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March 4, 2015

Faces of Fauquier: Her jobs focus on preservation

Photo/Cassandra Brown
“You have to take those objects and tell a story,” Frances Allshouse says of her work at the Goldvein museum.
My farm in Fauquier is my home and it’s always been important to me to be here to protect my home and preserve it for the next generation.
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Staff Journalist
Preserving history, artifacts and wildlife always have ranked high in importance for the Fauquier County native.

Frances Allshouse holds three jobs, all focused on preservation.

As a historical interpreter at Monroe Park’s Gold Mining Interpretive Center in Goldvein, she has the opportunity to introduce children and adults to the history of gold mining in Fauquier County from the 1800s to the present.

“You have to take those objects and tell a story. The whole synthesis is interesting, and I really like that storytelling aspect,” Mrs. Allshouse said.

She also promotes history at Chapman’s Mill near Broad Run with the Turn the Mill Around Campaign and works as a library clerk at two branches.

Formerly the director of the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, she wrote the book, “Ghosts of the Old Jail.”

Mrs. Allshouse lives on her family farm and finds comfort in nature.

“Fauquier County has different meanings for different people. But to me, Fauquier County has always been home. My farm in Fauquier is my home and it’s always been important to me to be here to protect my home and preserve it for the next generation.”

• Age

• Home

• Work
Historical interpreter at Monroe Park’s Gold Mining Interpretive Center for Fauquier County Parks and Recreation at Goldvein since September 2014. I introduce visitors to gold mining in the county.

Library clerk at the Warrenton and Bealeton branches since May 2014.

Executive director of the Turn the Mill Around Campaign for the Chapman Mill historic site since July 2014.

Director, Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, 2007 to 2014.

• Why do you do the job?

Historical interpreter: You have all these artifacts and you have to put them together and display them for the public. You have to take those objects and tell a story. The whole synthesis is interesting and I really like that storytelling aspect.

Library clerk: I love the collections and the idea of being a steward of the library. I get to meet and interact with people in the community and make suggestions of what they want to read next. It’s pretty cool.

At the Turn the Mill Around Campaign: I’m fascinated that it’s not well known and I like the idea of promoting it — how it was stabilized and the history behind it. It was built in 1742. I’m happy to share the history with others.

• Family
Husband, Andrew; mother, Margaret, and a slew of cats. We live on a family farm.

• Education
Bachelor’s degree, biology and historic preservation, Mary Washington College, 2007. Liberty High School, 2002.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
All my life, 32 years.

• Why do you live here?
Fauquier County has different meanings for different people. But to me, Fauquier County has always been home. My farm in Fauquier is my home and it’s always been important to me to be here to protect my home and preserve it for the next generation.

• How do you describe this county?
Definitely still rural, but growing fast. I’m hopeful the rural nature of it will remain. Growth is inevitable, but we can curb it in the way we choose.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
I’m a pretty big land preservationist, and I’ve seen southern Fauquier farms turned into subdivisions. I would slow that down a little bit.

• What do you do for fun?
Read. When I have time, I like to walk around in the woods and enjoy nature.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Stick me in the middle of the woods on my farm. I’m a nature, outdoors person.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I think we are going to be growing more in commercial and residential. I hope we take a look at Gainesville and Prince William County and grow in the way that would be best for Fauquier County. In general, I see the decisions that were made there and we need to try to make decisions to benefit citizens, not only commercial business.

• Favorite TV show?
“Dr. Who”

• Favorite movie?
“The Cameraman” (1928) with Buster Keaton.

• Favorite book?
“Ghosts of the Old Jail,” written by me. It’s a collection of ghost stories from the Old Jail Museum in Warrenton.

“Johnny Got His Gun” by Dalton Trumbo

• Favorite vacation spot?
I like to go on staycations. I would rather spend my day wandering around historic sites in Fauquier County more than anything else.

• Favorite food?
Fried dumplings at Great Wall in Bealeton.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
My husband told me about one year ago, “We get so caught up in what we should do, instead of just be.” In all the “should,” we forget to just live.

