The Rappahannock Historical Society

In 1966, the Rappahannock Historical Society was established within a historic building, that was built in 1820, in the town of Washington, Virginia.

Within the second floor, of the exhibits, is a set of newspaper articles about the election of the first ever all female town council in the state of Virginia. Starting in 1950, a female mayor and five other female councilwomen have managed the affairs of Rappohannock County, for over two decades.


Walter Crockett – A Former Member Of The Virginia House Of Delegates Who Was In The Point Pleasant Expedition During Lord Dunmore’s War And Who Was In Virginia’s Convention To Ratify The U.S. Constitution

Walter Crockett began his military career as a member of the militia for Augusta County, Virginia. After attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Walker Crockett served in the militias within Botetourt and Fincastle county. Later, after Fincastle county was dissolved, he served in Montgomery county. Walter Crockett served in the Point Pleasant expedition of 1774, during Lord Dunmore’s War and during the Revolutionary War he served in the military in Southwest Virginia. During the American Revolution, he also served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing Montgomery County, and he was at Virginia’s convention to ratify the United States Consitution. In 2001, a historical marker was dedicated to former Virginia House of Delegates member Walter Crockett.


My Mother’s Day Visit To Montpelier – President James Madison’s Home In Orange County, Virginia

On Mother’s Day 2021, I had the oppurtunity to visit the vast grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier for my first time.

President James Madison is buried, along with his wife Dolly Madison, within the grounds of the home.

Author’s Note:

At the Montpelier Train Depot, there is a historical marker dedicated to General Lafayette’s visits to Montpelier in 1824 and 1825.


The Historic Blenheim House

The Historic Blenheim House was constructed in 1859, shortly after another home on that same property had burned down. During the United States Civil War both the Confederacy and the Union occupies the home.

The Blenheim House is one of the multiple locations where soldiers drew art on the walls and is party of the “Civil War Graffiti Trails”. A replica of the Union Solider graffiti art, in the ceiling of the Blenheim House, is in the visitors center.

Author’s Note:

On October 6, 2020 author Philip Andrew Hamilton got to meet one of the members of a citizen committee who helped convince the City of Fairfax to preserve the Blenheim House as a historical home, rather than converting it to a nursing home.


Slab City – The Most Unique Unincorporated Town In The United States

The site of the town “Slab City” is located on the former Durlap Army Camp that was utilized as a training facility for soldiers during World War II. After the Army removed the buildings, concrete slabs remained and many homeless from the railroad intersection nearby moved to live there. Over the decades, the town has had art installations, such as “Salvation Mountain”, added to the residents built there.


The Pyramid Lake Museum

On August 26, 1998, the Pyramid Lake Museum first opened to the public.

The Pyramid Lake Museum is located next to the largest desert lake in the world within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation.

The museum exhibits a Paiute Native American story about how the Pyramid Lake formed.

The museum has various photographs of the geography of the lake itself.

The Pyramid Lake Wars forced the Paiute Natives into reservations after they lost the Second Battle of Pyramid Lake.

Hundreds of natives had died while moving to reservations in Oregon and Washington during the wintertime.

In addition, the museum has an exhibit on the Ranch Rock festivals that occurred on Pyramid Lake in the 1980s and the Burning Man festival, after it moved from Baker Beach, California to Nevada.


San Jose, California Established As The First Capital For The State Of California

In 1849, the California State delegation in Monterey, where the former Mexican capital of California was, established the city of San José as the first capital of the state of California. After he capital was moved to Vallejo, Benicia and to Sacramento the former San José Capital Building was abandoned and eventually demolished.

In 1923, the Native Sons of the Golden West placed a plaque in a park where the capital building once stood.

The State Capital Building in Benicia is the only former state capital building that presently exists.


Febuary 1, 1861 – Texas Becomes The Seventh State To Secede From The United States

Texas, an area involved in the Mexican War for Independent From 1810 to 1821, the Texan Independence Movement from Mexico in 1836, which allowed the Providence to become its own country, and a mere sixteen years after becoming a state, decided to revolt again by seceding from the United States on Febuary 1, 1861.

Photograph of Sam Houston.

Texas joined the Confederate States on March 2, 1861, after it replaced its governor, San Houston, who wanted to remain with the union and refused to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy.