Frontier Culture Museum where
working "farms" demonstrate how the lifestyles of England, Ireland,
and Germany came together to create the rural life of the 1800's
that shapes so much of today's culture. The newest addition is The
African Village. Enjoy walking through the "farms" where volunteers
speak in the first person as if they lived there, telling you about
their family, the belongings in their home, and their lifestyle.
Thatched roofs, huts, gardens, and even the clothing of the
volunteers are some of the experiences you'll enjoy.
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library you'll
take a look at the life and times of one of the nation's great
leaders. You can visit the Presidential Library, the birthplace,
and a museum dedicated to the Pierce Arrow driven by President
The Museum of Bank History at Sun Trust Bank adjoins
the handsome 1930's Beaux-Arts style banking hall of Sun Trust
Bank. It has a display of objects that were once used by The Valley
National Bank as well as memorabilia associated with the banking
industry. When the bank was known as The Valley National Bank,
Gilpin Willson, Jr. was president of the bank for several years. He
lived at 216 West Frederick Street, which is now set up as a
vacation rental home and the carriage house is booked as a B&B
accommodation. The house was built for him when he got
married. The heavy old safe still remains in the entry hall wall
although now it is stocked with brochures instead of money. It is
said that Gilpin Willson, Jr. gave loans (on a handshake) from his
home, and that is why we have the heavy old black and gold safe
built right into the house, a wonderful reminder of the way things
used to be done.
Trinity Episcopal Church, the first
Augusta Parish Church, was built on the site where the church stands
today in 1763. The present church, a distinguished example of early
Gothic Revival architecture, was begun in 1855. It boasts an
extraordinary collection of stained glass windows, including many by
Tiffany Studios. You can enjoy the carillon four times a day while
sitting in the gardens at The Gilpin Willson Home and Traveler's
Rest. The carillon plays a hymn at 9:00 a.m., noon, 3:00 p.m.,
and 6:00 p.m. You can hear the hymns softly playing since the
church is only a block for the B&B.
SMA VWIL Museum, established by the
Staunton Military Academy (SMA) Alumni Association and the Virginia
Women's Institute for Leadership (VWIL), is a museum and memorial to
SMA and its cadets.
The "Jumbo" antique fire engine 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
The R.R. Smith Center is
a collaboration of three leading cultural organizations: Augusta
County Historical Society, Historic Staunton Foundation, and the
Staunton-Augusta Art Center. The center was designed in 1893 by
noted local architect T. J. Collins. The Smith Center houses
exhibit galleries, a lecture hall, classrooms, archival areas, a
library and reading room, conference facilities, and offices for the
three non-profit organizations.
open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday AND 10:00 am
- 2:00 pm Saturday. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Sunday.
Free. Wheelchair accessible. Public