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Unheard Voices of Civil War Winchester
February 2 @ 11:00 AM
From the Powell Family Papers
This program is co-sponsored by Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.
Alison Herring will talk on the Powell family and the girl’s school they ran on Braddock Street In Winchester.
About The Powells
The Powells operated a boarding school for girls in Winchester, VA that attracted the daughters of elite families across the state. They had a robust curriculum for their scholars and strove, to teach them to think, by directing their minds to the logical process by which scientific results are reached.
As a result of the Civil War, the Powells closed the school. Winchester became a dangerous place, and the family fled in the spring of 1862. With no income, and nowhere to go, they had to separate and endure that catastrophe on their own. The three daughters hired themselves out as teachers in homes across Virginia. Their letters record a complete account of life at the various homes where they lived and the events they witnessed.