A Resolution to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the National Park Service Supporting THE Sumerduck national register Rural Historic district
WHEREAS, the Sumerduck Historic District is located in the rural hamlet of Sumerduck at the junction of Sumerduck Road (Route 651) and Union Church Road (Route 632) in southwestern Fauquier County, about two miles east of the Rappahannock River; and
WHEREAS, the 15-acre district boundaries include the highest concentration of historic buildings that are not only the oldest in the commuity but well represent Sumerduck’s role as a rural crossroads and center of social and economic activity in an otherwise rural area beginning in the late 19th century; and
WHEREAS, the district contains primary dwellings that date from the first half of the 1880’s to the 1940’s and numbering among these structures there are Folk Victorian-style dwellings, a distinctive seven-gabled Gothic Revival-style dwelling, two churches, a late 19th century schoolhouse, a late 19th century former store, and a circa 1950 general store still in operation; and
WHEREAS, there are many memories for the local residents embodied in these buildings and Sumerduck’s history was lovingly recorded in a community history written in 1970 by a long-time resident named Olive V. Jones; and
WHEREAS, the name Sumerduck first appeared in a 1715 patent recorded in the land books for the Northern Neck Proprietary that likely was derived from the number of ducks that populated the nearby creek; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 12th day of March 2009, That the Board hereby supports and encourages the Virginia Board of Historic Resources to include the Sumerduck National Register Historic District, located in the Lee Magisterial District, in the Virginia Landmarks Register; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Virginia Board of Historic Resources recommend to the National Park Service, due to the established and unique history and National significance of Sumerduck, that this district expansion be enrolled in the National Register of Historic Places.