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Virginia, Staunton — Ast Building
The photo shows the staff of Ast Hardware around 1915; Capt. Joseph P. Ast is second from left. In 1975, this half of the Ast building was demolished to provide an access ramp to the new parking garage, leaving the blank wall of the remaining part of the building. In 1980, a competition was held to choose a mural design for this blank wall. The whimsical result is if a painter painting back the original side wall of the old Ast Hardware building! — Map (db m12452) HM
Virginia, Staunton — Augusta County1738–1988
Established November 1, 1738 by an act of the General Assembly, Augusta County extended from the Blue Ridge Mountains on the east to the Mississippi River on the west and from the southern boundary of the Colony north to “the utmost limits of Virginia” in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. The County was named for Princess Augusta, wife of Frederick, Prince of Wales, son of George II and father of George III. In 1742 William Beverly, the patentee, deeded this site to the County . . . — Map (db m11757) HM
Virginia, Staunton — Augusta County Confederates Plaque
This Bronze Commemorates, To Generations Which Knew Then Not, The Virginia Volunteers From Augusta In The Army Of The Confederate States. Twenty-Two Companies From Here Followed By Jackson And Stuart, With Many In Other Commands. No Rebels They, But Worthy Sons Of Patriotic Sites, Who Took Arms In The Hour Of Their State’s Extremity, When Argument For Peace Was Ended, To Defend The Soil, The Homes And The Consti- Tutional Rights Won By Their Fathers. The World Has Seen . . . — Map (db m16790) HM
Virginia, Staunton — W-231 — Augusta County Training School
A rural African-American school stood here by 1874. In 1927 a two-room elementary school serving Cedar Green and Smokey Row communities was built. The Augusta County Training School (Cedar Green School), the county’s first black consolidated school, opened here in 1938. Community members assisted to construct this frame structure, featuring a central auditorium, a common design provided by the Virginia Department of Education. Between 250 and 320 students, grades one through nine, attended . . . — Map (db m59711) HM
Virginia, Staunton — Augusta County World War I Memorial Tablet
In Honor Of The Men And Women Of Staunton And Augusta County Who Served Their Country In The World War 1914-1918 The Unreturning Brave… They Give New Splendor to The Dead [Roll of the Dead follows] The Right Is More Precious Than Peace Erected November 11, 1921 Beverley Manor Chapter D.A.R. — Map (db m35752) HM
Virginia, Staunton — Augusta National Bank Building
This engraving of the southwest corner of downtown Staunton’s busiest intersection, Beverley and Augusta Streets, dates from about 1885. In the center is the Augusta National Bank building surrounded by older, smaller structures, most of which were rebuilt or remodeled during the city’s turn-of-the-century “boom” years. It is interesting to note that this corner site has housed only banks for over a century. United Virginia Bank’s new building, begun in 1981, preserves this . . . — Map (db m12375) HM
Virginia, Staunton — Avenue of Trees
This Avenue of Trees, sponsored by Clemmer-McGuffin Post 13, American Legion and Auxiliary, was given in loving memory by the people of Staunton and Augusta County in memoriam 1917-1918 — Map (db m46281) HM
Virginia, Staunton — A-61 — Birthplace of Woodrow WilsonU.S. President 1913–21
Three and one half miles south, on Coalter Street in Staunton, is the birthplace of Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 8th Virginia-born President. New Jersey Governor, 28th President (World War I). He was chief author and sponsor of the League of Nations. Born Dec 28, 1856, died in Washington, Feb 3, 1924. The birthplace is maintained as an historic shrine. — Map (db m12363) HM
Virginia, Staunton — A-62 — Birthplace of Woodrow WilsonU.S. President 1913–21
One mile north, on Coalter Street in Staunton, is the birthplace of Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 8th Virginia-born President of the U.S., Princeton University President, New Jersey Governor, 28th President (World War I). He was chief author and sponsor of the League of Nations. Born Dec 28, 1856, died in Washington, Feb 3, 1924. The birthplace is maintained as an historic shrine. — Map (db m23076) HM
Virginia, Staunton — Birthplace of Woodrow Wilson
Commemorating the Birthplace of Woodrow Wilson this enclosing wall and garden laid out as of the period of 1846 – 1857 is dedicated by the Garden Club of Virginia — Map (db m58784) HM
Virginia, Staunton — Confederate Dead Monument - Thornrose Cemetery
