Fauquier County lost a visionary businesswoman and avid conservationist with the death of Virginia Howard “Gina” Farrar on December 30, 2017, at her home, Chaputepec Farm near Orlean
The daughter of Katherine Bowman Farrar Claflin and the noted sculptor, Charles Haylander Farrar, she was born in Washington, D.C., on September 22, 1943.
After graduating from the Warrenton Branch of the Calvert School (now Highland School) and St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, she attended Garland Junior College in Boston, the International Institute of Design in Washington, D.C., and the University of Florence in Italy.
Ms. Farrar worked in interior design in New Orleans before returning to Warrenton, where she operated The Main Thing, a woman’s clothing store on Main Street, with Josine Hitchcock from 1972 to 1982. Later she owned Farrar’s, a men’s clothing store in Warrenton, which opened in 1986.
Always committed to the advancement of Old Town Warrenton, Ms. Farrar in 1988 was one of the founders of the Partnership for Warrenton, which in addition to its local efforts tapped into the resources of the Virginia Main Street Program and National Trust for Historic Preservation to find ways to invigorate the town’s commercial district.
Deeply involved in the local community, Ms. Farrar worked to integrate public establishments, to raise awareness of conservation needs and to promote the preservation of our open spaces. She was a founding member of the Warrenton Planning Commission and the Piedmont Environmental Council.
As a member of the Warrenton Garden Club, she established a Nature Camp at her farm in partnership with the Piedmont Environmental Council. Over the years, her contributions to preserving our environment and nurturing young people to understand its importance were recognized nationally by the Garden Club of America, statewide by the Garden Club of Virginia and locally by the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District.
Survivors include her beloved husband of 39 years, James W. Timberlake V of Warrenton; two sisters, Anna Katherine Farrar Taffs of Tucson, Arizona, and Jane Farrar of Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as a host of friends too numerous to count.
She was predeceased by her brother, Peter Francis Farrar.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 5, at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Warrenton. Interment will be in the spring of 2018.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, 21 Main Street, Warrenton, Virginia 20186.