Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pictorial tour focuses on Fauquier family cemeteries

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a free lecture on Founding Veterans in Fauquier Family Cemeteries. Presented by Lory and Larry Payne and sponsored by the library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute, the lecture begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in the John Barton Payne Building.

The Payne’s are presenting a pictorial tour of Fauquier family cemeteries and graves of veterans from the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars and the War of 1812, including the oldest inscribed tombstone found in the county to date. Information gleaned from manuscripts, legal documents and family histories will be highlighted and tips on researching cemeteries and reporting and preserving these fading historical resources will be covered.

Larry Payne, a native of Fauquier County, has been a student of history since the 4th grade. He is interested in how society has developed and changed in Fauquier County throughout prosperity and war and wishes to respectfully preserve and share historical details of the past with Fauquier residents. He is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, The Fauquier Civil War Round Table and The Southern Fauquier Historical Society, Inc.

Lorene “Lory” Payne, transplanted from New York at age 6, has always thought of Virginia as her home. Her career in local government is in zoning and code enforcement, but it was a personal experience involving a family cemetery that prompted her and her husband Larry to begin documenting as many Fauquier family cemeteries as they can. Their goal is to provide the county with a resource for safe-guarding the cemeteries when development is encroaching. Mrs. Payne currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Southern Fauquier Historical Society, Inc., and is on the Battlefield Preservation Committee of the Fauquier County Architectual Review Board.

The Fauquier Heritage Institute was created to promote the study and love of American history and presented free lectures throughout 2008 by experienced speakers and historians. Contact program Co-chairs Mrs. Paula Johnson, (540) 341-7019, or Mrs. Jackie Lee, (540) 347-0607.