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*** The Godfrey Miller Home will begin restoration and preservation work in November. Please click here to find out more, and see how you could help. ***

 

Godfrey Miller Executive Director

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Dr. Jason Gottschalk, as the Executive Director of the Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center. (Click Here for Jason's bio.)

The Board of Directors is very excited to be working with Dr. Gottschalk, to re-open Godfrey Miller Fellowship Center, so that we may continue to offer a place of learning and fellowship for seniors in Winchester and the surrounding area.

We know how much you have missed the programming and fellowship that you enjoyed, and long to gather again, as soon as it is safe.

Jason has already begun to familiarize himself with the programs that have been offered and will be looking to build upon these. We anticipate that we will re-open sometime in the Fall. We are as anxious as you are!

We will, of course, be taking guidance from the Virginia Department of Health, so that the appropriate safety measures are followed.

Sincerely,
Sheila J Miller
President-Board of Directors
Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center


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HISTORY

This historic home was purchased by John Miller in 1812 and continued in the Miller family until 1938 when Margaretta Sperry Miller donated the home to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church to be used as a residence for elderly ladies. In 1948 Godfrey Miller Home Incorporated as a non-profit 501( c )(3) organization and opened as a residence for elderly ladies. After twenty years, the GMH petitioned the court to operate the Home as a Fellowship Center. In 1976 the Godfrey Miller Fellowship Center opened.

John Miller, son of Godfrey Miller – the immigrant, and Anna Maria Kurtz was born in Winchester on March 22, 1775. He married Margaretta Sperry on April 14, 1803 and they had five children the youngest of whom was Godfrey Sperry Miller for whom the home was named by his daughter Margaretta Sperry Miller.

Among the treasures on display in this circa 1785 home are:

  • The transcript of Margaretta Sperry Miller’s Diary from March 23, 1863 to September 19, 1863;
  • Three birth and baptismal Frakturs for Godfrey Miller Family printed by the Henkel Press of New Market, Virginia; and
  • The Chevron Batten door called a “sheathing door” (Indian arrow proof) with diagonal layered construction. Both door and hinges pre-date the home.
  • Two 12 over 12 windows with original glass.

Today the Judge Robert K. Woltz Pavilion addition has been completed and provides needed space for programs. In 2004 the completely renovated and restored historic Godfrey Miller Home reopened. Private tours of the Historic Home led by trained docents can be arranged for groups (540)667-5869. The Historic Home is open to the public the first Friday of each month beginning in April through November.

CLOSING POLICY: GMFC is closed if the Frederick County Schools are closed.  Will open on time if schools are delayed.