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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Staunton, Virginia

Clickable Map of Augusta County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Augusta County, VA (70) Albemarle County, VA (127) Bath County, VA (36) Highland County, VA (55) Nelson County, VA (44) Rockbridge County, VA (49) Rockingham County, VA (112) Staunton Ind. City, VA (53) Waynesboro Ind. City, VA (15) Pendleton County, WV (48)  AugustaCounty(70) Augusta County (70)  AlbemarleCounty(127) Albemarle County (127)  BathCounty(36) Bath County (36)  HighlandCounty(55) Highland County (55)  NelsonCounty(44) Nelson County (44)  RockbridgeCounty(49) Rockbridge County (49)  RockinghamCounty(112) Rockingham County (112)  (53) Staunton (53)  (15) Waynesboro (15)  PendletonCountyWest Virginia(48) Pendleton County (48)
Staunton is the county seat for Augusta County
Staunton is in Augusta County
      Augusta County (70)  
      Albemarle County (127)  
      Bath County (36)  
      Highland County (55)  
      Nelson County (44)  
      Rockbridge County (49)  
      Rockingham County (112)  
      Staunton (53)  
      Waynesboro (15)  
      Pendleton County, West Virginia (48)  
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1 Virginia, Augusta County, 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, . . . Map (db m59711) HM
2 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 . . . Map (db m32104) HM
3 Virginia, Augusta County, Staunton — Beyer Print of Staunton
This reproduction of an 1857 lithograph of Staunton from Sears Hill depicts the community on the eve of the Civil War. Most of the buildings seen in this view have been replaced by newer structures. Edward Beyer, a graduate of Dusseldorf . . . Map (db m175020) HM
4 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 . . . Map (db m32079) HM
5 Virginia, Augusta County, Staunton — Staunton Historic Districts
(left panel) Staunton Historic Districts 1 Beverley Historic District 2 Newtown Historic District 3 Wharf Area Historic District 4 Gospel Hill Historic District 5 Stuart Addition Historic District * You Are Here - Woodrow . . . Map (db m175021) HM
6 Virginia, Staunton — 116th Infantry Regiment Memorial
Dedicated to the guardsmen of the 116th. Inf. Regt. from Staunton & Augusta Co. who made the Supreme Sacrifice while in service to their country, in WWII. Howie, Thomas D. Maj., KIA 17 July 44 • Bowers, William B. Lt., KIA 21 June 44 • . . . Map (db m170584) WM
7 Virginia, Staunton — A National Cemetery System
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union . . . Map (db m185494) HM
8 Virginia, Staunton — Address by President LincolnAt the Dedication of The Gettysburg National Cemetery — November 19, 1863 —
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, . . . Map (db m134428) HM
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9 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 . . . Map (db m12452) HM
10 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 . . . Map (db m11757) HM
11 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 . . . Map (db m155476) HM
12 Virginia, Staunton — I-34 — Augusta County Courthouse
Augusta County, created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1738, was formally organized in 1745. Its original western boundary stretched “to the utmost limits of Virginia,” a claim that then ex- tended to the Pacific Ocean. The county . . . Map (db m208538) HM
13 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 Oscar Taylor Almarode Gordon Argenbright Thomas Fulton Armstrong . . . Map (db m127275) HM
14 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 . . . Map (db m12375) HM
15 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 1917-1918Map (db m46281) HM
16 Virginia, Staunton — Barnas Sears, Woodrow Park, & Sears Hill Neighborhood
Dr. Barnas Sears, a career educator and Baptist minister, was nearly 65 years old in 1867 when he resigned as president of Brown College in Providence, Rhode Island, and moved to Staunton. He became the agent of the Peabody Educational Fund . . . Map (db m134485) HM
17 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 VirginiaMap (db m58784) HM
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18 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. . . . Map (db m12363) HM
19 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 . . . Map (db m23076) HM
20 Virginia, Staunton — Central Methodist ChurchOrganized 1797
The oldest continuing Methodist Congregation in Augusta County.Map (db m134483) HM
21 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, . . . Map (db m53666) WM
22 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 . . . Map (db m11763) HM
23 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. . . . Map (db m11761) HM
24 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 . . . Map (db m11802) HM
25 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 . . . Map (db m46282) HM
26 Virginia, Staunton — Frontier Culture MuseumLiving History Exhibits
The Frontier Culture Museum tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America and of the life they created here for themselves and their descendant. The Museum features outdoor exhibits of original and reconstructed farm . . . Map (db m170597) HM
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27 Virginia, 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 . . . Map (db m48469) HM
28 Virginia, Staunton — Gypsy ExpressGypsy Hill Park Train
George Glenn Bartley, Sr. and Linda Bartley The Gypsy Hill Park Train The Barley Years This Gypsy Express train is #732, the 232nd G-16 built by The Miniature Train & Railroad Co. It was completed on June 12, . . . Map (db m170585) HM
29 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 . . . Map (db m89502) HM
30 Virginia, Staunton — In Memory of Our Dead Heroes1917 - 1918
