Friday Roundup: Preservation News

Thank you all again for the thoughts and feedback on the tour and shop from 2019. Our tentative dates for the 2020 festivities are the Shop from November 20-December 13, and the House Tours on December 5 and 6. More information on the houses and how to apply for a spot in the Shop will be available as we progress through the year.

If you would like to clean out your closets and cupboards, PHW is willing to accept the following in-kind donation items: Gently used shopping or gift bags (paper or plastic, any size), wrapping material like tissue paper and bubble wrap, large lightweight planters, light strings and clip on spotlights, and wired edge ribbon. You may bring donations to the Hexagon House at 530 Amherst St. or leave a message for more unusual donations at 540-667-3577.

If you would prefer instead to give monetarily to a lasting monument, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is looking to place a monument to the soldiers of Maine killed and wounded at the Third Winchester battlefield. According to the Maine at War blog, this will be the first permanent marker to commemorate the soldiers of Maine who fought in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. There is currently a $1 to $1 matching grant challenge on to push the monument to its final completion. An online donation button is available on the SVBF website, or checks may be mailed to Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, Attn: Maine Monument Fund, P.O. Box 897, 9386 S. Congress St., New Market, VA 22844. For more information, please, contact Peter Dalton at jacksonsvc1862@gmail.com or 540-325-0787.

Preservation Virginia is beginning their monitoring and coverage of legislative action in Virginia, including actions on tax credits, conservation easements, cemeteries and historic monuments. They invite you to register today for their Legislative Reception on February 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Downtown (formerly Miller & Rhoads) in Richmond. That same evening, the Virginia Association of Museums is holding their annual Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Reception at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, also in Richmond.

Via the Forum Connect, you are invited to check out the Architectural Plastics & Polymer Composites in the 21st Century: Design and Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture conference. It will be held on March 28-March 29, 2020 at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts and will cover in-depth a variety of issues surrounding plastics in architecture. Continuing education credits will be available. “Early bird” reduced registration rate is offered up to January 20th. Information and registration form on the conference are available online.

Last but not least, the senior living center planned for 333 West Cork St. will be discussed at the January 21 Planning Commission Meeting, 3 PM in Council Chambers at Rouss City Hall. Review the agenda and documents about the requests at the Winchester City website here.

Last Weekend for the Bough and Dough Shop

We’ve had a fantastic season at the Shop this year. If you haven’t made it here to the Hexagon House yet, there are still many beautiful and unique products to buy for yourself or a loved one. If you have been here and were thinking about a product or two, stop back in! Several artists are offering end of shop discounts,and all remaining greens (including wreaths from Blackthorn Estates Nursery) are half price.

The Shop is open Friday and Saturday 10 AM-5 PM, and Sunday noon-5 PM. Deck the Walls upstairs at the Hexagon House is only open through Saturday. After Sunday we are finished for the 2019 season!

Thanks again to all our artists who helped us produce one of the best shops in the 43 year history of the Holiday House Tour. It’s hard to imagine how we will top this in 2020, but if you came by and shopped or just looked around, please fill out the feedback forms you may have picked up in your shopping bags or look for an online survey next week so we can begin our planning in January.

Holiday House Tour Last Notes

Did you procrastinate on getting tickets? You are in luck! We still have both Party tickets for Saturday and daylight tickets for Sunday available for purchase at the Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St. You can also pick up Sunday tickets at The Final Yard, Kimberly’s, Winchester Book Gallery, and Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center. Sunday tickets are also available for order online through EventBrite.

Even better, the Bough and Dough Shop at the Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St., will be open until 6 PM today, tomorrow, and Sunday to accommodate shopping during First Friday and the Holiday House Tour.

The weather forecast for the weekend appears decent, with overcast skies and no chance of precipitation. Winds may be your only damper to waiting outside, so be sure to dress warmly if you have to wait in line or for walking between sites.

We heard from multiple guests Courtfield Avenue may be the hardest address to find, so if the wind doesn’t take them out, we will have additional signage directing you from Clifford Street and Academy Lane toward Courtfield Avenue. You can also check the map on your phone via Google Maps.

If you ordered tickets online via Eventbrite, remember to bring your PDF ticket (printed or on your phone) as you start your tour. If you’d like an official ticket, you should be able to pick them up at any of the houses on the tour.

Be on the lookout for the Winchester Little Theatre costumed carolers again this Sunday to enliven your tours. Be sure to thank the volunteers, as well!

Thank you, and we hope you enjoy the tours and stop by the Hexagon House for hot drinks and some holiday shopping!

