The city of Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County. It's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson.
Staunton was settled in the 1730s and has a lot of Civil War history, It was a a staging, manufacturing and supply depot for the Confederacy, In 1864, a large force of Union soldiers destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, and homes. as well as looted the supply depot and confiscated supplies.
Staunton offers many opportunities to experience the arts. The American Shakespeare Center, features the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum interpreting the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Visitors can also browse the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, the only presidential library that is located in Virginia.
Staunton has been designated as one of the "Best Small Towns in Virginia." A number of artisan shops, vineyards, and micro breweries can be found there, along with several music, arts and craft festivals held throughout the year.
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Living history among several authentic working farms and homesteads, each representing the melting pot of cultures from ethnic groups who settled the Shenandoah Valley. Photo: Hank Zimmerman