neither of us ever having done this, we wasted several minutes figuring out what to do and how to proceed. If we’d known then what we know now, we would have realized how valuable those first few minutes were. Suffice to say…don’t waste time! Hopefully, if we find ourselves with the fate of the nation in our hands again one day, we will be better prepared to start immediately, as well as have more wine on hand. Otherwise, Americans will have to learn to say “pass the borscht.” Once we figured out a starting point, we began combing different corners of the room looking for clues. We realized pretty quickly though, that if we were going to make it out alive – well, at least not-Russian – we needed each other.

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ENJOYED THE THEME. IT WAS CHALLENGING AND A LOT OF FUN. OUR TEAM ESCAPED! — CHRIS STETTLER, BRISTOW

I CELEBRATED MY 30TH BIRTHDAY WITH MY FRIENDS HERE. IT WAS MY FIRST ESCAPE ROOM AND WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE! THERE WASN’T A SINGLE THING ABOUT ESCAPE VINT HILL THAT I DIDN’T LIKE. — CRYSTAL BURNHAM, GAINESVILLE

Though the setting is historical, the clues depend solely on logic. Much like Churchill said about the Russians – “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key,” – the whole point is to find the keys! As the hour counted down towards zero, we were really getting the hang of it and solving clues quickly. We had our roles down pat. Both of us are great with codes and languages. I was the analytical one. Jennifer was the eyes. Using our best scavenger hunt skills, we tracked down missing ships from map overlays, intercepted and interpreted Russian and Morse code messages, and broke the codes to determine the combinations to get us into desk drawers, despite the lack of illumination and miniscule numbers on the combination locks. In the end though, there just wasn’t enough time to save the world. We didn’t do a good job of timemanagement and we weren’t prepared for the number of puzzles we’d have to solve. By the last 15 minutes we were solving the puzzles rapidly, and had really gotten on a roll, but in the end, the doomsday clock won out. Nevertheless, we worked hard and steadily as a team and complemented each other’s strengths.

In fact, we were so busy trying to save the world, we never even finished our first round of drinks. So we were left with the double whammy of failing to save the free world from Russian and Cuban dictators and nuclear weapons, and being totally sober. We should’ve started drinking earlier. Maybe go with a Cuba Libre or straight vodka. Salud and Na Zdorovye! ❖

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