In 1959, we drove through Winchester, and I took this photo. A couple of years later (probably in 1964), we attended the Apple Blossom Festival (Lucille Ball was the parade celebrity). This year when we drove down Route 17, there was a bypass around WInchester.
Winchester was established in 1732 by German, Scottish and Irish settlers heading south from Pennsylvania. It was in Winchester that George Washington began his surveying career. He also built Fort Loudoun. It was George Washington who started Winchester on the track of apple production. He required each tenant to plant 4 acres of apples.
Winchester changed hands 72 times during the Civil War including 13 times in one day. The WInchester cemeteries are the burial place of 7,500 soldiers from the Civil War. There is a monument here to 829 unknown Confederate dead.