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

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...

Bowman Library’s Cornerstone set 20 years ago

How many of you have been patrons of the Handley Library long enough to remember a time before the Bowman Library branch existed? What are your memories of its building and its opening? 20 years ago, on November 4, 2000, the Winchester Hiram Lodge conducted a ceremony setting the cornerstone for the Bowman Library. The s...