Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
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Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Fagan, Daniel. Family Collection, 1437 THL
News articles, correspodnence, memorabilia, and obituaries for Daniel Fagan (1827-1892) and his family. Fagan was born in Winchester, VA and later took part in John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry as part of Morgan's Continental Guards.
Fairfax Hall Records, 480 WFCHS/THL
Catalogs, certificates, and commencement and baccalaureate programs of Fairfax Hall, a school for girls established in Winchester, VA in 1869 and closed in 1904.
(Fairfax), Thomas, Lord Fairfax, Collection, 57 WFCHS/THL
The bulk of this collection is grants and indentures to land from Thomas, Lord Fairfax as proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia. Also included are transcripts of the suit Joist Hite et al. v. Fairfax, et al. began in 1749, appealed in 1782, and finally settled in Hites favor in1802 after all of the principals were dead. Several early articles about Lord Fairfax are also part of the collection.
Family Bible Records, 1693 WFCHS/THL
The Family Bible Records Collection contains a number of miscellaneous files with manuscript and photocopy excerpts from family Bibles belonging to individuals and families from the Winchester-Frederick County area. The excerpts generally record birth, death, and marriage dates and sometimes other personal and family information. The collection also includes complete Bibles. The family record information from these Bible has been photocopied.
Fansler, Magdelene Z. Collection, 1639 THL
The Magdalene Z. Fansler Collection contains a farm accounting book entitled Cox’s Farm Accounting from 1913. The book has few entries in but the front part of the book has information on farm technology in the early twentieth century.
Farmer, Pauline W. Collection, 1664 WFCHS
This collection contains a scrapbook of match book covers collected by Pauline W. Farmer during the last half of the 20th century. It includes businesses of the Winchester and the Mid-Atlantic area.
Farmers and Merchants National Bank Collection, 119 THL
This collection includes bank records, annual reports from the 1960s through to the 1990s, various promotional items, copies of the newsletter,The Beacon, from 1924 and 1928. There are a series of articles titled Cornerstone of History which describe the renovation of the Feltner building and news articles.
Farmers' Bank of Virginia Records, 409 WFCHS/THL
These records include an account book of the Farmers’ Bank of Virginia’s business with other banks and individuals (1846-58), two bank journals (1859-67, 1857-62), and a deposit journal (1857-62). It also contains bank notes and history.
Fawcett, Betty Jean. Collection, 85 WFCHS
Correspondence, land records, family trees, written histories and lineages, news articles, and other memorabilia connected to the Fawcett and Snapp families from approximately 1736 to the late twentieth century.
Feagans, Lurena McIlwe. Collection, 1682 THL
Material and memorabilia from the career of W. H, McIlwee (d. 1945), the first director of the Handley High School Band compiled by his daughter, Lurena McIlwee Feagans.
Finley, Alexander Walker and Bonnie Huffman. Collection, 1552 THL
Material about local history and the Finley family as well as genealogical material on the Faulkner, Helpinstine, Kremer, and Maynard families.
First American Bank Records, 1088 THL
Newspaper articles, correspondence, and historical information of the Bank of the Valley in Virginia, established 1818, which later became Shenandoah National Bank, then First American Bank, Winchester, VA.
First Night Winchester Collection, 718 THL
This collection contains a brief history, general information, volunteer instructions, several brochures and programs, and buttons for First Night Winchester, an annual event in Old Town Winchester on New Year's Eve.
First Presbyterian Church Records, 1135 THL
This collection contains accounts books, correspondence, an church records as well as membership directories and early sermons. Information pertains to this congregation an its predecessor Presbyterian Churches in Winchester, Va.
First United Methodist Church Records, 1461 WFCHS/THL
Church records, directories, bulletins, and blueprints of the Education Building built in 1961 and church alterations made to the First United Methodist Church in 1988. The church began as part of the United Brethren denomination, and became a distinct organization in 1800. By 1834, the first regular minister was assigned to the Winchester Mission, and the first church building was erected in 1872.
Fitzgerald, Michael. Collection, 781 THL
Poems, essays, news clippings, and other writings by Michael Fitzgerald, known locally as the “poet laureate of the Shenandoah Valley."
Flickinger, B. Floyd. Papers, 1575 WFCHS
Miscellaneous papers covering B. Floyd Flickinger's research on the life of General Daniel Morgan (1736-1802).
Fort Loudoun Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Records, 479 WFCHS/THL
This collection is comprised of minutes, certificates, correspondence, scrapbooks, regents’ lists, yearbooks, membership forms, obituaries and other material concerning the Fort Loudoun Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) from 1921 to the present.
Fort Loudoun Seminary Records, 66 WFCHS/THL
Catalogs and yearbooks, programs, and legal papers pertaining to the Fort Loudoun Seminary, which operated from 1905 to 1925. The girls’ school was located at 411 N. Loudoun Street in WInchester, Va.
