Urbanna author and Southside Sentinel columnist Mary Wakefield Buxton and Rappahannock Press in Urbanna have published A Middlesex Morning. The book is a collection of stories and photos that celebrate “local heroes” and the rural way of life in Middlesex County.
The collection includes stories of the U.S. Marines visiting the grave of General “Chesty” Puller at Christ Church graveyard to celebrate their annual birthday, the story of the late Dr. David Nichols’ flights from the airport in Topping to care for his patients in Tangier Island and his heroic efforts to build a new clinic on the island, memories of area World War 11 veterans, the exciting tale of the late Col. John McKone who was shot down over Russia while piloting a spy plane in the 1960s.
The book also contains two excerpts from previous Buxton books; The Private Life of William Styron, which describes the teenager who would grow up to become a Pulitzer Prize winning author having lunch with his stepmother while he was a student at Christchurch School and a passage from Bringing in the Wood: The Way It Was at Chesapeake Corporation, which describes Buxton’s overnight trip on the tug boat “Sture” from West Point to Norfolk.
Other stories include the Rev. Paul Andersen conducting the Blessing of Animals service at Christ Church, a program by Bill Hight on local history sponsored by the Middlesex Museum, a tribute to the late Speaker of the House John Warren Cooke, “Dog Friends” who organized Middlesex Pet Friends for Life and built the county’s first dog park, a visit by Rose Styron to Christchurch School, a visit to Middlesex High School English class and visits to Mt. Vernon, Stratford Hall and Locust Grove Farm and many other stories.
Signed copies are available at the Southside Sentinel in Urbanna for $16 plus tax, or can be purchased by mail by sending a check for $22 to cover tax, postage and packaging to Rappahannock Press, Box 549, Urbanna, VA 23175, calling 758-2328, or emailing Geanie Longest at firstname.lastname@example.org.