Historically, Waynesboro was a great pit stop for travelers going through the Rockfish Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Incorporated as an official town in 1834, Waynesboro has had an eventful past. The area gained the name Waynesborough shorty after U.S. Army General Anthony Wayne and his troops claimed victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794 during the Northwest Indian War. Since many of the town’s settlers were from Pennsylvania, it was only natural that the land be named after a hero from their hometown. Eventually, the name of town was shortened to Waynesboro.
It is the site of the last battle in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War as well as a major transit junction for railroads, giving it the nickname the “Iron Cross”. In 1923, Waynesboro actually merged with Basic City after a thirty-four year rivalry between the two towns. However, due to the sly actions of Waynesboro town leaders, the document given to the state to approve the merging of the two towns referred to the name as simply Waynesboro rather than Waynesboro-Basic. Once the new town was officially established in 1924, the people of Basic City were furious.
Today: Waynesboro offers an endless amount of attractions, especially to the outdoor enthusiast. There are plenty of places to canoe, kayak, fish, bike, and camp, which is one of the best aspects of this beautiful town. With the city 3 miles away from Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, residents are only minutes away from accessing 105 miles of stunning mountain views of the Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains. Also, for the daredevils who are seeking a more intense adventure with nature, there are many hiking trails to choose from where you can participate in backpacking, bouldering or mountain biking. Whatever your outdoor thrill you may be seeking, Waynesboro surely is the place that will provide you with your ideal adventure.
In addition to Waynesboro’s outdoor wonderland, several buildings from the Civil War Era still stand tall on the town’s Main Street, including the Plumb House and the Coiner-Quesenbury House, which is noted to be the first brick house built in Waynesboro. With 3 historic districts and 7 additional independent historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, visitors and residents have the grand opportunity to explore the drama and memories of the Civil War first hand by setting foot on the grounds of the historic sites that still bear their scars from the Battle of Waynesboro.
P. Buckley Moss Museum-With her work represented in over 200 galleries worldwide, P. Buckley Moss is known as one of the nation’s most treasured living artists who was born and raised in Waynesboro. The museum features her permanent collection of unique masterpieces that may be viewed by all art enthusiasts.
Shenandoah Valley Art Center- Located in Waynesboro’s historic downtown district, the Shenandoah Valley Art Center features an array of original works from the area’s local artisans. The center also hosts 4-day workshops for aspiring artists and sponsors multiple art shows throughout the year.
Wayne Theatre- Currently in its final phases of construction, the historic Wayne Theatre will soon once again be up and running to host various live concerts and events. Owners Carl Loth and James Patterson first opened the theatre as Waynesboro’s first vaudeville/silent movie theatre in 1926. In 1980, the theatre suffered extreme damages from a fire that occurred in the concession area. By 2000, the Waynesboro City Council decided that the theatre should be restored and transformed into a center for the arts and entertainment of the town.
Zeus Digital Theatres- Acting as Waynesboro’s central movie theatre, Zeus Digital Theatres offers guests a selection of ten different theatres playing the most current releases in cinema. In addition, the theatre also accommodates birthday parties for children, private screenings and meeting space for adults.
Eastside Speedway- With their foot deeply rooted in valley racing, Eastside Speedway is the perfect getaway for all speed demons. The speedway offers three different forms of racing, including dirt track racing with a 4/10 clay oval, go-cart racing with a ½ mile asphalt oval, and a 1/8 mile dragstrip. Whatever your preferred form of racing may be, check out their website to keep updated on the most current events occurring at the track.
Waynesboro Eagles Nest-Waynesboro’s Eagles Nest airport offers guests an experience like no other. To get an even more spectacular view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley, the airport offers an array of different sigh seeing rides. So whether you are celebrating a birthday or want to witness breathtaking views during fall foliage, the Eagle’s Nest will be sure to get you “above it all”.
Augusta County Railroad Museum-With four large-scale model train layouts and memorabilia from the local railroads of Waynesboro, the Augusta County Railroad Museum is a must see for all railroad fans. The museum is open on the second and last Saturday of each month from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Fishburne Military School-Known as Virginia’s smallest and oldest military school, the Fishburne Military School has an enrollment of about 200 male cadets in 7th through 12th grade. With various award winning sports teams present at the school, Waynesboro locals and visitors are more than welcome to attend any FMS sporting events with the whole family. Click here to access the current sports calendar and plan your trip now!
Waynesboro Heritage Museum- Located in historic downtown Waynesboro, the Heritage Museum is the go to for all major history buffs. The museum features various collections of antiques from the town’s founding, an nTelos audio-visual room, and gift shop. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
Plumb House- Owned and maintained by the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, the Plumb House is known to all as one of the great survivors of the “Battle of Waynesboro”. The two-story log cabin was first built in 1802 and has served as the home to five generations of the Plumb Family from 1837-1994. Today, collections of Civil War and Native American artifacts are housed on the grounds as well as a slave-built brick patio, a historic garden and summer kitchen. Guests may pay a visit the historic site Thursday through Saturday from 10am until 4pm.
