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City of Staunton

"The Queen City of the Shenandoah"

History of The City of Staunton

History: Located in Augusta County, Staunton has long been an industrial hub of the Shenandoah Valley. Settled in 1732 by Scottish-Irish immigrant John Lewis and his family, Staunton first became home to many early Scottish-Irish settlers. The territory’s founding was made official in 1747 and named in honor of Lady Rebecca Staunton, wife of English Governor Sir William Gooch. Leading into the late 18th century and early 19th century, Staunton began to grow at a fast rate with the establishment of their first all volunteer fire department in 1790 and the Augusta Female Seminary in 1842, which is known today as Mary Baldwin College. With the entry of the Virginia Central Railroad in the mid 19th century, Staunton quickly became the trading center for grain and tobacco due to its location in the heart of the region. The success of Staunton’s trading made it an integral part in the growth of the colonies, an important factor that led to the American Revolution. In addition, Staunton serves at the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, who was born on December 28, 1856 in the Presbyterian Manse, located off of North Coalter Street. Today, the birthplace is known as the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, which was constructed after the death of Woodrow Wilson in 1924 by his wife Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, serving as a grand memorial for the former president.


Today: Today, Staunton holds much of its small town charm within its grand establishment of culture and culinary arts. It has been named “One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations in the United States” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, rated #10 on the Smithsonian Magazine’s “The 20 Best Small Towns in America,” featured in Southern Living as “one of the small towns we love,” and the first Virginia region to receive a “Great American Main Street Award.”


While traveling through the winding city streets on foot, you will discover an array of timeless Victorian architecture along with breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley. Staunton’s “Main Street” located off of East Beverley Street is lined with locally owned shops that lodge unique restaurants, galleries, cafes, antiques, and several other specialty services. The restaurants in Staunton, such as Zynodoa and Byers Street Bistro, offer visitors fresh and local dishes with a modern flare and big city taste. Like many other cities in the Shenandoah Valley, much of the town’s hype is fixed on their production of small batch beers. Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company and Redbeard Brewing serve as the town’s local microbreweries, welcoming guests to sample their newest products on site in their tasting rooms.


With five historic districts bordering the downtown area, Staunton is immersed in the arts and entertainment scene. The city is home to the American Shakespeare Center, the world’s only replica of the playwright’s Blackfriars Theatre, as well as several historical museums. The most well known is the Frontier Culture Museum that brings colonial Virginia back to life as costumed actors mimic the lifestyles of the early settlers of the Shenandoah Valley. In addition, iconic landmarks of oversized, carbon steel sculptures created by local welder and sculptor Willy Ferguson are spread throughout the town. A giant watering can along with flowerpots can be found at the intersection of U.S. 250 and U.S. 11, while a sculpture of a massive book is placed right outside the Staunton Public Library.

What To Do: In addition to Staunton’s architectural elegance, the city offers residents a variety of leisurely activities to accommodate all the desirable adventures of families, couples, and even individuals. With Staunton’s famous motto “As You Like It,” the small town provides unforgettable and distinctive experiences for everyone that are truly irreplaceable.    


Arts and Entertainment Hot Spots


American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars PlayhouseOriginally founded in 1988 as the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express by Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen and Jim Warren, the American Shakespeare Center is a top destination for Shakespeare enthusiasts. Open year round primarily for Shakespeare productions, the Blackfriars Playhouse offers guests performances identical to those that were played in Shakespeare’s original indoor theater located in London. In addition, the Playhouse offers daily tours of the theater to guests.


The Art Galleries of StauntonWith nine fine art galleries in the Downtown area, visitors can view and purchase featured pieces such as paintings, sculptures, blown glass, jewelry, and photography. You will be guaranteed to find one of a kind gifts for all special occasions at these small town wonders.


CenterStage!Founded over 35 years ago, CenterStage! takes on the role as the community’s performing arts series, bringing international music, dance, and theater productions to the stages of Staunton. With five events occurring per season, local families around the Valley flock to the programs to hear and see various varieties of jazz, folk, and ethnic music and dance. In addition to the international programs, CenterStage! also hosts several performances from the local artists of Virginia on an annual basis. Tickets for events hosted by CenterStage! can be purchased by either season subscription or by single tickets at the door.


Dixie TheaterThis historic theater brings back the vintage feel of movie theaters from the early 1960s by only playing four sub-run and first run movies at a time. With newly installed all digital image and audio features, comfortable sofas and ottomans, and a sizeable snack bar, the Dixie theater is the perfect place for families and couples to unwind and enjoy the great works of cinema productions.


