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Remembering Hurricane Camille In The Rockfish Valley 4 Decades Later : 8.19.09

Photos By Paul Purpura : ©2009 www.nelsoncountylife.com : People gather Wednesday morning at The Rockfish Valley Trail Head to remember those who died in 1969's Hurricane Camille. [1]

Photos By Paul Purpura : ©2009 www.nelsoncountylife.com : People gather Wednesday morning at The Rockfish Valley Trail Head to remember those who died in 1969's Hurricane Camille.

Near Nellysford
Nelson County, Virginia

It was a reflective Wednesday morning as people gathered at the Rockfish Valley Trail Head just south of Nellysford. They were there to remember the catastrophic day back in 1969 when Hurricane Camille landed right on top of Nelson County, Virginia. [2]

Dr. Bob Raynor (center) flanked by his wife Shirley to the right and Milly Colella, left, listen at Wednesday's ceremony. Dr. Raynor was one of the main Nelson doctors responding to Hurricane Camille in 1969. [3]

Dr. Bob Raynor (center) flanked by his wife Shirley to the right and Milly Colella, left, listen at Wednesday's ceremony. Dr. Raynor was one of the main Nelson doctors responding to Hurricane Camille in 1969.

The program included stories of the August 1969 tragedy in the Rockfish Valley through the eyes of those on the scene during search and recovery.

Folks look over photos from 1969. The also viewed a scrap book kept by John Phillips who was VDOT resident engineer. [4]

Folks look over photos from 1969. The also viewed a scrap book kept by John Phillips who was VDOT resident engineer.

The Nelson County Museum of History, will also hold a Remembrance of Camille on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at Nelson County High School. [5] A slide show of rarely seen photos of Camille will begin the Remembrance, followed by the Fortune Family Singers, a reading by the Rev. John Gordon of the names of those lost, stories of survival by Curtis Matthews and Colleen Stevens Thompson, remarks by Cliff Wood on how individuals responded, and music by Pat Ritchie. A social hour will follow with education exhibits and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.