Charles W. Adams • Robert S. Burleigh • Llewellyn R. Davies • John Jacob Fisher • W.E. Hayne Jr • Robert A. McGuffin • Jack S. Spaven • George L. Gordon • Cliff M. Alexander • . . . Map (db m170587) WM
31 Virginia, Staunton — Korean and Viet Nam Memorial
Sons of Augusta County Staunton and Waynesboro who made the Supreme Sacrifice Korea 1950-1955 Billie C. Bayne • Howard L. Campbell • Melvin S. Coffman • Allen B. Coyner • Charles W. Dameron • Patrick O. Harris, Jr. • . . . Map (db m170592) WM
32 Virginia, Staunton — Lewis Creek Watershed
Who was John Lewis? Lewis Creek takes its name from John Lewis (1678-1762), one of the most prominent of the earliest settlers in the upper Shenandoah Valley. In the early 1730s, Lewis and his family, who emigrated from County Donegal, . . . Map (db m134484) HM
33 Virginia, Staunton — Lewis Creek Watershed
Lewis Creek - The Past During the 19th century, Staunton developed as a trade, transportation, and industrial center. Tanneries, mills, and factories were built; and as the population grew, buildings were erected alongside and over the creek. . . . Map (db m170586) HM
34 Virginia, Staunton — Lt. Col. Jacob Earl "Shorty" Manch
Lt. Col. Jacob Earl "Shorty" Manch flew the third B25 bomber, "Whiskey Pate" on the Doolittle Tokyo air raids. He was born in Staunton, VA on 26 December 1918 and died near Las Vegas in a training crash on 24 March 1958. He is buried in Arlington . . . Map (db m170583) WM
35 Virginia, Staunton — Main Passenger Terminal
“Modernized” 1902 Original Building 1857Map (db m58959) HM
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36 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
37 Virginia, Staunton — Medal of Honor Memorial
This tree dedicated by the Veterans Administration in 1976 to honor America's Medal of Honor recipients who helped make this Bicentennial Observance possible "by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty."Map (db m170596) WM
38 Virginia, Staunton — I-32 — Montgomery Hall Park
Montgomery Hall Park, a municipal park for African Americans during the segregation era, opened on 4 July 1947. The Rev. T. J. Jemison of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, an African American community leader, persuaded Staunton City Council to purchase . . . Map (db m107848) HM
39 Virginia, Staunton — Project Dogwood: Staunton's Tradition Reborn
In 1935, City Manager James Ruff determined to make Staunton the Dogwood Capital of Virginia, an appropriate goal, as the dogwood is the state flower and tree. Over 1,800 dogwoods were planted on public and private land during his tenure, dotting . . . Map (db m170569) HM
40 Virginia, Staunton — Roll of HonorWorld War II — 1941 - 1945 —
In memory of the men of Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County who gave their lives for our country while serving in the Armed Forces Alexander, Clarence Minor • Alford, Buford L. • Almond, James Harvey, Jr. • Anderson, Robert L. . . . Map (db m170591) WM
41 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 . . . Map (db m89537) HM
42 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 Harper's Ferry. They were led by prominent local citizen John D. Imboden, who would remain . . . Map (db m155474) HM
43 Virginia, Staunton — Staunton Military Alumni Memorial
In memory of all cadets who gave their lives for their country. May truth, duty & honor perpetuate the American dream.Map (db m170588) WM
44 Virginia, Staunton — Staunton National Cemetery
National Cemetery Staunton National Cemetery was established in 1867. The remains of 753 Union soldiers, of which 521 are unknown, lie here. The remains came from Staunton and Waynesboro city cemeteries, and the battlefields at Cross Keys, . . . Map (db m134427) HM
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45 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 . . . Map (db m58956) HM
46 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. . . . Map (db m12372) HM
47 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 . . . Map (db m11759) HM
48 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. . . . Map (db m16653) HM
49 Virginia, Staunton — The Emily Smith Reception House
Named for Mrs. Herbert McK. Smith 1885 - 1975 Founder of Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation and President, 1957-1973 Map (db m170589) HM
50 Virginia, Staunton — The Great RoadWilderness Road — Virginia's Heritage Migration Road —
"The Wilderness Road" sums up the iconic meaning of the lives of Daniel Boone and the thousands of settlers who poured after him through the great gap into Kentucky. In its various forms as frontier trail, wagon road, stage route, and . . . Map (db m170598) HM
51 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 . . . Map (db m11776) HM
52 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
53 Virginia, Staunton — The Wesleyan Female Institute
The Wesleyan Female Institute stood on this site from 1850–1870.Map (db m11803) HM
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54 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 . . . Map (db m11782) HM
55 Virginia, Staunton — United States National Military Cemetery - Staunton
United States National Military Cemetery Staunton. Established 1867. Interments 753. Known 232. Unknown 521.Map (db m16786) HM
56 Virginia, Staunton — Veterans Memorial
Remembering the brave citizens of Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro who gave the last full measure of their lives in service to their country 🎗️ Lance Corporal Jason C. Redifer, USMC, killed in Iraq . . . Map (db m170593) WM
57 Virginia, Staunton — Veterans Memorial
In honor of those who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice in service to the United States of America and the families they left behind. The sacrifice will not be forgotten.Map (db m170595) WM
58 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. . . . Map (db m58590) HM
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