10 years of “Marching Through Culpeper”
(article from the July 12, 2010 issue of the Culpeper Star-Exponent)
Ten years ago, local historian and author Virginia Morton introduced her book “Marching Through Culpeper,” during the grand opening of the Museum of Culpeper History’s new Main Street location in July 2000.
Since then, Morton has sold more than 10,000 books and has led more than 4,000 people on her popular two-hour walking tour of historic downtown Culpeper.
She is marking her 10-year anniversary of her book’s release and museum celebration with a special walking tour on July 24 at 10 a.m.
The tour will begin at the Depot’s on Commerce Street.
The cost is $8 for adults 18 and older and all proceeds will benefit the museum.
During her 10-year literary journey, Morton has shared many high points.
“I’ve been blessed with hundreds of new friends across the country and I had the privilege of leading two History-America Mississippi Riverboat tours. But the greatest honor was having Dr. David Aiken, an
English professor at the College of Charleston assign ‘Marching Through Culpeper’ to his class as parallel reading with ‘Gone with the Wind.’”
Since the book’s release 10 years ago, Morton has been busy working on bringing it to life on stage and to the big screen. She is working on producing two versions of the book on stage: a drama and musical.
Morton hopes to have her project complete by the American Civil War Sesqui-centennial in 2011.
“This could bring huge numbers of tourists to Culpeper and lead to a movie or miniseries,” Morton said. “The prayers and support of the community would be greatly appreciated.”
Want to go?
What: Virginia Morton walk-ing tour of downtown Culpeper
Where: Starting at The Depot on Commerce Street
When: July 24 at 10 a.m.
For more information call Virginia Morton at 825-9147.