The Kinsale Pulse

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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).