The Kinsale Pulse

Welcome to Kinsale's dedicated community news exchange for your family notes and announcements (babies, weddings, accomplishments, obituaries, etc.), events of community interest, and stories with Kinsale connections.  Submissions are encouraged and welcome.




  • Berry ready for a berry.  Virginia Hulcher tells dad Clay
  • Cris Butler of Gone Knots
  • Daihara Gonzalez artist in wood
  • Deanna and Tanglia Carter with flowers
  • Greg's daughters
  • Intrigued by the grains
  • Laura MacLeod recreates silver
  • Lynn King with baby quilts
  • Olivia and Virginia Hulcher
  • Rachel Potts with vintage berry quilt
  • Strawberry ladies
  • The eyes have it Rustic Reconstruction
  • Tonio Bromley with Daihara Gonzalez's fish

Arts on the Vine and Open Door Tour:

    Mark your calendar for a get-away weekend or just plain downhome excitement on the Northern Neck on June 10-11

Arts on the Vine, a Chesapeake Bay Wine trail event, is slated for Saturday, June 10: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Wine, art, demos, oysters and more.  More info at   Kinsale Museum will be sharing stories and serving pound cake and tea from 10-5 on Saturday

Open Door Tour, a Northern Neck Artisan Trail Event, will follow on Sunday, June 11, with most sites open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Open Studios, Workshops, Demos, Culinary Treats & More.  More info:   Kinsale Museum will be sharing stories and serving pound cake and tea from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.  Our silent auction, which includes donations by local artists, crafters, wineries and more should be ready for bidding.


Michael Quick’s retirement

Michael Quick will officially retire from Asplundh, headquartered in Willow Grove, Pa. as of Sunday, April 30, 2017.  His last day at the helm was April 28.

On Wednesday, April 26, Northern Neck Electric Coop recognized his contributions.  Cheerful, effective, prompt and generous service not only to NNEC, but to ALL during 40 years of dedicated assistance to Asplundh clients -- electrical services over three divisions of Asplundh: Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia and more.  Working in harm's way wherever Mother Nature visited with her force of destruction.

Proud mother-in-law Garda Bartlett recalls Michael and his crew rallying to clean up after tornadoes, ice storms, floods, and more in Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, Virginia, and elsewhere.

It was only upon joining the Northern Neck Electric Coop for the last chapter of his career that he requested not to be assigned to out-of-state “harm's way” work.

When Asplundh crews line up on the highways one truck after another, they appear to be in military formation, which of course is a fact.

Applause greets them upon their appearance when they rally to scenes of destruction.  Michael always had a bag packed ready to move out at a moment’s notice as need be...

Kathleen, his wife, was forever hurrying down to local headquarters to take this and that to and fro for Michael as she watched his division move out on their mission.  In earlier days there were no cell phones.  This made it hard for communication especially to their families at home.  Kathleen would channel messages to worried wives, serving as a steadying force.

Much honor is due to a man who stood up to the job and showed others the way to serve their profession.  Over the roar of chain saws, motors, wood chippers…  never too far from electrical sources that may or may not be active... “Never assume” is the rule of thumb and potential in harm's way.

He came into this right out of his service in Vietnam, so conducted the crew with militaristic precision.

At one point, Michael went to an Asplundh conference where a general asked how many had served in the military.  Michael's hand was the only one up.

“Where?” asked the general.

“Vietnam,” Michael answered.

The general replied, “You and I learned the hard way.  We know the importance of teamwork and following orders.  Your crews are fortunate to have you!”

When Michael shared this with Kathleen, he told her his mind went blank and he could not answer when the general asked what division he had served with.

“Been there.   Done that myself, friend!” the general answered understandingly.


Thank you so much for all your hard work, Dave!  Army veteran Dave Pitt, who has served us very kindly at Kinsale Post Office, will retire from the Postal Service as of his 65th birthday on May 26.  Make sure to tell him how much you will miss him!  In addition to his six years in the military, Dave, a Baltimore native, worked in the Western Electric factory in Baltimore for 13 years, held various retail jobs, and has been with the US Postal Service for five years.  Father of four and grandfather of five, he lives with his wife, Jean, in Heathsville.


Booking it!  courtesy of the Dickmans

Great auction item:  Rob and Barb Dickman have donated a complete set of the Northern Neck Historical Society’s magazines and indexes from the beginning back in 1951 right up to the present.  Complete sets are now going for $600, so you can see this is a very valuable gift and a very important addition to anyone’s home history library.  Let me know if you’d like to start the bidding on this one at $150!

