Staunton, Virginia

Staunton (/ˈstæntən/ STAN-tən) is an independent city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,746.[3] In Virginia, independent cities are separate jurisdictions from the counties that surround them, so the government offices of Augusta County are in Verona, which is contiguous to Staunton.[4]

Staunton is a principal city of the Staunton-Waynesboro Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2010 population of 118,502.

Staunton is known for being the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. president, and the home of Mary Baldwin University, historically a women's college. The city is also home to Stuart Hall, a private co-ed preparatory school, as well as the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.

Staunton, Virginia
Overlook of downtown Staunton during sunrise
Overlook of downtown Staunton during sunrise
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Official seal of Staunton, Virginia

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Nickname(s): 
Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley, The City of Angels
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Coordinates: 38°9′29″N 79°4′35″W / 38.15806°N 79.07639°WCoordinates: 38°9′29″N 79°4′35″W / 38.15806°N 79.07639°W
CountryUnited States
StateVirginia
CountyNone (Independent city)
Incorporated1871
Area
 • Total20 sq mi (50 km2)
 • Land20 sq mi (50 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation
1,417 ft (432 m)
Population
(2010)
 • Total23,746
 • Density1,200/sq mi (460/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
24401-24402
Area code(s)540
FIPS code51-75216[1]
GNIS feature ID1500154[2]
Websitehttp://www.staunton.va.us/

History

Bird's-eye View of Staunton, VA
Bird's-eye view c. 1910

The area was first settled in 1732 by John Lewis and family. In 1736, William Beverley, a wealthy planter and merchant from Essex County, was granted by the Crown over 118,000 acres (48,000 hectares) in what would become Augusta County. Surveyor Thomas Lewis in 1746 laid out the first town plat for Beverley of what was originally called Beverley's Mill Place.[5] Founded in 1747, it was renamed in honor of Lady Rebecca Staunton, wife to Royal Lieutenant-Governor Sir William Gooch.[6] Because the town was located at the geographical center of the colony (which then included West Virginia), Staunton served between 1738 and 1771 as regional capital for what was known as the Northwest Territory, with the westernmost courthouse in British North America prior to the Revolution.[7] By 1760, Staunton was one of the major "remote trading centers in the backcountry" which coordinated the transportation of the vast amounts of grain and tobacco then being produced in response to the change of Britain from a net exporter of produce to an importer. Staunton thus played a crucial role in the mid 18th century expansion of the economies of the American Colonies which, in turn, contributed to the success of the American Revolution.[8] It served as capital of Virginia in June 1781, when state legislators fled Richmond and then Charlottesville to avoid capture by the British.

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Lewis Miller, Sketchbook of Landscapes in the State of Virginia, 1853-1867. Courtesy, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia; slide 84-896c.Titled, "Slave trader, Sold to Tennessee." The caption states: " The company going to Tennessee from Staunton, Augusta county, the law of Virginia suffered them to go on. I was astonished at this boldness, the carrier stopped a moment, then ordered the march, I saw the play it is commonly in this state, when the negro’s in droves Sold."

Like most of colonial Virginia, slavery was present in Staunton. For instance, in 1815, a slave named Henry ran away from John G. Wright's Staunton plantation. Wright placed an ad in the Daily National Intelligencer in Washington, D.C. seeking Henry's return. It notes that Henry was an excellent cook and was widely travelled, having been as far as the West Indies.[9]

The Civil War and immediately prior

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Letter from N.K. Trout, mayor of Staunton, describing a contribution of $80 to the 1st Georgia Regiment, then encamped at Monterey, Virginia. Published in the Daily Constitutionalist of Augusta, Georgia on August 6, 1861

In August 1855, President Franklin Pierce visited Staunton. He gave a speech at the Virginia Hotel, in which he stated that his "feelings revolted from the idea of a dissolution of the union." He said that "[i]t would be the Iliad of innumerable woes, from the contemplation of which he shrank."[10]

Located along the Valley Pike, Staunton developed as a trade, transportation and industrial center, particularly after the Virginia Central Railroad arrived in 1854. Factories made carriages, wagons, boots and shoes, clothing and blankets.[11] In 1860, the Staunton Military Academy was founded. By 1860, Staunton had at least one pro-Union, pro-slavery[12] (the Staunton Spectator) and at least one pro-secession, pro-slavery newspaper (the Staunton Vindicator).[13] The Spectator ran editorials before the war urging its citizens to vote for union,[14] while the Vindicator ran, e.g., stories reporting on "unruly" slaves mutilating themselves to escape being sold.[15]

