How to Join Our How-To Festival

Are you an artisan? Crafter? Backyard farmer? Cook extraordinaire? Something else? Share your knowledge, and sign up to be a part of our How-To Festival on Saturday, June 1 at Porter Branch. You’ll present your skills to the public in 15-30-minute sessions alongside other local business owners, community members, and library staff. The festival runs…
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Westmoreland County’s African American History

Westmoreland County’s African American history dates back to the 17th century. During the earliest years, both slaves from Africa and white indentured servants were imported to the Northern Neck (the land between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers) to work on farms and plantations, with African slaves becoming more prevalent over time.  17th Century – The…
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Hartwood History

Beyond the I-95 Corridor Drive out Route 17 north from Falmouth, past the strip malls, the shopping centers, and the subdivisions, and you’ll find that as the roadside gets less crowded, the scenery becomes more historic. In the 18th century, this corridor was more a place for pioneers than for fancy plantation owners, though there…
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Tiny Towne Centre Scavenger Hunt

By Christine Carlson, Towne Centre Branch Manager Seek and find the tiniest things you've never noticed about the Spotsylvania Towne Centre! Spotsylvania Towne Centre, April 1-April 30 In partnership with the Spotsylvania Towne Centre. Have you walked the mall recently? Met a friend at Starbucks, and done a little shopping? Perhaps you go there to…
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Gayle Middle School Students Create Model Traffic Signal

By Nathan Sekinger, Gayle Middle School, and Darcie Caswell, Central Rappahannock Regional Library. To recognize early contributions of African American inventors in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, Central Rappahannock Regional Library is rotating a series of interactive activities through the children’s areas of all branches through the end of February. As part…
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Walk Through History . . . Caroline Street

By the Fredericksburg Area Tourism Department 130 Caroline Built c. 1855. The style and design of this Greek Revival townhouse are identical to its neighboring duplexes, although this is a single family dwelling. Extensive changes have altered the architectural similarities shared with 132-138. Note bay window and wing additions. 132,134,136,138 Caroline Built 1855. These Greek Revival townhouses are mirror images…
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