About Us

Winchester First
Thousands of people come out each year for the annual Beer Cheese Festival held in Downtown Winchester.

The mission of Winchester First is to preserve, restore, enhance, and promote downtown Winchester for business, entertainment, and living. 

Our vision is that Winchester First will work to create a vibrant destination for residents, visitors, and businesses through preservation, adaptive reuse, and promoting diverse and innovative cultural activities.

Winchester First is a department of the City of Winchester government, much like Parks & Recreation. The Executive Director is an employee of the City who is assisted by passionate volunteers. The Board of Directors are appointed by the City of Winchester Mayor from the downtown’s diverse community. Winchester First’s activities are supported by funds raised by the organization and our generous sponsors. 

Our partners, board members, and staff are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders, and community organizers.  We work every day to make our community better – catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs, and fostering pride in our community.