 New in the Kinsale Foundation’s own history library.  The Dickmans have also provided wonderful additions to our Ice Cream Parlor library.  These include Samuel Eliot Morison’s 15-volume history of Naval Operations during WWII, as well as some very informative books on Civil War history, biography and photography.  Thanks to The Dickmans, the Dobbses and other kind donors, we are fortunate to be able to offer help with a LOT of research folks may be doing on historic matters.  Rob says he is also giving us the complete Patrick O’Brien series.


Auction items:  Thank you so much to those who have begun bringing in auction items for our summer fund-raiser, which will continue through Kinsale Day in the old Ice Cream Parlor.  A special hug goes to ongoing generous donors who promised snazzy items in response to an email query on Saturday.  TEASER:  I will just note here that Scottie Moss is generously donating another fishing trip.  YAY!!!!  Auction items may be brought to the Museum on Fridays and Saturdays.  Cheerful pastel tablecloths are on the way to gussy up the “look.”  We are trying to work along and get this ready as EARLY as possible – as much so as possible by June 1 as your humble museum director will be in Colorado in mid-June.   The goal is to have everything looking UTTERLY enticing before July 1, so the cheerful hordes coming to town for the fireworks will get a chance to kick off the bidding!  Call 472-2013 if you need something picked up or have a question.  Items should be something others can RELISH -- fun for kids or adults, beautiful, antique, informative, classy, good for picnics or teatime, historic, drinkable, edible, floatable, flyable, musical, or more.


Blame typos on hubris over attempted refrigerator repair:  While Walter and I were taking apart our refrigerator to try to clear a blocked drain tube, a sharp metal edge leaped up and bit me.  I was supposed to be waiting for him to come home but silly me…  Anyway, hopefully a Pernod dip and an application of a huge bandage to the wounded digit will solve that.  I threatened the gushing hole in my finger with super glue which seemed to subdue its ebullience.  Please pray that a blocked drain tube is the only problem with our sturdy 1998 Kenmore workhorse.  Has anybody bought a fridge in the past three years that you can happily recommend if we DO have to buy a new one?

Are the storms subsiding?  It was so scary to get the blaring 7:20 p.m. tornado warning on the I-phone Friday night, April 21.  Even scarier to learn that 70 mph winds veered only a LITTLE away from Kinsale and did dire things to neighbors on up the county and in Colonial Beach.  Truly a miracle to learn that only one injury resulted at the Beach from the crashing down of so many trees, the wrenching off of so many roofs and the sinking or overturning of so many boats.  Not even to mention the total discombobulation of electrical power, flooding, and more.  Our hearts go out to those in need.  Including the Garden Club of the Northern Neck, sadly not having a very dry day today for Garden Tour in Northumberland County.


Pounding Rhythms and Personal Responsibilities….   Have you called Ann Lewis at 472-2344 yet to promise your Kinsale Pound Cake for Kinsale firefighters’ important upcoming fund-raiser from 10-3 on May 13?

The Mother’s Day Saturday Strawberry Shortcake Festival is one of the vital events that help Cople District VFD raise money so as to continue to save your lives and property.  Even with the five cakes she bakes herself (in addition to preparing the strawberries with friends) Ann is still at least one dozen pound cakes short of her goal of 35 for the event.   PLEASE help!

Thanks to all who HAVE called to weigh in so far.

REMEMBER: We all need to step up to the plate on this, friends.

Please put it on your calendars to attend this fun day of live music by Muddy Boots, pony rides, good food (yes there WILL be crabcakes), and warm fellowship for a good cause.  Vendors welcome, $10/spot.  Contact Lynn King (804-214-0955,

There will be a kids fun hunt of 10 Easter Eggs hidden in the Park, with treats inside, and hopefully a scavenger hunt for adults AND kids who will be looking to win a prize for identifying nine treasured viewscapes “hiding in plain sight” around Town!

 If you know you can’t be there, you can write a check to Cople District VFD in lieu of baking or attendance.  This should be in addition to your generous annual contribution to the hard-pressed volunteer department.

AN ADDITIONAL NOTE:  Last year, the strawberries and the short cake, PLUS food sold by the firemen, raised somewhere around $1,800.  This year, please help to raise more, much more!

