Sacred Heart Catholic Church Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Collection, (formerly Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church), 1468 WFCHS

Scope and Content: This collection is comprised of materials found in the cornerstone of Sacred Heart church in Winchester, VA, when the stone was recovered as the congregation moved to a new location. Among these materials are early newspapers (1870), photographs, early coin and paper money (1776-1866), broadside for Old valley Marble Yard (1867) and other materials pertaining to the cornerstone laying (1870). Also included is a Sacred Heart Academy Dedication Booklet, Sept. 22, 1957. There is a list of the burials at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Cemetery, compiled Oct. 2011.
(2 boxes) Last updated 11/11.

Biographical/Historical: The cornerstone for the first Sacred Heart Catholic Church was laid in 1870 at 407 S. Loudoun Street. There are now over 800 families in the congregation. In 1989, a new church building and rectory were built at 1717 Amherst St. next to the Sacred Heart Academy.

Cite As: Sacred Heart Catholic Church Collection, 1468 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Organization:

Box 1

NOTE – Material was found in the cornerstone of Sacred Heart Church located at 407 South Loudoun Street, when the stone was recovered as the congregation moved to 1717 Amherst Street.

Dedication statement for cornerstone laying, May 3, 1870, 1 leaf manuscript (in Latin), 1 leaf printed (translation)

Broadside, Old Valley Marble Yard, John Fagan, June 12, 1867; 1 leaf printed

Labels used by church during exhibit of cornerstone contents, 8 leaves printed

Miscellaneous items from cornerstone, 4 items, 1 leaf manuscript, 1 page manuscript, 1 leaf printed, 1 page printed

Coins from United States and other countries owned by John Fagan, June 14, 1870, 1 leaf manuscript, 20 metal coins

Paper money
City of Richmond – 25 cents, April 14, 1862, 1 leaf printed
Corporation of Winchester – 50 cents, July 15, 1861 and $1.00, July 15, 1861, 2 leaves printed
Confederate States of America - $1.00, June 2, 1862; $5.00, $10.00, $20.00 and $50.00 February 17, 1864, 1 leaf printed, 4 pages printed
State of North Carolina - $1.00, January 1, 1866, 1 page printed
Virginia Treasury Notes - $1.00, May 15, 1862, October 21, 1862; $5.00, March 13, 1862; $10.00, October 15, 1861; $10.00, October 15, 1861; $50.00, October 15, 1862; 6 leaves printed

Newspapers
The Winchester News, May 20, 1870; 1 item printed
The Winchester Times, May 6 and 11, June 8, 1870; 3 items printed
The Winchester Sentinel, May 10, 1870; 1 item printed
The (Baltimore) Sun, May 11, 1870; 1 item printed
Catholic Mirror, May 7, 1870; 1 item printed
Banner of the South, May 7, 1870; 1 item, printed
The (Boston) Pilot, May 21, 1870; 1 item printed
The New York Freeman’s Journal and Catholic Register, May 7, 14 and 21, 1870; 3 items printed

Box 2

List of Burials – Scared Heart of Jesus Christ Cemetery, 29 leaves, printed

News Articles—Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, unnumbered leaves, printed (photocopy)

Sacred Heart Academy Dedication Booklet, Sept. 22, 1957

Photographs (see photo index for related items)