Lecture-by-Lanternlight Planned at Rector’s Crossroads

The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold its next lantern-lit talk and walking tour of Rector’s Crossroads on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Titled “Remembrances of Rector’s Crossroads,” the event is part of the popular Legends by Lanternlight series.

Mosby Heritage Area Association

Residents of the community, known today as Atoka, have watched history pass through since the early 1800s. The out-of-the-way village retains much of its historic feel from more than 150 years ago. Mosby’s Rangers met there countless times before departing on raids during the Civil War, and one of the largest cavalry battles fought on the continent raged through this sleepy crossroads.

Participants will walk through this village in the dark, escorted by the costumed interpreters of the Mosby Heritage Area Interpretive Group and the light of a lantern. Visitors will be able to go into the parlor of the Caleb Rector House, walk in the yard where famed cavalry commander J.E.B. Stuart pitched his headquarters tent, and traverse the trace of one of America’s first toll roads. Historic vignettes will accompany the two-hour walking tour.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Middleburg Montessori School, 7274 Rectors Lane in Marshall. Participants should dress for the weather and know that walking is required.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 540-687-5188.

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