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.

Lecture Series with Warren Hofstra

Join Dr. Warren Hofstra in his ongoing lecture series for the next installment, entitled Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and the Progressive Ideal for a Better Life. The event will be held at 7:30 pm in the Handley Library Auditorium, 100 W. Piccadilly St. In case of inclement weather, the announcement of postponement will be made on the Handley Library website and telephone message system (662-9041 ext. 37).

Completing Revolving Fund Review

The yearly photographic survey is nearly completed. Buildings along North and South Kent Street and North Loudoun Street will be photographed by the 15th. Owners of Revolving Fund properties should expect the yearly review letters near the end of January. Thank you for your patience!

Holiday House Tour – Amherst Street: Aglow for the Holidays

PHW’s signature fundraising event is waiting to round out 2008 with a tour of six homes along Amherst Street. The Preview Party will be held the evening of December 6, while the daylight tour will be held December 7. We are looking forward to an exceptional tour this year.

The following locations are slated as stops on the 32nd Annual Holiday House Tour:
222 Amherst St. — Robert and Genevieve Boxley
223 Amherst St. — Thomas G. and Robin Scully
226 Amherst St. — George and Jeanne Schember
227 Amherst St. — David and Tonia Sweeney
310 Amherst St. — Jack and Mary Dale Jackson
316 Amherst St. — James and Kendra Getaz

The Preview Party and Candlelight Tour will be held December 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the home of Wilke Green on 703 S. Washington Street. The Daylight Tour will be held December 7 from noon to 5 p.m. Ticket costs will be $35 for the Preview Party and Candlelight Tour (reservations needed by December 4 at the PHW office,) $15 in advance or $20 at the door for adults and $6 for children for the Sunday Daylight Tour.

For a general overview of the Holiday House Tour, click here. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact the PHW office at 667-3577 or at phwi@verizon.net.

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BAR Public Hearing for Community Food Store

The former Community Food Store at 319-321 S. Kent St. will be up for public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Board of Architectural Review meeting. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. PHW will make a public statement at the meeting, but citizens are encouraged to attend and offer their input as well.

The plan to demolish the former Community Food Store has been approved and stood unopposed at the BAR meeting due to the severity of the deterioration. You can find the story online at The Winchester Star.

Holiday House Tour Advance Information

Advance tickets will go on sale by Wednesday, November 19 at the following locations:
Kimberly’s (135 N. Braddock St.)
Celebrate! (1 S. Cameron St.)
Winchester Book Gallery (185 N. Loudoun St.)
The Country Store (1488 Senseny Road)
The Final Yard (33 E. Gerrard St.)
PHW Office (Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St.)

Preview Party tickets are $35, adult tickets $15, and children 12 and under $6. Children under 6 are free.

The PHW Office will have special hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, November 17 to December 5 for Holiday House Tour ticket sales. To see the Holiday House Tour brochure in PDF format, click here.

Street Closures and Parking
Amherst Street will be closed from Washington Street to Morgan Street during the tour hours. We recommend our guests park at the Braddock Street Autopark at 30 N. Braddock St. as the on street parking will be limited. Please remember to be courteous to the homeowners not participating in the tour when using on street parking.

Holiday House Tour Descriptions
The Holiday House Tour home descriptions and artwork are now available online in the Events section. We would like to note two corrections to the printed brochures have been corrected online, and we apologize to Midge Youmans and Jack Jackson for the confusion.