Okay, maybe the news is 281 years old, but Germanna Foundation President Marc Wheat came across a mention of Germanna and the Iron Works in the January 7, 1736 edition of the Virginia Gazette newspaper about a horse stolen from Col. Spotswood. We wonder if anyone got the “handsome reward” that was offered for the horse.
“Stolen or strayed from Massaponax, in Spotsylvania County, about the middle of December last, a small bright Bay horse with a black main and short black tail, about nine years old, no brand, paces slow, and in his far hind leg, has a hitch in his walk. Whoever brings the said horse to the subscriber at the New Post, to Col. Spotswood’s Iron Works, or to Germanna, or gives such notice that he may be had again, shall receive a handsome reward. From Elliott Berger.”
If you find a mention of Germanna while searching through newspapers of the 1700’s, please send it along to us!