The Augusta Military Academy at Fort Defiance is a place of historical significance and a wonderful place to tour if you are interested in the American Civil War. Homeschool families that are staying with us during a learning vacation, or homeschool vacation field trip, think about visiting this place. It is filled with period artifacts. It is one of the numerous fun things to do in our Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Book a Virginia getaway to Cabin Creekwood and enjoy staying in our rustic, cabins in VA. Many are pet friendly Virginia cabin rentals.
In 1865, when it was founded by a confederate war veteran, Charles Roller, it was called, the Augusta Male Academy. It later became a military academy in 1880 and it was among one of the first schools in the commonwealth of Virginia to combine classical studies with a military curriculum, and it was one of the first schools in the country to adopt a JROTC program. That program, began in 1919 at the Augusta Military Academy. The school was closed in 1984 but you can still see it as you drive down Lee Highway.
You can tour the Augusta Military Academy Museum and get an upclose view of a historic military academy. The main barricks or ‘front view’ of the historical academy was built in 1915 and is an example of the neo-Gothic style that was prominent at the time. Several of its features were built prior to 1915 and were added on later or renovated. Each year alumni gather at the museum for a get together and celebration.
Those that wish to tour the museum, which is located inside the Augusta Military Academy Alumni House can visit Tuesday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Currently, there is no admission charge. The facility is handicapped accessible and you may call the museum at 540-248-3007.