Those of you who know anything about the prohibitive cost of protective gear for a new fireman will realize that $1,800 is less than one-seventh of the cost of outfitting a single fireman with a pager, jacket and pants, hood and gloves, boots, helmet, breathing apparatus and training.


speaking of fireworks:  We hate to mention this again so soon, but needs MUST!!!  In order to fund the fireworks that need to be purchased in the next few weeks for the July 1 pyrotechnics, our community is BESEECHED to donate NOW…  Thanks to the very kind individuals and businesses who have donated already, we are a little more than one-third of the way to our goal of $3,200.  Those of you good with fractions can see that, er, we still need to raise almost $2,000 MORE!!!  This is totally separate from other fund-raisers by the Museum or Fire Department and it is all about celebrating our patriotism here in Historyland.  If you can help, please send your check (written to Kinsale Foundation) to P.O. Box 307, Kinsale, Va. 22488.  Put Fireworks on the envelope, and/or on the lower left side of your check on the “memo” line.


 What’s happening at the Museum: All dressed up

Shirley Harper called when Walter and I were on our way to Alabama during the first week in April about a kind offer from Frieda Headley Byrd, who lives at 1055 Saint Andrews Rd., Macon Ga. 31210.

Visiting her old family homeplace at Mundy Point, Frieda told Shirley that she wondered if Kinsale Museum would be interested in sharing some clothes that belonged to Nannie Louise Parks Evans (March 26, 1868- August 26, 1924).  Nannie, who was Frieda’s grandmother, was Shirley's children's great-grandmother on the Moss side of their family.

Clothing description

The clothes had been kept in a trunk by Frieda's mother, Leah E. Headley, ever since their maker Leah’s mother (Nannie) died, when Leah was 13. A note on a white Thalhimers box in Leah's handwriting says simply, "Some of Mamma's Clothes.  I laundered them July 11, 1979. The day Sky Lab came back to Earth.  Leah E. Headley."

Nannie was certainly talented with her needle!  There are two dressy dresses.  One is brown velvet with a lace inset and jacket.  The other, a black silk, has an underskirt with an elaborately pleated hem.  There are also two cotton house dresses, a nightgown and a pair of handmade undergarments.

The box of beautifully hand-stitched garments reached Kinsale on April 21, 2017, coming all the way from Macon with a note from Frieda explaining everything.  "We are anxious for these things to be kept well and enjoyed.  Young people can learn about how our ancestors lived by seeing some of their clothing.”

​​Frieda is concerned as to how the clothing items should be displayed to best preserve them.  We are looking into this.  Meanwhile, I have them carefully hanging up in the closet.  REMIND ME to show you!

Family Background

Born here in Kinsale, Nannie was the daughter of William Arthur Parks and his first wife, Louise Bailey Reed Parks. Louise died when Nannie was three years old.  Nannie had one brother, Thomas Parks, 1866-1883.

Capt. Benjamin Franklin Evans, a waterman from Smith Island, Md. came to Kinsale to have Mr. Parks build him a boat.  He courted Nannie, and they were married in Kinsale at the Parks home on May 26, 1886.  Their first child, “Lizzie” was born there.

Learning that the family was to expand again, Capt. Ben and Nannie Evans bought a home on Wilkins Creek at Mundy Point.  That is where they lived and raised their family:

1. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Reed Evans Thrift (1888-1967)

2. Mary W. Evans Cox (1891-1957)

3. Annie Mariah Evans Moss (1893-1966).  Annie was the mother of many noteworthy Kinsale Mosses, including Shirley Harper’s first husband, Capt. Joe Bill Moss, and Earl Carter Moss, who was one of the founders of the Kinsale Foundation.  Annie’s grandson Jimmy Moss is a longtime Kinsale Foundation Board member and former Chair.

4. Margaret F. “Maggie” Evans (b. 1896)

5. William Parks Evans (b. 1898)

6. Benjamin Wray Evans (1900-1949)

7. Nellie Louise Evans Bradshaw (1902-1998)

8. Mable C. (b.?)

9. Leah Evans Headley (Jan. 6, 1910-2003).

As the youngest child, Leah (Frieda Byrd's mother) remained in the Evans family home after she married and raised her four children there. The home is now owned by Leah Virginia Headley Samuelson, Frieda's sister.  Their brothers are Elgin Sherrard Headley (called Sherrard) and Benjamin Parks Headley (called Ben).

Benjamin Franklin Evans (August 25, 1857-Dec. 4, 1935) and Nannie Parks Evans are both buried at Henderson Methodist Church in the family grave plot.

Additional family notes for the Kinsale Parks branch

For those who -- like your Museum Director -- remain consistently confused as to who’s who in Kinsale’s somewhat convoluted recent history….

