ArtScape Festival

ArtScape returns to Old Town Winchester on June 26 from 2-7pm. The event will be held at the Old Town Event Center at 403 S. Loudoun St. and is free and open to the public.

The festival will feature live music, artist booths for the 2010 banner artists, and wine, beer, food and beverages for sale. The food and beverage and art sales will help to kickstart the 2011 ArtScape program as well as fund other art-related projects downtown.

For more information, call the Shenandoah Arts Council at 540-667-5166. Visit SAC online at

Two Properties Named to State Endangered List

Vic Bradshaw covered the news of the Taylor Hotel and the Aulick house at 414 South Braddock Street being listed in a state-wide list of endangered properties. While  it is not an honor, it is a hope that the  inclusion of the properties will raise awareness of the serious risks of  deferred maintenance.

[Richard] Bell said that while he hopes the exposure of the two properties on the endangered list will prevent other owners from letting structural problems linger, PHW is concerned that one or both buildings could disappear from the local streetscape.

“There is a real risk,” he said, “of losing them forever.”

Click here for the Winchester Star story. (Login required).

Click here for the full list of endangered properties recognized by Preservation Virginia.

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.

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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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.

2009 INSIGHT Citizen’s Academy

Get to know your local government! This 12-week INSIGHT Citizen’s Academy provides area residents an opportunity to discover their City government through interactive, hands-on experience and to gain exposure to the wide range of government services, programs, functions and challenges. You do not have to be a city resident to participate. All you need is an interest in the way City government operates!

To ensure a spot in the program, please register by August 12, 2009 using one of the following options:

1. Complete the online INSIGHT Registration Form.
2. Print the INSIGHT brochure and mail the completed form.
3. Call Amy Simmons (533-0603).

There is no charge to participate in the program. For more information, visit