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Staunton, VA Contractors

Staunton, Virginia is located in the Shenandoah Valley between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountain ranges in Augusta County. The city offers exceptional educational opportunities, a reliable services infrastructure and a strong sense of community.

Often referred to as the "Queen City of Shenandoah," Staunton is best known for its classic Victorian architecture, which is evident throughout the city’s six nationally recognized historic districts. Staunton is the birth place of President Woodrow Wilson, and it was the first city in the nation to adopt a government model that focused on creating a strong city manager.

History

John Lewis is widely acknowledged as the first settler in the Shenandoah Valley. However, William Beverley, a wealthy capitalist from Tidewater, was awarded a grant for 118,491 acres by Lieutenant Governor William Gooch in 1736. Shortly thereafter, Beverley established a development he called Beverley's Mill Place.

Newcomers continued to move to the area because of the fertile ground and ample water supply. By 1738 so many settlers had established homes in Beverley’s Mill Place that the Virginia legislature recognized Augusta County as an official government entity. Historians believe that that the town of Beverley's Mill Place was eventually renamed Staunton in honor of Lady Rebecca Staunton, who was the wife of William Gooch.

The town escaped the ravages of the Revolutionary War, and Staunton enjoyed a remarkable period of growth during the first half of the 18th century. While the town was successfully defended during the civil war by confederate troops serving under General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, Staunton eventually fell to Union forces in 1864.

Today, Staunton remains the home of several important historic institutions including the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind , Stuart Hall and Mary Baldwin College. Several nationally recognized corporations like Specialty Blades and Best Buy are located in Staunton.

Attractions

Staunton, Virginia, provides a variety of exciting attractions for families, retirees and active adults. The local community has a rich cultural history and a wide array of recreational choices for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • American Shakespeare Center : The Blackfriars Playhouse offers the only authentic recreation of Shakespeare's original indoor theatre experience in the nation. The 300 seat venue is located in historical downtown Staunton, and the Center offers tours as well as regular productions.
  • The Natural Bridge: About 45 minutes from Staunton, The Natural Bridge is set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Natural Bridge was forged by nature and is over 100 feet tall and 40 feet thick. Other nearby attractions include a nature trail and the deepest cavern complex in the Eastern United States.
  • Frontier Culture Museum: Unlike a traditional museum, Frontier Culture provides authentic village displays that represent various periods in the development of America's frontier. There are four working farms on the premises, and guides dressed in authentic costumes depict the typical daily life of the area's early settlers.

Demographics

Staunton's demographics reflect the city's strong sense of community, rich heritage and progressive future.

  • Population: 23,921 as of 2012
  • Estimated Household Income: $41,798 as of 2011
  • Median Home Value: $160,030 as of 2011
  • Cost of Living Index: 84.4 (U.S. average is 100)
  • High School Diploma: 83 percent
  • Unemployment: 6.7 percent as of 2012
  • Retail, manufacturing, construction

Schools

Staunton is part of the Staunton City School District, which includes three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.

  • Bessie Weller Elementary School
  • Rivershead Elementary School
  • Arthur R. Ware Elementary School
  • Shelburne Middle School
  • Robert E. Lee High School

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