Let’s Hear It For The Mule

Have you ever wondered while driving by or down Mule Academy Road in Fishersville how it got its name? Many years ago, a man living down the then dirt road in the hollow did indeed train mules to do many chores. They were an economic necessity and he had a thriving...
High Society in Waynesboro

High Society in Waynesboro

At the time that it was built, 1890, the Brandon Hotel was in Basic City, not yet a part of Waynesboro.  It opened on Thanksgiving Day to a grand feast and a brass band from Charlottesville.  Two hundred people were invited and four hundred showed up.  It was the...

The Strangest Hero of All

Among the ranks of common soldiers are those who, perhaps for only a fleeting moment, display uncommon valor above and beyond the call of duty and are singled out for the nation’s highest aware for combat heroism, the Medal of Honor. Deep in the archives of the...
When the News Arrived from Dallas

When the News Arrived from Dallas

It was a Friday when the news started to trickle in through television and radio. At first it seemed like some sort of sick joke and then it was followed by horror. When that evening’s News Virginian found its way to door steps all around Waynesboro the large...

The Grapevines vs. the Brick Kiln

In reality, it was Hippert vs. Plumb. According to the Chancery Court records of 1884, George Washington Hippert of Waynesboro, sought to prevent John Plumb, also of Waynesboro, from firing up his brick kiln in the coming summer. Mr. Hippert claims that in the summer...