Bushrod C. Washington
George Washington was my fifth great-uncle. The first Bushrod Washington was a Justice of the United States Court. He was appointed by John Adams. The Washington family originally started out west in Williams County, a little south of where Lee's house is. I went to high school in Pennsylvania and lived near Valley Forge. I've been in the area since 1939.
When we first moved here we had to get used to the airplanes. We could stand in the kitchen and watch the planes. Some came very close. The first one we saw, I dove for the floor. One fellow that lived over in the Groveton area had had it with the planes flying over his house, so he went into his house, got his shot gun and took a few punches at them.
Years ago when driving from Washington to Richmond we thought this was out in the country. It's really changed quite a lot. We used to go up to Popkins farm. It was real countrified. There was a farm down the road where the school (Bryant) is now, with chickens and pigs. We have seen changes.
I think it's important to get the history of your area. Everybody in the area has a big advantage as far as libraries and historical places go. It's an ideal place to go to school. Writing about the past history of this area, you must salvage the best things and apply them to the future.