Also now available, the John Hildebrand early settlement maps of the Beverly and Borden patents in Augusta and Rockbridge Counties. Inquire at the ACHS Library.
Augusta County's history is America's history. Here in the county that once stretched west to the Mississippi River and north to the Great Lakes...Native Americans clashed with pioneers opening the frontier...Revolutionary War patriots helped secure their nation's liberty...America's agricultural revolution began...a future U.S. President was born...Civil War armies vied for control of a state...and great artists shaped their vision.
Indeed, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Cyrus McCormick, Woodrow Wilson, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson all played important roles in our history, but so did Grandma Moses, George Caleb Bingham, Kate Smith, John Coalter and William Sheppard. Daniel Boone visited kinfolk here, Santa Anna stopped here, Charles Lindbergh landed here, Erwin Rommel studied here and Billy Sunday preached here. Even history's great names like Eisenhower and Lincoln traced their ancestral homes to this county. And, we cannot tell a lie - George Washington slept here.
The mission of the Augusta County Historical Society is to study, collect, preserve, publish, educate about, and promote the history of Augusta County and its communities. The society also strives to make the citizens of Augusta County aware of their heritage.
The Augusta County Historical Society is now located on the third floor of the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art. This restored 19th-century railroad hotel is located at 20 South New Street in downtown Staunton. A parking garage is located across the street from the center, which houses a research library, classrooms, a lecture hall, and two exhibit galleries.
Thursday, January 23, 6-8 p.m.
"Kenton Harper, the Staunton Spectator, & Newspapers" Exhibit opening, reception, booksigning (Kenton Harper:Editor, Citizen, Soldier), and lecture, R.R. Smith Center for History and Art. Free to members, fee for non-members.
Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m. Stuart Speaker Series First of a two-partseries on Colonial Money in Virginia by Phil Mossman. R.R. Smith Center lecture room; Free to members, fee for non-members.
Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m.
Stuart Speaker Series Conclusion of
the Colonial Money program by Phil Mossman. R.R. Smith Center lecture room; Free to members, fee for non-members.
Sunday, March 16, 3 p.m.
ACHS Spring Meeting, Gen. Ted Shuey will speak about the history of the Augusta Militia, Event held at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona. Free to all.
Tuesday, April 15, 6-9 p.m.
Augusta County Golden Gala
at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, "Augusta County Through the Ages," -fine food, fine entertainment, a true 50th anniversary celebration complete with a birthday cake.