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!

Bough & Dough Shop Announced!

PHW is pleased to announce the time and location of this year’s Bough & Dough Shop, held in conjunction with our annual Holiday House Tour.

Time & Date: Saturday, Dec. 5 10am to 4pm and Sunday, Dec. 6 Noon to 5pm.

Location: Frances Barton House, 124 W. Boscawen St. Winchester, VA

Unique Items: Fresh baked pies, cakes and Neiman-Marcus Cookies in gift tins, fresh cut greenery for holiday decorating, freshly made natural wreaths and topiaries, holiday gift items and ceramics, Holiday House Tour Tickets, complimentary hot chocolate and coffee. All proceeds from the Bough & Dough shop benefit Preservation of Historic Winchester.

For more information on the Bough & Dough Shop, contact Darla McCrary via PHW, (540) 667-3577 or

Visit the Barton House online at

Call for Entries: Traditional Design Challenge

This year’s Traditional Design Challenge at the Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference in Baltimore will be a live team-competition. Each design team will consist of up to three participants working together for two days to design and hand-draw a new “old” house that could fit into one of Baltimore’s most famous historic neighborhoods.

For more information and to download a Traditional Building Design Challenge application, please visit or call 202.339.0744 ext. 101 to receive it by fax or mail.

Applications are due by October 5 and require $100 fee and a portfolio of your work.

Summer 2009 Places that Matter Photo Contest

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Fireman’s Fund Insurance are proud to announce the start of the Summer 2009 Places that Matter Photo Contest. Submit photos of your favorite places – whether they’re national monuments or right in your own backyard – and be eligible to win one of three digital cameras.

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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Mount Hebron Cemetery Tour

Mike Foreman, Board President of Mt. Hebron Cemetery, is providing a tour of Mt. Hebron along with Donald Shade, Supervisor. The tour is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 9th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The tour is free and open to the public. Meet at the chapel at the entrance to Mt. Hebron located at the end of Boscawen Street near the offices to the Winchester Star.

From the famous to the also very interesting not so famous people who are laid to rest at Mt. Hebron – you will gain a true perspective of local and regional history. Did you know that General Patton’s grandfather and great uncle are buried at Mt. Hebron. And of course – Daniel Morgan.

Interested in horticulture and trees? There is quite a collection at Mt. Hebron.

The Rouss Mausoleum will be open. Few have seen the interior of this structure and will discover a beautiful Tiffany window there – really remarkable!

Boots and Hats for Patsy Cline

The Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc. announce the first annual “Boots-n-Hats for Patsy Cline” event to be held Friday, September 4 at 7:00 pm in The George Washington Hotel, 103 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. The event will feature a best boots and hat contest, a silent auction, and music by Brent Woodall and The Natchez Trace Band. Patsy Cline tribute artist and singer/songwriter Thom Shepherd will also perform.

Tickets for the event cost $50 (includes food, music and fun!) and can be purchased at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd., Celebrate, located at 1 S. Cameron St. and at The George Washington Hotel, 103 E. Piccadilly St. Cash or check only. Tickets will also be available by mail for out-of-town fans. Call 542-1326 for details.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Patsy Cline Historic House restoration.

A Handbook and Resource Guide for Owners of Virginia’s Historic Houses

Camille Agricola Bowman has written a 64 page book for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. It provides valuable information on good stewardship practices, basic preservation issues, and additional sources to turn to for expert advice on various maintenance and restoration matters. Single books are $10; discounts are available for larger quantities.

Please click here for an order form and contact information for bulk orders.

A sample book is also available in PHW’s non-circulating research library.