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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Waynesboro, Virginia
Location of Waynesboro, Virginia
► Augusta County (64) ► Albemarle County (117) ► Bath County (31) ► Highland County (34) ► Nelson County (36) ► Rockbridge County (45) ► Rockingham County (85) ► Staunton (51) ► Waynesboro (15) ► Pendleton County, West Virginia (42)
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| Although work began on Skyline Drive in 1933, the vision of extending the scenic roadway to connect to the planned Blue Ridge Parkway was not realized until 1939 when the final section, Jarman Gap to Rockfish Gap was completed. Rangers welcomed . . . — — Map (db m95954) HM|
The Blue Ridge Tunnel was constructed between 1849 and 1859 beneath Rockfish Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. The tunnel first opened in 1858 to allow rail access through Afton Mountain. It was designed by French immigrant . . . — — Map (db m172945) HM|
|On the ridge west of Waynesboro occurred the last engagement of Confederate forces commanded by Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early. Portions of Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan's army, including cavalry led by Maj. Gen. George A. Custer, attacked and routed . . . — — Map (db m166157) HM|
|The South River that winds through Waynesboro is one of the city's best natural amenities: The river itself is 52 miles long. It begins near the village of Greenville and flows northward to Port Republic. At this point, it joins the North River to . . . — — Map (db m140457) HM|
|James Abbott Fishburne, an honor graduate of Washington College inspired by its president, Robert E. Lee, opened in 1879 with 24 students what eventually became Fishburne Military School. Staunton architectural firm T.J. Collins & Son designed the . . . — — Map (db m40897) HM|
The Plumb House was built between 1802 and 1806 on what was then the western edge of Waynesboro. While fighting did not occur here until late in the war, the community felt its impact early on. Henry Plumb, who lived here, was mortally wounded at . . . — — Map (db m170606) HM|
|This is Waynesboro's oldest intact neighborhood. It coalesced as a community about 1870, just after the Civil War, when formerly enslaved individuals moved here to work in nearby industries and on railroads. The African American residents . . . — — Map (db m40786) HM|
|The river bend 200 yards upstream is the site of the former Rife-Loth Dam. The dam was constructed of logs circa 1880 and produced power for the Ram Manufacturing Company using waterwheels. In the 1890s the waterwheels generated power for . . . — — Map (db m160146) HM|
|In Waynesboro's earliest days, the only way to cross the South River was by a ford. Fords are shallow spots in the river that offer low embankments. Travelers of this time crossed the river on foot, horseback, in a farm wagon or stagecoach.
A . . . — — Map (db m140456) HM|
Five generations of Plumbs…
The Plumb Family came to Waynesboro in 1837 to open a tavern. Five generations lived in the house until 1994 when Mrs. Lois Plumb went to live with her daughter. Her husband, known as "Happy" Plumb, was known for . . . — — Map (db m170600) HM|
|Virginia Metalcrafters had its first beginnings with the founding of the Waynesboro Stove Company in 1890 by William J. Loth. The company, which made ornately cast cookstoves, heaters and all accoutrements for kitchens of the period, later developed . . . — — Map (db m4031) HM|
|Pioneer 19th century Waynesboro industrialist.
On this site stood the home of William J. Loth, founder of the W. J. Loth Stove Company of Waynesboro, which produced coal and wood-burning stoves, and pioneered in the manufacture and sale of . . . — — Map (db m40788) HM|
|Archibald Stuart - Revolutionary soldier, legislator, and judge-was born here March 19, 1757, at the home of his grandfather and namesake, an early settler. The property was acquired by William A. Pratt in 1868 and G. Julian Pratt in 1900. — — Map (db m40894) HM|
|Settlers began to arrive to present day Augusta County in the 1730s and by the Revolutionary War a small hamlet existed here. By 1797, it was known as Waynesborough, for Revolutionary War hero Brig. Gen. Anthony Wayne. It became a town in 1801 and . . . — — Map (db m4032) HM|
|Here, on one of the first roads west of the Blue Ridge, a hamlet stood in colonial times. The Walker exploring expedition started from this vicinity in 1748. Here, in June, 1781, the Augusta militia assembled to join Lafayette in the east. A town . . . — — Map (db m41328) HM|
|William H. Harman
Born Feb. 17, 1828
Killed in action at
Waynesboro Mar 2, 1865.
He was a lieutenant of a com-
pany from Augusta County
in the Mexican War; after-
wards Brig. General in the
Virginia Militia; . . . — — Map (db m106824) HM|
This nearly 22-foot-long water pipe was excavated from the Casper Koiner farm in Crimora, Augusta County. It was part of a system that carried water to the 155-acre farm which included distilleries, a tannery, and a grist mill. Due to its . . . — — Map (db m170601) HM|