On May 23, 1861, shortly after the firing on Fort Sumter began the American Civil War, Virginians voted on whether to ratify articles of secession from the Union and join the Confederate States. The articles were overwhelmingly approved throughout the Commonwealth, even in the majority of the counties that would later become West Virginia. The vote in Staunton was 3300 in favor of secession, with only 6 opposed.[16] During the war, the town became an important Shenandoah Valley manufacturing center, a staging area, and a supply depot for the Confederacy. On May 2, 1862, Union General John C. Frémont occupied Staunton while on his way to a rendezvous with General Nathaniel P. Banks[17] to pursue Stonewall Jackson's forces. They met at the Battle of Cross Keys, fought near Harrisonburg, Virginia on June 6–7, 1862. By October 1862 Staunton was back in Confederate hands, occupied by the 2nd South Carolina infantry.[18]

On June 6, 1864, Union Major General David Hunter arrived[19] with 10,000 troops to cut supply, communication and railway lines useful to the Confederacy. The next day, they destroyed the railroad station, warehouses, houses, factories and mills. Union soldiers looted the stores and warehouses and confiscated supplies.[11]

Post-bellum Staunton

On July 10, 1902, Staunton became an independent city.[20]

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Entrance gates, Stuart-Robertson House, Staunton, Historic American Buildings Survey

In 1908, Staunton created the city manager form of government. Charles E. Ashburner was hired by Staunton as the nation's first city manager.

Western State Hospital

Staunton is also home to the former Western State Asylum, a hospital for the mentally ill, which originally began operations in 1828. The hospital was renamed Western State Hospital in 1894.

In its early days, the facility was a resort-style asylum. It had terraced gardens where patients could plant flowers and take walks, roof walks to provide mountain views, and many architectural details to create an atmosphere that would aid in the healing process. However, by the mid 19th Century, this utopian model of care had vanished, replaced by overcrowding in the facility and the warehousing of patients. Techniques such as "ankle and wrist restraints, physical coercion, and straitjackets" were used.[21] After the passage of the Eugenical Sterilization Act of 1924 in Virginia,[22] patients were forcibly sterilized at Western State[23] until the law authorizing the practice was repealed in the 1970s.[24] Later, electroshock therapy and lobotomies were practiced at the facility.[21]

When Western State vacated the property and moved its adult patients to its present site near Interstate 81, the facility was renamed the Staunton Correctional Center and turned into a medium-security men's penitentiary. The prison closed in 2003, and the site was left vacant for several years. In 2005, the state of Virginia gave the original property to the Staunton Industrial Authority.[25] It is now a condominium complex called The Villages at Staunton.[21]

A separate complex, The DeJarnette State Sanatoruim, was constructed in 1932 and acted as a location for patients with the ability to pay for their treatment. [1] Dr. DeJarnette was the superintendent of the sanatorium from its opening until his retirement in 1947.[26]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20 square miles (52 km2), virtually all of which is land.[27] Staunton is located in the Shenandoah Valley in between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains of the Appalachian Mountains. It is drained by Lewis Creek. Lewis Creek flows into the Shenandoah River, which flows into the Potomac, and eventually to the Chesapeake Bay.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Staunton has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[28]