Blue Moon Galleries- Established since 1994, Blue Moon Galleries is one of the top sellers in the industry of specialty gifts. The gallery’s showroom houses a vast collection of Virginia Metalcrafters brass products, engravable sterling and pewter gifts from Salisbury Pewter, and luxury lamps from Wildwood. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00pm. Purchases can also be made through their website or over the phone during normal business hours.
Bonsai Market-Serving as Waynesboro’s only Asian grocery store, the Bonsai Market carries an array of fresh and frozen Filipino foods as well as a large selection of bonsai trees and supplies. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm and on Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Gassman Automotive Products-Starting out as a three bay garage in 1992, Gassman Automotive is the leading business for restoring and servicing classic cars in the Waynesboro community. The 13,000 square foot facility provides services such as upholstery, paint and body work, mechanical rebuilding, fabrication, electric diagnostics and complete vehicle restorations. Whether you are interested in their services or just want to sneak a peek at the vintage cars in the shop, feel free to stop by Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.
G & W Motorwerkes- Devoted to preserving and maintaining Porsche vehicles, G & W Motorwerkes offers clients a team of workers who have several years of experience in all aspects of the Porsche world. The company’s professional services include buyer assistance, seller assistance, appraisal and valuation, pre-show preparation, restoration project management, vintage and NOS parts, Porsche art and memorabilia, and storage.
Initial Inspiration- Specializing in custom embroidery that gives their products a “personal” touch, Initial Inspiration is the shop to go to for all gift givers. Browse their immense collection of totes, coolers, purses, t-shirts, and small trinkets in their store downtown or shop online to have your order shipped directly to your doorstep.
It’s a Country Thing- Located off of Goose Creek Road, this charming little shop sells all sorts of rustic home décor, including wall art, dining accessories, garden flags, and much more at affordable prices. It’s a Country Thing is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Mariah Amine Couture- Open since December 2010, this retail boutique offers clients a high quality of select handmade products. Owner Mariah Amine Clark has a supreme passion for designing classy formal gowns for women of all ages and sizes. Ms. Clark’s one-of-a-kind gowns are sold exclusively at the Waynesboro based boutique along with other artisan treasures such as hats, scarves, blankets, purses, and jewelry. The boutique also offers sewing and knitting classes every Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Market on Main- Named the “Biggest Little Specialty Shop in Waynesboro” Market on Main offers a wide selection of wine and craft beer from around the globe, as well as local brews from several areas of Virginia. In addition, the market also features works of jewelry, photography, pottery, and handmade books from local Virginia artisans. Also feel free to come check out the company’s free wine tastings happening on the first Friday of every month!
Rockfish Gap Outfitters- Serving as Waynesboro’s premier outdoor outfitter, Rockfish Gap Outfitters has all the necessary gear for all your adventures in the Shenandoah Valley. Whether you are looking for camping supplies or advice on the best locations for the ultimate hike, swing by the store to chat to Rockfish Gap Outfitter’s team of experts.
South River Fly Shop- Tommy and Kevin, owners of South River Fly Shop, decided to make their dream of opening a classic fly shop into a reality in 2011. Unlike most fly shops that only offer high end clothing, South River Fly Shop offers customers a country store atmosphere and products that actually suite the needs of all fly fishers.
Stone Soup Books and Café- Unlike most cafes, this quaint shop offers customers more than just tea sandwiches and gourmet coffee. Located in a 115-year-old farmhouse on the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Stone Soup Books and Café houses a bookstore with multiple genre collections along with tranquil gardens that surround the property. With a comfortable and inviting atmosphere, this café is the perfect place for those seeking a quiet oasis close to home.
Under The Roof- Located off of West Main Street, this 30,000 sq. ft. showroom displays several styles of home furnishings from modern to traditional pieces. With frequent sales on designer furniture brands such as Copeland, Bassett, and Bradington-Young, you will be sure to find the stylish furniture you have been seeking at low prices.
Valley Heritage Shoppes- Serving as the ultimate home emporium of the town, Valley Heritage Shoppes carries an array of products for all customers, including gourmet foods, kitchen accessories, unfinished furniture, garden décor, collectables, and much more.
Appalachian Trail- With Waynesboro designated officially as one of the Appalachian Trail Communities in 2012, the town supplies the trail with a steady flow of hikers. Located within two miles from the entrance of the Trail, outdoor enthusiasts have access to a world full of captivating views, wild plant life, and woodland creatures.
Constitution Park- Located in downtown Waynesboro at the intersection of Main Street and McElroy Street, this facility severs as the prime location for many town events, such as concerts, festivals, car shows, and Civil War reenactments. Constitution Park also houses the Waynesboro Farmers Market and Waynesboro Arboretum.
