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Rivah Visitor's Guide

One Woman's Opinion

Order Mary Buxton’s books
imageLife and love in the rural tidewater area of Virginia is a common thread that runs through nearly all of Mary Wakefield Buxton's books. The push and pull of old and new, North and South, man and woman, life and death, are discovered, illuminated and reflected upon in each of them. Such is the heart and soul of a writer.


Reunion: EHS Class of ’57
My husband graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria in 1957 and I suppose it was feminism that caused me over the years to rag various headmasters of this fine prep school as to when they were going to accept girls. How irritating this must have been, but then Headmaster Hoxton would always politely grin and bear me…


Making payroll
imageMy list of special experiences everyone ought to partake of in life includes teaching a class in public school, waiting tables, going off to war and getting shot at, paying taxes, writing a controversial opinion in the local newspaper, driving a rescue squad vehicle, working a policeman’s shift, taking care of 4,000 patients (as my doctor does) and, lastly, making payroll.


One Hot Summer
Urbanna, Va.— What a summer. I’ve reached the age where they pass quickly . . . Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day tumbling right on top of each other. Not so when I was a child and days dragged by, often because of awaiting some wondrous event—school letting out, a birthday party, Christmas.


Family Stories
imageWhen I married a Virginian in 1963 after several years at Randolph-Macon Women’s College (now the coed Randolph College), being from Ohio I expected different family traditions.


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