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Message From The Chairman
Earlier this year The Heritage Center initiated a sponsorship program. Our Board of Directors focused on community partners whose interests coincide with The Center's mission. The generosity of those partners has exceeded our expectations! We are so appreciative of the support given to date. This program is an ongoing one, so we will continue to reach out to businesses and individuals who share a commitment to The Center's work. Our heartfelt thanks to those who have participated so far!
The Board is engaged in a review of our existing Strategic Plan. Organizations (like people) have life cycles. As a 22-year old, CRHC has gone through the mature stage and is now experiencing the renewal stage. To that end, one of the Board's activities is refining, re-articulating, and reshaping the Strategic Plan to serve as a blueprint for future efforts. The Plan will include measurable objectives by which to assess our progress. There will be more about this later in the year.
The Center is open as usual during the summer months. Contact us for help with your research projects. Our staff are willing and able to serve you, whether it's related to genealogy, land records, or numerous other aspects of local history.

Barbara Barrett, Chairman
The Heritage Center 
Welcome New Members

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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.
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Thank you for your support,
The Heritage Center
The Heritage Center Volunteers

The important preservation work of The Heritage Center would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers.

The Center currently has a staff of over 45 volunteers.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at The Center, please email Donna McCague.

2019 Fredericksburg Wall of Honor Nominees

The Fredericksburg Memorials Advisory Commission is seeking nominations to the city Wall of Honor for 2019. The Wall of Honor recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the welfare of the city and the betterment of society. Nominees must have been deceased for at least one year prior to the nomination. Nominations may be submitted by any person, except immediate family members.

You can find the Wall of Honor Application on the city website.  If you have questions, email Tonya Lacey, Clerk of the City Council .

Deadline for submission is June 1.

A Changing Streetscape and a Revelation   

Several people identified last month's mystery photo as 1005 Sophia Street, which in the 1950's was the Fredericksburg Fish Market.  Taken in 1952 by the late Ralph Happel, National Park Service historian, it is from the Beck Collection.   According to City records, the building dates from 2007; that, however, is the current iteration. The original structure that was shown in May's newsletter is older. 

An oral history by John White (Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, 2004 - 2006) provides insight into the evolution of the building. In 1955, Mr. White, 15-years old, cooked crabs for Edward Brown, owner of the Fredericksburg Fish Market. Mr. Brown built an addition using double rows of cement blocks.  A big machine that made ice to keep the fish cold was to be housed in the addition.  For insulation, Mr. White suggested putting sawdust between the rows of blocks. "We also put sawdust on the roof and I think it caved in. Because after a while I think they got a leak in there. What we did when we did the roof, we had to nail it up strong to hold the sawdust, but they got water in there. It got heavy. That building's built that way and I helped build it."

Later in the interview, Mr. White had a revelation while he was cooking. " I remember when I was in Fredericksburg and I had to go to the bathroom, there was, we couldn't go to the bathroom. And you would have to go down under the bridge [Chatham Bridge] to go to the bathroom. . . . That upset me. And that's when I said, why can't black folks go into a restroom? In a store, a restaurant, somewhere? And so that kind of . . . just watching that made me become an activist. 'Cause I felt that that was just unjust."

An antique store operated by Tony Wrenn and Gary Johnson (1984 - 2004) followed at 1005 Sophia Street, and by 2007 it evolved into a very different structure. Today, Jarrell Properties is a handsome building.

1005 Sophia Street, 1952
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1005 Sophia Street, 2019
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Beth Daly
Volunteer, The Heritage Center

Collections Report

Newly acquired collections include:
  • Additional records, photographs, and correspondence from the Charles and Lee Rowe Estate
  • Ongoing material from the Josiah P. Rowe Estate
  • Records from the Interfaith Community Council 
  • Transcription of the Ann Forrest Green diary written for her daughter, Imogen, of King George County, 1861
  • Book of Essex County, VA Marriage Bonds, 1804-1850
  • 1949 Washington Post article describing legislation that established Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park; included is a copy of the bill from 1926
  • A large photograph of an unknown rural location
  • Documents, books, photographs, and news clippings relating to Fredericksburg; some primary documentation dates to the mid 1850's
  • Records from the formation of the Stafford Civil War Park

John Reifenberg
Collections Manager, The Heritage Center

Can you identify this photo?
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Update In 1952, shrewd shoppers went to this local market for all their seafood needs.  What is the building today and where is it located?

The  Beck Collection
Ralph Happel photographer 

The building is located at 1005 Sophia St. and is now home to Jarrell Properties.

Thank you Barbara H. Cecil, Jeryl Rose Phillips, Paul Ventura, Frank and John White for your input on May's mystery photo.  

Additional information provided by Barbara Cecil and her sister: "The building was owned by Barefoot Green but run as a grocery store by Noodle Cox. Barefoot cooked crabs behind the store.  Some years later Barefoot bought the nearby building, known in recent years as The Happy Clam, but he named it Barefoot's. He continued to steam and sell seafood. I am told that after Barefoot's death, Joe Bourne continued to operate the place as Barefoot's. At some point after that the place was either sold and/or renamed The Happy Clam."

More about the history of 1005 Sophia St. can be found in the above article by Beth Daly.

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Can you identify these ladies in those charming hats?

Spotsylvania County Woman's Club Collection

Please contact Sharon Null at snull@crhcarchives.org with information on this picture
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The Circle Unbroken: Civil War Letters of the Knox Family of Fredericksburg  
On sale now at the Heritage Center 
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Daisy Turner's Kin
An African American Family Saga
Jane C. Beck 
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