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Central Rappahannock Heritage Center 
A place that loses its history loses its soul
Message From The Chairman

The Heritage Center welcomes three new members of the Board of Directors, who begin the first year of a three year term on December 1. They are E. Gerald "G" Brown, Pete Kolakowski and Wallace Morton. We appreciate their willingness to serve and look forward to working with them for the benefit of The Center.
A heartfelt thank you from the Board of Directors and Center staff goes to outgoing Board members Ranny Corbin, Chip Massey and George Snead for their service over the last six years. Their hard work on behalf of The Center has contributed greatly to its continued success and they will be sincerely missed.
As another year draws to a close, I would like to thank you, our members and volunteers, for your continued support of The Center and its mission to preserve this area's history. The Center marked its 20th anniversary in 2017 and it's wonderful to see how the organization has grown in its first two decades. Two major events happened this year: the physical expansion of the archives into an adjacent space in Maury Commons, allowing for future growth, and the completion of a successful re-branding campaign, thanks to our generous benefactor Nick Seay of Beveridge Seay. The Center's founding members should be proud that their vision of local preservation has taken root and continues to grow and prosper.
Finally, I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and look forward to a successful 2018!!

Meredith Beckett
CRHC Chairman   
Welcome New Members

Christine Henry
Janet Littlejohn

Heritage Center memberships support the important work done by The Center.
The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center is a non-profit, all volunteer archives whose mission is to preserve historically valuable material of the region and make it available to the public for research. 
Please join us as part of the Heritage Center's preservation team.  As a  member, you will be helping to preserve our priceless local history.
Click here to become a member today!

Thank you for your support,
The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center
Message From The Treasurer
Increase the tax benefits of your contribution by donating appreciated securities directly to charity or by sending your Required Minimum Distributions from IRA accounts directly to charity.
When appreciated stocks or mutual funds held for more than a year are donated to the Heritage Center or another public charity, the donor enjoys an income tax charitable deduction for the asset's full fair market value and avoids tax on the capital gain.
Consider this example:
Original cost of your investment is $5,000 and today is worth $10,000.
If you donate the investment directly to a public charity you receive a tax deduction for $10,000 and report no capital gains on your tax return.
If you donate cash to a public charity and personally sell the investment for cash needs you still get the $10,000 deduction but must pay tax on the capital gain of $5,000 which would be around $1,000 dependent on your tax bracket.
If you are 70 ½ or old you also could make a Qualified Charitable Contributions (QCD) from your IRA account.
A QCD permits a direct transfer to a qualified charity of tax deferred IRA savings. QCDs offer advantages over taking a taxable distribution and then contributing the proceeds because the IRA distribution does not get included in one's adjusted gross income. Taxability of Social Security benefits as an example are based on your adjusted gross income as well as medical expense deductions and Medicare insurance premium amounts. With a lower adjusted gross income you have an advantage in reducing income taxes with QCDs.
And maybe most importantly, QCDs qualify as satisfying Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) obligations. For an IRA owner that doesn't need their RMD to live on for cash flow they can be sent directly to a public charity and avoid being included in adjusted gross income.
To be eligible your IRA administrator must make the distribution payable directly to the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center or other public charity of your choice.
If you wish to utilize either of these tax advantaged gifting strategies please contact our Treasurer, Daniel J. Bender at dbender@pbmares.com , (540) 371-3566.

Daniel J. Bender, Treasurer
CRHC Board of Directors 
Membership Renewal Confirmations
CRHC members, if you renewed your membership online any time between July and October 2017, and have not received confirmation of the renewal from The Center, please notify us at membership@crhcarchives.org.

The Center's email address changed this summer and some PayPal payments have since been processed using the old address.  The Center never received notice of these renewal payments from PayPal.  In the future should you not receive confirmation of your renewal, please contact The Center.

Amy Olney
The Heritage Center
Christmas Traditions   
Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.'s annual Candlelight Tour is on Washington Avenue this year.  The Keeper's Cottage, located at 1500 Washington Avenue, is on the tour and the original architectural drawings for the cottage can be found at the Heritage Center.

The Cottage, also called Caretaker's Cottage and The Lodge, was designed by Captain M.J. Dimmock, a Richmond architect and Confederate veteran. The Cottage was commissioned to provide a residence for the caretaker of the Mary Washington Monument, completed in 1894. 

The cornerstone for the Monument was laid in 1833.  A financial backer died, the Civil War intervened and it wasn't until nearly 100 years after Mary Washington's death (1705 - 1789), that renewed interest in the First Mother reinvigorated the project.

Comparing Captain Dimmock's design to the actual structure reveals several significant changes.  The plans are more elaborate than the structure that contractor George Washington Wroten and mason J.J. Musselman built in 1896.  Architecturally, it is Romanesque, Dutch Colonial and Queen Anne.  The drawings show a structure one-third wider, with a gambrel front gable.  The building has a pedimented front gable with a palladian window and a single dormer.  The rough-cut granite came from a nearby quarry; the plans called for cut blocks.  A small lancet window on the first floor, next to the porch was added.

Frances Goolrick, and her husband Judge John T. Goolrick, raised four sons in the Cottage.  Two more generations of Goolricks resided in the cottage.  In 1966 a disagreement between the National Mary Washington Memorial Association and the Washington Monument Association of Fredericksburg resulted in the Cottage being deeded to the City of Fredericksburg.  The Kenmore Association leased the Cottage from the City and did extensive renovations and repairs.  For several years it was the home of the Executive Director of Kenmore, Vernon Edenfield, who called it The Lodge.  Lately, the City has used the Cottage as temporary housing.

What will the future hold for the Cottage?  As for the past, the Center has the historical records.

Beth Daly
CRHC Member
Newly Acquired Collections

Acquired collections for the month include:  
  • Book; The Huguenot, Publication No. 46, 2013-2015
  • 2005 directory for the St. Mary's of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, includes photographs of many members
  • Book; Smithsonian Civil War-Inside The National Collection
  • Magazine; Smithsonian Collector's Edition - contains an article on John Wilkes Booth when in Port Royal
  • Photograph of unidentified students at King George High School, circa 1955-1960
  • Book; Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania Through Time
  • Rappahannock Valley Garden Club pamphlets and Fredericksburg League of Women Voters handbook, 1966
  • Book; Germanna-Outpost of Adventure, 1714-1956
  • Documents, photographs, and newspaper accounts of the formation of the Fredericksburg Area War Memorial
  • Genealogy of the Wilson family
  • A 4' x 6' copy of a photograph of the "Fredericksburg Band", circa 1920
  • A 24" x 32" Fredericksburg battlefield map by Michler

John Reifenberg

CRHC Collections Manager
Can you identify this photo?

Update  George Rawlings and others plan his campaign.

From the left: Tom Stern, George Rawlings, Jim Ashly, Lee Cooper, possibly John Painter and unknown.

Thank you Barbara Cecil, Bonnie Wyne and Lucy Harman

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1991 Christmas Parade Entry

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The Heritage Center gladly provides research services.  Please contact the center for rates.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 
10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First Saturday each month 
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or by appointment 
900 Barton Street #111
Fredericksburg, VA
(540) 373-3704 

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The Circle Unbroken: Civil War Letters of the Knox Family of Fredericksburg  
On sale now at the Heritage Center 
$29.70 for members 
$33.00 for non-members  

Daisy Turner's Kin
An African American Family Saga
Jane C. Beck 
On sale now at the Heritage Center 

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