Inside the R.R. Smith Center
The R.R. Smith Center for History and Art is currently closed to the public and will reopen as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please continue to support your local businesses including non-profit organizations. Staunton Augusta Art Center, Augusta County Historical Society, Historic Staunton Foundation and The American Shakespeare Center all have employees, rent and utilities to pay while income sources are severely restricted.
Thank you – keep healthy – know and keep your neighbor safe – record your experience for history – produce art – tend your gardens – repair your home – make your historic buildings and neighborhood shine.
The Staunton Augusta Art Center’s state-of-the-art galleries, competitive exhibit selection process, and free access provide a welcoming setting for visitors to view and purchase excellent art year-round. Exhibits change every six weeks and include the eagerly anticipated Art for Gifts, a holiday shopping boutique mid-November through December. Art instruction is offered at various times throughout the year. The organization’s signature event, Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill every Memorial Day weekend, features juried fine art, fine craft, children’s art activities, and live music.
The mission of the Augusta County Historical Society is to study, collect, preserve, publish, educate about, and promote the history of Augusta County and its communities including Staunton and Waynesboro. The society also strives to make the citizens of the Augusta County area aware of their heritage. The work of the society includes educational outreach, operating an archives and library for preservation and research use, supporting the creation of historic districts, documenting cemeteries, erecting historic highway markers, documenting local landmarks, creating historical exhibits, and publishing items of historical interest.
Historic Staunton Foundation is a non-profit organization promoting the preservation and revitalization of the rich architectural and historic resources in Staunton, Virginia. HSF works one-on-one with property owners, provides preservation workshops, conducts education programs and provides staff assistance to the City of Staunton. HSF also maintains a preservation resource room and the TJ Collins & Son Architectural Drawings Archives. Visit our web site for office contacts, learn about events, historic preservation in Staunton, and get great advice for your project.