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Central Rappahannock Heritage Center 
A place that loses its history loses its soul
Message From The Chairman
The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center was incorporated in August 1997. Our mission "is to preserve and make available for scholarly research the documentary evidence of the heritage of Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline, and King George."
The CRHC is a nonprofit organization, designated a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service. What does that mean? According to the IRS Tax Code, the purpose of a 501(c)(3) "charitable and educational." Our Bylaws say the Board of Directors "is responsible for the overall policy and direction of the CRHC and delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations to the Committees. The Board receives no compensation..." The Board safeguards the financial health of the organization, advocates for The Center, and promotes fundraising. It supports the critical functions of our committees: budget and finance; collections; membership; office management; outreach; technology; and volunteer coordination.
All Board members and all "staff" are volunteers, dedicated to The Center's mission. Our new Sponsorship program provides opportunities for businesses and individuals to support that mission. We welcome your participation as a sponsor or a volunteer.
Barbara Barrett, Chairman
The Heritage Center 
Welcome New Members

Sue Sherman
 Sandy Gay
William Vakos
Lee Tyson

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 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 50 volunteers.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at The Center, please email Donna McCague.

Taxing Times    

It's April, and taxes are due. While the Federal income tax was imposed in 1913, taxation has a long history in this country. After all, it was a protest by the Sons of Liberty, against the Tea Act in 1773 that was enacted by the British parliament, that helped spark the American Revolution - no taxation without representation.

The Center holds many tax records, but one is special. It is one of the earliest primary source documents in our collection, "Assessments of Land 1702." It is a very revealing 12 pages. The names are in alphabetical order and list property owners in King George County.  Berry, Champe, Clift, Crismond, Dade, Elkin, Fitzhugh, Gordon, Green, McCarty, Suttles, Taliaferro, Thornton, Waugh and Willis are all names we recognize.

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Each assessment shows the property owner's name, number of acres, value in pounds and shillings, and the tax rate. Several property owners were women.  Mary Doniphan  owned 200 acres valued at 70 pounds.  William Fitzhugh of "Eagles Nest" owned 2,175 acres valued at 2070 pounds and James Bailey owned a mere 5 acres valued at 29 pounds 15 shillings. It is unclear how the particular tax rate was determined, but it was not based on acreage alone as the rates vary. Nearly 400 names give a sense of land ownership in King George County over 200 years ago.

How did this document come to the Center in 2003? A researcher in Alabama had purchased the list on the internet. When he finished his project, he believed this primary source document should "go home" and he contacted The Center. How fortunate that the owner was a preservationist. Although the document showed its age when it arrived at The Center, it was still legible and intact. Several years ago, The Center had the list stabilized and preserved using money from a fund dedicated to preservation, insuring that it will be available to future researchers.

Visit The Center to see "Assessments of Land 1702" and other examples of primary source material.

Beth Daly,  Volunteer, The Heritage Center

Can you identify this photo?
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The Howell Collection 

In 1939 this was the Square Deal Market, what is it today?

The photo appears to be 531 Caroline Street ("Vanity" today).  

Michael Spencer crossed referenced it with the 1938 city directory, Sanborn maps and today's images. The rectangular transom next door with great tracery work appears to confirm it.  The woman in the picture is Jean Ward.

Thank you to Michael Spencer, Susan Tyler, Barbara and Mac Willis for their input.  Mac identified Jean Ward.

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The Billingsley Collection
Can you help identify the people and the store in this photo?

Please contact Sharon Null at snull@crhcarchives.org with information on this picture.  
The Heritage Center gladly provides research services.  Please contact the center for rates.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 
10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturdays by appointment
Please call to schedule during weekday business hours
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  
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$33.00 for non-members  

Daisy Turner's Kin
An African American Family Saga
Jane C. Beck 
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