Heifetz International Music InstituteFrom June through August, residents and visitors have the opportunity to attend performances conducted by advanced students of the Heifetz International Music Institute at Mary Baldwin College. The students of the nonprofit organization undergo an intense six week musical program, sharpening and mastering the cutting-edge skills of playing instruments such as the violin, viola, and cello. Ticket information for all upcoming performances can be found on their website or Facebook page. 


Oak Grove TheaterEstablished over 55 years ago, this outdoor theater is nestled tightly under the oak trees of Quick Mill Road. With five shows that play from May through late August, residents and visitors have the option of either purchasing season tickets for $45 a piece or an individual ticket for $15. Accommodations for guests include public restrooms, wheelchair accessibility, and a concession stand.  


R.R. Smith Center for History and ArtThis building acts as the main headquarters for three of the town’s largest nonprofit organizations, including the Staunton Augusta Art Center, Historic Staunton Foundation and Augusta County Historical Society. In addition, the R.R. Smith Center also houses exhibits and retail art galleries, history galleries, research archives, a preservation resource center, and the T.J. Collins and Sons Architectural Drawing archive.  


ShenanArts TheatreOrganized in 1981, this non-profit organization is dedicated to using the art of theatre to build connections within the community. Located at the nTelos Theatre, ShenanArts hosts an array of plays and musical events throughout the whole year for all generations.


Staunton Augusta Art CenterLocated in the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, this art center features an array of activities for visitors. With their art exhibits constantly receiving new pieces, the gallery also holds auctions for individuals to buy unique art pieces. In addition, the nonprofit organizations holds several events throughout the year, such as Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill Park every Memorial Day weekend and Summer Studio Art classes for all skill levels.


Sunspot Studios and GlassblowingAs one of Staunton’s most popular destinations for visitors, this business offers guests a one of a kind experience in the art of glassblowing. Sunspot Studios has a gallery full of unique glass art pieces that serve as gorgeous décor for every home. You can even make your own ornament in the shop daily between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM with a reservation.


Visulite CinemasVery similar to the Dixie Theatre, Visulite Cinemas is located right off of North Augusta Street. The historic theater shows strictly first run movies and houses stadium seating with plush rocker-back chairs. Discounts are issued to students and senior citizens.


Family Adventures


Star B StablesFor an adventure in the countryside, Star B Stables welcomes guests to come out and enjoy an hour long guided horse trail ride. First time riders are always welcome and will be provided with any assistance needed from the tour guides. The stables are open daily and require that guests make appointments before they visit.


Staunton BravesFor the families who are avid baseball fans, the Staunton Braves provide grand entertainment for residents during the summer season. The summer collegiate league schedules roughly 44 games throughout June and July. Ticket information and game schedules can be found on their website. Available services for guests include wheelchair accessibility, public restrooms, gift shop, and snack bar.


Staunton LanesServing as the perfect family activity for all seasons of the year, Staunton Lanes consists of 30 lanes with a pro shop and snack bar. The bowling alley also offers winter and summer league bowling for those who want to participate competitively.


Historical Institutions and Museums


Augusta County CourthouseFor those who have a great curiosity for history, records such as deeds, wills, marriages, births, and deaths from 1745 to the present can be found at the courthouse. Visiting hours of the courthouse are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


Staunton Public LibraryIn addition to their countless collections of books, the Staunton Public Library also houses local history file, genealogy information, census, and newspapers from 1836 to the present. To check out all of the events hosted monthly for children and adults, check out the library’s calendar of events on their website, Facebook page, or contact them at (540) 332-3902.


Antique Fire Engine MuseumThis historic museum founded in 1982 features a variety of fire service collections dating back as far as the Civil War Era. The most notable antique is known as “Jumbo”, a 1911 Robinson Chemical Fire Engine restored to its original state by the City of Staunton Volunteer Fire Department. This rare item is the only fire truck of its kind in existence throughout the whole world.


Camera Heritage MuseumAs the largest privately owned free camera museum on the East Coast, this unique shop hold much charm through its collection of cameras dating back from the 19th century and grand supply of 2500 historical photographs of small town Staunton. Tours will be provided upon requests from visitors.


