Staunton, Virginia

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Augusta County Historical Society
Historic Staunton Foundation
Staunton Augusta Art Center

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Gallery Hours
Monday - Friday 10-5
Saturday 10 - 4
Sunday 1 - 4

For exhibit and event listings please use the organization links above or logos below.

       
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The Center

The R. R. Smith Center, named in honor of long-time state and community leader R. R. "Jake" Smith, is a collaboration of three leading non-profit 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 the Eakleton Hotel, a 25,200 square foot building designed in 1893 by noted local architect T. J. Collins. It is located in Staunton's Beverley Historic District, a National Register district. The Center houses exhibit galleries, a lecture hall, classrooms, archival storage, a library and reading room, board and committee meeting space, Museum Store, and offices for the three non-profits. The R. R. Smith Center is the region's only history and art center. 

A Brief History
Few places in the nation can boast of a community heritage as rich, deep, and varied as that of Staunton and Augusta County. Augusta County once stretched to the Mississippi River entire states were carved from her boundaries. Hotel Shenandoah, Staunton, VAFor the better part of three centuries, Staunton has served both as the county seat and a community crossroads, hosting those settlers who came to stay and offering temporary refuge for those passing through. Over the years a number of artisans and artists have been woven into the fabric of the area culture: John Sheets, the rifle maker; Caleb Bingham, the painter; Grandma Moses, the folk artist; and T. J. Collins, the architect. Of these, Collins was one who stayed and left his signature on the local landscape through the more than one thousand public and private buildings designed by his firm, including the 1895 Eakleton Hotel which houses the R. R. Smith Center for History and Art.

Directions
20-22 New Street
Staunton, Virginia  24401

From I-81 (North or South)
Exit 222
Travel approximately 2 miles on Richmond Avenue into Staunton
Turn Right onto Coalter Street
Turn Left onto Johnson Street
Turn Right onto New Street

From I-64
North onto I-81
Exit 222
Travel approximately 2 miles on Richmond Avenue into Staunton
Turn Right onto Coalter Street
Turn Left onto Johnson Street
Turn Right onto New Street

PARKING - parking is available directly across New Street in the New Street Parking Garage. You may access the garage from either Johnson OR New Street. There is a handicap accessible parking space directly behind the Smith Center.