After his first wife, Louise Bailey Reed Parks, died in 1871, William Arthur Parks married Hannah Maria Wright in 1874.  They had four children, who were thus half-siblings of Nannie, whose clothes started this long discourse:

James Kauffman “Capt. Jimmy” Parks, (1876-1946) married Lula V. Sisson (1888-1979).  They first lived at the Sisson house (where Dougie and Margaret Norris live now), then moved up the hill to Federal Hill, and finally back down the hill to the Sisson house.  Their daughter, Betty Parks Rountrey, played the piano for many early Kinsale Foundation gatherings.  Betty’s son, Parks Rountrey, who is still a member of the Kinsale Foundation, kindly gave the Museum a beautiful  William and Mary gateleg table and many artifacts from Miss Lula’s collection of antiques.

Arthur Wright “Capt. Arthur” Parks (1878-1949) married Ada Cox Penington (1882-1974).  Their son Billy was the WWII Staff Sgt. who visited Kenneth Sanford on the Burma Road when Kenneth had just gotten, in his supper rations, a can of Southern Leader tomatoes with Kenneth’s name on the label…  Tomatoes whose canning he had supervised before leaving Tucker Hill to go to the Asian Theater.  Billy’s son, O’Hara Parks, is a past Kinsale Foundation Board member.

Walter Doggett “W.D.” Parks (1880-1952) married Jane Attaway Norris (1884-1974).  History of the Jeffries Family in Eastern Westmoreland County, Virginia, by their son Norris Parks, a noted historian, provided the information in these additional family notes. Norris’s memoirs and those of Harvey Bailey are available at the Museum in a green book called Reminiscences. Storekeeper and entrepreneur W.D. Parks and his wife Jane also raised Jane’s brother’s daughter, Betty Norris (who married Harry Lee Arnest Jr.). W.D. and Jane’s great-nephews, Harry Lee Arnest III and Walter B. Norris, were founding members of the Kinsale Foundation.

Virginia Ethel Parks (1883-1936) married William Samuel English (1876-1929).


HERBERT KING:  Herbert Rosser King, Sr. 84, of Richmond, formerly of Kinsale, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  He was the widower of Lucy Thrift King and a retired seafood dealer.  He is survived by a son, Herbert R. King, Jr., and his wife Christine of Mosley; a daughter, Anita Faye Woll and husband Michael of Kensington, MD; and three grandchildren, Ann Michael Woll, Katie King and Victoria King.  His memorial service was held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Saint James Episcopal Church Cemetery, Tidwells.  I am very sorry I missed the email from Welch Funeral Home about Herbert’s service while I was away, so did not share it timely.


SETH BIEMILLER:  Seth Herbert Biemiller, 48, of Coles Point, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017. He was a transmission mechanic and a lifelong resident of Coles Point. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his mother Barbara Maines, his wife, Tammy Biemiller; a son, Seth H. Biemiller, Jr. (all of Hague); stepchildren, John Richardson III, Chris Richardson, C.J. Howdershelt, Sommer Howdershelt (all of King George); and his brother, Richard, of Virginia Beach, as well as many friends. Mr. Biemiller was predeceased by his father, Ennis Biemiller and stepfather, John Maines. His memorial service was held Saturday, April 22, at Coles Point United Methodist Church. I am very sorry I missed the email from Welch Funeral Home about Seth’s service while I was away, so did not share it timely.


Correction:  The Montevallo Park Walter and I went to with the wood carvings was Orr Park not Bearden Park.


Thanks to the generosity of family, friends, and firefighters, there were more than 2,000 (yes two THOUSAND) eggs hiding in the grass, skulking in the bushes, soaring in the trees, loafing under leaves and elsewhere at Cople District VFD’s Easter Saturday Egg Hunt in Kinsale.  The weather was perfect and the firetrucks were eager to transport egg hunters replete with sweet refreshments and fun.

“I thought I saw the Easter Bunny headed THAT way,” notes Emily Myer, daughter of Chris and Katie Myer, and granddaughter of Sparky and Laurie Crossman. Cheyanne King, age 5 days, may well be the youngest egg seeker ever in attendance at Kinsale’s Easter Egg Saturday Egg Hunt pointed out her proud great-grandmother Betty Lou King.  Born April 10, h lbs., 13 oz, Cheyanne is the daughter of Jonathan King and Tiffany Stanley of Kinsale.  Gwyneth Breunig of Callao, age 3, brought her lucky Olaf basket to Kinsale’s egg hunt. One-year-old Kallie Hudson does a tentative taste test on a green easter egg, as Kaidence McKahan of Mt.  Holly looks on. “My golden egg is BIGGER than yours,” brags Brayden Butler to Savannah Nance.  “Maybe so, but mine is BRIGHTER!” Golden egg finders Haley Lewis, Caitlin Dooley, Savannah Nance. Abby Ritt and her son Wyatt Ritt, age 7 and a half months, enjoyed the Egg Hunt with her mother, Carol Shackelford of Glebe Harbor. jquery lightbox frameby v6.1

from a 1998 oil study on canvas by renowned maritime painter John Barber which was given to the Museum by Bill and Candy Carden.

