Friday, March 28, 2008

Oldest tombstone in county on 'tour'

Lory and Larry Payne, members of the Southern Fauquier Historical Society, will present a pictorial tour of local family cemeteries at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Bealeton Library, (540) 439-9728.

The tour will highlight the graves of Fauquier veterans from the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars and the War of 1812. Included in the program is the oldest known inscribed tombstone in Fauquier County.

The couple will also instruct attendees on how to research a cemetery and how to help report and preserve these fading historical resources.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Children learning to protect the world, but Earth Day is for all ages

Earth Day is approaching (April 22) and children and adults have more ways than ever before to celebrate and learn about the environment.

Children will listen to stories about how litter can hurt animals and our environment at a presentation by Fauquier County Environmental Services at:

10:30 a.m. Friday, March 28, at the Warrenton Library, (540) 349-1128

The sites and resources listed below will help you celebrate the earth every day of the year.

  • Check out items at your local library covering such topics as organic gardening, recycling and the "green" movement.
  • Fauquier County Department of Environmental Services - Get the scoop on local recycling programs and services.
  • Earth Day Network - Founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN) promotes environmental citizenship and year round progressive action worldwide.
  • Find Earth Day events worldwide and learn how much "nature" your lifestyle requires when you take the Ecological Footprint Quiz.EarthDay.gov - The official site for U.S. government events and information, provides tips on saving energy and recycling at home, classroom activities and opportunities to volunteer in your community.
  • Time for Change - World Wildlife Fund's Earth Day 2008 Web site provides ideas and tools for change, as well as e-cards, interactive games and downloadable materials in the "Connect for Earth Day" segment.
  • Freecycle.org - The Freecycle Network is a grassroots, nonprofit movement that's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. It's basically an online swap meet. The types of items "freecycled" typically include items such as computer equipment, electrical appliances, leftover building supplies, furniture and other household goods. Members have the opportunity to give and get items for free, and numerous local nonprofit organizations in each community are also members of local groups. Each group is run by a local moderator and membership is free.
  • The WarrentonVA-Freecycle is for anyone in Warrenton and the surrounding areas.
  • Kaboose.com: Earth Day - Geared at teachers and parents, this site includes fun Earth Day crafts, recipes that are easy on the environment and ways to encourage environmental awareness in children.
  • Keep America Beautiful: Kids' Zone - Children can get a list of ways to protect the environment at home and school and play the recycling game.
  • Adults will want to check out KAB's main site for resources on litter prevention, waste reduction and recycling and ways to beautify the community.
  • If you're more partial to fiction, younger readers will enjoy environment-focused titles like Carl Hiaasen's Hoot and Flush. Older readers will get a chuckle out of his 2000 novel, Sick Puppy.
Finally, don't forget that Arbor Day is April 25 - send a free e-card and/or plant a tree to celebrate!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Excavation site yields historical clues

The Elk Run Church excavation site in Fauquier County is the topic of a lecture at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the John Barton Payne Building,Warrenton.

This is the third lecture in a year-long series on American history sponsored by the library and the newly formed Fauquier Heritage Institute. The lectures are free.

Col. Edward Dandar, chairman of the Elk Run Church Site Preservation Committee, and Dr. John Eddins, the project's archaeologist, will present the program.

Settlers first arrived in the Elk Run area around 1715. The site is significant because it was the first brick Anglican church established in what was the county's frontier area in the early to mid-1700s.
The church began as a wooden structure in the 1740s and was later rebuilt in brick with a 4-foot-wide stone foundation in the form of a Greek cross. The church congregation declined after the Revolutionary War and was abandoned in the early 1800s. The site was overgrown until recently, and the church's foundation and artifacts were hidden from view for about 200 years.

Col. Dandar has been the chairman of the Elk Run Church Site Preservation Committee since 1999. He is a retired colonel in the Active Army Reserve with 30 years service and is a veteran of the Vietnam war, Panama's Just Cause Operation, Desert Storm, and the 1991 Provide Comfort humanitarian operation in northern Irag. He retired as a senior civilian military intelligence officer with nearly 40 years with the Department of Army.
Dr. Eddins is a program analyst in the Office of Federal Agency Programs at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). He has served as an ACHP liaison to the U.S. Army at its environmental center, worked at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and at several private consulting firms engaged in cultural resource management. He has conducted archaeological investigations at prehistoric sites and at rural, urban, military, and industrial historic sites dating from the late 18th century through the 20th century.