Winchester, founded in 1744, is the oldest Virginia city west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located at the northern entrance of the Shenandoah Valley, the City encompasses 9.3 square miles and is the medical, industrial, commercial and agricultural center for the surrounding areas. In the last 275 years, the city has become a nationally-recognized place to raise a family, do business and retire. Winchester's vast history includes a long list of memorable events, celebrities and public figures that deserves to be celebrated. 2019 marks the 275th anniversary of the founding of the town of Winchester (established in 1752). Celebrate with us by attending the anniversary celebration events and activities.
2019 Schedule of Events
See below for the list of anniversary activities. More information is being added each week. If you or your organization would like to get involved in the celebration, we'd love to hear your ideas. Please contact a planning committee member to discuss your idea or event further.
|Charles B. Rouss Day||Charles Broadway Rouss was born on this day. A celebration will
be held when the Rouss City Hall renovation is complete.
|Rouss City Hall||February 11|
|George Washington's Birthday||Free admission to the George Washington's Office Museum||32 W. Cork Street||February 18||12-4 pm|
|Rouss City Hall Grand Reopening||Historic Rouss City Hall (built in 1901) is currently being renovated.
A celebration and tours will be offered when the work is complete.
|Rouss City Hall||TBD|
|History of Winchester Presentation||Overview of Winchester's history by Tim Youmans||Village of Orchard Ridge||February 27||1 pm|
|Heritage Day||Includes information tables hosted by historical societies and
research organizations and free lectures. More info
|Museum of the Shenandoah Valley||March 2||10 am-3:30 pm|
|Content of James Wood's Ledger Book||MSV Curator of Collections Nick Powers will discuss the ledger book
of Winchester founder Colonel James Wood. This fascinating piece of
local history covering the 1740s and 1750s contains many secrets
of early Winchester. Registration required by March 7.
|Museum of the Shenandoah Valley||March 10||2-3 pm|
|Readers Theater: Brown Family - "The Science of Our Success"||Handley Regional Library||March 23||2 pm|
|Historical Society Annual Meeting & History Presentation||Hear an overview of Winchester's history by Timothy Youmans, City Planning
Director and local historian.
|Rouss City Hall||March 28||7 pm|
|John Kirby Day Music Event||Old Town Winchester||April 12-13||TBD|
|Old Town Winchester KidzFest||Enjoy a variety of kids activities in Old Town Winchester (FREE).
Stop by the 275th Anniversary booth for a free coloring book.
|Loudoun Street Mall||May 18||11 am-5 pm|
|Military History Day||Saturday: WWI & WWII Re-enactors, museum displays,
WWII Veterans' Reunion (10:30 am). Sunday: Museum
displays, miliary vehicles
|811 Fairfax Pike, Stephens City||June 8-9||9:30 am-5 pm|
|40th Anniversary of the Handley Archives Reception||Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Handley Archives||Handley Regional Library||June 29||2-4 pm|
|Winchester Parks & Recreation's Expedition Camp||Explore Winchester's history with this week-long camp. For ages 10-14.
Something different to explore each day! More information coming soon to www.winchesterva.gov/parks.
|Various Locations||July 8-12
|9 am-3 pm|
|Lecture Series||Winchester history through the centuries||Godfrey Miller Fellowship Center||July 16, 18, 23, 25||7 pm|
|Winchester Parks & Recreation's
|Learn traditional Victorian dances to live music. Period-attire encouraged.
|George Washington Hotel||July 20||7-10 pm|
|George Washington Election to House of Burgesses Re-enactment||1840 Courthouse, Loudoun St. Mall||July 27|
|"Winchester 1740s" Exhibit||Handley Regional Library||Open hours|
|History Trivia Competition||Details coming soon||November|
|Bough & Dough Shop||
Boutique-style holiday gift shop held as part of Preservation of Historic
530 Amherst Street
|November 22-December 15||TU-SA, 10 am-5 pm & SU, 12-5 pm|
|House Tour Through the Centuries||Various Locations||December 7-8||TBD|
|Willa Cather event||TBD||TBD|
|Lecture Series by Jonathan Noyolas||TBD||TBD|
|Spotswood Poles Day at Winchester Royals Game||Jim Barnett Park, Bridgeforth Field||TBD|
275th Celebration Materials & Merchandise
|Item||Description||Pick Up Locations||Cost|
|Kids Coloring Book||COMING SOON||Visitor Center, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum,
Historical Society, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley,
City Hall, Jim Barnett Park, Handley Regional Library,
Old Town KidzFest
|Bicenterquasquigenary (275 years) T-Shirt||COMING SOON
Black or Maroon
|Historical Society, Visitors Center,
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
|Book: "A Prominent Place: 275 years of Winchester's History in 50 Artifacts"||COMING SOON||Historical Society, Winchester Book Gallery, Handley
|275th Anniversary Lapel Pin||Available Now||Historical Society||$2|
275th Anniversary Celebration Committee
George Schember, Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
Cissy Shull, Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
Becky Ebert, Handley Regional Library Archives
Nick Powers, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Timothy Youmans, City of Winchester
Amy Simmons, City of Winchester
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
Offices located in Hollingsworth Mill
1340 S. Pleasant Valley Road
Winchester, VA 22601