The Frontier Culture MuseumUnlike the majority of museums, the Frontier Culture Museum brings colonial Virginia back to life as costumed actors mimic the lifestyles of the early settlers of the Shenandoah Valley. Other services for guests include wheelchair accessibility, public restrooms, and a gift shop.


Mary Baldwin CollegeFormerly known as the Augusta Female Seminary in 1842, Mary Baldwin College now serves as a residential private liberal arts college for women and provides co-ed adult and graduate programs in areas such as public music, art, theatre, and dance.  


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum Take a first-hand look at where President Woodrow Wilson was born and grew up as a child with the numerous exhibits of this library and museum. Some of the exhibits include a World War I trench, Wilson’s Pierce-Arrow limousine, and historical gardens located in the back of the house. Discounts are available for students, AAA members, senior citizens, and active duty military personnel.


Golf Courses and Community Parks


Gypsy Hill Golf ClubLocated directly in Gypsy Hill Park, this 18-hole, par 71 golf course is open to the public year round. With rolling hills and gorgeous oak trees, this course provides breathtaking landscapes for golfers to enjoy as they swing their clubs and watch their golf balls fly. Current golf fees, further course information, and tournament schedules can be found on the course’s website.  


Ingleside Golf ResortLocated only minutes away from Downtown Staunton, Ingleside Golf Resort and Conference Center features an 18-hole, par 72 challenging course. Opened since 1928, this resort has been home to several different generations of golfers in the Staunton area. Today, PGA owner Eric Cobb ensures that the course stays in high quality shape to impress all visiting golfers that play a round or two on the course. The golf course offers memberships as well as public play for all levels of golfers.


The Club at IronwoodOriginally known as the Staunton Country Club in the 1910s, this historic club now houses a semi-private 18-hole golf course, professional golf shop, a private restaurant, a junior Olympic swimming pool, and tennis courts. Golf rates, upcoming events, and membership information can be found though their website.


Gypsy Hill ParkThis 214 acre park features an array of facilities for everyone, including a public golf course, football stadiums, baseball stadiums, a gymnasium, a lake, two playgrounds, three youth baseball fields, a public swimming pool, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, the Gypsy Express Mini Train, the Duck Pond, a bandstand, picnic areas, and outdoor cooking grills. All of the amenities listed above are free to the public with the exception of pool and athletic game entrance fees.


Betsy Bell Wilderness ParkIf you are searching for the perfect overlook of the Shenandoah Valley, Betsy Bell Wilderness Park is your picture perfect spot. With the elevation platform at an elevation of 1,959 thousand feet, you will see a clear view of Waynesboro and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park also has picnic facilities and several nature trails and climbs for hikers.


Montgomery Hall ParkLocated just south of Stuart Street off Montgomery Avenue, this 148 acre park features an array of amenities located over spans of tumbling hills and calm woodlands. Amenities offered include BBQ areas, softball fields, basketball courts, public restrooms, a disc golf course, horseshoes, picnic shelters, nature hiking trails, mountain bike trails, playgrounds, soccer fields, and tennis courts.


Vineyards and Markets


Ox-Eye VineyardsDedicated to creating high quality wines from the local grapes of the Shenandoah Valley, Ox-Eye Vineyards welcomes guests to come visit their tasting room in the Historic Wharf District of Downtown Staunton, just across the street from Sunspot Studios. The hours of the tasting room tend to change seasonally and can be found listed on their website.   


Staunton/Augusta Farmers MarketWith emphasis specifically on homegrown and homemade products since its founding in 1993, the Staunton/Augusta Farmers Market presents the freshest food and plant products in the Valley. With market days occurring seasonally on Saturdays and Wednesdays, the Staunton/Augusta Farmers Market is a great place for families and friends to gather. Information about vendors and upcoming events can be found on the farmer’s market website.  



Beer and Wine Tasting Facilities


The Barking DogKnown to visitors as a true hidden gem, the Barking Dog Wine Bar offers a fully stocked supply of local wines from the Shenandoah Valley, 16 Virginia craft beers, fresh Virginia branded cheese plates, and award winning grilled cheese sandwiches. In addition, Barking Dog merchandise, Greek olive oils, and gourmet snacks and wine related gifts is available for purchase at the shop.


Redbeard Brewing CompanyLocated in the historic Wharf District, Redbeard Brewing Company holds the title of being Staunton’s first downtown brewery, famously producing “small batches of big beers”. The microbrewery’s taproom is filled with bags of malt and live hops plants for all to observe while sampling their large variety of craft beers. The current tap list and upcoming events can be viewed on either their website or Facebook page.


