Winchester Fire Department Collection

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

698 THL

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains new clipping, histories, souvenir booklets, and membership rolls of Winchester Fire Departments, 1897 to present.
(1box) Last date updated 08/2016.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The two earliest fire companies in Winchester, Virginia were Friendship (organized in 1831), and Union (organized in 1833). Union was later renamed Rouse Fire Company after Charles Broadway Rouss donated $10,000 to the company. Two other fire companies were organized later. Sarah Zane Fire Company was organized in 1840, and South End Fire Company was founded in 1895.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Morton, Owen Frederic, The Story of Winchester in Virginia, the oldest town in the Shenandoah Valley, Strasburg, VA: Shenandoah Publishing House, 1925.

CITE AS: Winchester Fire Departments Collection # 698 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA


“Fire Chiefs of the City of Winchester (9/5/1939-6/24/2013)”—6 leaves, typescript; contains collective history and timeline of the Fire Chiefs of Winchester, Virginia, compiled by Nathan Newlin, 2013

Winchester Fire Companies by Frederic Morton, n.d., 1 leaf, typescript

Winchester Fire Companies of Long Ago, essay by Margaret Owens, Oct. 8, 1940, 5 leaves, manuscript

The Winchester Fire Departments, essay by Vincent Fansler, n.d., 4 leaves, typescript

News Clippings

Winchester Fire Companies Souvenir Booklets, 1897, 7 copies

Winchester Fire Department – Souvenir, July 7, 1897, includes membership rolls, and photos, 2 items, printed (3 copies)