“Crowning Jewel” Correction

PHW would like to correct the statement in the July 31 edition of the Winchester Star, which states, “One of the largest [offers to purchase the Old Jake weathervane] came from Preservation of Historic Winchester Inc., which offered $100,000, Butler said.” PHW did not attempt to purchase the weathervane for any amount. We are, however, interested in seeing this landmark in Winchester’s architectural history preserved as it is an integral part of the downtown skyline.

The rest of the article may be found online at The Winchester Star.

Handley Library Anniversary Events

Handley Regional Library will be hosting several events this August in the countdown to its 100 year anniversary on August 12, 2013. On August 1, an exhibit on the architect of the Handley Library, J. Stweart Barney, will open in the Benham Room at Handley Library, and a lecture on J. Stewart Barney’s life and achievements will be held on August 15. For more information, please visit Handley Library’s Event Page.

APVA Organizational Meeting

The next meeting of the organizing group to form an APVA Branch for the Northern Shenandoah Valley is scheduled for Monday, July 21st, 5:30 at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street in Winchester. Click here for the Winchester Star article covering the first meeting on June 30th.

We will be focusing on bylaws and process. APVA representatives will be present. There may be some limited discussion of Greenway Court.

Anyone interested in historic preservation in (especially Winchester, and the counties of Frederick, Clarke, and Warren) is invited to attend.

If you have any questions please contact Maral Kalbian, 955-1231; Bob Steig, 837-2790; Jennifer Lee, 955-2600; or Chuck Johnston, 540-955-5130.

Winchester City Comprehensive Plan Public Input Session

In order to determine what city residents want Winchester to be in the future, four public input sessions on the Comprehensive Plan update were scheduled. Two meetings were held in June and two more are scheduled for July.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, July 14 at the John Kerr Elementary School. The fourth and final meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 22 at Frederick Douglass Elementary School. Both meetings will run from about 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm and be held in the school cafeterias.

At the Public Input Meetings, attendees will be asked to complete a word exercise using the letters spelling out W-I-N-C-H-E-S-T-E-R. The respondent is asked to write in a word or phrase beginning with the letter on each line that expresses their view about Winchester today as then another phrase (or perhaps the same one) that expresses what they envision the City being in the future. Copies of the exercise are being distributed at the Comprehensive Plan input sessions and can otherwise be requested from the City Planning Department (667-1815 or plngdept@ci.winchester.va.us). Attendees will also be broken into small groups to mark up maps identifying areas where change should occur and other areas that should be preserved as they are.

Preservationists Study Greenway Court Plans

Clarke County officials are asking regional preservation groups to combine efforts and seek funding help for the rehabilitation of Greenway Court — the 18th century home of Lord Fairfax.

Historical society representatives from Winchester and Clarke, Frederick and Warren counties met Monday to discuss establishing a local chapter of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. The 119-year-old Richmond-based preservation organization’s first major preservation activity was the Jamestown settlement.

The nonprofit group’s local chapters are usually connected to individal historical properties, said APVA Executive Director Elizabeth S. Kostelny, so the establishment of a local chapter of regional preservation groups may be a new organization model for APVA. Click here for the full Winchester Star article.

Invitation to Join Proposed Northern Shenandoah Valley Branch of APVA

The group of individuals signing this letter will be hosting an organizational meeting of a proposed Northern Shenandoah Valley Branch (Clarke, Frederick, Warren, and Winchester) of the APVA on Monday, June 30th, at 5:30 pm at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester.

The APVA is our primary state-wide, citizen volunteer, non-profit general preservation organization in Virginia. It was founded in 1889 and its first major activity was the rescue of the site of Jamestown, which it still owns and sponsors, along with about thirty other of the some of the most historic sites in Virginia. Its primary work since the beginning has been to enlist citizens state-wide in the cause of advocacy for historic preservation, and not just of “famous” or elite sites, but of all the places and landscapes that have been important to Virginians over the last 400 years. APVA and its members and local branches address not only decision-makers in state and local governments, but also private companies and individuals whose decisions affect the historic fabric and landscapes that have been and continue to be part of our lives. It is also an important educational and research organization, with annual conferences, Preservation Trades weekends, periodicals, the annual “Most Threatened List”, programs of archeology, study, and interpretation at the many sites it owns or controls, and much more.

At the organizational meeting on June 30 we will:
– introduce everyone
– hear more about APVA from a representative, who will answer questions
– hear from one or more of the organizing committee about the plans
– sign up new members (and list current APVA members)
– elect initial board and officers, and appoint any committees needed initially
-set a meeting schedule (quarterly is the usual for local branches of APVA, but it is up to us)

For more information please download the full text of the letter in PDF format here and visit the APVA website at http://apva.org/.

Winchester City Comprehensive Plan Public Input Sessions

The next Winchester City Comprehensive Plan Public Input Session will be held at Quarles Elementary School beginning at 6:30pm. One of the exercises that the facilitator has attendees do is to identify the community’s strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats. PHW has a specific interest in Winchester’s future policies and plans with regard to historic preservation. Issues such as Housing, Neighborhood Preservation, Economic Redevelopment, Transportation, Education, Land Use, Recreation, and Environment will also be discussed.

If you cannot attend this meeting, the meetings in July are Monday, July 14th at John Kerr Elementary and Tuesday, July 22nd at Frederick Douglass Elementary.

For more information on the Comprehensive Plan please see the City’s website at: http://www.winchesterva.gov/planning/compplan.php

A Midsummer Night Garden Party

Belle Grove Plantation would like to invite you to “A Midsummer Night Garden Party” Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at the Inn at Vaucluse Springs. Enjoy a sumptuous feast at the historic Inn, nestled on 100 acres south of Stephens City. Originally owned by Lord Fairfax and Yost Hite, subsequent owners served as military and political leaders for the Valley during the Colonial Period. Vaucluse was occupied during the Civil War and an account in the words of the Jones family and their relatives can be read in the book Defend the Valley. From 1801 to 1965, it was owned by the Rice family of Winchester. John and Bettye Chumbley purchased the property and added a mill and other buildings to the site. The present owners, Neil and Barry Myers, bought the property in 1995 and have transformed the manor house and its surrounding buildings into an bed and breakfast inn. Today, the Inn is acclaimed as one of the “Top 10 Romantic Hideaways in the East”.

A splendid summer night buffet will be presented by the Myers and fine wines from Salute will accompany the meal. An enchanted and entertaining evening is planned to delight guests. Gather around the craggy boxwoods and view the Blue Ridge Mountains. All proceeds from the event will benefit Belle Grove Plantation.

To make a reservation, call Belle Grove Plantation, 540-869-2098. The cost is $50.00 per person.

PHW Is not affliated with this event. We provide notice to our members for their interest.

Public Meeting

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will hold a public information hearing to discuss a proposed Winchester Historic District Boundary Increase. The meeting is scheduled for May 12 at 7:00 PM in the Rouss City Hall Council Chambers. Public comment may be sent to Director Kathleen Kilpatrick, VA Dept. of Historic Resources, 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221. For a copy of the proposal and/or a boundary map, contact Jean McRae, VA Dept. of Historic Resources, 804-367-2323 x-102 or jean.mcrae@dhr.virginia.gov.