PHW's Mission Statement
(As stated in the by-laws, revised May 2010)
Preservation of Historic Winchester, Inc., organized by concerned members of the community and incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, exists for the purpose of safeguarding the heritage of the Winchester and Frederick County community and for assuring a quality of life for tomorrow represented by the best of the area's past. To the end that this goal may be encouraged among the people, and the charm of their community maintained and improved, this organization shall, through a program of education, enlist support for and participate in the preservation, restoration, and ownership of sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant to the cultural, social, political, economic, and architectural history of the Winchester, Virginia area.
The Corporation shall be able to receive easements and place covenants on properties that are of historic and/or architectural value or which significantly influence properties of historical and/or architectural value. If the Corporation ceases to exist, all easements and rights to enforce covenants shall pass to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
The W. Raymond Jennings Fund was established in 1974 as a vehicle for purchasing neglected or threatened historic buildings and reselling them, after adding protective covenants and/or easements.