Farmer's Bank of Winchester Records, 409 THL/WFCHS

SCOPE AND CONENT: 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.

(3 boxes) Last updated 04/12.

HISTORICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL: The Farmers’ Bank of Virginia was incorporated in Richmond, Virginia on February 13, 1812, and was chartered in 1817 in Winchester, Virginia under the name of The Bank of the Valley in Virginia. Founded at the beginning of the War of 1812, it was hoped that the bank would help avoid much of the financial problems that Virginia had suffered during the American Revolution. The Winchester branch of the bank, which was located on the southwest corner of Loudoun and Boscawen Streets was immensely successful. It was run by Judge J. H. Sherrard (1802-1889), who lived with his family on the second floor of the bank. After being repeatedly occupied and ransacked by Federal forces during the Civil War the bank closed permanently after the war.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Cartmell, T. K., Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendents, Berryville, VA: Chesapeake Book Company, 1963, pgs.297-299; Quarles, Garland R., Some Worthy Lives, Winchester, VA: Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 1988, pgs.208-209.

CITE AS: Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA.
Farmers’ Banks of Virginia Records 409 THL/WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr.


Ledger -- Farmers' Bank, 1859-1862, leather-bound


Account book - Farmers' Bank of Virginian (1846 is on the spine), contents cover 1855-1858, leather-bound

Bank Notes – Farmers’ Bank of Virginia, unnumbered leaves, printed

History of the Farmers Bank, taken from Cartmell, T. K., Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendents, pgs.112; 298-9, 3 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Items found in Ledger and Account Books, unnumbered leaves, printed and manuscript
Contains the following:
Samples of Penmanship
Samples of arithmetic
B&O Train schedule, n.d
Pages from ornamental trees and plants
Ad from Becker Washing Machine Company, 1881


State of Bank Journal - Farmers' Bank, November 1856-March, 1862, leather-bound