West Panel: Honor to the Brave 870 Lie Here Recorded by Name, Company & Regiment: From Virginia 385, N. Carolina 176, S. Carolina 59, Georgia 208, Alabama 49, Florida 8, Mississippi 11, Louisiana 19, Tennessee 12, Arkansas 20, Texas 3, And 207 Recorded by Name Only Confederate Dead South Panel: “There is True Glory and a True Honor The Glory of Duty Done, The Honor of the Integrity of Principle” Robert E. Lee North Panel: Weigh Not . . . — Map (db m53666) HM
Virginia, Staunton — A-63 — Dr. Alexander Humphreys
Dr. Humphreys (1757–1802), an important teacher in 18th-century Virginia, received his M. D. from the University of Edinburgh. He practiced medicine in Augusta County and Staunton from 1783 to 1802 in an office facing the county courthouse. Among Dr. Humphreys’ many students were Dr. Ephraim McDowell, the “Founder of Abdominal Surgery;” Dr. Samuel Brown, a pioneer in the use of smallpox vaccination; and President William Henry Harrison. Dr. Humphreys is buried in the churchyard of Trinity Episcopal Church. — Map (db m11761) HM
Virginia, Staunton — Dr. Alexander Humphreys
This weathered stone was inscribed: “Dr. Alexander Humphreys departed this life 23 May, 1802, in the 45th year of his age.” Born in County Armagh, Ireland, educated in medicine in Ireland, settled in Augusta County, practiced in Staunton from 1788, conducted a Medical School here, and was the teacher of the pioneer abdominal surgeon, Ephraim McDowell. Physician • Teacher • Civic Leader — Map (db m11763) HM
Virginia, Staunton — A-64 — Dr. William Fleming
Physician, soldier, and statesman, Dr. William Fleming (1728–1795) studied medicine in his native Scotland before practicing in Staunton from 1763 to 1768. His home stood at the crossing of New Street and Lewis Creek. Dr. Fleming’s career included periods as commander of the Botentourt Regiment, Commissioner for Kentucky, member of the Continental Congress, delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention, and Acting Governor when the Virginia General Assembly met in Staunton in June, 1781. — Map (db m11802) HM
Virginia, Staunton — W-159 — First Settler's Grave
One mile north is the grave of John Lewis, first settler in this region, who came here in 1732 and died in 1762. He chose the site of the town of Staunton. His four sons, Thomas, Andrew, William and Charles, took an important part in the Indian and Revolutionary wars. — Map (db m46282) HM
Virginia, Staunton — History of the C&O Station
The Virginia Central Railroad extended westward from Charlottesville to Staunton and on to Clifton Forge by 1854. Also in the 1850s, the Covington & Ohio Railroad was under construction to connect the railroad system to the Ohio River. The Civil War stopped the construction and the two rail systems were not connected until additional capital was secured for the necessary construction. Financier Collis P Huntington, who had just completed part of the Transcontinental Railroad, funded . . . — Map (db m89502) HM
Virginia, Staunton — Main Passenger Terminal
“Modernized” 1902 Original Building 1857 — Map (db m58959) HM
Virginia, Staunton — I-17 — Mary Baldwin College
The oldest college for women related to the Presbyterian Church, U. S. Founded 1842 by Rufus W. Bailey as Augusta Female Seminary; renamed in 1895 to honor Mary Julia Baldwin, pioneer woman educator and Principal, 1863–1897. — Map (db m12366) HM
Virginia, Staunton — Sears Hill Bridge
Bridge History and Restoration. The current bridge dates from circa 1906 when the present train station, designed by local noted architect, T. J. Collins, was erected. An earlier wooden bridge had existed on the site since 1888. The iron pedestrian structure is listed as a part of the Wharf Historic District, and is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. In early 2010, the City of Staunton was offered the bridge by the owner of the train . . . — Map (db m89537) HM
Virginia, Staunton — StauntonVital Link — 1864 Valley Campaigns
Near this site on April 17, 1861, approximately one hundred local citizens, many of whom had just enlisted in The Staunton Artillery, met to board trains for Harpers Ferry. They were led by prominent local citizen John D. Imboden, who would remain an active figure throughout the war during which he served as a Confederate General. This neighborhood was the commercial heart of Staunton, with numerous warehouses and factories located close to the railroad station of the Virginia Central . . . — Map (db m16436) HM
Virginia, Staunton — Staunton’s Wharf Historic District History
When the Central Virginia Railroad was built in 1854, it changed Staunton from a rural village into a booming center of commerce. By the turn of the century, the warehouses that had grown up around the train depot supplied everything from fresh produce to wagons and harnesses. The Wharf Historic District was listed in the National Register in 1972. — Map (db m58956) HM
Virginia, Staunton — I-21 — Stuart Hall
