Thursday, January 7, 2010

Germanna colonists, founders of Fauquier

J. Marc Wheat, president of the Germanna Foundation, is presenting a lecture on the German colonists who first settled in an area that is part of what is now Fauquier County. The free lecture, at 3 p.m. Jan. 17, in the John Barton Payne Building, is part of a series of lectures on American history sponsored by the Fauquier Heritage Institute and Fauquier County Public Library.

Some 42 Germans of the German Reformed faith settled along the Rapidan River on the Virginia frontier during the reign of Queen Anne in 1714.
By 1720, the congregation, among the earliest Europeans to settle in what is Fauquier County today, moved to “Germantown” near present day Crockett Park. Mr. Wheat is a descendant of Rev. Henry Haeger, Germanna’s colonial pastor, and of Germanna’s Rector and Fishback families.

Contact Fauquier Heritage Institute program Co-chairs, Mrs. Paula Johnson, (540) 341-7019, or Mrs. Jackie Lee, (540) 347-0607, for more information on the lecture series or to volunteer.

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