Marking the Birthplace

Of Virginia's Gov. Lee

The Franconia Museum will hold a ceremony Nov. 20 to dedicate a Virginia historical marker honoring Fitzhugh Lee, the only Virginia governor who was a native of Fairfax County.

The marker is a result of efforts by friends and supporters of the Franconia Museum. The marker is at Mark Twain Middle School, 4700 Franconia Rd., near the former governor's birthplace, Clermont.

The 10 a.m. ceremony at the school will be followed by a reception in the school cafeteria. The museum is asking Lee's descendants to attend and to contact the museum in advance at 703-922-4674.

Lee was born Nov. 19, 1835, at Clermont, his mother's family plantation in Franconia. He was the son of Sydney Smith Lee, a brother of Robert E. Lee, and Anna Maria Mason, a granddaughter of George Mason of Gunston Hall.

Lee was governor from 1886 to 1890.

Annual Holiday Craft Show

Set at Lee District Center

The Lee District RECenter will hold its 20th annual holiday craft show Nov. 20 and 21, featuring 130 artisans.

The show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21.

Admission is $2 person. The center is at 6601 Telegraph Rd., in the Franconia area. For more information, call 703-922-9841.

Fundraising Run

In Tribute to Slain Soldier

A group of relatives and friends of 1st Lt. Jeffrey J. Kaylor participated in the Army 10-Miler run Oct. 24 as part of what they hope will be an annual fundraising event, through pledges, to honor the Army officer who was killed last year in Iraq.

Kaylor, a 1997 graduate of Centreville High School and a 2001 graduate of Virginia Tech, had participated before in the run. After he died, a memorial scholarship was set up at Centreville High for a graduating senior. To raise money for the scholarship, several of Kaylor's family members and friends participated in the run.

Contributions can be sent to Centreville High School, 6001 Union Mill Rd., Clifton, Va. 20124. Make checks payable to the school and include "Care of the Jeffrey J. Kaylor Memorial Scholarship Fund" on the memo line.

Virginia Ranks High

For Lower Car Premiums

Virginia is one of the least expensive states in the country for car insurance premiums, according to a study by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

The study said Virginia's premiums on average are almost 20 percent below the overall figure for the country.

Virginia ranks the eighth-cheapest in premiums. State residents paid just under $713 for full coverage in 2002, the year covered by the study. Nationwide, premiums averaged nearly $880.

On average, New Jersey has the most expensive premiums; Iowa has the cheapest.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR

1st Lt. Jeffrey J. Kaylor, who died in April 2003 in Iraq, was honored at last month's Army 10-Miler race.This historical marker recognizing Fitzhugh Lee, a governor of Virginia, is to be dedicated Nov. 20 at Mark Twain Middle School on Franconia Road.