Frederick County 250th Anniversary Collection, 736 THL
Materials from the organization and programs held during the 250th anniversary of the establishment of Frederick County in 1988.
Frederick County Association for Family and Community Education Records, 1593 THL
Records of Frederick County (Virginia) Association of Family and Community Education. The Association was a member of the Virginia Association for Family and Community Education, formerly known as Extension Homemakers and organized in 1923. The club offered programs on safety, family issues, literacy, women’s health, and leadership skills led by experts, club members, and Virginia Cooperative Extension agents.
Frederick County Fruit Growers Association Inc. Records, 1713 THL
Records related to the Frederick County Fruit Growers Association and German POW camp in Winchester, Virginia spannign the years 1946-1962. Ephemera includes bills/invoices and the distribution of costs of the German POW camp along with reports relating to POW, Bahamian and White labor utilized on local Frederick County farms. The Frederick County Fruit Growers Association Inc. helped to establish the German POW camp during World War II. It closed in 1947.
Frederick County, Virginia, Government Records, 682 WFCHS/THL
Records of municipalities of Frederick County, VA, dating from 1773. Includes a copy of county Code of Laws and a bond book licensing ordinaries, 1804-1815, voter registration record books for 1882-1971 for Back Creek, Gainesboro, Shawnee, Opequon, and Stonewall Magisterial districts, the Griffin Taylor Tax Book (1790), witness certificates, Direct Tax Fund (1893), Road book (1866-1869), Liquor Licenses (1880s), and an index to executions (1852-1860). Also included are the Board of Supervisor Minutes and List of Representatives to Frederick County Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Organizations are included from 1982 to present.
Frederick County, Virginia, School System Collection, 199 THL
This collection contains Discovery Program materials, Time Capsule, teacher's certificate (1874), and an inspection and survey report for Frederick County Schools. The collection, which covers the time period from 1874 to the present, also contains school projects, programs, articles, reports, and deeds.
French and Indian War Foundation Collection, 1177 THL
Materials related to the history of the French and Indian War, particularly in the Shenandoah Valley, including maps, essays, and news articles and news letters, collected by the French and Indian War Foundation. The Foundation was founded in 1989 to focus attention on the early settlement history of American colonies with an emphases on the French and Indian War.
Fretwell, Jack. Papers, 1663 THL
The collection includes a series of VHS tapes that record Jack Fretwell’s appearances on "Cable Talk" with Barry Lee, his work with Patsy Cline, and various performances by Fretwell with his band, including his signature act Smilin’ Jack and his Musical Horse, Nellie. Jack Fretwell (1915-2006) was an entertainer, businessman, and community philanthropist in Winchester, VA.
Friends of the Handley Library Records, 146 THL
Articles of incorporation, by-laws, board member lists, correspondence, newsletters, news clippings, scrapbooks, and other material concerning the Friends of Handley Regional Library. The Friends of the Handley Regional Library was incorporated in 1977 to help with the children’s area and to offer programs to the public. They continue to encourage reading and use of the library, support staff, programs and fundraisers, and to sponsor readathons, genealogy/local history roundtables, writing workshops, and film festivals.
Friendship Fire Company Collection, 437 WFCHS
This collection includes clippings, programs, documents, essays, and ledgers documenting the history of the Friendship Fire Company (Station 1) in Winchester, VA covering the years 1866-1970.
Fries, Hiram. Papers, 1321 THL
This collection is mainly comprised of transcripts of diaries kept by Hiram Fries (1840-1904) from 1867 to 1889, incomplete, while he lived in Green Spring, Frederick County, VA. Also included are a map and news articles regarding the Fries family farm.
Fries, Leslie E. Collection, 1036 WFCHS
This collection is comprised of a ledger listing dividends from stock owned by patrons during a period from 1853 through 1861 and listing many citizens of Winchester, VA.
Frye Family Papers, 1438 THL
Records, correspondence, receipts, account books, and miscellaneous papers from the family of James B. Frye (1821-1899) from the early 1800s to the early 1900s in Mountain Falls, Frederick County, VA.
Funk & Ray Records, 984 WFCHS
Records for the businesses Funk Furniture, Funk & Ray, and Funk & Son, all of Winchester, VA, including account ledgers of the Funk Furniture store for 1881 through 1929. Also included are Funk & Ray funeral records which provide information about the deceased such as cause of death, relatives, church, birth and death dates, internment information, and so on for the years 1901 to 1923.
Funkhouser Family Papers, 1391 THL
This collection is comprised of a poetry and recipe book kept by Mary E. Bradford, a book by Anthony Funkhouser called Accounts with My Children (1850) and a poetry and story book kept by Lorinne S. Funkhouser.