Ticket Sales and Website Updates

About 25 Preview Party tickets are still available for the Saturday evening event at the Hexagon House. Tickets are $50/adult member and $80/adult nonmember. Nonmember ticket price includes a 1 year membership to PHW.

Holiday House Tour Tickets for Sunday are still available at the following locations: The Final Yard, Kimberly’s, Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, and the Hexagon House. Sunday tickets are available for order online through EventBrite. Tickets are $25/adult, $6/child 6-12, and free for children under 6.

We successfully completed the move to the new server for the PHW website yesterday. Only one post was lost (and will be recreated when time permits). We hope but cannot guarantee the Friday email will go out as expected.

Due to the uncertain nature of how the next few days will go, we encourage you to thank and look for all our business card level sponsors for the Holiday House Tour: Belle Grove Plantation, Frederick Block, Brick and Stone, and Maral Kalbian. Look for their ads in the House Tour booklet and be sure to check out their services and events!

Maral Kalbian, Architectural Historian

Website, Tour and Shop Updates

The PHW website will be moving to a new server shortly. We know this is a terrible time to be doing this sort of move, but it should be relatively painless for you and our address will not change. If the website is unavailable for a while, try not to panic! We may lose one or two things along the way, but hopefully we’ll be mostly functional.

Preview Party tickets for Saturday, December 7 are still available through PHW at the Hexagon House. Tickets are $50/adult member and $80/adult nonmember. Nonmember ticket price includes a 1 year membership to PHW.

Holiday House Tour tickets for Sunday, December 8 are on sale now at the following Winchester locations: The Final Yard, Kimberly’s, Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, and the Hexagon House. Sunday tickets are available for order online through EventBrite. Tickets are $25/adult, $6/child 6-12, and free for children under 6.

The Shop will have extended evening hours this weekend to accommodate First Friday and Holiday House Tour activities. We will be open until at least 6 PM Friday-Sunday.

We have also received a new stock of jelly from Donna Sheetz, including more red and green pepper jelly. Various other artists have or will be replenishing and bringing new stock. If you were here opening weekend, you should stop in again and see what’s new!

Thanks to our sponsor in 2019 Belle Grove Plantation. Look for their ad in the Holiday House Tour booklets and be sure to check out their upcoming December event while you enjoy our house tours!

Friday Roundup: Black Friday Edition

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Bough and Dough Shop so far! We have received restocks for a number of items, including Blooming Hill lavender products, Eye of the Needle embroidered towels, mittens and ornaments from Very Merry Mittens, and a new original watercolor by Linda Haile of the downtown. We also had a last minute addition of 18″ doll clothes from Stitchery Studio. If you are tired of shopping in crowded box stores looking for Black Friday deals, come see us! We are open at the Hexagon House Tuesdays-Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays noon-5 now through December 15.

If you are looking for pottery, we also suggest you visit the Shenandoah Potter’s Guild sale this weekend at the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park. Both our Bough and Dough Shop potters Brenda Fairweather and Lin Hausnecht will be there!

We know you may also be worrying about Holiday House Tour tickets. Both the Sunday tickets at $25 and the Preview Party tickets at $50 for PHW members and $80 for nonmembers are still available. Party tickets are only available through the Bough and Dough Shop, so stop by the Hexagon House to get yours!

Thanks to our sponsor in 2019 Virginia Dwelling. Look for their ad in the Holiday House Tour booklets, their display in the Bough and Dough Shop, and be sure to check out their services!

Bough and Dough Shop Artists, Part Three

The Shop is in full swing at the Hexagon House now through December 15. Here’s a peek at what we have in stock from some favorite repeat vendors!

Emily Warren returns with lovely cakes, cookies, toffee and other treats from the Homestead Farm at Fruit Hill Orchard. You never know what she might bring during a restock, but it all tastes delicious! You can follow Emily on Facebook or Instagram.

Ron Light of Lighthouse Woodworking returns with cutting board, cheese slicers, trivets, and ornaments this year. In addition,check out his new offerings of spoons, clocks, and comfortmeters. There are also two plant stands and one lovely tiger maple table available for purchase.

Jackie Tobin returns again this year with her small painted ornaments and signs. Her jam, located in the kitchen, is depleted but there is still red and green pepper jelly, peach, and black raspberry to choose from. Also on Jackie’s tree in the foyer are a number of sea glass angel ornaments by newcomer Destiney Newlin.

Thanks to our sponsor in 2019 Sidney Enterprises. Look for their ad in the Holiday House Tour booklets, their display in the Bough and Dough Shop, and be sure to check out their services!

Bough And Dough Shop 2019

The Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St.

