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August 21, 2018

Sinclair’s Free State history lecture slated Sept. 16

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Bob Sinclair will present a talk about Marshall/Salem as capital of the Free State.
Local educator and historian Bob Sinclair will present lecture titled “Salem/Marshall, Capital of Fauquier’s Free State” on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Mr. Sinclair’s presentation will take place at 3 p.m. in the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation education center, named for him, at 4118 Winchester Road, Marshall.

His talk will focus on the history of Fauquier County’s Free State, an area steeped in intrigue, mystery, unclear boundaries and lawlessness, and populated by a fascinating cast of characters including self-imposed “kings.”

Where is the Free State? What is the Free State? When was it created? Who were its first inhabitants and why did they come here? These and many other questions will be answered about this colorful area of the county.

A native of The Plains, Mr. Sinclair worked for decades in a myriad of capacities, from classroom teacher to principal. He is a frequent lecturer on the history of Fauquier County. He has served as the president and co-founder of the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation since 1993.

The Sept. 16 event is free and open to the public.

The Robert L. Sinclair Education Center is the newest arm of the Fauquier Heritage & Preservation Foundation, which also operates the John K. Gott Library. For more information, call at 540-364-3440 or 703-403-1309.

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