About Historic Staunton Foundation

Historic Staunton Foundation is a non-profit organization promoting the preservation and revitalization of the rich architectural and historic resources in Staunton, Virginia. Staunton is a unique community of cohesive neighborhoods and a central business district with an impressive inventory of historic buildings and landscapes, most dating from Staunton’s late 19th Century boom-town growth. Since 1971, HSF has promoted historic preservation through:

  • creation of six historic districts
  • revitalization of downtown business districts
  • advisory services to property owners and the Historic Preservation Commission
  • technical rehabilitation support for property owners
  • development of R.R. Smith Center for History & Art

Advocates for quality urban planning

Successful preservation organizations lead their communities by advocating quality urban planning. HSF strives to strike a balance between programs that help the individual member with rehab advice and providing guidance to the community as a whole. HSF works one-on-one with property owners, provides preservation workshops, conducts public meetings and provides staff assistance to the City of Staunton. HSF also maintains preservation resource rooms and the TJ Collins & Son Architectural drawings archives for public use.

Member strong

More than 550 individuals, families and businesses support HSF through membership and volunteerism. With a strong membership base supporting its mission, HSF continues to have a positive influence on our community’s development.

The R.R Smith Center for History & Art is a collaboration of three leading cultural organizations in the Staunton/Augusta County area of the Shenandoah Valley: Augusta County Historical Society, Historic Staunton Foundation and the Staunton Augusta Art Center. The Center is housed in what was originally the Eakleton Hotel, a 25,000 square foot building designed in 1894 by noted local architect T.J. Collins.

The Center is also available for wedding receptions or other special events. Gallery spaces and a memorial garden provide bright and open settings for receptions and parties. Amenities include an on-site catering kitchen, fully accessible elevator, restrooms and a city parking garage with handicapped spaces across the street. Call 540-885-2028 to learn more.



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