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What’s in a NAME

What’s in a NAME

ROMNEY – Few and far between are the signs advertising Mitt Romney for president in the pristine little town of Romney. Recent visits from television and newspapers looking for controversy about the “same name” candidate haven’t raised so much as an eyebrow. Residents answer questions from the media as they go about drinking coffee, walking […]

Washington heeded Mill Creek town

GERRARDSTOWN – A Baptist minister’s stone home tucked into a hillside next to Mill Creek here drew the attention of none other than George Washington, who made note of the structure in journals he kept as a teenage surveyor for Lord Fairfax. When the future president rode past on his way from Winchester, Va., in […]

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‘Mudfort’ no more — Bolivar venerates Venezuelan freedom fighter

Editor’s note: Ever wonder how some of the towns in Jefferson County got their names? Beginning this week, the Spirit turns its attention to some of our county’s more interestingly named towns and villages to uncover just “What’s in a Name?” BOLIVAR — Ron Lemon was just a boy on the day that a statue […]

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Tough farming laid groundwork for town

SCRABBLE — The land next to the Potomac River here always has made for difficult farming. Thin soil over limestone offers little nourishment for crops. After two brothers, John W. Hollida and George Washington Hollida, moved from Frederick County, Md., to begin farming here with their families, the town of Hard Scrabble was formed in […]

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WHAT’S in a NAME?

BAKERTON — From the air, the area around Bakerton rolls away into a patchwork of farm fields and narrow roads. Silos, barns and frame homes dot the landscape. What established the town, and its name, is a gap of calm, cerulean blue that was once an engine of commerce. The now-defunct Engle Quarry, mined by […]

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