History Comes To Life In Winchester
One of the first stories I heard when arriving in Winchester was that it has the distinction of having changed hands during the Civil War more times in one day than any other locality: 72 I was told, though I believe it was a slight exaggeration.
In addition, George Washington's surveyor's office stands one block away from the Walking Mall. In addition, Stonewall Jackson's headquarters is walking distance from there. Walk along the Apple Blossom parade route and a local can tell you where Robert E. Lee stayed as a guest when in town. Battlefields, reenactments, museums — maybe even a ghost or two — we have it.
In our community, we honor the strength and courage of people struggling through difficult times and eventually, overcoming. To me, that's what America is about.
Winchester has prided itself on being
a well-kept secret. Until now.
Once the Apple Capital of the World, Winchester still boasts beautiful orchards and farms. Every year the city explodes to host over 250,000 visitors for an overwhelming variety of events, including our famous Apple Blossom Festival. Strawberries, apples, pumpkins — you name it, we have it. Families spend hours picking their own, enjoying apple cider donuts, and generally soaking up the glory of the Valley.
When transplants come here, they are struck by one architectural feature more than any other: Handley High School. My children all have gone there or are on their way there. The Handley Library is a marvel, itself, and has recently undergone a world-class renovation. But the school is the heartbeat of the community — as are the county high schools.
Any night of the week, take a stroll down Winchester's Old Town Mall and it will be hopping. New restaurants — authentic New Orleans fare, a cosmopolitan farm to table spot that looks more New York than Winchester, brick oven pizza and the world's best eggplant parm with an array of microbrews, cozy coffee shops, a French bakery, and the list goes on.