City to celebrate Charles B. Rouss on February 10

The City will once again honor one of Winchester’s most generous citizens, Charles Broadway Rouss, on February 10 (one day before his birthday) with its annual Rouss Day celebration.

2017 Rouss Day Activities

  • Now-February 28: C.B. Rouss display (Handley Library Archives)
  • February 10:
    • 12:15 pm – Guided historical tour of Rouss City Hall by Tim Youmans (please arrive 10-15 minutes early)
    • 1:00-2:00 pm – Birthday cupcakes with Mayor Smith
    • 1:00-2:00 pm – Rouss City Hall renovation plans Q&A with project architect, Chuck Swartz

All activities for Rouss Day are free, open to the public and held on the main floor of City Hall located at 15 North Cameron Street.

With the renovation of City Hall planned to begin in the spring of this year, this winter may be the last time the public will have the opportunity to see the building’s current layout. “It is our hope that the renovation will not only improve our customer service, technology capabilities and working conditions for employees, but that it will also expose and showcase the building’s beautiful historic features,” stated City Manager Eden Freeman.  Project architect, Chuck Swartz of Reader and Swartz Architects, P.C., will have the renovation plans on display and will be available to answer questions during this year’s Rouss Day celebration.  


Each year, with the help of several community organizations such as the Handley Regional Library, Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, Mount Hebron Cemetery and the Winchester Historical Society, several free activities are offered to not only celebrate Rouss’ generosity to Winchester over a century ago, but to also showcase Winchester’s vast history. Visit the City’s Charles Broadway Rouss web page for more information about Rouss and his contributions to Winchester.

As Rouss biographer A.V. McCracken wrote in 1896, “There are bands, baseball clubs and every sort of organization in old Winchester which bear the name of the New York merchant…The name Charles Broadway Rouss will go down to unborn generations of Winchesterians as a synonym of all that is charitable, good and benevolent.”

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