Winter's Eve On The Northern Neck:  Alternate ViewGICLEE PRINT IS BEAUTIFUL:  We're delighted to be able to offer an affordable and stunning giclee print on canvas called WINTER'S EVE ON THE NORTHERN NECK: ALTERNATE VIEW.  This conveys a vivid artist's rendering of our little town in the beginning of the last century.  It has been reproduced with the artist's and donors' permission from a 1998 oil study on canvas by renowned maritime painter John Barber which was given to the Museum by Bill and Candy Carden.  By affordable, I mean that a print does not cost thousands of dollars.  It does not cost hundreds of dollars. Dues-paying Museum members pay $52.12 if picking up at the museum or $64.12 if you need the print mailed.  Non-members pay $57.92 if picking up at the museum or $69.92 if you need it mailed.  To reserve yours, make checks out to Kinsale Museum and mail to P.O. Box 307, Kinsale, Va. 22488.  Email Lynn at for more info!

Kinsale Day 2016 Recap. by Kinsale Museum Director Lynn Norris

One-hundred fourteen visitors signed in at the Museum on Saturday, Sept. 17, evidencing the warmth felt for our little town by Kinsale residents and neighbors, past and present.  Another 60 (including some duplicates) signed the guest book in the park under the tutelage of Sue Taylor and Wanda Woodburn.  We thank all of you for helping celebrate our homecoming at the Kinsale Foundation’s 39th annual Kinsale Day. 

Kinsale Eve with Annie Arnest and Estelle WyzsinskiOne of my favorite pictures was an eerie photo actually shot the night before, which shows our god-daughter Annie Arnest with Estelle Wyszynski on her shoulders… saluting the IMMENSE harvest moon.  We couldn’t see the Sept. 16 penumbral lunar eclipse in Kinsale, but we certainly felt it!  Thank heavens the weather angels held off the much-needed rain until Sunday evening.

I have to say the verve exhibited by Mike Lee, wife Suzi and sister Pat really put a spark in the step of those of us fortunate enough to encounter them at Kinsale Day.  They totally LOVED looking through Lele Hayes’s scrapbooks and other vintage pictures of our town with the equally historically minded Lewises, traipsing around through their old haunts, and revisiting tales of bygone days.  Their enthusiasm was a high spot in an already pleasant occasion.Hickox House

The event was kicked off by a salute from the Northern Neck Historical Society to O.J. and Phyllis Hickox for their preservation of their historic home on Sigourney Lane.   It is their fervent hope that their joy in doing so will encourage others to save our heritage, rather than tearing it down.  As the Rev. Charles Raymond Sydnor praised the Hickoxes (who are always doing something to help our community), he mentioned how his own father had died at work in his barber shop at the top of Shingle Hill at the age of 91.  What an example of devotion to duty!  We love that we have a picture in our Museum of Raymond on the job!

Carmel UMC pastor Bob GochenourCarmel UMC’s new pastor, Rev. Bob Gochenour, thanked God for his watchful care and encouraged those present to share love and grace with each other today and in the future.  Wondrous, uplifting music by Sharon Mann echoed that positive attitude.  Dan Bowen’s ballad about James Butler Sigourney’s heroism was equally inspiringSpeaker Bryce Taylor and Grandmother Sue Taylor

Speaker Bryce Taylor shared intriguing details about the six varietals he is selling to local wineries from the 9 present acres of grapes (eventually to be 20!) constituting Rivah Vineyards at the Grove.  He talked about “finding the next big thing,” which he thinks could be Chambourcin: he started with 10 Chambourcin vines and has already leaped up to 1,000.  Bryce described the stuggle to protect the harvest from birds, deer, and the weather.  Call him at 757-621-0618 if you would like to taste the Joy, Faith, Hope and Gratitude table grapes they are also raising.

Shirley Bea .Levi Jenkins shows off mama Shelby J's fall hatOur vendors offered a variety of quality handcrafted merchandise.  TheseDaihara Munoz-Gonzalez and Andrew Trossi ranged from rainbow crocheted items and elves by Pam Baker, Shirley Bea, Lynn King and Shelby Jenkins to Chris Butler’s impossible-to-lose keychains to Chuck Knaggs’ pens to Nancy Dawson’s heritage plants and pillows.  Leslie Dawson brought his Adirondack chairs and sturdy stools, Daihara Munoz-Gonzalez and Andrew Trossi featured charming, colorful furniture that had undergone rustic renovation.