Governance

Presidential Elections Results[29]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 45.6% 5,133 47.4% 5,333 7.0% 789
2012 47.0% 5,272 51.1% 5,728 1.9% 210
2008 48.4% 5,330 50.6% 5,569 1.1% 116
2004 60.3% 5,805 39.0% 3,756 0.7% 68
2000 57.3% 4,878 39.0% 3,324 3.7% 312
1996 53.7% 4,526 37.5% 3,162 8.9% 747
1992 54.0% 4,989 30.9% 2,851 15.1% 1,392
1988 69.3% 5,775 29.5% 2,457 1.2% 102
1984 74.9% 6,137 24.6% 2,012 0.6% 47
1980 60.8% 4,819 33.5% 2,658 5.7% 450
1976 59.5% 4,681 37.5% 2,951 2.9% 231
1972 78.3% 5,531 20.0% 1,416 1.7% 121
1968 61.4% 4,434 23.9% 1,729 14.7% 1,058
1964 52.3% 2,969 47.6% 2,705 0.1% 6
1960 69.2% 2,789 30.6% 1,233 0.3% 10
1956 74.9% 2,908 21.7% 843 3.4% 130
1952 73.1% 2,578 26.8% 945 0.1% 5
1948 49.5% 1,323 34.2% 914 16.3% 436
1944 42.1% 847 57.6% 1,159 0.3% 6
1940 39.4% 687 59.8% 1,042 0.9% 15
1936 34.1% 568 65.4% 1,091 0.5% 9
1932 35.4% 551 63.5% 988 1.0% 16
1928 58.3% 1,026 41.7% 733
1924 34.1% 549 63.5% 1,022 2.4% 38
1920 42.9% 705 56.6% 931 0.6% 9
1916 37.3% 311 61.3% 511 1.3% 11
1912 6.6% 65 64.2% 632 29.2% 287

Staunton operates under a council-manager form of government. In 1908, Staunton was the first city in the United States to give an appointed employee authority over city affairs through statute. In 1912, Sumter, S.C., was the first U.S. city to implement the council-manager form of city government.[30] The city of Staunton refers to itself on its website as the "birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson, and the city manager form of government."[31]

Staunton is part of Virginia's 6th congressional district.

Sister cities

Vişeu de Sus, Romania.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18603,875
18705,12032.1%
18806,66430.2%
18906,9754.7%
19007,2894.5%
191010,60445.5%
192010,6230.2%
193011,99012.9%
194013,33711.2%
195019,92749.4%
196022,23211.6%
197024,50410.2%
198021,857−10.8%
199024,46111.9%
200023,853−2.5%
201023,746−0.4%
Est. 201624,363[32]2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[33]
1790-1960[34] 1900-1990[35]
1990-2000[36] 2010-2013[3]

As of the census[37] of 2000, there were 23,853 people, 9,676 households, and 5,766 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,210.3 people per square mile (467.3/km²). There were 10,427 housing units at an average density of 529.1 per square mile (204.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.29% White, 13.95% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

There were 9,676 households out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.4% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city, the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,941, and the median income for a family was $44,422. Males had a median income of $30,153 versus $22,079 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,161. About 7.7% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Top employers

According to Staunton's 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[38] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Western State Hospital 500-599
2 Staunton City Schools 500-599
3 Mary Baldwin University 250-499
4 City of Staunton 250-499
5 Walmart 250-499
6 Fisher Auto Parts 250-499
7 Home Instead Senior Care 100-249
8 Cadence, Inc. 100-300
9 VDOT 100-249
10 Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind 100-249

Culture

Coffee on the Corner building, Staunton, Virginia
The By & By Café and Beer Garden, with Blackfriars Playhouse and the Stonewall Jackson Hotel behind
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The Masonic Building

Staunton is home to the American Shakespeare Center, a theatrical company centered at the Blackfriars Playhouse, a replica of Shakespeare's Blackfriars Theatre. In 2012, it also became the home of the Heifetz International Music Institute, named for renowned violinist Daniel Heifetz, a summer music school and festival dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the World's most talented and promising classical musicians. The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is open for visitors, as well as the Museum of American Frontier Culture, which provides insight into life in early America.

The Staunton Music Festival – celebrating its 20th year in 2017 – features multiple concerts each day, with programs of music from the Renaissance to the present. The festival takes place during the early part of August annually. All performances take place at historic venues in downtown Staunton.[39]

The Queen City Mischief and Magic festival - celebrating its 4th year in 2019 - is a new but quickly-growing festival for Harry Potter fans, attracting over 10,000 people in its 3rd year. Visitors from all over the east coast come to take part in games, events, and shopping throughout downtown. Businesses contribute the activities for the festival and the majority of West Beverly St is shut down for the weekend event.

Staunton is also the center of numerous galleries and art schools, including The Dwell Collective and the widely regarded Beverley Street Studio School, and its associated Co-Art Gallery. In addition Staunton is home to the Hypnagogia Film Collective, a collection of avant-garde experimental filmmakers.

