Every year, Winchester celebrates the birthday of Charles Broadway Rouss, whose contributions to our community are still felt by citizens even over a century after his death. Charles Broadway Rouss Day takes place on February 11th.
About C.B. Rouss: Rouss, one of Winchester’s most notable benefactors and a well-known businessman, lived a life of triumphs and setbacks, but graciously paid homage to his hometown through his generous contributions. Rouss survived serving as a private in the Civil War, endured many financial setbacks – including imprisonment for his debts, and went blind in his later years. When Rouss died in 1902, he was worth nearly $10 million. His contributions to the Fire Companies, Mount Hebron Cemetery, City Hall, and his purchase of Thatcher Spring are still impacting the citizens of Winchester today. Join us this year to celebrate C.B. Rouss’ birthday, his contributions to Winchester and his legacy.
For more on Rouss and Charles Rouss day, visit the City of Winchester website.
Charles Broadway Rouss Day 2014 Draft Schedule of Events
As of 1/27/14
Tuesday, February 11th
- 11:30am – Rouss Family Mausoleum open for viewing, Meet at the Gatehouse at the entrance to Mt Hebron Cemetery, 305 E. Boscawen St- Mayor Minor and reps from Mt Hebron, Rouss Fire Company, WMC, and WFCHS invited for Wreath Laying (weather-permitting)
- 1:00pm-2:00pm – Charley Rouss Birthday Cupcakes and Coffee with Mayor Minor in the lobby of Rouss City Hall, 15 N. Cameron St
- 5:15pm – Rouss City Hall Guided Tour (Tim Youmans, guide) (Note: A 6:00pm tour will also be offered if the 5:15 tour is fully booked)
- 7:00pm – Rouss City Hall Council Chambers- Mayor Minor announcement at the regular Council Meeting proclaiming Charles Broadway Rouss Day
During Archives Hours- The Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St- View Rouss items on display in Handley Archives show case.