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Central Rappahannock Heritage Center 
A place that loses its history loses its soul
Message From The Chairman

I am so pleased to announce a very special event that occurred at The Center on the evening of Tuesday, January 16, 2018. With the current members of the Board of Directors in attendance, as well as former Board Chairs Barbara Barrett, Clinton Jones and Billy Withers, the former Community Room was officially renamed the Barry L. McGhee Room in honor of the founder and first Board Chairman of the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center. Barry and his wife, Pat, who was also a very involved volunteer with the Center, were present for the dedication.
The Founders Meeting of The Heritage Center took place on June 23, 1997, at the Fredericksburg Community Center. Barry, along with a group of other local history enthusiasts, came together because they had heard so many horror stories of valuable papers and photos pertaining to this region going to the dump for lack of a place to preserve them. They envisioned an archives that would preserve items of heritage and, though starting out small, would continue to grow as the word got out in the community.
Fast forward just over 20 years. From an original tiny space, The Center has grown to encompass the entire floor space of the old Maury School gymnasium and the core group of staff has grown from a handful to over 40 active volunteers. Collections number in the thousands and continue to come in.
What a debt of gratitude is owed to Barry and the other visionaries who conceived the idea of The Center and made their vision into reality! Their careful structuring in setting up the archives, and the thought processes that went into every detail of what The Center should be, are still in evidence today.

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Ward 2 City Councilor and former CRHC Board Chairman Billy Withers, CRHC founder Barry McGhee and his wife, Pat, and former CRHC Board Chairman Clinton Jones at the dedication ceremony of the Barry L. McGhee Room at The Heritage Center

Meredith Beckett
CRHC Chairman  
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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.
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Thank you for your support,
The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center
Welcome New Volunteers

The important preservation work of The Heritage Center would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers.

The Heritage Center currently has a staff of 53 volunteers and would like to welcome our newest volunteers:

Linda Billard
Amy Guzulaitis

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at The Heritage Center, please contact Donna McCague at dmccague@crhcarchives.org.

Marguerite Morton and the Peoples Bank of Spotsylvania

Marguerite Massey Morton, born in 1913 at Cool Spring Farm in Spotsylvania, was a charter member of the Spotsylvania Women's Club.  The Spotsylvania Women's Club, founded in 1950, still exists today.  The members were the wives of businessmen, farmers and merchants.  The Club continues to serve the needs of Spotsylvania County by promoting unity, through common interest in the social, civic, moral and cultural welfare of the community.  
In addition to The Women's Club, Marguerite was a charter member of the Sunlight Garden Club, a Spotsylvania County teacher, county chair of the Red Cross fund drive, and an organist at Hebron Baptist Church for 62 years.  
Mrs. Morton also served as secretary-typist and bookkeeper for her husband's business, Morton's Garage, for 37 years.   William W. Morton's Garage was one of a few businesses at Spotsylvania Courthouse.  It was difficult to do daily banking because business owners had to drive into Fredericksburg.  Banks closed at 2:00 pm and were not open on Saturdays.  Mrs. Morton, President of the Spotsylvania Woman's Club, spearheaded an effort to have a bank established at Spotsylvania Courthouse.  Support was obtained from local business owners and potential financial backers, including C. Rosser Massey and other directors of the Peoples Bank of Stafford.  As a result, the Peoples Bank of Spotsylvania at Spotsylvania Courthouse came into being on July 1, 1964.

The bank flourished and was a great asset for local businesses and farmers.  Several mergers followed.  In 1979 the Peoples Bank became the United Virginia Bank, in 1987 Crestar, and in 2000 SunTrust.  In 2017 SunTrust closed the branch, leaving Spotsylvania Courthouse once again without a bank.

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Marguerite Massey Morton is pictured in the center.  The others are unidentified.

The Center holds the records for numerous civic groups and clubs such as the Women's Clubs of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, the Fredericksburg Rotary, and the Soroptimists.  Visit the Center and learn more about the people, clubs and organizations that have enriched the Central Rappahannock Area.

W. Wallace Morton, Jr.
Heritage Center Volunteer and Board Member

A note about the author:  In addition to volunteering at The Center, Wallace Morton joined the King George Boy Scouts of America in 1984 when his son joined the WEBELOS.  Wallace went on to serve as Scoutmaster from 1988 to 1992.  When his son made Eagle Scout and graduated from high school, Wallace remained as Assistant Scoutmaster.  He is now in his 33rd year as a scout leader.

Newly Acquired Collections

Acquired collections for the month include:  


  • The book A Teaching Career: A Roster of Students from 1953-1987, by Robert Hodge
  • 1941 copy of The Monroe Doctrine, James Monroe High School yearbook
  • The book Row, Rowe, and Rosser Family
  • Ledger from City of Fredericksburg Justice of the Peace, 1896 to 1900
  • Issues of The Daily Star; 1914 July to December; 1915 July to December; 1918 all; 1919 January to August
  • New and updated Historic Marker Reports from HFFI
  • Issues of The Fredericksburg Star, The Star, Daily Star, and the Free Lance-Star, 1884 to 1955
  • Assorted diplomas and certificates from the 40's and 50's
  • 1965 handwritten speech given to the Women's Organization of the National Association of Retail Druggists, includes slides
  • Undated photograph of Henry C. Tompkins
Many people approach me and lament, "I don't know if you really want this or not", but please know that the Heritage Center values and appreciates all manner of historical documentation.  To gain a perspective into the variety of collectible material we archive, simply review the past newsletters and consider a donation today.


John Reifenberg
CRHC Collections Manager
Can you identify this photo?
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Stafford High School Girl's Basketball Team, 1945
Courtesy of the Billingsley collection
Please contact Sharon Null at snull@crhcarchives.org 
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1991 Christmas Parade Entry
The Pierson children from left to right: Jessica, Christopher, Daniel & Emily.  The family lived in College Heights.

Thank you to Barbara Hicks Cecil

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Stoner's Store Museum, 1202 Prince Edward Street, 1976

From left to right:  Miss Elma Bond, Bucky Cox, Mrs. Isabel Dickinson Scott & Sarah Scott Williams

Thank you to Sarah Scott Williams, Brad Cooper, Pat Gaske and Donna Prince who sent the photo to Sarah.
The Heritage Center gladly provides research services.  Please contact the center for rates.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 
10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First Saturday each month 
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or by appointment 
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  
On sale now at the Heritage Center 
$29.70 for members 
$33.00 for non-members  

Daisy Turner's Kin
An African American Family Saga
Jane C. Beck 
On sale now at the Heritage Center 

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