Bough and Dough Shop artist Linda Haile will have notecards and the original painting of the Hexagon House for sale this year. Look for the display in the parlor!

Open to the Public – No Entry Fee

Dates: November 22-December 15

Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1, 8, 15, noon-5 p.m.

Closed for Thanksgiving

The Shop is a boutique-style holiday gift shop on the first floor of the Hexagon House, featuring talented local artisans. You will find unique handmade items, freshly-baked goods, as well as a selection of loose greenery, wreaths, and premade bows for your holiday decorating. This year, ShenArts will also open the upstairs for the Deck the Walls holiday market, Tuesdays-Saturdays.

The Hexagon House will have themed zones—the kitchen with baked treats, condiments, canned goods, and taste-testing samples of select products; the dining room with fine woodworking, glassware, and handwoven baskets; and the parlor with unique handcrafted gifts, ornaments, and artwork. Be sure to look in every nook for delightful surprises!

When you purchase artisan goods or greenery from the Shop, you will be supporting PHW’s mission to preserve the best of the area’s past. We could not do it without your support!

Thanks to our sponsor in 2019 Eugene B. Smith Gallery. Look for their ad in the Holiday House Tour booklets, their display in the Bough and Dough Shop, and be sure to check out their services!

Holiday House Tour: Preview Party

The Obed Waite House, 214 West Cork Street

Advance tickets required; sales limited to 100 PHW members. Preview Party tickets are still available through PHW at the Hexagon House. Tickets are $50/adult member and $80/adult nonmember. Nonmember ticket price includes a 1 year membership to PHW.

Are you a PHW member? Thinking about joining? Members are invited to our preview of the tour houses and Christmas party on Saturday, December 7  6-9 P.M. The Obed Waite House will only be open for the Saturday sneak peek!

The Obed Waite House contains a secret—behind the 19th century facade is one of the oldest inhabited residential homes in Winchester. The original part of the log and stone house was built in 1795 by Obed Waite, a lawyer who came to Winchester, married James Wood’s granddaughter, and eventually became Mayor, State Attorney and President of the Bank of the Valley. As his prosperity grew, he added onto the house in 1806 and the 1820s, eventually building 119 South Washington when he outgrew his first home.

The house passed in the 1830s to his son-in-law, Washington George Singleton, another attorney who was appointed Clerk of the U.S. Circuit Court by President Andrew Jackson. He was a unionist Democrat throughout the Civil War, which resulted in federal court being held in the living room in 1864 and a series of salacious disputes with the Confederate-supporting Byrd family across the street.

The Eberhardts, who appear to be the first non-attorneys to own the home, are fortunate that the prior owners cared lovingly for the house. Renovated in the late 19th century and after the Second World War, the original woodworking, floors, and architectural details have largely been preserved. The Eberhardts have focused on additional restoration of features, such as the fireplaces, and accenting the Federalist architecture by using period colors and removing some of the modern changes, like closets, to the house.

Bough and Dough Shop artist Linda Haile will have notecards and the original painting of the Obed Waite House for sale this year. Look for the display in the parlor of the Hexagon House!

Thanks to our sponsor in 2019 Escutcheon Brewing Company. Look for their ad in the Holiday House Tour booklets and be sure to check out their services!

Holiday House Tour: The 21st Century

163 Academy Lane

Holiday House Tour tickets for Sunday, December 8 are on sale now at the following Winchester locations: The Final Yard, Kimberly’s, Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, and the Hexagon House. Sunday tickets are available for order online through EventBrite. Tickets are $25/adult, $6/child 6-12, and free for children under 6.

Built in 2006, this contemporary home was constructed for Richard Nanna by Joseph Mohr. It is now home to Bryan and Mary Rhodes. The brick façade, perhaps a tip of the hat to the brick and stone Winchester Academy that once stood nearby, shows Neoclassical and Palladian influences, as well as a Craftsman-inspired bay window. The complex and multilevel gable roof lines, however, are a hallmark of early 21st century residential design.

The interior presents an excellent example of the open floor plan concept, with the kitchen, dining and living areas combined into a single space. In a true post-modern style, the interior features a combination of elements from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.  The hand-hewn wood mantel calls back to a 19th century joist, but sits in juxtaposition to the large open space that could only be achieved through its modern steel replacement. Throughout, Neoclassical elements like curved pediments, columns, and crown moldings provide a backdrop for mostly modern amenities and interior design, creating what Robert Venturi might call a “calculated ambiguity of meaning.”  The house truly brings you Through the Centuries of Winchester’s history up to the modern day.

Thanks to our sponsor in 2019 Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative. Look for their ad in the Holiday House Tour booklets and be sure to check out their services!