Get ready for an exploration of Winchester’s streets and alleys on Saturday, January 20! Tim Youmans, planning director for the City of Winchester, will discuss the years of research he conducted discerning the origin of the streets and alleys that are currently within the corporate limits of the City of Winchester in his recently published book. The event will take place 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Handley Regional Library Robinson Auditorium, 100 W. Piccadilly St.
Looking for something to do on Sunday, January 21? The Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society will be hosting an open house at 415 N. Braddock St. in honor of the 200th anniversary of Stonewall Jackson’s birth. The event will feature free admission for tours of the house museum between noon – 4:00 PM.
Unfortunately 2024 started off with bad news for preservationists. The house at 411 S. Loudoun St. that was part of the blight proceedings was demolished on January 2. We extend our thanks to members Linda Ross and Lynn Brenneman who kept us informed of the proceeding on Tuesday afternoon. We extend our condolences to the Collins family at the loss of their family home.
If your building is starting to fall into disrepair in the Historic District, PHW may be able to help before it gets to this point. Check out our grant page and see if you and your building qualifies! Our first deadline for submission is approaching on January 31.
You may also want to check the National Trust for preservation grant opportunities. They are currently accepting applications for the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund’s National Grant Program. These grants are designed to support capital projects, organizational capacity building, project planning, and programming and interpretation activities at historic sites of African American history across the country. Applications are due February 1.
You may also want to register for a free webinar Previewing the 2024 General Assembly Session from Preservation Virginia for Monday, January 8, 10 AM. Join Preservation Virginia’s public policy team for a preview of the legislative and budget items we anticipate in this year’s General Assembly session. Julie Langan, Director of the Department of Historic Resources, will also share the latest about the updated economic impact study on the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program. This program is free but registration is required – register here.
We are almost at the end of 2023, when we take a small break at the PHW office. Here are a few quick notes as we get ready to wrap up 2023:
If you are hoping to snag a “More Doors of Winchester” poster or another PHW-produced item for a last-minute gift, you can order through our online store. Enter the promo code “curbside” to receive free shipping to pick up at our office, 530 Amherst St.
As a friendly reminder, we are about one month out from our first Micro Grant program application deadline on January 31, 2024. Grants are aimed for owners in residence or nonprofits in Winchester’s Historic District who need help with exterior repairs and maintenance. You can learn more and find the application form at our website.
Last night, PHW’s Executive Director Sandra Bosley joined Maral Kalbian, Becky Ebert, and Cissy Shull for a panel discussion “Guardians of the History” in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Handley High School. The event was recorded for those who were not able to attend. Keep an eye on the OneHandley website for when the video goes live. We had a great time and enjoyed revisiting our time at Handley and how that shaped our history careers.
We are at the halfway point in our Harvest at the Hexagon House Friday night celebrations! Stop by our office at the Hexagon House at 530 Amherst St. tonight between 4-6 PM to renew your membership and grab a free gift from the table OR stop in to buy a copy of the new poster “More Doors of Historic Winchester.” Tonight we’re doing a casual costume night – if you feel festive, stop by in your Halloween garb or an ugly fall sweater.
Nest week, on Oct. 27, same time and place, we’ll end our Harvest event with full costumes and a mini trick or treat event for the kids (or kids at heart). Costumes highly encouraged!
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the “More Doors” poster with signatures by the photographers, these two Harvest events will be your last chance – after this no more posters will be signed. Copies without signatures will be available again starting Nov. 17 when the Bough & Dough Shop opens for our holiday season.
If you would like an event more history themed, however, there will be an open house at 115 E. Cecil St., one of the PHW preservation award winning properties from this summer. Stop by between 4-6:30 PM. All history lovers are welcome to see this recently preserved log cabin!
Last but not least, we will be closing out our call for Holiday House Tour sponsorships also at the end of day Oct. 27. Space is still available for the interior booklet (estimate at this point is about two and a half pages left for advertising sponsorships). If you are interested, the sponsor forms are available online here. If you have questions or need help with your ad, drop us a note at email@example.com.
