Biographical/Historical: The Century Club was founded in 1905-1906 in Winchester, VA. Mrs. Thomas W. (Nell) Harrison had suffered a broken leg and several of her friends had assembled in her home to cheer her up.
There, the idea of enriching their lives with a little culture was born.
Those present being Mrs. Thomas W. Harrison, Mrs. Samuel Barton, Miss Lily Baker, Mrs. Robert Barton, and Mrs. Harry K. Russell.
Another fact sparked the birth of the club.
From a record by Mrs. H. Clay de Grange, Mrs. Francis de Montaigu, and Mrs. Harry K. Russell, the Reverend Dame had protested the evils of playing cards for money.
There were two factions in town dubbed the “Saints” and the “Sinners.” The Saints found themselves left out of all the parties, apparently deciding to fall back on culture—thus the birth of The Century Club.