Shenandoah HopsUnlike most beer and wine tasting facilities, Shenandoah Hops offers much more than just beer and wine. Besides having the largest collection of craft beers, microbrews, and imports in the Shenandoah Valley, the shop also supplies handmade gifts from crafters and artisans in Virginia, including wooden bottle totes, natural soaps, wall art and sculptures, floral jewelry, and photography prints by William Groah.


Shenandoah Valley Brewing CompanyBeginning their journey in the early months of 2012, Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company acts as the leading home brew supply store in the downtown district of Staunton. With their inventory expanding rapidly, the company is striving to join the Redbeard Brewing Company in becoming an official craft brewery. With their team of brewing experts, Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company wants to ensure that their customers are provided with the best tools and knowledge to have an ultimate craft brew experience.  


The Staunton AbbeyWith a large selection of beers and wines from around the world, the Staunton Abbey is definitely a great local shop to fill all your worldly beverage choices. Beers and wine are sold by the bottle in the shop, but can also be delivered to those in the Staunton area. You must be twenty-one or older and orders must be a minimum of $75 to receive delivery service. Updates on the shop’s current specials of beer and wine can be viewed on their website.


The Wine CellarKnown to the town as the beer and wine superstore, The Wine Cellar carries a wide selection of craft beers, wine, handmade local chocolate truffles, cigars, and beer making supplies. Also for special occasions, the staff at the Wine Cellar are more than happy to make personalized chocolate boxes and pair it with the perfect wine. 


Famous Annual Events


African American Heritage FestivalWith this annual festival occurring for over 25 years in the Staunton area, the annual African American Heritage Festival includes an array of live music and entertainment, ethnic foods, and high quality arts and crafts made by local artisans. The event is the largest of its kind in Western Virginia, hosted and sponsored by the Staunton Recreation and Parks Development and the Staunton City Tourism Department.


Art in the ParkAlways taking place on Memorial Day Weekend in Gypsy Hill Park, Art in the Park is a signature event hosted by the Staunton Augusta Art Center. This two day outdoor festival is perfect for all art enthusiasts and shoppers. Booths at the event are filled sky high with handcrafted jewelry, original paintings, and photographic prints taken by photographers across the United States. Venues for musicians, food services, and recreational activities are also available at the festival.


Fall Foliage Bike FestivalAs the leaves begin to turn bright and fall from the trees in the Shenandoah Valley, hundreds of cyclists make their way towards Staunton for a weekend long event to enjoy the cool air and gorgeous views of the fall season. All ages are welcome to register online for the event and volunteers are more than welcome to help out with all the preparations.


Hot Glass Festival at Sunspot StudiosThis free admission event is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser for all ages. A few of the events that occur at the Hot Glass Festival include a kid’s challenge where glass artists create pieces from children’s drawings, an opportunity to blow your own ornament, a demonstration of creating a fire breathing dragon by Josh Ries, wine tastings, and stone carvings from Virginia Stone Carvers Guild.


Oktoberfest at the Frontier Culture MuseumInfuse all your senses into the German culture for this daylong event at the Frontier Culture Museum. Guests will enjoy games on the German Farm, traditional German cuisine, music, dancing, and historic crafts with colonial artisans dressed in customary German attire. Specific information about event dates and times can be found on the Frontier Culture Website. 


Shakin’ at the Station Concert Series– Benefiting several local charities in the Staunton area, this concert series features a variety of local musicians that play from mid May until the beginning of September. Each band will represent a particular charity and all profits made during the performances will be donated to these community nonprofit organizations. With a large focus on family activities, this event is perfect for children and adults of all ages.

Staunton Music FestivalAt this event local, national, and international artists perform exceptional chamber music to bring back the essence of live classical music to the community. Since 1998, the Staunton Music Festival has been recognized as one of the region’s most innovative and accomplished chamber music organizations with events produced by an active Board of Directors, an Executive Director, and numerous volunteers.


Summer Brews and Blues Festival–As one of Staunton’s most recently established annual events, the Summer Brews and Blues Festival is a daylong event that features ten live blues musical acts, local vendors, craft beers from the Valley, and tons of food options. The event is held at the Frontier Culture Museum and generally occurs during the end of August.