The next edition of PHW’s newsletter has been mailed, and a digital copy is also up now at our website. We were hoping to have different news to share about the blighted property on South Loudoun Street, but the owners had a different idea of what they felt was in their best interest versus the well-being of the Historic District as a whole.
We’re also working right now on our Harvest at the HexagonHouse setup for October. For those familiar with the interior of the Hexagon House, we have two tables in the PHW Office being stocked with neat items for you to pick as a thank you gift for renewing. We’re splitting the gifts into individual/family/small business levels ($30-55) and the larger membership categories ($100+).
As you may also know, the “More Doors of Historic Winchester” poster will be for sale during the Harvest at the Hexagon House Fridays as well. We’ve had a few out of town requests for posters; at this point we don’t have an estimated shipping cost, but if you know you’ll be by the Hexagon House for the Bough & Dough Shop in November/December, drop us a note and we’ll pull a poster for you for pickup during the Shop.
PHW hit the road this week and visited Mike McCool in Front Royal for Town Talk!
Decades of Dedication: How Preservation Historic Winchester is Saving the City’s Architectural Legacy.
In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool, speaks with Sandra Bosley, Executive Director of Preservation Historic Winchester, and delves into Winchester’s heritage conservation efforts.
Winchester has a long-standing history of beautiful homes and landmarks, reflecting the rich tapestry of its past. In the face of modernization, one organization has remained vigilant, ensuring that the city’s historic heartbeat continues to thrive.
Today also marks the final week before PHW closes our artist applications for the Bough & Dough Shop 2023. If you’ve been hesitating, don’t wait any longer! Download the informational packet to learn more, and fill out the application on the last page. It’s free to apply, and we would love to find new artisan talent to showcase in this year’s event. Return your applications by end of day Friday, Sept. 1 either to the Hexagon House at 530 Amherst St., Winchester, VA 22601, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First: Are you an artist? Do you know someone who is? Come visit PHW at the Hexagon House tomorrow morning, Aug. 19, between 10 AM and noon for an artist open house event to learn more about this year’s Bough & Dough Shop and fill out an application to be one of our artisan vendors. Vendor space will be capped at 30 applications this year.
Looking at the current lineup of artist submissions, we could use more ornaments of various styles (we have had particular requests for Winchester-themed souvenir ornaments), holiday decor (including live or artificial greenery arrangements) and other unique holiday gift type items.
Second: PHW is aware of at least one person who would like to purchase 411 S. Loudoun St. and has begun the process to start the negotiations. With that in mind, the demolition request through the City was continued at yesterday’s BAR meeting. As this is an ongoing situation, we likely won’t have any further updates until September or later.
Third: From August 26-September 4, fifteen locations including museums, historic organizations, and community sites will come together to showcase the area’s historical food traditions at “Hungry for History.” Four restaurants and a brewery will also participate with historic recipes and special programs. There will be presentations, cooking demonstrations, how-to classes, children’s activities, food tastings, special handouts and giveaways, special tours, agriculture related programs and more. Topics at the event will include history from many eras, spanning from Native American pre-contact up to the present day.
Tomorrow is the annual Route 11 Yard Crawl! If you are selling or participating, we wish you good luck and many happy finds. If you’ve never participated in the Yard Crawl, the official event spans 43 miles between Stephens City and New Market. While most of the event takes place outside PHW’s stated area of influence, it’s still a good excuse to visit the four major Frederick County sites – the New Town Commons and the the Family Drive-In at Stephens City, and Laurel Ridge Community College and Cedar Creek Battlefield Museum and Visitors Center in Middletown. Check out the event at their webpage.
Don’t feel like leaving Winchester? The next Behind the Scenes Tour at Handley Library is also taking place Saturday, 11 AM. Meet at the Lower Level of the Handley Library. The tour will take you behind the scenes to all floors of the building. Come learn about the architecture and history. Walk on the famous glass floors and peer down the well built into the stage. Tours are free and open to the public!
