Join us for the History of the Remount Depot: Warren County’s Army Base

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This month’s Sunday with the Library program spotlights the U.S. Army’s Front Royal Remount Depot.US Army Officer with two stallions from the Remount Depot

In his presentation, Patrick Farris, Professor of Anthropology at Shenandoah University and former executive director of the Warren Heritage Society in Front Royal, will discuss the fascinating history of this important military installation.

The Remount Depot occupied five thousand acres of land along Chester Gap Road in Warren County. Purchased by the United States Army between 1908 and 1911, the base supplied the Army’s cavalry, engineers and artillery with horses and mules. By its closure in 1947, the Depot had trained and shipped thousands of animals to the Mexican border and both world wars. It had also occupied a central place in the economy and everyday life of Warren County.

Farris is active in local and state communities, and has served on the Battle of Front Royal Committee for the Town of Front Royal and the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War local committee for Warren County.

This free program will be held at the Marshall Community Center, 4133 Rectortown Road in Marshall, on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2-4 p.m. and is part of the Sunday with the Library series – monthly programs for adults and families sponsored by Fauquier County Public Library and Friends of the Fauquier Library. To learn more about Friends of the Fauquier Library, visit the Friends of the Fauquier Library page on our website.

To learn more about the role animals have played during war time, check out the following resources.

Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WW II by William W. Putney

No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, And Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII by Robert Weintraub

The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew At His Side by Damien Lewis

The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts

Pershing, General Of the Armies by Donald Smythe

Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse by Robin L. Hutton

War Horse: Mounting the Cavalry With America’s Finest Horses by Phil Livingston & Ed Roberts

Cheryl Crow, Warrenton central library



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