• Who’s your hero and why?
My mom. She was born without a socket in her hip, spent decades in and out of the hospital and raised her siblings. She suffered a brain aneurism and you wouldn’t’ know anything had happened to her now. She’s just one of those people who never give up. She has the will to survive. She has been through a lot and still keeps on going.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Probably put a lot of money into fixing things around the house. Donate a lot of it to local charities and give a lot of it back to the community. $1 million would go pretty quickly. Maybe set up a scholarship for someone at Mary Washington.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• Jessica Smolinski’s book introduces children to Old Town Warrenton.

• Margaret Rice’s job all about fitness and fun in Warrenton.

• Robert Sturgeon has built his 70-employee businesses in Bealeton from scratch.

• 4-H leader Zach Woodward relishes the lessons of farming.

• Hospital auxiliary volunteer Alison Lee also earned fame in drag racing circles.

• Highland School veteran staff member Lise Hicklin always wanted to teach.

• As 9-1-1 dispatcher, Kateland Rich works to maintain calm during crisis.

• Chaplain Liz Danielsen finds a giving community.

• 9-1-1 response in Rodney Woodward’s bloodline.

• Fast talk a tool of the trade for auctioneer Kathy Shumate.

• Sam Poles takes care of varmits.

• Diane King mentors student performers at Fresta Valley Christian School.

• Lewis F. Lee Jr. followed his father into taxidermy business.

• Edward Payne returns to Orlean and to photography with passion.

• Janet Metzger’s Old Town Warrenton shop a hub of creativity.

• Pablo Teodoro bakes to build community.

• Community trails have become passion for retired VDOT engineer Bob Moore.

• Teresa Reynolds makes transition from butcher to museum director.

• After working in New York and Italy, Christine Fox moved home to open fashion boutique 25 years ago.

• Steve Lewis develops hunting reality show on Dish Network.

• Julia Trumbo grew up in the family grocery business.

• Tax preparer Renée Turner enjoys owning a business in Old Town Warrenton.

• ICU staff Carol Jones values patients’ trust.

• Wilson Sanabria grew up working in his family’s Warrenton restaurant and learning to box.

• One-man band Peter Fakoury quit 9-to-5 to learn from children.

• Liberty graduate Brittany Aubrey works in the smile business.

• Walmart cashier Lulu Baer loves to play violin and several community roles.

• In Sandra Alm, SPCA dogs have a loyal companion.

• St. James’ Episcopal new Rector Ben Maas appreciates community’s embrace

• Bicycles dominate work and play for Brian Larson.

• Teaching music therapy combines Abigail Newman’s passions.

• Brenda Rich leads volunteers who organize and run the Fauquier County Fair.

• 1st Sgt. Greg Harris stresses empathy in his job as a supervisor at the county detention center.

• Chuck Tippett challenges the “rich guy” stereotype about pilots.

• County government employee Surja Tamang previously worked as a Mt. Everest sherpa.

• Woody Isaac found his calling as a chef at age 16.

• Horses take Tommy Lee Jones all over the county.

• Retired nurse Angela Neal continues to volunteer in hospital ER.

• Gilmer Lee really knows high school sports in Fauquier.

• Stage remains central to Tim Bambara’s life journey.

• Bus driver Melissa Strain’s weekend job all about “fun.”

• Bartender Taylor Edgar has a pretty good standup routine.

• A nomad childhood led Paul Schmeling to start a moving company.

• Adam Lynch’s family owns café with local food focus and a special name.

• Patricia McMahon Rice turns passion for art into her livelihood.

• Cindy D’Ambro works as “director of first impressions” at LFCC.

• Ginger Hilleary leads local literacy organization.

• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.

• Horses “retire” to work with Jeanne Blackwell.

• Remington cattle farmer Doug Linton loves his home and work.

• Sports central to Robert Glascock’s life’s work.

• For Richard Mast, company ownership started with his summer work as a teenager.

• Bernice Simpson knows northern Fauquier back roads and the people who live along them.

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.

• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.

• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.

• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.

• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.

• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.

• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native

• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.

• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.

• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people

• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.

• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.

• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.

• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.

• Pastor a constant in Calverton.

• She keeps the courthouse spotless.

• He loves working working outdoors at the park.

• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

• Library assistant works in a “fun place"

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton

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