Staunton is home to the Statler Brothers, country music legends who until 1994 performed free concerts at the annual Fourth of July celebration, accompanied by other country music artists. Statler Brothers members Don Reid, Harold Reid, and Phil Balsley grew up and still reside in the city. Lew DeWitt was also a notable member of the Statlers who grew up in Staunton, VA.

Folksinger Phil Ochs attended Staunton Military Academy between 1956 and 1958, where he played clarinet in the marching band. His exposure to the country music played on local radio, quite different from what he was used to hearing in his home state of Ohio, was a significant influence on his decision to become a singer.[40]

Film

Downtown Staunton and Sherwood Avenue were used in the American Civil War film Gods and Generals. The local Shenandoah Valley Railroad as well as a number of nearby houses were used in filming of Hearts in Atlantis. In 1993, a portion of the Showtime production of Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker was filmed here. In the summer of 2006, some scenes for the movie Evan Almighty were also filmed in Staunton. Some scenes for Familiar Strangers were also filmed in Staunton in 2007.

Attractions

Staunton is home to nearly 200 buildings designed by architect Thomas Jasper Collins (1844–1925), who worked in various styles during the Victorian era.[41] His firm, T. J. Collins & Sons, is still in business.

The city was once home to about ten hotels, but only one of them is still in operation - the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. This hotel was renovated in the early 2000s, and is now in operation as both a hotel and a conference center. The Ingleside Resort is also still in operation. During World War II it was used by the INS as a detention center for enemy aliens held under Executive Order 9066.[42] Some of the hotels that are no longer in operation are The Virginia Hotel, the Eakleton Hotel, the Valley Hotel, the American Hotel and the Hotel Beverley. All of these buildings are still standing except for the Virginia Hotel, which was demolished in 1930 to make way for a planned addition to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel which was never built. The New Street Parking Garage now stands on the site. Among the houses in Staunton on the National Register of Historic Places is The Oaks, at 437 East Beverley Street. An 1840s structure, it was modified and enlarged in 1888 by famed Civil War cartographer Jedediah Hotchkiss. Also on the National Register is "Waverley Hill", a Georgian revival house designed in 1929 by renowned architect William Bottomley with a landscape designed by Arthur Shurcliff.

Parks and recreation

  • Betsy Bell Wilderness Park — a 70-acre (280,000 m2) mountaintop park with a 1,959 feet (597 m) observation platform
  • Gypsy Hill Park — a 214-acre (870,000 m2) multi-use facility with a golf course, football and baseball stadiums, gymnasium, lake, two playgrounds, three youth baseball fields, public swimming pool, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, the Gypsy Express mini-train, the Duck Pond, a skatepark, a bandstand, and several pavilions. Until the Staunton city parks were integrated, Gypsy Hill Park was only open to whites[43] except for one day a year, which was set aside for other races to use the park.[44]
  • Montgomery Hall Park — a 148-acre (600,000 m2) multi-use facility with softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, disc golf course,[45] playgrounds, picnic shelters, hiking and mountain biking trails, and a swimming pool, which is nonoperational for budgetary reasons.[46] The offices of the Department of Parks and Recreation are at the Irene Givens Administration building, which also includes a kitchen, activity room, and conference room which are available for public use. Montgomery Hall Park was opened in 1950 after much agitation by non-white residents of Staunton.[47] Before segregation ended in the mid-1960s, Montgomery Hall park was the only park in the city open to African-Americans[48]
  • Booker T. Washington Community Center — formerly the segregated Booker T. Washington High School, although according to the court which decided Bell v. Staunton Board of Education, the term "high school" was a misnomer, as the school also contained "first, second, and seventh grade classes and two special mentally retarded classes as well as the eighth through the twelfth grades."[49]
  • Nelson Street Teen Center — closed (as of 2011) due to budget cuts.[50]

Sports

In 1894, Staunton fielded a baseball team in the original Virginia League: The Hayseeds.[51] In 1914, the city fielded a team in the Virginia Mountain League: The Staunton Lunatics.[51] The Lunatics moved to Harrisonburg in July 1914, just before the league disbanded.[52] From 1939 to 1942, the city fielded a team in the second Virginia League: the Staunton Presidents.[51] Staunton currently has no minor league baseball, but the Staunton Braves represent the city in the Valley Baseball League, a collegiate summer baseball league that plays in the Shenandoah Valley.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Roads and highways

