National Geographic : 1951 Jun
su Reward for Merit: a Tidbit and a Place Before the Fire Kerry blue terrier and Irish setter share Ed Gibson's ante-bellum home. As a Fredericksburg pillar of the Izaak Walton League of America, "Defender of Woods, Waters, and Wildlife," he helps preserve the Dog Mart tradition. foxhorn blowing, country fiddling, and hog calling, and put on a pageant, "Patriot's Dream." Pamunkey Indians danced. Dogs demonstrated their education in obedience trials and show. A derby-hatted auctioneer boomed forth in trombone tones. Enough dog to delight any small boy could be bought for as little as a dollar. By the end of the day, everybody's puppies were dog-tired (page 832). George Washington Bathed Here Many a Virginian leading a dog was about the age of George Washington when he lived as a lad at Ferry Farm across the river and, according to some sources, went to school in Fredericksburg. Even after young George's family moved to Mount Vernon, he was wont to return. Once two local damsels were arrested for "robbing the cloathes" of 19-year-old George while he was bathing in the near-by Rappa hannock. Whether the clothes themselves or only the valuables they contained were stolen, Spotsylvania County court records do not state. They do show that Ann Carroll was acquitted and that in the case of Mary Mc Daniel the court ordered "that the sheriff carry her to the whipping post and inflict fifteen lashes on her bare back." The future Father of His Country had no hand in the punishment decreed for luckless Mary, having sailed for the West Indies. Fredericksburg's dog-going custom dates from even earlier than this painful incident. In fact, Fredericksburgers say, it is 29 years older than the city's name. "In 1698 a truce was declared between settlers and Indians of eastern Virginia," ex plained Ira Grinnan, general chairman of the 1950 Mart. "This cease-fire afforded oppor tunity of trading the white men's superior hunting dogs for the red men's furs, gold, and handicraft articles at the Leaseland settlement, later named for Frederick, father of King George III." Thus was born the Fredericksburg Dog Mart, today a 253-year-old tradition.