Bruce Miller and Kathleen QuickReappointed to the Board for four-year terms were serving members Turner Waughtel (on a motion by Ann Lewis, seconded by Betty Lou King) and Kathleen Quick (moved by Walter Norris, seconded by Ann Lewis) and interim member Bruce Miller (moved by Les Jackson, seconded by Rob Dickman).

Scott McMullan was on hand to meet potential legal clients.

Thank you so much for your generous auction donations and bids.  Wasn’t it nice to have ice cream from Betty Bailey in the Ice Cream Parlor while you looked at the 70-odd items!  Also a heart-felt thanks to those who helped throughout the course of the summer fund-raiser, which kicked off before the Gilligan’s Island dance and concluded at Kinsale Day, netting a splendid, staggering, best-ever $10,645.

Rubber Duck adoptions, which started this spring, netted $3,240 from the adopton of nearly 800 ducks.  That is aBrenda Glading at Rubber Duck Derby Rubber Duck Derby Ducks AhoyLOT of ducks!  This is in addition to the gracious donations of $850 in prize money, given by two families and a business and the Sandy Point Homeowners Association.  Besides your own kindness in the matter of funding, the Derby requires a series of complex, highly choreographed maneuvers: keeping careful duck adoption records, laying out the noodles on the Duck racecourse, shepherding, cajoling, humorously announcing the winners.  THEN recapturing the flock, as well as chloroxing and squeezing out their dampness before tallying and counting them to make sure they have all made it home safely.

Winners Gil and Roz CookDuck Derby winners were: 1st place: Gil and Roz Cook. 2nd and 3rd place: Cynthia (and Johnny Wayne) King.  5 runners-up, entitled to a $20 item or $20 off on their next gift shop purchase: Kacky Sanford, Robert Sanford (of Maryland), Carol Hutton, Mary Lou Stevenson and Noah Anderson.

Your very gracious dues and memorial donations, along with gift shop purchases, fund the remainder of our annual Foundation and Museum’s pre-depreciation expenses of $30,000-$35,000 each year.  (In 2015-16, the expenses pre-depreciation were $31,174.64, total income was $32,002.22 and pre-depreciation income was $827.58.  After depreciation of $6,992.49, the net dips down to -$6,164.91.   As of the end of fiscal 2015-16, there was $69,800.72 in our account at EVB.

At Kinsale Day, we take the opportunity to thank Museum donors.  GIFTS:  An oyster shell painting of the BogueWalter Norris and the Holliday sisters Sound by Phil Arnest, donated by Betsy Sisson from Louise Sydnor’s things.  This joins the painted shell Ann Bush Puyana gave us last Kinsale Day of Kinsale UMC, and one signed “King” of a water scene.  Shirley Campbell Grizzel gave us a Little River Herring Roe label and Lewis Courtney Pride of Virginia tomato and herring roe labels.  We also received a painting of Kinsale UMC by M. Mattingly. LOAN: Eddie Carter loaned a miniature typewriter made in 1919, the model that was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.

And we like to list some happy moments:

BABIES since Kinsale Day 2015:  Aiden Roberts (son of Annie & Tyler Roberts, grandson William & Connie Hutt), Anson John Bargar (great-grandson Shirley & Ted Grizzel); Anthony James Battle (grandson of Hope & Les Jackson); Caroline Rae Vizzier (granddaughter of Charley & Patsy Albert); Cole Skylar Riple (grandson of Nancy & Joey Moss); Easton & Evan Richards (twin grandsons of JoAnne Burton); Hannah Payne Perkins (granddaughter of Lois & Boyd Spencer); Harper Ryleigh Dawson (great-granddaughter of Carolina & Crawford Reynolds), Jane Cecile Polifka (Don & Judy Polifka’s granddaughter), Kallie Leigh Ann Hudson (great-grandchild Ann Lewis); Levi Armstead Jenkins (Art & Shelby Jenkins’s son); Lucy Kay Dyke (grandson of Stephanie & Bob Sanford), Sawyer Chase Clark (grandson Kris & Greg Hicks).  Kristina Armbruster’s little Madeline Ursula was the youngest baby present at Kinsale Day.