Coyner Springs- Open from sunrise to sunset, this rustic 300+ acre park provides a home for wildlife creatures such as red-tailed hawks, woodpeckers, and the occasional deer. Park amenities include a picnic area, several nature trails, and a leash-free dog park.
North Park- Placed across from Waynesboro City Shops and bordered around the South River, North Park provides activities for all interests including picnicking, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and a playground for family-fun. All services of the park are open from sunrise to sunset.
Ridgeview Park- Lined with evergreens and vividly colored flowers, Ridgeview Park is fully equipped with a fishing area, baseball fields, tennis courts, soccer fields, a jogging trail, and an amphitheater. Fishermen should take note of the variety of fish that can be found in the waters, including bass, perch, bluegill, catfish, and trout. All services of the park are open from sunrise to sunset.
Shenandoah National Park- Located in the backyard of Waynesboro, the Shenandoah offers visitors endless outdoor recreational opportunities, including backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, bouldering, mountain biking, and sightseeing. The National Park is the perfect getaway for a day that isn’t too far from home.
Skyline Drive- Waynesboro marks off as the best kick off point for a road trip on the 105-mile drive. With 75 overlooks throughout the roadway, you won’t be able to resist stopping and sneaking a closer peek at the beautiful views of the Shenandoah National Park.
South River- Home to Virginia’s annual Fly Fishing Festival and known as only one of two urban fisheries in the state, the South River is a treasured spot among fishermen. Running right through the city, the river provides easy access to those wishing to throw out a fishing line and bask in the sunshine on a warm summer day.
Chocolate Extravaganza- What better way to welcome spring then with a fundraising event full of decedent treats? Occurring in March, this annual fundraising event features scrumptious chocolate desserts whipped up by area confectioners, caterers, and chefs as well as live music, dancing, beverages, and door prizes.
Classic Car and Truck Show- Typically scheduled in the early months of summer, the Classic Car and Truck Show displays a variety of vintage cars over the blocks of Main Street. While shopping downtown, visitors can talk with the owners of classic beauties such as ‘57 Chevys or Thunderbirds as they compete for prizes.
Fall Foliage Festival- For over 40 years, the town of Waynesboro has welcomed the vivid colors of fall with the Fall Foliage Festival Art Show. With over 150 artists and fine craftsmen present, those who attend can view the works of local painters, potters, woodworkers, glass artists, and jewelers. The event also features local food trucks, craft beer, and local folk music. Admission to the event and parking is free to all who wish to attend.
Market Day- Every year on the first Saturday of October, the Waynesboro community comes together on the town’s main street for Market Day. The festival includes a day full of live music, dancing demonstrations, sidewalk sales, Mad Anthony’s Chili Cookoff, children’s activities, and food vendors. The event also holds a Scarecrow Contest where participants can win cash prizes.
Yuletide Traditions- Known as one of the community’s most treasured annual traditions, the Christmas Tree Lighting sparks the Yuletide Season in downtown Waynesboro. As families gather in Center Square, the streets are filled with music and festivities. Some of the signature features include live entertainment, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a 6-foot tall candy cane, and Santa’s “elves” passing out treats to kids.
A Little Something Sweet- Ever since opening day in 2006, pastry boutique owner Missy Hewitt-Grable has pleased every one of her sweet-toothed customers. From custom wedding cakes to scrumptious specialty baked goods for all occasions, A Little Something Sweet is perfect for all. As Missy says, “a beautiful confection should taste as good as it looks.”
Basic City Luncheonette- Proven to be a crowd favorite among locals, this restaurant serves customers great American food and service at great prices. The menu includes classic homestyle dishes such as meatloaf with mashed potatoes, pork tenderloin and gravy, country fried steak, and hamburgers.
Boardwalk Café- Deemed as the Valley’s original specialty hot dog eatery, owners Jane and Steve Pittella welcome you and your whole family to a friendly neighborhood spot where you can enjoy great food and a bit of magic. The restaurant offers over 50 different types of Nathan’s hot dogs to choose from, such as the Virginia Classic with cheese, onions, and all-beef chili or the Boardwalk dog served on a pretzel bun and topped off with homemade coleslaw. In addition to hotdogs, the café also serves hot paninis, cold sandwiches, jumbo soft pretzels, and authentic Italian ices.
Ciro’s Pizza- Located in the Willow Oak Plaza shopping center, Ciro’s Pizza serves up an array of authentic Italian dishes from custom pizzas to hearty pasta dishes. Voted “Best In Town” by their customers for several years, the pizza joint holds true to the slogan, “ imitators try, but none can compare!”
