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Central Rappahannock Heritage Center 
A place that loses its history loses its soul
Message From The Chairman
The Heritage Center's annual membership meeting is Tuesday, September 17, at 7 PM at the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street, in downtown Fredericksburg. Parking is available in the lot behind the Center on Charles Street and on area streets.
Our distinguished speaker is jurist William K. Suter, 19th Clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court, who managed the country's highest court for 22 years (1991-2013). Major General Suter assumed that position after a 30-year career in the U.S. Army, the first military person to serve as the Clerk. His topic:
"Today's Supreme Court and Influences of the Past."
Before Mr. Suter's talk there will be a short business meeting to summarize the Center's activities during the past year and to vote on a slate of directors for the Board. Nominees for a first 3-year term are Florence Barnick and Jonathan Gerlach; nominees for a second 3-year term are Jack Apperson, Diane Ballman, Kevin Jones and Ed Overton. A quorum of CRHC members is required to conduct CRHC's business; please plan to come.
Members and the public are encouraged to attend what is sure to be a very enlightening evening. Light refreshments will be served.
We regretfully bid "Bon Voyage" to Donna McCague, who has contributed her considerable talents to the Center for 4-1/2 years. She has been an effective leader of our volunteers, a knowledgeable, welcoming researcher for Center visitors, and a "systems" person who improved many procedures. She will be missed!

Barbara Barrett, Chairman
The Heritage Center 

Bill Vakos Jr.

Jon and Meredith Beckett

Lucy and Wayne Harman

Kitty Farley and Vic Ramoneda

The Cohen Family 

The Greene Family

To become a Heritage Center Sponsor, please visit our website.  If you have any questions, please contact The Heritage Center at (540) 373-3704.

Welcome New Members

Christine Thiessen

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 45 volunteers.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at The Center, please email Meredith Beckett.


Diaries record the daily events of the writer's life. The Heritage Center has a number of diaries. According to the database, there are 146 diaries at the Center. Some are well-known, like Jane Beale's, Woman in a War Torn Town or excerpts published in the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust Journals, others are notes on the day's happenings like weather, birthdays, illnesses, deaths, by Togo Gray and W.F. Liebenow.

Keith Pitzer (1920 - 1973) was a Fredericksburg artist who lived at the Lewis Store, 1200 Caroline Street. Pitzer, known for his paintings and for his cartoons in "Diamond Dust," a daily newsletter for the 5th Infantry Division during World War II, kept a diary between 1935 and 1936.

War at our Doors: The Civil War Diaries and Letters of the Bernard Sisters of Virginia, by Rebecca Campbell Light, is a first person account by Helen Bernard of Gay Mont near Port Royal, who observed the Civil War from her home.

Then there is The 1861 Diary of Ann (Forrest) Green of Rosedale. Mrs. Green lived in the Tenleytown area of Washington, DC. She kept a diary for her daughter, Mary Imogene Green Lewis (1832 - 1913), of Marmion in King George. Mrs. Green had no idea when she started the diary on January 2, 1861, of the events that would evolve during the following year. Tensions were building, men were joining regiments, soldiers were drilling and Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, a New York Zouave and close friend of President Lincoln was killed at the Marshall House Hotel in Alexandria on May 26th. There was illness and many deaths. The First Battle of Manassas or Bull Run was fought on July 23; Mrs. Green could hear the cannon fire.

Even when we know the outcome, reading these first-hand observation is so personal and much more interesting than just recounting events and dates.

Come and immerse yourself in history by reading some diaries at the Heritage Center.

Beth Daly
Volunteer, The Heritage Center

Collections Report

Newly acquired collections include:

  • Two photographs:  Phillip Goodloe and son Thomas Goodloe; interior shot of Freeman's Grocery Store with Phillip Goodloe, ca. 1917.  
  • Ledger of Phillip Goodloe's purchases at Freeman Store.  
  • Six photographs of structural fire at Monticello Apartment Buildings, 1970.
  • 1940 artist rendering of the Chatham Bridge.
  • Manuscript covering the history of Zion United Methodist Church, 1859-2018.
  • Minutes from the Meridian Club, 1995-2014.
  • Embrey family papers; membership document for Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. 1968; newspaper articles; Ledger of Edward Embrey, ca. 1930's. Photograph of Embrey Shoe Store, early twentieth century.
  • Stafford High School yearbook, 1963; miscellaneous documents.
  • Master's thesis; "A Political and Economic History of Fredericksburg, Va 1840-1860", with supporting documentation; numerous issues of Virginia Magazine of History and Biography;
  • Five ledgers from Roxbury Mills, 1968-1972.
  • Original Virginia Central Railroad documents, ledgers, and photographs, 1850's through early twentieth century; articles and correspondence.
  • Circa 1935 photograph of four Masonic Lodge members; certificate of membership for Charles R. Beckley into the Lodge.
  • Two Civilian Conservation Corp photographs of Camp MP-4 at the Wilderness, November, 1934; undated photographs of the Dog Mart, circa 1970's. 

John Reifenberg
Collections Manager, The Heritage Center
Can you identify this photo?

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On September 19, 1965 the Sgt. Richard Kirkland Monument was dedicated. Sculptor Felix Weihs De Weldon, created the larger than life bronze sculpture.

Can you identify these three ladies who attended the ceremony?

This photo is from the Johnson collection.

Please contact Sharon Null at snull@crhcarchives.org with any information concerning 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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$29.70 for members 
$33.00 for non-members  

Daisy Turner's Kin
An African American Family Saga
Jane C. Beck 
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Fredericksburg Memories
A Pictorial History of the 1800s through the 1930s

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