The Italianate Trend in Winchester Walking Tour

Looking for a different walking tour of Winchester? PHW is making “The Italianate Trend in Winchester” walking tour by intern Ashlee Anderson available for download. The capstone intern project was presented at PHW’s Annual Meeting in 2011 and was slightly edited and expanded upon by PHW board members and staff. If you would like a leisurely hour to hour and a half walk through some of the residential areas of Winchester’s Historic District not covered by other walking tours, download the walking tour now.

The tour was set up to depart from and return to the PHW Office at the Hexagon House; there are usually spaces available to park in the PHW lot at the top of the hill if you would like the full tour experience. Otherwise, you may wish to start your tour closer to the downtown to utilize the parking garages. Happy exploring!

Mark Your Calendars: Rouss Day 2017

2017 Rous Day PosterCelebrate the birthday of one of Winchester’s most generous benefactors on Friday, February 10, 2017 between noon-2 PM at Rouss City Hall, 15 N. Cameron St. Tim Youmans will begin the event with historical tours of the building beginning at 12:15 PM. This will likely be the last public tour of Rouss City Hall in its current configuration prior to renovations set to start later this year. Mayor Smith will officially greet attendees coming to City Hall between 1 and 2 PM. Chuck Swartz, AIA from Reader & Swartz Architects will be available to answer questions about the proposed major interior renovations to Rouss City Hall, including exhibits showing the proposed floor layouts available for viewing in the Mayor Elizabeth A. Minor Council Chambers. As usual, birthday cupcakes will be available for attendees.

Also, don’t miss the Charley Rouss items on display in the showcase at the entrance to the Handley Archives in the lower level of the Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., on display through the month of February.

Reminder: Hopewell Meeting House Tour Tomorrow!

Lectures Please join us for our first Walk and Learn tour on Saturday, October 22. Jim Riley will lead a tour of the area’s oldest Quaker Meeting House. Learn the background on the Quakers and the history of the Hopewell Meeting house site. Weather permitting, the tour will include an outdoor component. The event is expected to last 1 to 1.5 hours. Water will be available.

Meet at Hopewell Meeting House, 604 Hopewell Road, Clear Brook, VA at 11 AM. The event is free and open to the public.

Coming Soon: Lincoln Historic Homes Tour

Lincoln Historic Homes Tour

If the thought of visiting our Hopewell Meeting House in Clear Brook this weekend has whetted your appetite for more Quaker homes and history, the Loudoun Preservation Society will host a tour of a Quaker community in Lincoln, Virginia on Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 1-5 PM. A number of historic homes, cemeteries, and other buildings will be open to the public.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the Goose Creek Meeting House, 18204 Lincoln Road, Purcellville, VA, from 1 to 3 PM the day of the tour, $20 per person or $40 per family. Preorders may also be made via PayPal at the event webpage listing (scroll to the bottom of the page to find the PayPal instructions).

All proceeds from the tour support Loudoun Preservation Society’s Grants Program. Learn more about LPS at their website

Coming Soon: Walk and Learn Lectures!

Lectures Introducing a new spin on the Lunch and Learn series…Walk and Learn!

This fall, PHW has lined up two on site visits for a more hands-on learning experience. First, on Saturday, October 22, Jim Riley will lead a Saturday tour of the area’s oldest Quaker Meeting House. Learn the background on the Quakers and the history of the Hopewell Meeting house site. Weather permitting, the tour will include an outdoor component. The event is expected to last 1 to 1.5 hours. Water will be available.

Meet at Hopewell Meeting House, 604 Hopewell Road, Clear Brook, VA at 11 AM. The event is free and open to the public.

Second, Norman Baker of the French and Indian War Foundation will lead a tour of the site of Winchester’s Fort Loudoun on Thursday, November 10 at noon, weather permitting. The walking tour of the area once covered by the fort will last one hour, with time after for questions for those who can stay longer. On-street parking is limited, but parking is available at the nearby Loudoun Street Autopark.

