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Augusta County, Virginia
24401, 24402, 24407
Settled by John Lewis in 1732, Staunton is one of the oldest cities west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was named for the wife of Gov. William Gooch, Lady Rebecca Staunton. It was laid out in 1747. It grew to about 1,000 residents by 1800. Rail service came to town in 1854 and aided its continued growth. The Civil War didn't hurt the town much, so many of its old buildings remain intact today.
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Museum of American Frontier Culture
A living history facility with working farms of the 17th through the 19th centuries. Be educated by costumed interpreters about life in Germany, Northern Ireland and England before the immigration to America began. The American Farm shows the influence of these European areas on the life in America.
Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum
Coalter and Frederick Sts.
The birthplace and the museum were built in 1846 and 1855 respectively. His father, Rev. Joseph R. Wilson, and family, lived in the manse for the Greek Revival First Presbyterian Church when his son, Woodrow Wilson, was born. Now you may see family memorabilia along with furnishings. A highlight is Wilson's favorite limousine, a 1919 Pierce Arrow. Outdoor gardens and walkways surround the area.
Jumbo - the 1911 pumper fire engine on display at the Staunton Fire Station.
Birthplace of Woodrow Wilson one of eight Virginia-born US Presidents. See information on his birthplace and museum above.
The Statler Brothers - country music stars grew up here in Staunton. Their former schoolhouse displays memorabilia of thier career.
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