PHW offers house tour, party and monthly lectures

Posted: March 7, 2013

The Winchester Star

Silent auctions, featuring items from the Samuel Noakes House, include a barber chair and a sign for Peoples Barber Shop. Receptions will be held Saturday for the renovated house at 201 S. Braddock St.
Samuel Noakes House

Winchester — Preservation of Historic Winchester is always working to save pieces of history, but March will be an especially busy month for the cause.

This month, the local nonprofit organization has scheduled a home tour, the start of a lecture series, and a poker party, all aimed at raising money and awareness, said Sandra Bosley, PHW’s executive assistant.

The different events were designed to appeal to a wide audience while still staying focused on PHW’s main goals, she said.

Reception and silent auction at the Samuel Noakes House

PHW’s events begin Saturday with a pair of receptions to showcase the newly renovated Samuel Noakes House, 201 S. Braddock St., Bosley said.

The receptions, which are separate events, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $20 for the first and $30 for the later reception.

“We had the Noakes House in a half completed state during the holiday house tour,” she said. “We really wanted to bring people back and let them see the finished product.”

The house, which belongs to Dr. John Chesson, was constructed circa 1810 with a Federal-style form, and the building was altered in the 1840s to reflect the fashionable Greek Revival style. Noakes purchased the house and property in 1857. The house was altered again in the 20th century for commercial use as the Peoples Barber Shop.

PHW has documented Chesson’s renovation of the building on its website, and board members thought members and the public “would like to see the finished product,” said Franklin Wright, president of the PHW board. The space is now two apartments, which will be rented out.

“The two apartments are a showpiece of what can be done with an old building put to either new use or restoring them to their former uses. That is what PHW is all about,” said Wright, of Winchester. “We think it is magnificent that Dr. Chesson has gone to this effort and is willing to share it with us.”

The house has had its wiring, which ran on the exterior of the building, redone and brought indoors, Bosley said. Other major projects included redoing the plumbing and shoring up the building’s structure.

Because it is a small property, organizers planned the separate receptions to accommodate more people, Wright said. The afternoon function will feature beer and snacks, and the evening one will have wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Both will also have silent auctions featuring items from the building, including a barber chair and a sign for Peoples Barber Shop, he said.

“Many people are nostalgic about the barber shop, so that draws some interest right there,” he said.

‘Lunch and Learn’ lectures

PHW also will sponsor a free monthly “Lunch and Learn” lecture series that begins at noon March 14 at the Lewis-Jones Knitting Mill, 126 N. Kent St., Wright said. The No. 1 priority for PHW is educating the community about the importance of preservation, which will be the focus of the series.

“This is an effort to further that mission to educate people about old buildings, what you can do with them, and how to go about repairing them in an appropriate manner,” he said.

The March 14 lecture is “How to Stay Warm and Retain Historic Integrity with Modern Storm Windows” by Jay Reyher, president of Quanta Technologies.

The rest of the noontime series includes the following: April 16 — “How to Repair and Restore Historic Brick and Mortar” by Leroy Danforth, architectural outreach manager for The Brick Industry Association; May 7 — “The Virginia Department of Historic Resources: Putting Virginia’s History to Work,” by David Edwards and Joanie Evans with Virginia Department of Historic Resources; and May 15 — “How to Utilize State and Federal Historic Tax Credits” by John Willingham, developer and Winchester City Council president.

The lectures are meant to be helpful to people who are interested in history, fixing up their house, or thinking about doing a larger project, Bosley said.

Participants can bring their own lunch or purchase a box lunch catered by Panera Bread for $10, with proceeds going to PHW.

They can confirm attendance by completing the RSVP form or by purchasing their box lunch at

Second Annual St. Patty’s Day Poker Party

To round out the month, PHW is bringing back its St. Patty’s Poker Party, which has more of a membership slant, but is still open to anyone, Wright said.

The party will be from 7 to 10 p.m. March 16 at the Grim-Moore House, 510 S. Loudoun St. It costs $20 to buy a chip set to play. All the money goes to the nonprofit; there are no cash prizes, he said.

“You buy in and you leave your money there as your contribution to PHW,” he said. “But we have a good time and refreshments, and people really seem to like it.”

In its first year, the party was an informal way to introduce people to PHW that turned out to be a great night of fun, she said. So, this year, organizers decided to “advertise it to a broader group of people.”

“It is for anybody who wants to meet up with PHW and get to know us in a non-threatening environment where we are not talking about buildings,” she said. “We are just normal people, having fun and playing a game.”


For more information about Preservation Historic Winchester Inc. events and becoming a member, contact 540-667-3577, email or go to

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