New Resident Guide
The City of Winchester welcomes you to our beautiful city. We are honored that you are beginning a new chapter of your life here and invite you to get involved in your new community.
At one time a Shawnee Indian camping ground, Winchester was founded in 1744 by Colonel James Wood and is the oldest city in the Commonwealth west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
2019 marked the 275th anniversary of Winchester's founding (1744).
Winchester Public Schools
Winchester Public Schools strives to provide a high-quality and diverse public education through four elementary schools, one middle school and one privately-endowed public high school.
Green Circle Trail
The Winchester Green Circle project, when completed, will provide safe facilities and accommodations for both bicyclists & pedestrians, connecting major destinations for citizens and tourists.
The circle connects areas of historic, recreational, educational and natural interest. Some of those attractions include Glen Burnie Historic House & Gardens/Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Jim Barnett Park, Shenandoah University, Old Town Winchester, and the Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve.
Handley Regional Library
Architects J. Stewart Barney and Henry Otis Chapman of New York designed Winchester's Handley Regional Library building, which opened in 1913, in Beaux-Arts style.
Old Town Winchester
Discover charming shops, delicious restaurants, centuries-old architecture, numerous historical landmarks and museums waiting to be explored. Old Town Winchester offers convenience, charm and a warm welcome to all.
For information about what's happening in Winchester and Frederick County, stop by the Visitors Center located at 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road or check out the website for a list of area events, attractions and more.
Shenandoah University is located within Winchester's city limits and just a few short miles away in Middletown, VA is Lord Fairfax Community College. Both institutions offer a wide variety of higher education, technical and adult learning classes and degrees.
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Awards and Recognitions
Check out the awards and recognitions the City has received over the years which only showcases that Winchester is a great play to live, work and visit!