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hundred and fifty years ago, in 1858, the Graffiti House was
built in Brandy Station. A few years later soldiers passed
through the village and scribbled on the walls of this brand new
house! After the War, the walls were painted and the
Graffiti was forgotten. During the 150th Graffiti
House birthday celebration, the Brandy Station Foundation will
present a chronology of the house, beginning with how it was
built beside the Orange and Alexandria Rail Road.
To assist with the telling of this tale, we have
invited descendants of some soldiers who left their mark on the
wall to tell their fascinating stories. Join us for dinner and
meet Broadus Bowman whose ancestor, Sgt. Allen Bowman, turned
his bayonet into a hoe after the war (sword into plowshare).
David Bridges will explain how a man from Maryland came to fight
for the Confederacy. His name became part of an intricate
drawing in the house that is dated March 16, 1863, the day
before the Battle of Kelly’s Ford. Ed Kelley finds in his
family tree an adventurer, J. Egbert Farnum, who sailed on board
the last slave ship in American history. He goes on to
become a Union Regimental Commander who wintered at Brandy
Station and added graffiti to the house walls.
dinner will also serve as the Annual Meeting for the Brandy
Station Foundation at which time the membership of the
Foundation will be presented with the slate of candidates for
the 2008 Board of Directors.
During the evening, Della Edrington will give a progress report
on the Graffiti House Restoration Project. Over the past year,
she has administered a grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia
that has funded a study by paint conservator Kirsten Travers on
the graffiti preservation and an architectural report prepared
by the firm of Dalgliesh, Gilpin and Paxton. Learn about what
more must be done to preserve the graffiti for the future.
Also, please enjoy all of the local events during
this Culpeper Remembrance Weekend. For more information about
these events visit
www.visitculpeperva.com. For your convenience, a block
of hotel rooms have been reserved for the weekend. Contact Della
Edrington at 540-825-4543.
$25.00 for roast beef
dinner, vegetarian selection available. Cash Bar & Wine.
Please RSVP by April 9th
When & Where: 6:30 PM
Brandy Station Fire Volunteer Fire
Department Hall, 19601, Church Rd.
Please reserve _______ seats @ $25 per seat.
I am enclosing a check for the full amount or
my credit card # _______________________________ VISA (Circle
would like to make an additional contribution to the Graffiti House
Restoration Fund for $______
Mail reservation request to; P.O. Box 165, Brandy Station, Virginia
or, if using credit card, you man
email the information to us.
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