Local History & Genealogy

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

Archives News

The Doom of the Saloon: New Exhibit Focuses on Prohibition

“Patient and long we waited for the day/ When the saloons should all be wiped away,” begins The Doom of the Saloon, one of several song scores to be found in the book Best Temperance Songs, published in 1913.   This book and many other prohibition related items are featured in the latest exhibit by the Stewart Bel...

Remembering Company I, 116th Virginia Infantry

On September 2, 1919, only a few months after their return from Europe, members of Company I of the 116th Virginia Infantry marched down North Loudoun Street as part of a World War I Victory Parade. Company I was organized at Winchester in March 1911 and formed part of the longest serving unit of the Virginia Nation...

New Acquisition Marks Battle of Cedar Creek

Last week, Craig Cobb and his family visited the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives from Indiana. While here they donated a personal account of the Battle of Cedar Creek written by Mr. Cobb's ancestor, B. F. [Benjamin Franklin] Cobb, in 1907. October 19 marks the anniversary of this battle, which took place in 1864 as Confederate...