2016-05-19 17 21 59 View north along Commerce Road (U.S. Route 11) just north of Woodrow Wilson Parkway (Virginia State Route 262) in Staunton, Virginia
US 11 in Staunton

The main highways through Staunton include U.S. Route 11, U.S. Route 11 Business, U.S. Route 250, Virginia State Route 252, Virginia State Route 254, Virginia State Route 261 and Virginia State Route 262. U.S. Route 11 and U.S. Route 250 are the most prominent roads passing directly through Staunton, with US 11 following a northeast to southwest alignment (but signed north-south), and US 250 following a northwest to southeast alignment (but signed east-west). US 11 Business follows a slower route through downtown compared to the main US 11 routing which passes just outside downtown. State Routes 252 and 254 are minor roads leading to nearby rural areas of adjacent Augusta County. State Route 261 provides a better route for trucks following US 11 and US 250 through the city. State Route 262 forms a limited access beltway around the outskirts of Staunton. Interstate 64 and Interstate 81 both pass just outside the city limits and provide the main high-speed, high-volume roads to the Staunton region.

Public transportation

Staunton is served by Amtrak's Cardinal. The train station, which is located downtown, is the closest station to the nearby cities of Harrisonburg and Lexington. The Buckingham Branchalso has a small railyard.

Staunton had a municipal bus system during the 20th century, known as the Staunton Transit Service, but it was dissolved in 1989.[53] In 1944, World War II veteran S. Melvin Johnson wrote to Truman Gibson, assistant to William H. Hastie, advisor to Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, regarding segregated seating on the Staunton Transit Service and stating that returning African-American soldiers would not stand for such conditions.[54] This letter was an indication of the role that African-American veterans would later play in the American civil rights movement. In 1946, after the United States Supreme Court decision Irene Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia, which found that Virginia's segregated seating law was unconstitutional with respect to interstate bus routes, Ethel New, a black woman from Lynch, Kentucky, was arrested for violating the law because she had purchased an intrastate ticket.[55] New suffered a miscarriage subsequent to her arrest and sued Greyhound Lines and the arresting officer in Staunton.[55] In September 1947, meeting in Staunton, the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals upheld the all-white jury's verdict exonerating both the bus line and the officer.[55]

BRITE Bus Transit Services provides fixed-route transit bus service in Staunton on three routes: the Downtown Trolley, West Route, and North Route.[56] The Coordinated Area Transportation Services (CATS) operates a demand-response service throughout the Staunton area, as well as a fixed shuttle service between the downtown areas of Staunton and Waynesboro.[57]

The city is adjacent to the northernmost junction of I-81 and I-64. Virginia State Route 262 forms a partial beltway around the city, and both US 250 and US 11 pass through the city.

The nearest commercial airport is Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave, Virginia.

Healthcare

Education

Staunton City Schools is the school district of the city.

Black Virginians were largely barred from education until Reconstruction.[58] The first school in Staunton which allowed African-Americans to attend was established by the Freedmen's Bureau under the supervision of the commanding general of the occupying Union army in late 1865. Arrangements were made to bring in women from the North as teachers, and the jury rooms of the Augusta County Courthouse, located at 1 E. Johnson Street, were to be used as classrooms. The court protested this plan, however, and it is possible that another location was found.[59]

In 1964 the Staunton chapter of the NAACP threatened the city with a lawsuit if they did not immediately desegregate the public schools.[60] The City School Board, headed by Thomas W. Dixon, declined to take further action, contending that the schools were already desegregated as ten black children had been allowed to attend previously all-white schools.[60] Attorneys for the city of Staunton submitted a plan for the desegregation of its public schools in 1965 by eliminating all negro schools in time for the 1967-68 school year, which was approved by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. However, the implementation of this plan was delayed to such an extent that a group of African-American parents brought suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia against the city. This case, Bell v. School Board of Staunton, was decided on January 5, 1966, with the court stating that the delay was a violation of the rights of the students under the Fourteenth Amendment and ordering that the schools and their faculty be desegregated in time for the 1966-67 school year.[49]

