A drifter’s life

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT -

Nu­mer­ous res­i­dents of Rap­pa­han­nock County have caught sight of a cer­tain home­less man, 68-year-old Richard Har­rell, who when not walk­ing up­right has rolled him­self in and around the town of Washington in a wheel­chair. Twice he stopped by the Rap­pa­han­nock News to tell his story of be­ing “un­fairly” evicted from Sec­tion 8 hous­ing in Salem, Mass. Har­rell, who says he’s “un­hire­able” due to phys­i­cal ail­ments, is slowly “mak­ing my way South” so that he can con­tinue to live out­doors. “I don’t want to be un­der a roof,” he says, pre­fer­ring to sleep “in the weeds.” A far cry from his pre­vi­ous life, when Har­rell claims he worked as an in­dus­trial en­gi­neer, medic, and horse trainer in Nova Sco­tia. His next stop? “Sperryville,” he says, hav­ing ac­tu­ally ar­rived there on Tues­day. “And then Lu­ray. Or Culpeper.”

BY JOHN MC­CASLIN

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