Fort Defiance, Virginia

Fort Defiance, Virginia

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Fort Defiance, Virginia

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Description:
Fort Defiance is an unincorporated community in Augusta County, Virginia, United States. It is part of the Staunton–Waynesboro Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Augusta Stone Church was established in the area now known as Fort Defiance in 1740. Local legend claims the church was used as a haven during the French and Indian War, when Augusta County was the western frontier for the country. The name Fort Defiance was not put on the community until the late 19th century.

Sites of interest

  • Augusta Military Academy, a now-defunct military academy that was one of the first in the nation to adopt the JROTC program and site of historical marker ;
  • Augusta Stone Church, the oldest Presbyterian Church in continuous use in Virginia;
  • Historical Marker , a willow tree planted in the mid-19th century over a spring so that water was driven out a spout driven in the tree's side into a wooden trough;


Education

Fort Defiance is served by Augusta County Public Schools. Clymore Elementary School, Stewart Middle School and Fort Defiance High School are within the unincorporated area's boundaries.

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