The Best Restaurants

Recognized by Baltimore Magazine as “one of the country’s best-kept foodie secrets,” Staunton’s one of a kind restaurants trumps all expectations of first time visitors. Dedicated to using local and organic ingredients from the Shenandoah Valley, the restaurants of Staunton offer a burst of flavor in every dish that is handcrafted by expert chefs. With close to 50 restaurants and cafés in the downtown district, the culinary scene will be certain to satisfy all meal cravings. To check out all of the restaurants and food event information in the area, please visit Savor Staunton. A “taste” of downtown’s delightful collection of restaurants includes:


AioliLocated just beside the Fredrick House downtown, Aioli specializes in preparing Mediterranean style cuisines, specifically concentrating on creating dishes from the Southern European Mediterranean area. The restaurant’s menu changes on a seasonal basis to ensure that customers have the ability to try new dishes conjured up by Executive Chef Said Rhafiri and his talented kitchen crew. A few entrees that have been featured on Aioli’s menu include Pan Seared Salmon, Homemade Ravioli, and Pan Seared Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes.


Byer’s Street BistroWith Executive Chef Stephen Thacker born and raised in Staunton, the kitchen staff at Byer’s Street Bistro takes great appreciation and interest in using as many products as possible from the valley in their mouthwatering dishes. Their menu is centered largely on seafood dishes and classic southern comfort food, providing guests from the South with the comforting taste of home in every bite.


Clocktower Restaurant & BarServing as the mayor’s favorite spot to grab a burger, the Clocktower Restaurant & Bar is a classic and affordable place to dine with friends and family. With the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Bill Withers playing from the speakers, soft lighting, and an extensive menu, it’s no wonder why so many people recommend this place to downtown newcomers.   


Depot GrillNoted as a casual and relaxed eatery, the Depot Grill is known to be a family favorite among visitors and residents of Staunton. With an extensive American style menu, the restaurant has a large amount of dishes to choose from. This large selection includes hand-cut styles of beef, fresh seafood, prime and BBQ ribs, and daily specials created by the Executive Chef.


Emilo’s Italian RestaurantCommitted to “serving authentic Italian and Sicilian cuisine” Emilo’s is the place to go for mouthwatering pastas and classic Italian dinner entrees. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant prepares signature dishes such as homemade Manicotti, Fettuccini Alfredo, Pollo Alla Piccata, and sweet ricotta cheese stuffed cannolis.


Shenandoah PizzaOffering over 20 different types of gourmet pizzas, live music, and “on the wall” artwork by local artists, Shenandoah Pizza is the perfect joint for a casual evening out on the town. In addition to the pizza, the restaurant also serves salads, calzones, chicken wings, wines, and select beers on tap. 


The Mill Street GrillSince 1992, The Mill Street Grill has guaranteed guests the perfect balance between superb quality food and efficiently fast service. Specifically, locals know the restaurant for their tender Barbeque Baby Back Ribs and homemade BBQ sauce, but they serve much more than ribs. A few items featured on the menu include grilled steaks, Cajun Chicken Fettuccini, Greek Mahi Mahi, and Artichoke Chicken.


The Pompei LoungeComplimented with a two floor, open-air rooftop terrace and a balcony overlooking the city at dusk, The Pompei Lounge is the premier spot for a romantic date night. The restaurant features weekly live music, elegant cocktails, Italian desserts, and light meals for two to split. Located just three levels above Emilo’s Italian Restaurant, The Pompei Lounge is the perfect getaway for you and your date to unwind and relax.   


The Split Banana Co.With a catchy name and adorable logo, The Split Banana Company specializes in producing some of the creamiest gelato in the region. With more than 50 different gelato and sorbet recipes combined, the store holds 18 flavors at a time and nominates three flavors to be showcased as “Flavors of the Month”. Examples include Caramel Crunch-a-Bunch, M&M Birthday Cake, and Mint Stracciatella.


ZynodoaDescribed as a southern cuisine restaurant with metropolitan flare, Zynodoa is one of the best when it comes to fine dining in Staunton. Executive Chef James Harris is an all-inclusive advocate for the local food movement and is greatly inspired to provide the freshest dishes to his loyal customers. Curried Yellow Squash Bisque, Smith Point Crab Tartlet, Autumn Olive Shepherd’s Pie, and Peanut Butter Crème Brulee are just a few of many dishes featured on the restaurant’s menu.

