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

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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.

Winchester Underground: The Apple Tour

Join PHW on October 25 from 1-4 PM as we take you to the core of Winchester’s industrial apple heritage. Start your tour at the old National Fruit office building, visit the oldest building on the National Fruit site, travel on Wyck Street to the Cold Storage facility, and continue to the ZeroPak building to learn about its adaptive reuse. Finish your tour with a drink at the Virginia Brewing Company for all ticket holders. Admission is only $5!

Ticket Sales: Advance tickets at the PHW office, all tour stops on day of the event.

Click here to view the PDF format postcard for this event.

Our Community, Our State, Our Nation: American History in the Modern Era

October kicks off a series of lectures and discussions with Warren Hofstra, co-sponsored by seven local non-profit groups. Each of these lectures will engage large questions in American history in the context of the communities we create in our localities, our states, and in our nation. The series will be a means of asking big questions of small places and of a large nation. Each will raise issues about how Americans across three centuries have viewed the proper sphere of government as what is public in public life. Answers varied from time to time and from the points of view of those who raised them. But their consideration will provide a forum for people in Winchester and the surrounding community to ask what can and what should be done at a time of significant change in American life.

Warren Hofstra is the Stewart Bell Professor of History and director of the Community History Project at Shenandoah University. His areas of expertise include the American frontier, Virginia history, culture of the Cold War, and vernacular architecture. For more information on the series call Sandy Snyder (540) 535-3543, or email All lectures are free and open to the public.

The topic of the October lecture is “American Frontiers: National Identity, Frederick Jackson Turner, and the Question of Significance.” The program begins at 7:30 pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Corner of Piccadilly and Washington St.

Day of Caring

PHW is pleased to announce that a project submitted by a PHW member and sponsored by PHW was chosen in this year’s Day of Caring, an annual event hosted by the United Way. The event organizes volunteers willing to do work for projects for nonprofits or people in need in the Shenandoah Valley.

If you are interested in learning more about this event, visit the local branch of the United Way online at