Local History & Genealogy

Books and Journals

The Archives holds a wide range of historical and genealogical titles. Please note that items in the Archives are non-circulating.

Archives News

Robert Orrick, 1841-1902

This Black History Month we commemorate Robert Orrick (1841-1902), an African American businessman and Methodist minister who left a lasting legacy in Winchester and Frederick County. If you drive a little south of Downtown Winchester on Valley Avenue you will pass by a cemetery standing on the corner of Valley Aven...

Donation of Lord Fairfax Land Grant

This morning (January 18), the Stewart Bell, Jr. Archives received a wonderful gift – an original Lord Fairfax Land Grant document!  We would like to give a huge thank you to Mike Robinson, Winchester Tales, and everyone involved!  This is an example of a community coming together to preserve a piece of its herita...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963 To us at the Stewart Bell, Jr. Archives, these are words to live by.  We do not seek to manipulate the historical data entrusted to us, but rather to present an accurate picture of the people and events o...