Dave and Betsy Chesler with  Annie Arnest & Perry D'AngeloNEW MEMBERS since Kinsale Day 2015: Tania, Chris & Laura Westberg (who inherited Rhoger Pugh’s house on Pier Place);  Elvis Mozingo Jr., Jearlis & Daniel (bought a house from the Battailes… down a long lane off the White Point Rd.); Lolly & Allan Heyward; Charles Davis (end of White Point Rd.); Dick McClelland; Ed Cowardin; Annie Arnest (her father Harry Lee Arnest III was the impetus behind our Foundation); Clark Trader; Michael H. Stenger (relative of James Butler Sigourney); Larry & Garry Taylor; James & Catherine Conley (Dinks Mill Rd.); Chef Ellen English; Stephanie Blattner & Mike Albert.

NEW NEIGHBORS:   1. John & Laurie Green are the new owners of Elmer Seaman’s house at 495 Plainview Rd. 2.  Chris & Therese Johnson bought the Skords’ house at 463 Plainview.  They have 5 sons & their nephew to call upon as crew on their sailboat. 3. Craig & Vicki Johnson bought Randall Barnes’ house at 49 Pier Place. He is retired from the Navy, she from teaching.  They lived here years ago on the road into Washington’s Birthplace, were active in Scouting and operated a family daycare center.  4.  Louis Miles, Joe Rodeheaver & Ryan Coyner have been working on Ian Williamson’s Fantasy, a vintage schooner docked at Kinsale Harbour, which they hope to ready to sail with Ian in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. 5. The Bedfords are new at 141 Kinsale Creek Rd. on what used to be Billy Hank & Doris Courtney’s farm. 6.  Carmel has a new preacher, Rev. Bob Gochenour.  His wife is also a preacher, at Melrose; they live in the Melrose Parsonage.   There are also at least three new or relatively new families at Upper Sandy Point, whom we hope will visit our Museum soon!

The Morrises with new teal sailboatAnd it is exciting to think that the Morrises, who bought the Teal sailboat at Kinsale Day after Helen and Tayloe Murphy donated it back, are expecting their first grandchild and have purchased Teddy Carden’s former home.  They will be rebuilding on the site.


A study in scarlet: Kinsale’s Strawberry Festival by Lynn Norris, Museum Director

Jan Pekarek, Anne Speekaert, Millie English, Ann LewisThank you all SO MUCH for your prayers and invocations of our guardian angels, which convinced the at-times rather sullen, nay, downright threatening clouds NOT to splatter their contents on Kinsale Saturday, May 7, during the delightful Strawberry Festival.A little girl perfectly attired for berry enjoyment positively levitates while dancing to Muddy Boots' tunes.

Talented members of the band Muddy Boots shared gospel, rock and countrytunes with vigor and warmth.  You can always tell a group is perfectly in tune with an event:  the littlest members of the crowd dance, levitating with glee, till they drop, and the rest of us less energetic souls smile till our faces crack.

There was plenty of delicious food from Cople District VFD, including tender, savory barbecue, while dozens of generously donated homemade Kinsale Pound Cakes set off the strawberries and whipped cream perfectly, raising almost $1,000 for CDVFD.

Leigh Ann Miller snapped this shot of Museum Director Lynn Norris with a beautiful dragonfly supporting a tiny flower vase.An upbeat group of vendors provided intriguing jewelry, crafts, nuts, remedies, dresses, bags, hats and art.  There were exquisite dragonflies, colorful river-oriented crafts, attractive dresses, and more.  I am sorry to say the tupelo honey marinara sauce got away from me -- I was LONGING to try it and failed to get back there.

Sixty-seven folks signed in at the Museum to find out more about their families and the town.  We were so glad to make new friends and catch up with longstanding ones.

Thanks for all the compliments, the warmth, and the smiles we shared in the course of this very pleasant day.

Winter's Eve On The Northern Neck:  Alternate ViewRELAY FOR LIFE.  A number of teams will be participating in the Relay for Life cancer research fund-raiser, slated for June 18, 2016 at W&L High School. This event has raised almost a million dollars RIGHT HERE in Westmoreland County over the two decades since it was launched here in 1995.  Seven or eight of the teams still participating have been with our Relay since its inception, according to retired teacher (Edna) Hazel Crabbe. Those longtime participants include: 1.  What is now called the Cople Parish Episcopal Churches team, which has 9 members registered so far.  For more info on joining the team, or to help raise funds, contact Lenna Daiger at 804-472-4659 or or John Harrington at  The group will hold bake sales on Good Friday (March 25) at the Bank of Lancaster's Montross and Warsaw Branches.   A third bake sale is still in the planning stages for Memorial Day Weekend at Erica Mall. 2.  The Zion Stompers.  Contact (Edna) Hazel Crabbe at 493-8869,  Upcoming events include a bake sale, a dinner and a raffle. Relay for Life is a worldwide celebration for cancer survivors, launched in the early 1980s in Tacoma, Washington.  At one point, Edna was in Australia wearing her Relay T-shirt when a lady came up to her and said she, too, was a Relay participant! 3. Cople School. Contact Morgan King at 989-400-9459 or email  FUNDRAISERS and kindnesses: Mrs. Lambrecht and at least one student are cutting their hair to donate.  There will be student “votes” by donations of change on papier-mâché eggs  decorated by the teachers.  These will be on display the week before spring break 4. Kathleen's Hope.    (organized by Roger Hutt and his wife Kathleen of Big L Tire) .  Contact Kathleen Hutt: phones: 493-8263; 761-8598.  According to team member Rosemary Fauntleroy Wilson, the group has been raising money through ongoing yard and bake sales. Go to the official website.

