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Walkerton Day (2004)

Walkerton is a small, quaint community situated along the banks of the Mattaponi River in King & Queen County, Virginia. There are only three bridges across the tidal Mattaponi, and Walkerton is the site of one of them. The town is named after the Walker family. A patent for 2365 acres was registered in the name of Major Thomas Walker in 1665. Thomas Walker was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1663 and 1666. He lived at Locust Grove (originally known as "Rye Field"), a property just outside the town which has been continuously held by the Walker family (without lien) for well over three centuries.

Walkerton has a long history as a former port town when even our smaller waterways (like the Mattaponi) were a critical avenue for transportation of people and goods. Walkerton was the site of one of the last "swing span" bridges left in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The swing span bridge was ultimately replaced by a concrete stucture during the mid 90s. Carol Lee Walker (of Walkerton) managed to save and restore the metal "swing" span of the old bridge and develope a birth for it adjacent to the new bridge. The old span now serves as part of a walkway to an observation pier over the river, a beautiful and valuable amentity to the community of Walkerton.

Every summer Walkerton holds its annual Walkerton Day parade. Booths and games are set up in the community and a parade is organized which starts in King William, making its way over the bridge into Walkerton. The parade includes elements of the many facets of the community, from beauty queens to fire engines.

Garrie Rouse
welcome to Walkerton
welcome to Walkerton
Dr. Lewis & Latane Trice
Dr. Lewis & Latane Trice
judges table
judges table
awaiting the parade
awaiting the parade
riverside view
riverside view
small town, USA
small town, USA
old swing span (preserved)
old swing span (preserved)
parade commences
parade commences
veterans of foreign wars
veterans of foreign wars
Miss Walkerton
Miss Walkerton
Miss Walkerton (2003)
Miss Walkerton (2003)
Walkerton Community Fire Assoc.
Walkerton Community Fire Assoc.
bagpipes
bagpipes
Rappatomac Shriners
Rappatomac Shriners
fire engines on display
fire engines on display
Hanover FD
Hanover FD
Master of Ceremonies(Eugene Campbell)
Master of Ceremonies
(Eugene Campbell)