The Staunton city school district was one of 21 in Virginia which take elementary school students out of class for Bible lessons on a voluntary basis, a practice known as Weekday Religious Education.[61] Although the U.S. Supreme Court ended taxpayer funded religious education in 1948 in McCollum v. Board of Education, four years later they opened the door to privately funded voluntary classes held during school hours but away from school premises in Zorach v. Clauson. In 2005, a group of parents in Staunton asked the school board to halt the practice.[62] The challenge was successful, and the Bible classes are no longer being taught as of April 2017[61]

Public

District schools:

  • T.C. McSwain Elementary School
  • A.R. Ware Elementary School
  • Bessie Weller Elementary School
  • Shelburne Middle School
  • Robert E. Lee High School
  • Dixon Educational Center (includes Genesis Alternative Education Program)

State-operated:

Private

  • Stuart Hall School—preparatory school (boarding for coed, day school for coed)
  • Grace Christian School—Coed Christian School for Pre-K to 12th Grade
  • C. F. Richards Jr. Academy—coed Seventh-Day Adventist school
  • Mary Baldwin University—Private women's liberal arts college
  • Raw Learning — democratic / free school

Media

Notable people

Thomas Woodrow Wilson
President Woodrow Wilson

See also

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Dan Bonner

Dan Bonner is an analyst and color commentator covering NCAA men's basketball and the NBA. He previously played basketball at the University of Virginia and coached the UVa women's team for two seasons. He also coached girls' basketball and soccer at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia.

Emmett Hanger

Emmett Wilson Hanger Jr. (born August 2, 1948, in Staunton, Virginia) is an American politician of the Republican Party. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1983 to 1991, when he was unseated by Creigh Deeds. Since 1996 he has been a member of the Senate of Virginia. He currently represents the 24th district. This district, located in the central Shenandoah Valley and nearby sections of the Blue Ridge Mountains, includes the independent cities of Staunton, and Waynesboro, as well as Augusta County, Greene County, Madison County, and parts of Rockingham County and Culpeper County. He is a member of the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Finance, Local Government, and Rehabilitation and Social Services committees. Though he is a Republican, Emmett Hanger is known for his open support of Medicaid expansion. Two other Republicans in the Virginia Senate voted with Hanger to push Medicaid expansion through the Senate- John Watkins and Walter Stosch, both of whom have opted out of running another term.

Due to his open support of Medicaid expansion, many organizations have taken it upon themselves to oppose Emmett Hanger. In October 2013, the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) group began, according to Hanger, “an attempt to intimidate me” in the AFP group's campaign to oppose "Obamacare" in the state of Virginia. In 2015, Emmett Hanger was challenged for the Republican nomination by Dan Moxley, former Augusta County GOP chairman and Republican activist, and Marshall Pattie, former Augusta County Democratic Committee chairman and Augusta County Board of Supervisors member from Augusta County's North River District.

Franklin, West Virginia

Franklin is a town in Pendleton County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 721 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Pendleton County. Franklin was established in 1794 and named for Francis Evick, an early settler.

James Brown (Louisiana politician)

James Brown (September 11, 1766 – April 7, 1835) was a Virginia-born American lawyer, planter and politician who served as a Secretary of State for the new state of Kentucky, and later as U.S. Senator from Louisiana, and Minister to France (1823-1829) before his retirement and death in Philadelphia.

Jimmy Fortune

Jimmy Fortune (born March 11, 1955, in Williamsburg, Virginia) is an American country music singer from Staunton, Virginia. Fortune sang tenor for The Statler Brothers for 21 years, and wrote the song "Elizabeth" for the group. After The Statler Brothers retired, he continues to perform as a solo artist.

Mary Baldwin University

Mary Baldwin University (MBU, formerly Mary Baldwin College) is a private Presbyterian liberal arts, master's-level university in Staunton, Virginia. It was founded in 1842 by Rufus William Bailey as Augusta Female Seminary. Today, Mary Baldwin University is home to the Mary Baldwin College for Women, a residential women's college with a focus on liberal arts and leadership, as well as co-educational residential undergraduate programs within its University College structure. MBU also offers co-educational graduate degrees as well as undergraduate degree and certificate programs for non-traditional-aged students.

