Historic Waynesboro

Waynesboro Heritage Museum

Who isn’t captivated by the drama of the Civil War, or enthralled by the memories held on the grounds of historic sites? For the history buff in you, Waynesboro holds some valuable treasures. The Waynesboro Heritage Museum, located in historic downtown, houses permanent galleries of relics from the town’s founding, industries, educational institutions, and more.


420 W. Main St.
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Ph: 540-943-3943
Waynesboro Heritage Museum Exhibit

Plumb House

Further up the street, stroll through the Plumb House. Built during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, this home features Civil War and Native American artifacts as well as a summer kitchen, historic garden and other outbuildings to explore.

Battle of Waynesboro

Both the Waynesboro Heritage Museum and the Plumb House are supported by the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation. This organization is also responsible for the annual reenactment of the Battle of Waynesboro, the last major battle of the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle of General Jubal A. Early.


1012 W. Main St.
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Ph: 540-943-3943

Fishburne Military School

Founded in 1879 by Mr. James Fishburne, FMS is the oldest and smallest of Virginia’s military schools. It has been accredited by the Southern Association of Secondary Schools since 1897, longer than any other school in the state.


225 S. Wayne Ave.
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Ph: 540.946.7700


Historic Districts

Waynesboro has 3 historic districts and 7 additional independent historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can learn more about these designated spaces by visiting the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Historic Registers.
Fry House

Area Historical Markers

Virginia’s historical marker program is one of the oldest such programs in the nation. It began in 1927 when the first highway markers were erected along U.S. 1 between Richmond and Mount Vernon. The program has remained extremely popular ever since. By 1934, for instance, roughly 1,200 markers had been installed along state roadways and, significantly during this time, pull-off areas were created so motorists could actually stop to read the texts at their leisure. Virginia’s marker program has served as a model for many other states. Moreover, the Commonwealth of Virginia has continually erected new markers, except for a brief period of cessation during World War II.

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Historical Marker - Early's Last Battle
Waynesboro African-American Heritage Museum
By appointment only, call 540-836-0024.
413 Port Republic Road
Waynesboro, VA 22980

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