Brooke Sigler wearing Jewelry by Susan of Design PrintingA salute to the folks at Design Printing for their quick turn-around and good work on Waterways.  They were wonderful to do it so swiftly!  And we also thank Susan of Design for the beautiful necklaces she created and donated to our summer auctions. She is in the throes of creating a new line of jewelry. In case you would like to see the stunning work she made for our auction in 2015, here is Brooke, the daughter of the Siglers, wearing it in a lovely photo shot by her husband.

KINSALE: THE MIDDLE YEARS REPRINTED.  Ed White’s book really brings our town’s history into focus.  This second edition (we have 20 copies for sale and one in the library) contains a few clarifications of Ed’s original 2007 offering.  Thanks to Design Printing for donating the cover paper and printing, to Ed for printing the black-and-white innards and maps, and to Joni Lawler for printing the color maps.  My husband Walter bound the book, so it is really a community effort.  This marches hand in hand with Ed’s book Lands and Lesser Gentry of Eastern Westmoreland County which has so much about the first two centuries of our neighborhood. Also, the Historic Sites Guidebook done by Preservation Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula which, you guessed it, Ed also spearheaded.

Michael StengerNautical niceties:  We were honored to have a visit on Saturday, May 28, from Michael Stenger, whose family’s first American immigrant ancestor was Andre Sigourney, from whom also was descended Midshipman James Butler Sigourney, the War of 1812 hero and Kinsale defender who is buried in the Great House Cemetery.  Michael Stenger’s mother is a Sigourney.  A dean at ITT Technical Institute in Norfolk, Michael is a historian, genealogist and bibliophile who greatly enjoyed his visit with Betty Bailey on Saturday afternoon.  He not only joined the Kinsale Foundation and promised to return, he won your Museum Director’s heart by choosing three books from the bookstore with references to his illustrious cousin.  He is pictured with a cap from the USS Sigourney in front of a painting of the Great House and a print depicting the battle in defense of Kinsale on July 14, 1813 that claimed James Butler Sigourney’s life.

Walter Matthew "Matt" JeffriesAnother illustrious late former resident’s emissary: A friend of Walter Matthew “Matt” Jefferies (1921-2003) visited the Museum and also the old Jeffries House [sic] on Wednesday, May 26.  She was excited to learn we have a copy of Norris Parks’s history of the Jeffries family, who were among the first settlers of our town.  The information that follows was adapted from Wikipedia.  Matt Jefferies was an aviation and mechanical artist, set designer and writer, best known for his work on the Star Trek TV series, where he designed the original Starship Enterprise.  He and his younger brother John, who worked with him as his chief draftsman, lived at what is still known locally as The Jeffries House in Kinsale (parts of this date to 1750) during their youth while their father served as chief engineer at a power plant.  Matt served in Europe during WWII on B-17, B-24 and B-25 bombers.  His 1935 Waco, now owned by the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society, can be seen at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond.  Besides creating interiors and exterior of Star Fleet's USS Enterprise 1701A, he designed props (including phasers), sets, the Klingon logo and the D-7 battle cruiser.  His sketches were used as the springboard for later Star Ships as well.  However, when Matt Jefferies saw Star Trek: The Motion Picture he fell asleep. He never watched subsequent incarnations of Star Trek, remarking that they had turned his Navy-esque bridge into "the lobby of the Hilton."  Within the Star Trek universe, Jefferies tubes and Captain Jefferies are named in his honor. According to Matt Jefferies’s memoirs, the Enterprise was Starfleet's 17th starship design and it was the first in the series, therefore the ship bore the number "1701A".  In June 2003, Jefferies was the guest of honor at the presentation of a documentary about him prepared for the special edition of the Star Trek Generations DVD. Jefferies died the following month in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure.  His art designs were also employed in such far-flung realms as The Old Man and the Sea (1958), Mission Impossible (1966), Little House on the Prairie (1954), and Dallas (1978).