Rappahannock News

Scrabble School Foundation to celebrate county’s historical Black-owned businesses

- From sta and contribute­d reports

The Scrabble School Preservati­on Foundation, an organizati­on that has worked to restore Castleton’s historic Scrabble School, a formerly segregated school for Black children, in the years since it shuttered, will hold its annual Black History Month celebratio­n in cooperatio­n with Wake eld Country Day School on Feb. 25.

The event, to be located at Wake eld, 1059 Zachary Taylor Hwy. in Huntly, will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. A reception will follow a presentati­on on historic Black-owned businesses in Rappahanno­ck County, which is free and open to the public.

The celebratio­n of businesses and entreprene­urs entitled, “Black Businesses of Rappahanno­ck: circa 1950’s – 1970’s,” will feature the following businesses founded by Black Rappahanno­ck residents: Dennis’ Store in Castleton; Cross Creek in Amissville; Flatwood Inn in Washington; Pine Knot Inn in Washington, and Horseshoe Inn in Sperryvill­e.

The celebratio­n will consist of presentati­ons from family members of each business followed by a Q&A session. Attendees are encouraged to bring old photos, yers, and memories to share of the by-gone days of these popular establishm­ents. Current Black business owners and entreprene­urs in the county will be introduced and will have the opportunit­y to network with attendees following the presentati­on.

For additional Informatio­n, contact: Scrabble School Preservati­on Foundation Nan Butler Roberts at 540- 661-2013 or nb_roberts@msn.com, or Scrabble School Preservati­on Foundation Treasurer William “Buck” Carter at 703-501-5640 or bcarter570@aol.com.

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