22 Apr 2020 Rapidan, VA
Culpeper Minutemen Chapter President Charles Jameson and Virginia SAR President Bill Schwetke visited the Virginia Mist Quarry in Rapidan on Wednesday afternoon to inspect the twenty-ton granite boulder being donated by Virginia Mist Group, Inc. for the Culpeper Minutemen Monument being constructed in Culpeper's Yowell Meadow Park near where the Culpeper Minutemen mustered in 1775. Jameson and Schwetke will return next week with Culpeper City Councilman and compatriot Keith Price, and Gary Cole of the Culpeper Department of Planning and Community Development to make decisions on the cutting and polishing of the boulder.
The flag poles for the monument were received by the Town of Culpeper three weeks ago and preparation of the ground for the monument is scheduled to begin on May 1st. This monument is being made possible by a generous contribution from the Virginia SAR Knight-Patty Fund, the Town of Culpeper, the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter DAR and the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter SAR, which conceived, provided initial funding, and is overseeing construction of the monument. In 2018 Foundation Forward, Inc. committed to contribute the "Charters of Freedom" addition to the monument, so that the monument now reflects both the efforts of our patriotic ancestors and the results of their sacrifices.
We are on track to dedicate the combined Culpeper Minutemen and Charters of Freedom Monument on October 24th as a Virginia SAR Presidential Initiative, to which all chapters are invited to present their chapter wreaths.
UPDATE - 6 MAY 2020
Today Culpeper Minutemen President Charles Jameson led a group of three chapter members, including Culpeper Town Councilman Keith Price and Virginia SAR President Bill Schwetke to the Virginia Mist Quarry to make decisions on the cutting of the granite boulder for the Culpeper Minutemen Memorial. They were joined by Gary Cole of the Culpeper Department of Planning and Community Development and Daniele Treves and Gibran Medina of Virginia Mist. A different, smaller boulder was selected to better fit the scale of the monument and a cutting plan was developed.