The university is the oldest institution of higher education for women in the nation affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), and it is home to the only all-female corps of cadets in the world.

Mary Julia Baldwin

Mary Julia Baldwin (4 October 1829 – 1 July 1897) was a Virginia educator in Staunton, Virginia. For thirty four years she ran Mary Baldwin College, which was named in her honor in 1895 and later became Mary Baldwin University.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Staunton, Virginia

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Staunton, Virginia.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in the independent city of Staunton, Virginia, United States. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in an online map.There are 33 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the city, including 1 National Historic Landmark.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted March 7, 2019.

Richard Bell (Virginia politician)

Richard Preston "Dickie" Bell (born October 26, 1946) is an American politician. He has been a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 2010, representing the 20th district, which includes parts of Augusta, Highland, and Rockingham counties, and the city of Staunton, where Bell resides.

Robert E. Lee High School (Staunton, Virginia)

Robert E. Lee High School is a public high school in Staunton, Virginia, United States. It is named after Robert E. Lee. It is a part of Staunton City Schools.

Shannon Lucas

Shannon Lucas (born September 27, 1983) is an American heavy metal drummer from Staunton, Virginia. He is best known as the former drummer for death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder and metalcore band All That Remains.

Special routes of U.S. Route 11

At least 13 special routes of U.S. Route 11 and at least one of U.S. Route 11E have existed.

Staunton National Cemetery

Staunton National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the Shenandoah Valley, in Staunton, Virginia. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses just over a single acre, and as of the end of 2005 had 994 interments. It is closed to new interments, and is maintained by the Culpeper National Cemetery.

Stuart Hall School

Stuart Hall School is a Staunton, Virginia, co-educational school for students from prekindergarten to Grade 12, and it offers a boarding program from Grades 8 to 12. Stuart Hall was founded by the Episcopal Church as the Virginia Female Institute in 1844. It was renamed in 1907 in honor of its most famous headmistress, Flora Cooke Stuart, the widow of Confederate cavalry leader Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart.

The News Leader

The News Leader is a daily newspaper owned by Gannett Company and serving Staunton, Virginia and the surrounding areas. It was founded in 1904 by Brig. Gen. Hierome L. Opie as The Evening Leader.While it traces its founding to Opie in 1904, the paper had a predecessor, The Daily News, which was founded in 1890. Opie worked as a reporter for The Daily News, which was a morning paper, before starting The Evening Leader. In 1919, Opie bought The Daily News and combined it with The Morning Leader, a paper that he had started to compete directly with The News.

The combined paper was called The Staunton News-Leader. When the papers were combined, the new edition adopted the volume number of The Daily News and so the current edition's volume number goes back further than the 1904 founding date. In the 1960s, the Opie family combined The Staunton News-Leader with The Evening Leader, and Staunton was left with only one daily newspaper, The Daily News Leader. "Daily" was dropped from the name in 2002.

The Opies sold the paper in 1979 to Multimedia Inc., which was purchased by Gannett Co. in 1995. The newspaper launched its online edition in 2001.

Virginia's 20th House of Delegates district

Virginia's 20th House of Delegates district elects one of 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates, the lower house of the state's bicameral legislature. District 20 consists of parts of Augusta County and Nelson County; Highland County; and the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro. It has been represented by Republican Dickie Bell since 2010.

Virginia's 24th Senate district

Virginia's 24th Senate district, consisting of Augusta County, Rockingham County, Staunton, Culpeper County, Waynesboro, Greene County, and Madison County, is represented by Republican Emmett Hanger.

Virginia State Route 261

State Route 261 (SR 261) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. Known as Statler Boulevard, the state highway runs 2.21 miles (3.56 km) from U.S. Route 11 (US 11) north to Coalter Street within the independent city of Staunton. SR 261 is an unsigned four-lane divided highway that provides an eastern truck bypass of downtown Staunton. The state highway is marked along much of its route as U.S. Route 11 Truck and US 250 Truck.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is a complex located in Staunton, Virginia. It contains the President's birthplace, known as the "Manse", a Museum that explores the life and times of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), a 6800 sf Research Library, a gift shop, and several other buildings that are not open to the public. As Woodrow Wilson's presidency predates the National Presidential Libraries act, it is not part of the Federal National Archives' Presidential library system.

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