Civil War Weekend in Winchester

The Civil War Weekend, September 18 and 19, is a weekend-long collection of activities and events. Activities in Winchester include:

  • Walking tour of Mt. Hebron Cemetery
  • Living history programs at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Rose Hill Farm, Old Court House Civil War Museum, and the Stonewall Jackson Headquarters Museum.
  • Battlefield tours at Kernstown and Third Winchester.

For more in depth information on each event, including times and locations and contact information, visit  Shenandoah At War.

Program on the Restoration of Historic Structures

Where: Blandy Farm

When: Thursday, July 15, 2010 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Camille Bowman with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will lead a program on the restoration of historic structures at Blandy Farm. The program will begin with a presentation in the Blandy library, followed by a look at the Blandy Quarters as a test case. Registration is $10 per person for nonmembers, $8 for members of the Foundation of the State Arboretum. To register, call the main office at 540-837-1758 ext. 223.

Winchester’s African-American Neighborhoods

The Coalition for Racial Unity and the Winchester-Frederick County  Historical Society are holding a bus tour of Winchester’s African-American neighborhoods on June 26. The bus tour leaves the Douglas Center (598 N. Kent St.) at 1:30 pm. Following the bus tour, the history of the Douglas School and Coalition for Racial Unity 20th anniversary exhibits will be opened.

Tickets are $4 per person and are available at the Hollingsworth Mill, 1360 S. Pleasant Valley Avenue, 540-662-6550.

Two Meetings in May for Preservation Virginia

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Branch of Preservation Virginia will have two meetings in May 2010.  The first meeting is the rescheduled winter quarter meeting that was cancelled due to the snow.  The second meeting is the regular spring quarter meeting.

The meetings will be at Springsbury Farm in Clarke County on May 2, 2010, and at the Hottel-Keller Homestead in Shenandoah County on May 16, 2010.   These sites, located in the northern and southern parts of the NSV Branch territory, represent two very different examples of settlement in the Shenandoah Valley.  Both sites are in the development stage with on-going research and planning efforts for the long-term preservation and public interpretation of historic resources.  The NSV Branch is honored to offer you the rare opportunity to see these properties and to witness historic preservation in action.

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Northern Shenandoah Valley Branch Quarterly Meeting

Please note: The quarterly meeting has been postponed because of the snow. Information will be posted concerning the new time when it becomes available.

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Branch of Preservation Virginia will hold its next quarterly meeting on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the historic Springsbury Farm in Clarke County, Virginia. Free and open to the public, the meeting will offer a rare opportunity to tour this historic former plantation along the Shenandoah River. Following a short business meeting, Barbara Shea, president of Casey Trees Farm, will provide a tour of the property and light refreshments will be served.

Directions to Springsbury Farm from downtown Berryville: Take East Main Street to John Enders Boulevard. Turn right onto John Enders Boulevard. Turn left onto Springsbury Farm Road. Continue on Springsbury Farm Road to its end at Springsbury Lane. Go down the hill. The Trooper House, where the meeting will take place, will be on the left, before the barns. Address: 543 Springsbury Lane, Berryville.

Holiday House Tour Ticket Sale Locations

Advance tickets are on sale now 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 for current PHW members, $50 for individuals, and $80 for couples. Please visit the PHW Office to receive the discount for PHW members.

Daylight Tour adult tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Children 12 and under $6. Children under 6 are free.

The PHW Office will have special hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, November 23 to December 4 for Holiday House Tour ticket sales.

Holiday House Tour Reminder

PHW’s 33rd annual Holiday House Tour is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for December 5 for the Preview Party and Candlelight Tour and December 6 for the Daylight tour. It’s a neighborhood celebration on West Clifford Street. We’d love to see you there!

Tickets for the event will be available the week of November 16. Check back for more information on ticket sale locations and the tour houses soon.

Founder’s Day

Newtown History Center is celebrating annual Founder’s Day on October 24 with expanded Civil War walking tours and refreshments on the sun porch of the museum from 10 AM to 4 PM. Tours are $5 per adult; children under 16 are free.

Visit or call (540) 869-1700 for more details!

NSV Quarterly Branch Meeting at Zirkle Mill

Please join us for the next general membership meeting of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (NSV) Branch of Preservation Virginia. We will be meeting on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the historic Andrew Zirkle Mill in Forestville, Virginia. The meeting offers a rare opportunity to see this historic grist mill which is not normally available for tours.

Estimated to have been built in the 1760s by Andrew Zirkle and his brothers, the Zirkle Mill was in operation for more than 180 years, until the late 1940s, and retains much of its original machinery. The mill was not burned during the Civil War, as were most commercial buildings of the era, probably due to its location and the lack of visibility from the main road. The mill is currently under restoration. For more information, visit
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