DOWN ME­MORY LANE

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - From Back Is­sues of the Rap­pa­han­nock News • Com­piled by JAN CLAT­TER­BUCK

June 29, 1978

The old Toll House on the high­way between Sperryville and Wash­ing­ton has seen 125 years of change in Rap­pa­han­nock. Dur­ing its his­tory, the lit­tle struc­ture has known many dif­fer­ent own­ers and been used for ev­ery­thing from an­tique sales to a res­i­dence to busi­ness of­fices. A re­view of Toll House his­tory reads like a page taken from “Who’s Who in Rap­pa­han­nock” with fa­mil­iar county names pop­ping up ev­ery few lines.

The build­ing has re­cently be­come a real es­tate of­fice for

W. H. (Bill) Lyne. It is cur­rently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nor­done who bought the prop­erty in 1971 through Ray T. Can­non Com­pany from Gib­son Whar­ton. At that time, Lyne was as­so­ci­ated with Can­non’s of­fice. Nei­ther the new own­ers nor Lyne had any inkling then that they would be­come part­ners in real es­tate seven years later.

Ac­cord­ing to C. J. Miller of Wash­ing­ton, the Toll House was used by the county to col­lect high­way tolls dur­ing the con­struc­tion of U. S. Route 522 from Ch­ester Gap to Sperryville. Work was started at the top of the moun­tain near Front Royal to­wards Flint Hill in 1912-13. From there, it pro­gressed to Massies Cor­ner, to Wash­ing­ton and on to Sperryville about 1916. Dur­ing this pe­riod, there were sev­eral build­ings at in­ter­vals of ap­prox­i­mately six miles along the road that were used as toll houses. But the old Toll House is the only ex­ist­ing struc­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to Miller, the toll for cars was 25 cents per ticket or about $1 for a block of five tick­ets.

Wake­field Coun­try Day School in Huntly be­gan con­struc­tion Mon­day of a new pri­mary wing that will house the school’s Pre-School, Kinder­garten, and Grades 1 and

2. The new fa­cil­ity will also in­clude an assem­bly room for pri­mary school use and a band room for gen­eral stu­dent use. The con­trac­tor for the con­struc­tion is Monecs Cor­po­ra­tion of Bos­ton.

Ac­cord­ing to school Ad­min­is­tra­tor Wil­liam Lynn, the new struc­ture is ne­ces­si­tated by the school’s bur­geon­ing en­roll­ment, which will ex­ceed two hun­dred next year in the pri­mary grades through Grade 10.

In ad­di­tion to the new build­ing, a sec­ond sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory for 7th and 8th grade use will be added in the main build­ing, the li­brary will move to a large area, and of­fice space ex­tended. Plans also call for the con­ver­sion of a barn on school prop­erty to an art stu­dio for stu­dent use.

Feb. 15, 1979

“It was just such weather as this, only worse. You’ve heard of the bliz­zard of 1899, that’s the year I was born. Fa­ther sent for the doc­tor who rode horse­back cross coun­try over the fences where the drifts were so high,” said Miss An­nie Miller Al­mond, who cel­e­brated her eight­i­eth birth­day Mon­day.

“I told a friend who kept get­ting my birth­day mixed up, just to re­mem­ber there were two fa­mous peo­ple born on Fe­bru­ary 14 — Abe Lin­coln and I,” said Miss Al­mond, who lives in a com­fort­able old home in the Town of Wash­ing­ton, with a host of warm mem­o­ries from her fif­teen years of teach­ing in Fair­fax County.

Her mother died when she was about four and with her fa­ther and a sis­ter moved to a farm on Route 211, now known as Echo Hill. She at­tended classes at The Rab­bit in Wash­ing­ton and then went to the Wash­ing­ton School af­ter its con­struc­tion.

John Walker Jenk­ins has an­nounced that he will be a can­di­date for sher­iff in the up­com­ing No­vem­ber elec­tions.

Born and raised n Rap­pa­han­nock County, the 46-yearold Jenk­ins at­tended Rap­pa­han­nock County High School be­fore serv­ing two years in the U. S. Army dur­ing the Korean Con­flict.

Jenk­ins has been a mem­ber of the Rap­pa­han­nock Sher­iff’s De­part­ment for ten years from 1965-1975. For six years he was deputy un­der Peter Estes be­fore win­ning elec­tion as Sher­iff in 1971. In the 1975 elec­tions, Jenk­ins lost his bid for re­elec­tion, de­feated by W. A. Buntin.

An auc­tion­eer for over 20 years, Jenk­ins runs an auc­tion com­pany in Wash­ing­ton and a store and fruit stand in Sperryville.

Jenk­ins said on Tues­day that it was “too early” for him to make any state­ments on how he planned to run the Sher­iff’s De­part­ment, if elected. He added that he would save his state­ments for later dur­ing cam­paign ap­pear­ance.

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