Oral History

Since 1997, volunteers for the The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. have been recording the stories of various members of the community who were knowledgeable about important area events. These interviews are available for public viewing through the Central Rappahannock Regional Library and some are available online.

Anne Wilson Rowe

Interviewed 10 years ago in the first year of the Oral History project, Anne Wilson Rowe was a Fredericksburg native and well-known civic leader. Committee members had always planned to revisit some of the early participants to update and expand their observations, and Mrs. Rowe was asked to be the first in the revisiting series. Debra Nidel did the 1997 interview, and Jane Rasmussen is the February 5, 2008 interviewer.

Janet Marie Sullivan

This interview with Janet Marie Sullivan was conducted by Suzanne Willis in October 2008.

Urla Baker Row

This interview was conducted at the home of Urla Row on Jackson Trail West in the summer and fall of 2008 by Patricia Weinhardt who has been her friend for some years.

Herman Groves and Christine Wray Hopkins

Brother and sister, Herman Groves and Christine Wray Hopkins, talk about the Sylvania Plant during the Depression and afterward.

F. Byrd Holloway

Mr. Holloway begins his history with rich stories of life in a doctor’s household in the days before World War II. The first interview is held at Flintshire Farm overlooking the Rappahannock River. Flintshire Farm - where Byrd once ran a tennis club - is part of the original land grant to Mr. Holloway’s ancestors.

D. P. Newton

D. P. Newton of White Oak, son of Elizabeth Sullivan Newton and the late Patrick Newton, was told by his parents’ generation to save everything that he could and then he would have a comfortable old age. He did that he said, then about 12 years ago he took his savings and put it into founding and establishing the White Oak Civil War Museum and Stafford Research Center.

Gary Cooke

A surveyor by profession, Gary Cooke, son of Virginia Fines Sullivan of White Oak, has devoted much of his adult life to researching his Indian background. Gary, 55, grew up in the White Oak area of Stafford County which is the recognized home of many of the local families who claim descent from the Patawomeck Indians.

Virginia Fines Sullivan

Virginia Fines Sullivan of Belle Plains Road, White Oak, was born July 10, 1926, daughter of Leonard L. Fines, born 1892 in Stafford County, and Virginia Ann Newton, born 1903. Mr. Fines was the son of Elijah L. Fines and Sarah C. DeShazo. Virginia Newton Fines was the daughter of Willie Tobias Newton and Birdie Newton.

Warner Sprow

Warner Sprow, child prodigy and longtime community barber.

Ted and Toni Cunningham

Reverend Theodore Cunningham, retired pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, New Site, and Toni Cunningham.
Ted and Toni Cunningham