Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Rouss City Hall Historical Tour
>>> Civil War Cannon, Stage Entrance, Arch & Cornerstone
Fairfax Square — Council designated the grounds of Rouss City Hall as “Fairfax Square” in 1899 to recognize the importance of Thomas, Sixth Lord Fairfax of Cameron who owned the land upon which Winchester was founded.
Cornerstone (facing Cameron Street) — Cornerstone laying was on May 15, 1900. A huge crowd witnessed the Programme of Exercises by the Winchester Hiram (Masonic) Lodge. Contents of cornerstone include: old bible found in the cornerstone of former Market House, Winchester Scripts and Virginia Bank Notes, photos of Sarah Zane Steamer (firefighting apparatus), silver, membership rolls, map of Mt. Hebron Cemetery and numerous vials containing specimens from Holy Land (as part of Masonic program).
Stage Entrance — City Hall housed a huge auditorium on the upper two levels originally. Stage props were raised from the lawn through these double doors accessing a freight elevator ("lift") to the stage. The back of the Stage was where the two arched windows are on this north wall.
Dr. Godfrey L. Miller Monument/Archway — This memorial
Civil War Cannon — Captured Union cannon, forged at the Watervliet, NY arsenal. Previously, a WWI cannon (“Belgian Gun”) had been positioned in the SE corner of City Hall. It was scrapped in 1942 as part of the WWII metal recycling effort.
Erected by City of Winchester. (Marker Number 4.)
Location. 39° 11.032′ N, 78° 9.853′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Cameron Street (U.S. 11/522) and Rouss Avenue, on the right when traveling south on North Cameron Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 N Cameron St, Winchester VA 22601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Battle of Winchester (within shouting distance of this marker); Winchester (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob H. Yost Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington's Political Career Began on this Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lord Fairfax (about Colonel James Wood (about 300 feet away); Taylor Hotel (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
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