Things to Do > Historic Attractions & Museums


  “Jumbo” is a 1911 Robinson Chemical Fire Engine completely restored by the City of Staunton Volunteer Fire Department.  It is the only surviving fire truck of its kind in existence.  This truck was the first motorized fire truck of its kind to be used in the State of Virginia.  The fire department itself is one of the oldest in the State, organized in 1790. Hours: 8:00 am-9:00 pm Fees:  Free 540-332-3886
500 N. Augusta St.
Staunton
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Augusta Military Academy The depiction of a cadet’s life at Virginia’s oldest military prep school.  Extensive historic collections as well as alumni achievements on display. Hours: 10:00 am-4:00 pm Tu-Su Fees: Free. Credit cards accepted, wheelchair accessible, public restrooms, gift shop 540-248-3007
1640 Lee Hwy.
Fort Defiance
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Camera and Pallete Largest privately-owned free camera museum on the East Coast. Includes daguerreotypes, wooden cameras, spy cameras and 100+ Leicas and Zeiss cameras. Over 2000 cameras and lenses. Tours available upon request. Over 2500 Historical photos of the Staunton area. Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm M-Fr, 9:00 am-2:00 pm Sat. Fees: Free Wheelchair accessible

540-886-8535
1 W. Beverley Street
Staunton

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Civil War Staunton played a pivotal role during the Civil War years when the Shenandoah Valley served as the “Breadbasket of the Confederacy.”  While most of the battles were being fought north or west of the town, it was the presence of the Virginia Central Railroad that provided a vital link between the Valley and eastern Virginia, making Staunton an important supply depot for the Confederacy.  Staunton has one architectural advantage over most of other small towns in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia: it escaped the Civil War unscathed. Many of its 18th and early 19th century homes and buildings still stand and are wonderfully preserved.


Confederate Breastworks Fort Edward Johnson, now also known as Confederate Breastworks, was instrumental in defending the town of Staunton during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862.  Enjoy this winding ½ mile interpretive trail along the top of the Shenandoah Mountain.  Learn how the soldiers built the breastworks.  Help protect this historic landmark by staying on the trail and out of trenches. U.S. Rt. 250, approx 20 miles from Staunton

Frontier Culture Museum An outdoor, living history museum with exhibits and programs that explore the diverse old world origins of the earliest immigrants to America and the culture they created together. Hours:  9:00 am-5:00 pm M-Su. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day Fees: Adults $10, children 6-12 $6, under 6 free, seniors 60+ $9.50. Credit cards accepted, wheelchair accessible, public restrooms, gift shop 540-332-7850
1290 Richmond Rd.
Staunton
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Staunton Downtown Development Downtown Staunton is an award winning Virginia Main Street community that boasts over 270 businesses including 30 restaurants and eateries, 80 specialty retail stores, antiques, service businesses and salons, all cloistered in a historically preserved community that features Victorian architecture. 540-332-3867
110 W. Johnson St.
Staunton
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A scenic driving tour following the route of Union General David Hunter's 1864 raid through Virginia.


Part of the Virginia Civil War Trail Systems. 

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Mary Baldwin College Historic, residential college for women with co-ed adult and graduate programs, offering public music, art, theater and dance events.  PEG (Program for the Exceptionally Gifted), VWIL (Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership) 540-887-7009
101 E. Frederick St.
Staunton
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  The Museum of Bank History at SunTrust Bank, adjoining the handsome 1930 Beaux-Arts style banking hall of SunTrust Bank, is a display of objects that were once used by the Valley National Bank, and memorabilia associated with the banking industry. Hours:  Open during banking hours M-Th 9:00 am-5:00 pm, F 9:00 pm-6:00 pm Fees: Free 540-887-0174
2-14 W. Beverley St.
Staunton
Staunton Military Academy The Staunton Military Academy (SMA) Alumni Association - Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership (VWIL) Museum is a joint endeavor between the two organizations, with a mission of to preserving the past  while challenging the future. Hours: W, Sa, Su 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Fees: Free 540-885-1309
227 Kable St.
Staunton
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Stonewall Brigade Band The Stonewall Brigade Band is the nation's oldest continuous community band sponsored by local government and funded by tax monies. Initially formed as a brass band, they have grown and changed into a community concert band averaging about 70 playing members, performing free summer concerts. Hours:  performances M 8:00 pm June-August. Fees: Free 540-213-3880
600 Churchville Ave.
Staunton
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Stuart Hall Historic Stuart Hall School is a college preparatory Episcopal school with campuses in Staunton and Verona, Virginia, offering a co-ed day program for grades K-12 and a boarding program for girls in grades 8-12 from across the United States and around the world. 888-306-8926;
540-885-0356

235 W. Frederick St.
Staunton

Thornrose Cemetery This beautiful cemetery hosting the designs of T.J. Collins was established in 1849. At the highest elevation of Thornrose Cemetery is a large Confederate section that is marked by a monument of a soldier, impressive limestone retention walls and cast iron urns. Some 1,777 Confederate soldiers are buried in this section, the remains of many of them moved to this site following the war. 540-886-8241
1041 W. Beverley St.
Staunton
Trinity Church Historic church and grave yard with over 25 majestic stained glass windows, including 12 by Tiffany Studios. Hours:  1:00 pm-4:00 pm M-F (Sept-May)    1:00 pm-4:00pm M-Th (June-Aug) Fees: Free. Wheelchair accessible, public restrooms 540-886-9132
214 W. Beverley St.
Staunton
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Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind Historic VSDB provides quality academic and residential services to students who are deaf, hearing impaired, blind, visually impaired and those with multiple disabilities. 800-522-8732;
540-332-9000

100 New Hope Rd.
Staunton
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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library The nation’s 28th president comes to life as you enjoy an engaging tour of Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace.  Immerse yourself in the state-of-the-art World War I trench exhibit, discover Wilson's Pierce-Arrow limousine, and stroll through beautiful historic gardens.  A National Historic Landmark.  Hours: Mar. 15 - Nov. 14  10:00 am - 5:00 pm  M-Sa.  Nov. 15 - Mar. 14  10:00 am - 5:00 pm Th, F, Sa, M.  Closed Tu and W.  Fees:  Adult $14, Senior/AAA/Active Military $12, Students 13+ $7, Children 6-12 $5, Under 6 free. Credit cards accepted, wheelchair accessible, public restrooms, gift shop 888-496-6376;
540-885-0897

18 N. Coalter St.
Staunton
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Wilderness Road The Wilderness Road is an epic saga about the early migration and settlement of America. As the colonies were thriving along the east coast in the late 1600s, the Appalachian Mountains remained a formidable barrier to the interior of the nation.  The Wilderness Road led settlers to the Daniel Boone Trail which led through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky or they traveled south along the Great Warrior Path into Georgia.  Staunton is a part of the Wilderness Road Initiative to preserve this legacy.  

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