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(stăn`tən), city (1990 pop. 24,461), seat of Augusta co., W central Va., in the Shenandoah Valley; settled 1732, inc. as a city 1871. It is a trade and industrial center in a fertile farm area known for its poultry, livestock, and apples. Other products include feeds and fertilizer, crushed limestone, beverages, furniture, fabricated-metal and textile products, and building materials.

Staunton served as a Confederate supply base in the Civil War; twice it was occupied by Union forces. The city manager form of government originated in Staunton in 1908. The city is the seat of Mary Baldwin College and the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (est. 1838). Many colonial houses remain, and President Woodrow WilsonWilson, Woodrow
(Thomas Woodrow Wilson), 1856–1924, 28th President of the United States (1913–21), b. Staunton, Va. Educator

He graduated from Princeton in 1879 and studied law at the Univ. of Virginia.
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's birthplace is a national shrine. Blackfriars Playhouse, a recreation of a London theater in which Shakespeare's plays were performed, and the Frontier Culture Museum are also there.

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Staunton (Independent City), Virginia

116 W Beverly St
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: (540) 332-3800
Fax: (540) 332-3807

In north-central VA, 35 mi. northwest of Charlottesville. Laid out in 1748; established as a town in 1761. Incorporated as a town in 1801; as a city in 1871. Serves as county seat for Augusta County. Name Origin: For Rebecca Staunton, wife of colonial governor William Gooch

Area (sq mi):: 19.71 (land 19.71; water 0.00) Population per square mile: 1184.00
Population 2005: 23,337 State rank: 70 Population change: 2000-20005 -2.20%; 1990-2000 -2.50% Population 2000: 23,853 (White 82.70%; Black or African American 14.00%; Hispanic or Latino 1.10%; Asian 0.50%; Other 2.30%). Foreign born: 2.00%. Median age: 39.80
Income 2000: per capita $19,161; median household $32,941; Population below poverty level: 11.70% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $24,053-$25,847
Unemployment (2004): 3.40% Unemployment change (from 2000): 0.90% Median travel time to work: 19.90 minutes Working outside county of residence: 54.10%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Staunton County seat (23,840)

  • See other counties in .
    Counties USA: A Directory of United States Counties, 3rd Edition. © 2006 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
    References in classic literature ?
    Holmes, we are done unless you can help me to find Godfrey Staunton."
    Staunton, the rising young forger," said he, "and there was Henry Staunton, whom I helped to hang, but Godfrey Staunton is a new name to me."
    "I suppose, then, if you have never heard of Godfrey Staunton, you don't know Cyril Overton either?"
    I didn't think there was a soul in England who didn't know Godfrey Staunton, the crack three-quarter, Cambridge, Blackheath, and five Internationals.
    As I have said, I am the skipper of the Rugger team of Cambridge 'Varsity, and Godfrey Staunton is my best man.
    Sherlock Holmes was a past-master in the art of putting a humble witness at his ease, and very soon, in the privacy of Godfrey Staunton's abandoned room, he had extracted all that the porter had to tell.
    "Let me see," said Holmes, seating himself on Staunton's bed.
    "So that is the tail end of the telegram which Godfrey Staunton dispatched within a few hours of his disappearance.
    Staunton's friend, was referred to me by Scotland Yard."
    "A most urgent telegram was dispatched to you from London by Godfrey Staunton at six-fifteen yesterday evening--a telegram which is undoubtedly associated with his disappearance-- and yet you have not had it.
    Of course, I had at the outset no particular reason to connect these journeys with the disappearance of Godfrey Staunton, and was only inclined to investigate them on the general grounds that everything which concerns Dr.
    Armstrong, whose name the obliging young lady at the office allowed me to read upon the counterfoil of Staunton's urgent message.