Green Leaf Grill- This award winning restaurant features a menu full of authentic New Orleans cuisines, including craw-fish etouffee and seafood gumbo, gourmet pizzas, and hot paninis. In addition to the diverse menu, the Green Leaf Grill provides live music every Friday and Saturday night, as well as every Sunday during their jazz-themed brunches.
Heritage on Main- Known as the top beer and burger joint in town, Heritage on Main is the perfect place to stop in for a generous meal. Between the 22 different beers on tap and 22 burger combinations made from fresh ground beef, you will surely be back to try it all.
Micah’s Coffee- Charming coffee shop owners Robert and Megan offer the best quality coffee in town. Fully equipped with a drive thru and a specialty menu, Micah’s Coffee is certainly the go to place for your early morning caffeine fix and sweet tooth cravings.
Scotto’s Italian Restaurant- Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week, this authentic Italian eatery has been serving the Shenandoah Valley for over 24 years. Chef Tommy Scotto prepares classic dishes such as Chicken Calabrese, Butternut Squash Ravioli, and signature New York Style Cheesecake. In addition to their lunch and dinner menus, Scotto’s also offers catering services for all sorts of events.
Stella, Bella, & Lucy’s- This fine café brings customers a selection of creamy soups, large salads, toasty sandwiches, and house-made desserts with a warming atmosphere of southern comfort. It is the perfect place to catch up with friends over lunch or just enjoy a quiet breakfast while glancing over the newspaper.
The Hot Spot- Doubled as the Valley’s premier live music venue and restaurant, The Hot Spot houses a solid in-house sound system, hand-built stage and large dance floor. Bookings at the venue include regional and national touring bands that bring a diverse sound to the Waynesboro music scene. Stop on in with friends for a grand night on the town!
Weasie’s Kitchen- Known for their large breakfast platters and soft buttermilk pancakes, Weasie’s Kitchen specializes in serving up home-cooked foods in an old-fashioned atmosphere. It’s the place “where friends meet to eat!”
Zinga! Frozen Yogurt- For those craving a sweet frozen treat without compromising a healthy diet, Zinga has the perfect solution for you! The shop offers a wide selection of fat free and low calorie frozen yogurt flavors with over 50 toppings. Some of their flavors include Peaches and Cream, Swiss Chocolate, and New York Cheesecake.
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 Waynesboro 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 Waynesboro Real Estate System Database, please click here.
Linked to the Waynesboro Real Estate System database, the Waynesboro GIS offers a much better mapping perspective. With the ability to zoom in and out, pan, and identify certain parcels, the Waynesboro 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.
Waynesboro 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 ten different zoning districts throughout the town of Waynesboro. The most common Residential Districts are listed below. If you are interested in reading more into the specifics of the entire Waynesboro Zoning Code, click here.
RS-12 and RS-7 Single-Family Residential – These districts are intended to be used for single-family detached residential neighborhoods on individual lots. The districts are differentiated primarily on the basis of minimum lot area and setback requirements. While the RS-12 and RS-7 districts primarily accommodate residential uses, specified nonresidential uses that are compatible with residential neighborhoods are also allowed.
RS-5 Traditional Residential – These districts are intended to be used to accommodate traditional, small lot neighborhoods primarily characterized by single-family detached dwellings and other specified, compatible housing types. Lots in the RS-5 district have smaller minimum lot areas and setback requirements, which are customarily associated with traditional neighborhoods. While the RS-5 districts primarily accommodate residential uses, specified nonresidential uses that are compatible with residential neighborhoods are also allowed.
RG-5 General Residential – These districts provide for the establishment of higher density residential uses, including single-family detached dwelling, two-family houses, townhouses, and multiplexes, compatible with traditional residential neighborhoods. While the RG-5 districts primarily accommodate residential uses, specified nonresidential uses that are compatible with residential neighborhoods are also allowed.
R-MX Mixed Residential – These residential districts are intended to accommodate a variety of housing opportunities at densities compatible with the applicable neighborhoods. While the R-MX districts primarily accommodate residential uses, specified nonresidential uses that are compatible with residential neighborhoods are also allowed.
R-MF Multifamily Residential– The purpose of this district is to establish areas in the city to accommodate multifamily living in a higher density residential environment with due attention to existing uses, the character and suitability of areas so designated, and trends of growth and changes in the housing market. While the R-MF districts primarily accommodate residential uses, specified nonresidential uses that are compatible with residential neighborhoods are also allowed.
The Public Schools of Waynesboro: Between the six schools that make up the Waynesboro City Public School District, approximately 3,176 students are enrolled in grades Pre-K through 12. With a student-teacher ratio of about 15 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 Waynesboro City Public Schools for current expenditures averages out to $9,770 per student. Typically, 63% of school funds are spent on instruction, 33% spent on support services, and 4% spent on other elementary and secondary expenditures.
Owned as shared between Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, the landfill is operated by the Augusta County Service Authority. Residents of Waynesboro 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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