Fredericksburg’s Battlefield Granite

By Noel Harrison, NPS A longtime area resident, Noel Harrison is Manager of Easements for the Fredericksburg office of the National Park Service. To the almost-forgotten past belongs the story of Fredericksburg’s “Battlefield granite” quarries, once touted as being among “the most valuable granite properties in the United States.” The term, “Battlefield granite” is a trade name…
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The Narrow Gauge Railroad

By Robert Hodge In 1852, Fredericksburg businessmen were concerned with the failure of the Rappahannock Canal (see Fredericksburg Times, Jan. 1978), the impassability of the turnpike, the incomplete state of the plank road and the loss of county trade to the Alexandria markets via the railroad. A meeting was held and it was decided to revive…
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The Heritage of Sophia Street

By Roy Butler The late archaeologist Roy Butler explored the historical significance of this early street, believed to have been named for Sophia Dorothea, sister of George II and mother of Frederick the Great of Prussia. When we think of Fredericksburg history as it relates to Sophia Street, we immediately bring to mind a few specific remaining structures and…
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The Energy-Efficient Lifestyle

Adopting an energy-efficient lifestyle will not only save you money on your electric and/or gas bills, but it also will help the environment by releasing fewer greenhouse gases and creating less of a demand for non-renewable energy resources, such as coal, petroleum (crude oil), natural gas, and propane. According to the Department of Energy's Energy Information…
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Blonde Bombshells: Sirens of the Silver Screen

Mae West. Jean Harlow. Marilyn Monroe. These three actresses are part of the iconic women in Hollywood’s history known as the blond bombshells. The blond bombshells craze began when Jean Harlow - the original blond bombshell - appeared in the appropriately titled film Platinum Blonde (1931). After the film, peroxide flew off the shelves so women could mimic Harlow’s…
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Visiting Author Tim O’Brien

This post is part of our Guest Picks series, featuring members of our library community sharing their favorite books and movies. Tim O'Brien is the author of our NEA Big Read selection, The Things They Carried - a collection of linked semi-autobiographical stories inspired by his experiences in the Vietnam War. He will be joining us for…
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