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Historic Hartwood church and neighboring fire station welcome residents for fall celebrations.

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Date published: 9/12/2001


FOLKS living in the Hartwood section of southern Stafford County seem to have an appreciation for history and a sense of community.

Both will be on display Saturday, when Hartwood Presbyterian Church celebrates "Hartwood Days" and the nearby Hartwood Volunteer Fire Department holds its annual open house.

There is no admission charge, and both events are likely to draw several hundred visitors for a schedule of activities that offers something for just about every age group.

Activities at the church begin at 10 a.m. and include children's games, a dunking booth and an antique-car show by the Stafford County group Yesterday's Ride.

Another attraction is a general store operated by church members that will offer homemade arts and crafts, sewn items, canned goods and fresh vegetables.

Live bluegrass and gospel music will provide entertainment from noon to 1:30 p.m. and again from 4 to 8 p.m.

Other attractions include pony rides from 1 to 3 p.m. and a skydiving show starting at 1 p.m.

History-lovers will enjoy tours of Hartwood Church and a display of military memorabilia.

"Since Hartwood has such a long and important history, we're trying to showcase the past," said Elizabeth Ebert, the church's administrative assistant.

Organizers say that the church tour is one of the most popular and interesting of the day's activities. The red brick church was built in 1858 and is included on the Virginia Landmarks Register as well as the National Register of Historic Places.

"We're fortunate to have several members--and especially Stewart Jones--who have a wealth of information about the church's history," said Frances Tulloss, chairman of the Hartwood Days committee. "She adds a personal touch that makes the tours all the more interesting."

The military memorabilia will include a hat display from different eras of American history. It represents the collection of church member Radford J.M. Sprague.

The day concludes with a barbecue dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. It includes both pork and chicken barbecue and all the fixings. The cost is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Last year, the church served more than 400 dinners.

"This is the only fund-raiser that involves the whole church," said Ebert. "And just about all the members are helping in some way."

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