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Patrick Farris: A look at Warren's villages

Warren County and the settlements which predated the county's 1836 creation have held different names and even slightly different locations over the centuries. The following is a list of the more major settlements with their various known names. comments
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Patrick Farris: Belle Boyd Cottage a significant historical structure

Belle Boyd Cottage is one of the Warren Heritage Society's most important historic buildings and projects. The following is extracted from Laura Virginia Hale's well-known On Chester Street, published in the 1980s and reprinted by the Warren Heritage Society in 2006. comments
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Patrick Farris: Remount Depot used as POW camp

Another quite different wartime duty performed by the Front Royal Remount Depot during World War II was the use of the base a prisoner of war camp. comments
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Patrick Farris: Depot trained animals for WWI

Although a footnote in American military history, the Pancho Villa Expedition was the baptism of fire - small as it was - for the Front Royal Remount Depot. The base's men and horses had been sent out to active duty in a combat zone for the first time. comments
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Patrick Farris: Army bought land, then opened Remount Depot in 1911

Between 1908 and 1911, the Army acquired and pieced together properties sufficient to create the Remount Depot, and in 1911 "activated" or opened the base. comments
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Patrick Farris: Army chose town for Remount Depot due to proximity to Washington

The United States Army Remount Depot in Front Royal originated in the hills along the western flank of the Blue Ridge as the landscape descends from Chester Gap. Roughly halfway between the gap and the intersection of Criser Road and Highway 522 - Remount Road - lies the center of the old Army base. It is situated on both sides of the highway just after the entrance to Harmony Hollow. comments
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Patrick Farris: May 23 was an important day in Front Royal's history

This past May 23rd marked the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Front Royal. Few days are as significant in our county's history than this, for on that day in May of 1862 the town of Front Royal witnessed and even became a part of a battle that scarred its buildings, forced its civilian population to seek cover - something many were loathe to do, either out of pure curiosity or to take part in impromptu, partisan celebration - and forever cemented Warren's county seat as part of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's legendary Valley Campaign. comments
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Patrick Farris: Rivers drew the first European explorers

The history of the colonial settlement and development of the Shenandoah Valley and the surrounding region is the story of the Shenandoah River, its forks and tributaries. comments
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Patrick Farris: Dr. Blackford and Front Royal Hospital's heyday

Front Royal hosted a hospital during the Civil War, a sometimes overlooked fact concerning local history during that conflict. comments
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Patrick Farris: Dutch families settled in Front Royal's Chester Street

One of the less wel known ethnic groups to settle the Front Royal area was the Dutch, in the form of the Van Meter and Van Nort families, who intermarried with the Henrys and LeHews of the settlement in its infancy. comments

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