275th Anniversary

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. 

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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.

Activity Description Location Date Time
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
July 15-19
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
Moonlight Ball
Learn traditional Victorian dances to live music. Period-attire encouraged.
Ticket required. 
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
Winchester’s annual Holiday House Tour. The Shop operates as an artisan-driven boutique with fresh cut greenery. In 2018, 23 artisans and 3 non-profits participated.

PHW Office,
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
Music Festival   TBD 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
Free
Bicenterquasquigenary (275 years) T-Shirt COMING SOON
YS-M, AS-2XL
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
Regional Library
 
275th Anniversary Lapel Pin Available Now Historical Society $2

History Resources

Handley Regional Library Stewart Bell Jr. Archives

Winchester-Frederick Historic Society

Chronological Historical Highlights


275th Anniversary Celebration Committee

George Schember​, Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
Cissy Shull, Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
Jenny Powers
Kristen Goff
Murray Shantz​
Susan Whitacre​​
Becky Ebert, Handley Regional Library Archives
Nick Powers, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Timothy Youmans, City of Winchester 
Amy Simmons, City of Winchester

Contact

Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
Offices located in Hollingsworth Mill
1340 S. Pleasant Valley Road
Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: 540-662-6550
Website