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 West Main Street
Farther 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.
1021 West Main Street
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 South Wayne Avenue
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.
Showcasing scaled railroad and local railroad memorabilia.
1321 West Broad Street
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.
Click here to learn about Waynesboro Historical Markers.
Waynesboro African-American Heritage Museum
Hours: By appointment only, (540) 836-0024
413 Port Republic Rd.
Waynesboro, Va. 22980
Battle of Waynesborough
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 Waynesborough, the last major battle of the Shenandoah Valley and the last battle of General Jubal A. Early.