Limestone, Sycamores, and Preservation: Trees, Streetscapes, and the Historic District

Join Preservation of Historic Winchester on March 25th at 7 p.m. in the Old Town Event Center, 403 S. Loudoun St., for the next Limestone, Sycamores, and Preservation event on trees and streetscapes in the Historic District of Winchester. Four guests will speak on the programs and goals of their respective departments, followed by a question and answer section. This event is free and open to the public.


  • Patrick Farris, Chairman of the Tree Commission
  • Perry Eisenach, Public Services Director
  • Tom Hoy, Public Works Director
  • Tim Stern, City Arborist

Spread the word and bring a friend to this timely event on the role of trees in downtown Winchester!

City Infrastructure Events

PHW wishes you a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day. As part of the “green” theme of the day, there are three events impacting the downtown historic district in the coming weeks:

  • On March 24th between 4 and 7 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall at Rouss City Hall, the city is having an “open house” for citizens to look at plans for the Downtown Utility Infrastructure Improvements Project, which includes the replacement of sidewalks and curbs. PHW urges you and any of your neighbors to attend the open house to ask questions and examine plans.
  • The City Council, sitting as a “Committee of the Whole” for Public Services, will meet on April 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers to determine one of three options for the sidewalk replacement program for Braddock, Loudoun, Cameron and Piccadilly Streets. The options are: (1) Mostly concrete pavement with a brick strip, as seen on Boscawen and Cork Streets; (2) All (new) brick, at an additional cost to the city of $190,000; or (3) Permitting property owners to choose to repair/replace (under city supervision and inspection) the old brick sidewalks adjacent to their property. PHW urges you and your neighbors to attend the City Council meeting on April 7th, and be prepared to speak or to present petitions of those who share your sentiments retain and repair original brick sidewalks.

Document Digitization Pilot Project

This project requires advance registration. Contact Terry Heder, Program Manager at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation at or (540)740-4545 for more information or to schedule a half-hour time frame to bring in the materials on the day of the project.
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2009
Time: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Place: The Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center (document digitization) and Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society (preservation information) Continue reading Document Digitization Pilot Project

Traditional Mortar Seminar Follow-Up

If you were unable to attend PHW’s first Limestone, Sycamores, and Preservation seminar in Traditional Mortar, not to worry. Jeff Price of Virginia Lime Works has uploaded his lecture on

The rest of the lecture may be found by clicking the following links:
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven
Part Eight
Part Nine

Visit Virginia Lime Works online at

Limestone, Sycamores, and Preservation Seminar

PHW launches a new, free seminar series in compatible building materials, Limestone, Sycamores, and Preservation. The first seminar focuses on traditional mortars in restoration and repair, with guest speaker Jeff Price of Virginia Lime Works. The event will be held at 2 PM in the Old Town Event Center at 403 S. Loudoun St. and is expected to run approximately two hours. Light refreshments will be provided afterward. RSVP by March 3 to the PHW office by calling 667-3577 or e-mailing

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APVA-NSV Membership Meeting

The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities – Northern Shenandoah Valley will be holding its first General Membership meeting on Sunday, March 1, at 2:00 pm at Blandy Farm (State Arboretum) on Rt. 50 in Clarke County, in the Library of the main building. After a program on Greenway Court by Maral Kalbian, well-known architectural historian, we will go to Greenway Court and tour the site.

Non-members of APVA are welcome. We hope you will consider joining Virginia’s principal preservation organization, and its brand new “Branch” for Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, Warren, and Winchester.

Charles Broadway Rouss Day

“For more than 50 years he has been almost continuously closely identified in all that concerns the public here,” said former Winchester Mayor R.T. Barton at Rouss’ funeral in 1902. Or, as Rouss biographer A.V. McCracken wrote in 1896, “There are bands, baseball clubs and every sort of organization in old Winchester which bear the name of the New York merchant. The name Charles Broadway Rouss will go down to unborn generations of Winchesterians as a synonym of all that is charitable, good and benevolent.”

Celebrate Charles Broadway Rouss Day with a variety of activities taking place in Winchester. Please visit The Winchester City Government Website for a schedule of events and more history on one of Winchester’s leading philanthropists.