Fredericksburg in Revolutionary Days, Part I

William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine (William and Mary Quarterly) Volume XXVII, No. 2. October 1918. pp. 73-95. Parts II and III may also be read online.  FREDERICKSBURG IN REVOLUTIONARY DAYS PART I. In a charming diary kept by him while under indentures to Colonel William Daingerfield, of Belvideira (a plantation on the river about seven miles below Fredericksburg) John Harrower a…
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Ferry Farm

By Jerrilyn Eby Ferry Farm is best known as the childhood home of George Washington, though it has a history that predates the Washington occupancy. Augustine Washington bought the property in 1738 from the heirs of William Strother (c.1700-1732). Strother had first lived at the family estate, Millbank, in King George County and served as…
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Book Corner: Building Empathy through Children’s Books

By Caroline Parr Developing empathy, reducing impulsiveness, improving decision-making even when upset – these are all social and emotional skills that children build slowly, with lots of help from caring adults. Locally, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board provides the Second Step program to schools and child care programs where children can work on these…
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Scented Geraniums Were Stars in Victorian Bouquets

By Barbara Crookshanks Scented geraniums' modest flowers are almost invisible among the big blossoms of their flamboyant cousins...but their fragrant leaves made them the secret stars of Victorian Valentine bouquets. "Once no bouquet was deemed complete without a bit of this fragrant foliage," wrote Louise Beebe Wilder in her 1932 classic, The Fragrant Path. She suggested…
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