Augusta County was created in 1738 from part of Orange County, Virginia, and was named after Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. It was formed to cover a huge land area, with parts being split off to create other Virginia counties. It's been in its present form since 1790.
It's always been a land of beautiful scenery and much of its rural landscape can be experienced today, where many historical landmarks are also very visible and accessible.
The Frontier Culture Museum traces early settler root back to Germany, Scotland, Ireland, England and Africa. It interprets the traditions of family farming that has been going on there for centuries
It all surrounds the county seat of Staunton, a city well known for its world-class theater, dining, visual art and historic attractions in the downtown area.
There's plenty to do outdoors: Trout fishing, camping hiking and visiting the geologically-unique Natural Chimneys and Grand Caverns. Sections of both the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway overlook the eastern end of the county, where the two parks meet at the top of Afton Mountain on I-64.
A variety of festivals and stage events occur year round in the city of Staunton and Augusta county.
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Mossy Creek flows near the scenic Natural Chimneys park and campground in the northwestern area of Augusta County. Photo: Manny Jose