Chartered on 13 January 1744 as the Virginia Female Institute, Stuart Hall is Virginia’s oldest college preparatory school for girls. The Rev. Dr. Richard H. Phillips headed the school from 1848 until 1880. Flora Cooke Stuart, “Mrs. General” J.E.B. Stuart, for whom the school was renamed in 1807, was principal from 1880 until 1899. Two of General Robert E. Lee’s daughters attended Stuart Hall, and Lee served as president of the school’s board of visitors from 1865 until 1870. — Map (db m12372) HM
Virginia, Staunton — T. J. Collins & Son
“The beauty of a city is largely dependent upon the artistic ideas and abilities of its architects and Staunton is certainly to be congratulated on having in its midst that eminent firm of architects, T.J. Collins & Son. whose work is memorialized not only on many magnificent structures in Staunton, but by hundreds of others in every section of the south.” The description above is from 1906 when T. J. Collins had practiced in Staunton for 15 years. Collins moved to Staunton from . . . — Map (db m11759) HM
Virginia, Staunton — The Barger HouseThe War's Lasting Effects
Relocated from its original site approximately fifty miles to the south on Little Patterson’s Creek in Botetourt County, Virginia, the Barger home, immediately in front of you, is an operational pre-Civil War farmstead from the Valley of Virginia. It is representative of the average agricultural livelihoods of common soldiers and noncombatant farmers in this region. Because of his age, John Barger did not serve in the war, but two of his sons and a brother did fight for the Confederacy. His . . . — Map (db m16653) HM
Virginia, Staunton — The Hon. Archibald Stuart
This Stone covers the mortal remains of the Hon. Archibald Stuart. He died on the 11th day of July (d1832) aged 75 years 3 m. and 22 days. Merits the tribute of grateful remembrance having performed well his part in life. When a youth, he fought for his country the war which achieved her independence. And in maturer years contributed to Convention; to confirm her Liberties by the adoption of our national constitution. He was distinguished as an able lawyer, a wise legislator, an . . . — Map (db m11776) HM
Virginia, Staunton — I-16 — The Virginia School for the Deaf and the BlindFounded 1839
A state residential school created by an act of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 31, 1838 for the purpose of educating the deaf and the blind children of the state. — Map (db m11797) HM
Virginia, Staunton — The Wesleyan Female Institute
The Wesleyan Female Institute stood on this site from 1850–1870. — Map (db m11803) HM
Virginia, Staunton — QC-1 — Trinity Church
Known originally as Augusta Parish Church, it was founded in 1746 as the county parish. The Virginia General Assembly met here in June 1781 to avoid capture by British raiders. The present church was erected in 1855 and was used by the Virginia Theological Seminary during the War Between the States. The first bishop of Virginia, James Madison, was a member of this church. — Map (db m11782) HM
Virginia, Staunton — United States National Military Cemetery - Staunton
United States National Military Cemetery Staunton. Established 1867. Internments 753. Known 232. Unknown 521. — Map (db m16786) HM
Virginia, Staunton — Woodrow Wilson Birthplace
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States. U. S. Department of the Interior National Park Service 1964 — Map (db m58590) HM
Virginia (Augusta County), Staunton — A 53 — Bethel Church
Two miles west. The first church was built by Colonel Robert Doak in 1779. Captain James Tate, an elder, led in the battles of Cowpens and Guilford Courthouse (1781) a company drawn mainly from this church. In the churchyard 23 Revolutionary soldiers are buried. The present building was erected in 1888. — Map (db m32104) HM
Virginia (Augusta County), Staunton — Great Indian Warrior Trading Path(The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road)
The most heavily traveled road in Colonial America passed through here, linking areas from the Great Lakes to Augusta, GA. Laid on ancient animal and Native American Trading/Warrior Paths. Indian treaties among the Governors of NY, PA, & VA and the 19 chiefs of Iroquois League of Five Nations in 1685 and 1722, opened the Colonial Backcountry for peaceful settlement and colonization. In VA, the Path passed Winchester, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Lexington, Fincastle, Big Lick & Rockport as animals searched for salt. — Map (db m48469) HM
Virginia (Augusta County), Staunton — I-11A — Roanoke College
Five miles west is the birthplace of Virginia Institute, founded in 1842 by David F. Bittle, assisted by Christopher C. Baughman. Chartered on January 30, 1845, as Virginia Collegiate Institute, the school was moved to Salem, Virginia, in 1847, and was chartered as Roanoke College, March 14, 1853. — Map (db m32079) HM
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