Meet at noon at 419 North Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP your attendance for this tour by November 3 to PHW at 540-667-3577 or

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes for both tours. For questions and RSVPs, please call 540-667-3577 or email

Coming This Weekend: Historic Garden Week in Winchester

DogwoodThis weekend is the Winchester and Clarke County Historic Garden Week tours hosted by Winchester-Clarke Garden Club and The Little Garden Club of Winchester. The tour features four outstanding estates and one historic church dating from 1782 to 1993:

Claytonville Farm, 574 Clay Hill Road, Millwood
Clay Hill 859 Clay Hill Road, Millwood
Milton Valley Farm 294 Milton Valley Farm, Berryville
Audley Farm, 752 Audley Lane, Berryville
Old Chapel and Burwell Cemetery, intersection of Rt. 255 and 340, Boyce

For more information, descriptions, and ticket sale information, visit

Around the Internet: A Quintet of Articles

Around the InternetEvery now and then we like to share links to articles and blogs that we’ve come across while keeping up with history and preservation news. This week, we’ve picked five interesting stories or topics that crossed our path to share with you.

1. First, Jessica Leigh Hester brings us the story of archeology in Victorian-era trash sites in England with Excavating Stories From Victorian-Era Trash Dumps from CityLab. From the article:

“By digging up part of a doll’s porcelain face, or a medicine bottle, [Tom Licence] can imagine how daughters spent their days, or what ailments afflicted the patriarch. ‘You can work out what sorts of illnesses they had, what sorts of luxuries they enjoyed,’ he tells CityLab. ‘You can match the objects to the people.'”

2. If you are traveling this weekend and you’d like to see some sights along the way, check out Eight Scenic Drives for Virginia History from Virginia’s Travel Blog.

3. Alicia Puglionesi investigates the fanciful faux histories and the role of the railroad in the proliferation of the peculiar Virginia attraction of “show caves” in The 19th Century ‘Show Caves’ That Became America’s First Tourist Traps at The Atlas. From the article:

“The discovery of these subterranean wonders in the 1800s spawned a genre of local lore and popular fiction–call it ‘the romance of the cave’–in which crystal caverns became theaters for passion and politics.”

4. Did you know the Metropolitan Museum of Art has made many of their publications free to read online or download? Visit their website to search their publications by title, author, keyword, thematic category, and/or reading format.

5. Why does historic preservation matter? Emily Wynn interviews Christina Butler, Professor of Historic Preservation at the College of Charleston, about the hows and whys people become interested in – and passionate about – saving our buildings and our stories for future generations. From the article Preserving History May Be Our Biggest Asset at Odyssey:

“If we erase the palpable part of our history, the buildings that we have spent our lives in, we lose more than just materials and money. We lose tradition, culture, and a road map that our ancestors followed to get to where we are today and, in turn, we lose where we are going and why.”

Coming in February: Old Town Winchester Valentine-themed Scavenger Hunts

Northern Virginia Tours is offering special Valentine’s themed historical scavenger hunts in downtown Winchester this February. There are three maps for various age groups, appropriate for kids to adults. Each track offers a different prize for completion.

Purchase your tour map (ranging in price from $9.99 to $19.99) at the Old Town General Store, 106 S. Loudoun Street, during regular business hours. The scavenger hunts are active through the month of February.

Learn more at

Coming This Weekend: Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship, Dec. 27

Merry XmasLooking for something to do after Christmas? Join the American Guild of Organists and eight local historic churches for mini Christmas organ recitals and tours of the decorated sanctuaries on Sunday, December 27, from 2-5 PM. Donations from the event benefit the Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS program). The public is free to come and go to any church in any order during the stated hours.

Participating Churches:
First Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Loudoun St. (2-4 PM only)
Braddock Street UMC, 115 Wolfe St.
Centenary United Church of Christ, 204 S. Cameron St.
Christ Episcopal Church, 140 W. Boscawen St.
First Baptist Church, 205 W. Piccadilly St.
First UMC, 308 N. Braddock St.
Grace Lutheran Church, 26 W. Boscawen St.
Market Street UMC, 131 S. Cameron St.

The event will be helf between 2-5 PM. Organ recitals will be held on the hour and the half hour. Tours of the sanctuaries will be held on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour. Special organ programs for children will be held at 3 PM at Braddock Street UMC and at 3:30 PM at Grace Lutheran Church.

A map the the church locations and the flyer is available online at at First Presbyterian Church.