The history of Augusta County, Virginia could have literally been torn from the pages of an American history textbook. Many historians believe that prior to the 1600s, Augusta County was populated by Indians who traveled the wilderness, hunted and settled nearby.
Early in the 1700s, as the United States eastern seaboard began to grow, settlers began to migrate toward the western frontier known as the Shenandoah Valley. As the number of immigrants increased, the government saw the need for new territories to be formed, thus creating two counties—Frederick County (named for the Prince of Wales) and Augusta County (named for the Princess of Wales).
By the middle of the 1800s, farmers in here were growing crops that fed many throughout the United States. Augusta County was an important agricultural center during the Civil War, and served as the Breadbasket of the Confederacy. Although Union troops marched through the area burning buildings and crops, shortly after the war ended the people of the county began to rebuild buildings and replant crops.
Railroads came to Augusta County in the late 1800s making the distribution of goods and services even easier than in the pre-Civil War days, paving the way for the area’s thriving economy today.