Are you an artist or know someone who is? Are you curious about the Bough & Dough Shop that takes place at the Hexagon House in November and December? Have you always wondered how we find new artists? Our August Open House is one of the ways! Visit us next Saturday, August 19, between 10 AM to noon at the Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St. in Winchester, to learn about the Shop, see the space, and grab an artist application. PHW representatives will be on hand to answer questions on logistics and processes, and it’s a great time for new artists to bring sample items to show us in person. You can also download the informational packet and application in advance from our website. If you’re considering joining the Shop, don’t delay – we’re closing applications for 2023 on September 1!
Mark your calendars for Hungry for History: Basic Preservation and Canningon Thursday, August 31, 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the Handley Library, Robinson Auditorium. This program is an introduction to food preservation. Guests will learn a little history and science behind safe food preservation, as well as learning about the five main ways we preserve foods today: boiling water bath canning, pressure canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting. You will leave with introductory knowledge of food preservation and a few helpful handouts. This event will be presented by Hannah Copp, Family and Consumer Services Associate Extension Agent focusing on food, nutrition, and health, Virginia Cooperative Extension.
411 S. Loudoun St.: A number of people have reached out to PHW about this building. It’s too early to say how this may go, but given the interest expressed, we hope it will be possible to find a buyer. If you are contemplating pursuing this property and have not reached out for more information, we will remind our readers you will need to file a Motion to Intervene ASAP to be heard at the upcoming August 28 hearing.
Valley Conservation Council Resources: The VCC shared two updates to their resources page this week. Conservation Resources for Landowners provides general resources for habitat, soil, and water projects. All resources include the counties in which they operate and descriptions of what they can help with.
Native Landscaping Resources provides resources specific to native plant landscaping and pollinator gardens. If you’re looking for a place to start a native plant project, this page is a great resource!
At Home on Main Street: The National Trust for Historic Preservation shared a Q&A on two aspects of a four-part research initiative to provide action-oriented recommendations for thoughtful housing development. In 2021, Main Street America, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, launched the At Home on Main Street (AHOMS) project, funded by the 1772 Foundation, in response to widespread housing challenges in the forms of both housing availability and affordability across the country, including in many Main Street communities. On the Main Street America website, you can read and download “A Report on the State of Housing” and “A Housing Guidebook for Local Leaders.”
Eventbrite Changes: We were notified late yesterday Eventbrite will start charging additional fees to list events with more than 25 tickets on their platform. While we’ve enjoyed the ease of using Eventbrite for digital tickets for the Holiday House Tour the past few years, we will most likely be going back to direct sales on the PHW website. We heard last year some people had issues with checkout through Eventbrite, so fingers crossed our self-hosted checkout option will be more user-friendly. If not, we will always have tickets available at the Bough & Dough Shop at the Hexagon House and in select other locations in Winchester.
Identified: Thanks to Frances and Missy, we feel more confident last week’s photo of Mulvey’s is the rear of Abija Blue, which is modern day street address 16 S. Loudoun. Frances shared that Mulvey’s was owned by the same family that owned the Oxford Shop at 21 S. Loudoun. The Oxford Shop is now Roma’s – but look above the outdoor seating and you’ll still see the Tudor Revival styling on the building to mark the location.
If you or someone you know may be interested in purchasing 411 S. Loudoun, PHW has received some additional information on how to start the process. A Motion to Intervene in the ongoing receivership lawsuit must be filed. It is recommended but not essential the interested buyer has legal representation; the previous Motions to Intervene are a matter of public record and may be referred to in your filing.
The next status hearing is set for August 28. If you have interest in this property, the motion must be filed as soon as possible to be considered on the August 28 docket.
PHW is happy to share the architectural inventories and other documents gathered in relation to this property; please contact us at email@example.com to receive digital copies.