Staunton Real Estate System: The Real Estate Information System is a powerful tool for the general public to have access to. With the ability to search by address, owner, tax map, building type, subdivision, zoning, finished square feet, assessed value, sale price, and sale date it is not hard to find information you are looking for.  Once you have identified the property you are researching they are directly linked to the Staunton City Geographic Information System (GIS) and gives you the basic information including legal description, building information, sales history, recent neighborhood sales, printable property card, and more.  You have to be a little careful trusting the data on this site and its reliability however. It serves as a start to any research and at great reference point when digging for more information. To access the Staunton Real Estate System Database, please click here.

Staunton Geographic Information System (GIS): Linked to the Staunton Real Estate System database, the Staunton GIS offers a much better mapping perspective. With the ability to zoom in and out, pan, and identify certain parcels, the Staunton GIS is similar to working with detailed version of Google Maps. A GIS is set up with several layers built into the system for example: flood plains, school districts, parks, civil war battle fields, etc … you can activate the layers you want to see that are impacting a particular property you are researching.  Where the parcel boundaries are outlined on the GIS is not one hundred percent reliable so in no way should this be used in place of a survey. It does however serve as a tremendous reference and you do have the ability to use the measuring tool to get rough measurements if you need to. If the aerial photography layer is active you can see the location of structures on any particular lot.


Staunton Zoning Districts: Staunton zoning districts are defined by how a particular property is intended to be used and the regulation that goes along with the district. There are over seventeen different zoning districts throughout the town of Staunton. The most common Residential Districts are listed below. If you are interested in reading more into the specifics of the entire Staunton Zoning Code, click here.

R-1 Low Density Residential District – These districts are intended to be used for single-family residential development with low population densities. Additional permitted uses, by review of the planning commission, include educational facilities normally required to provide the basic elements of a balanced and attractive residential area.

R-2 Low Density Residential District – These districts are intended to be used for single-family residential development with low to moderate population densities. Additional permitted uses, by review of the planning commission, include educational facilities normally required to provide the basic elements of a balanced and attractive residential area.

R-3 Medium Density Residential District – These districts provide for medium to high residential population density. The principal uses of land may range from single-family to multiple-family apartment uses. Certain uses, which are more compatible functionally with intensive residential uses than with commercial uses, are permitted. The recreational, religious, educational facilities, and other related uses in keeping with the residential character of the district may be permitted on review by the planning commission.

R-4 High Density Residential District – These residential districts are intended to promote and encourage the establishment and maintenance of a suitable environment for urban residence in areas appropriate by location and character for occupancy by high density, multiple-family dwellings. One of the important purposes of this district is to create adequate standards of residential development in order to prevent overcrowded and unhealthy housing conditions. The intensity of land use should not be so great as to cause congestion of building or traffic or to preclude the amenities of good housing. Densities should be limited to provide adequate light, air, and usable open space for dwellings and functional space for all related facilities.


R-5 Manufactured Home Park District – The purpose of this district is to establish areas in the city to accommodate manufactured homes as attractive and affordable housing with standards of livability in accord with the goals of health, safety, and welfare consistent with and compatible with surrounding land uses, the intent of this title and the comprehensive plan for the city.



The Public Schools of Staunton:Between the six schools that make up the Staunton City Public School District, approximately 2,731 students are enrolled in grades Pre-K through 12. With a student-teacher ratio of about 22 students per classroom, students have the opportunity to receive more face time with their teachers as well as engage with their classmates in small groups, allowing them to create personal connections throughout their grade school years. The district spending trends of the Staunton City Public Schools for current expenditures averages out to $11,751 per student. Typically, 64% of school funds are spent on instruction, 32% spent on support services, and 3% spent on other elementary and secondary expenditures.  


 Elementary Schools:

 A.R. Ware Junior Elementary

 Bessie Weller Elementary

 Thomas C. McSwain Elementary


 Middle School:

 Shelburne Middle School


 High School:

 Robert E. Lee High School


Staunton Landfill: Owned as shared between Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, the landfill is operated by the Augusta County Service Authority. Residents of Staunton are welcome to dispose of trash and discarded materials free of charge, except for tires. Those who are commercial or industrial customers will be charged $45.00 per ton of garbage. A drop-off recycling facility is also onsite, where items such as cardboard, magazines, newspapers, glass, steal cans, and aluminum are eligible for collection. Used motor oil is also accepted free of charge. The landfill is located south on Route 11 past the shopping mall; left on Route 647 by the coke plant; right on Route 648, 1.6 miles on the right. The landfill is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM until 4:15 PM and can be reached at (540) 337-2857.


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