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Community Profile

Waynesboro’s unique attributes combine to create a perfect location for business, recreation, and culture.  Some say it is the quality of life that makes a location what it is.  Our safe neighborhoods, abundance of outdoor recreation, and quality of education at all levels contribute to Waynesboro being a great place to live, work, and play—and Where Good Nature Comes Naturally.

Community Profile

The present City of Waynesboro was included in the 118,491-acre Beverley Patent of 1736, issued to William Beverley by Governor William Gooch under the direction of King George II of England. Joseph Tees purchased 465 acres from Beverley in 1739. His widow operated a inn, the Tees’ (or Teas’) Tavern, a widely known landmark. As the settlement developed, Samuel and Jane Teas Estill and the developer James Flack promoted the area, which was named Waynesboro as early as 1797 in honor of the Revolutionary War hero General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. The town was officially established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1801.

Waynesboro flourished during the following decades. It was incorporated as a town in 1834. Twenty years later, the east-west railroad reached Waynesboro, which accessed major trading markets with the completion of the Crozet railroad tunnel through the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1858. Waynesboro was reincorporated in 1874. In 1881, the north-south railroad reached the area, crossing the east-west line at Waynesboro Junction, east of the river, at a place promoters called the “Iron Cross,” which formed the nucleus of the new boomtown, Basic City, incorporated in 1891.

For 32 years the two towns enjoyed a remarkable period of rivalry and expansion, often punctuated by recession and depression. They finally consolidated under the name of Waynesboro-Basic, following a referendum in both towns in 1923. Renamed Waynesboro by the legislature the next year, the consolidated town soon experienced industrial investment that brought unparalleled growth.

DuPont opened its doors in the 1920s to produce acetate rayon fibers. By the 1950s, General Electric moved a facility into Waynesboro, and both plants continued to have a significant and growing presence in the city. Together along with other manufacturers, they employed thousands. However, the nature of manufacturing gradually changed. Some companies relocated to less expensive labor sources, others shifted to reliance on robotics. Some began to substitute materials. As a result, manufacturing employment in Waynesboro declined.

In response to the loss of major manufacturing employers, Waynesboro transitioned from its previous and vulnerable reliance on manufacturing to an economically more diversified community. Today, with The Lycra Company (formerly the DuPont and Invista facility), Berry Plastics, and Lumos on one hand, and Target, Lowes, and Home Depot on the other, the greater Waynesboro region has a diversity of well-paying jobs and a sizable source of public revenue from retail sales taxes and the taxation of tools and machinery. The city’s efforts to incentivize the development of the Town Center and surrounding commercial real estate have paid dividends. The city’s creative work within the Downtown Enterprise Zone continues to transform Broad Street, just as Waynesboro’s investments downtown are showing results. The city’s commitment to continue to develop its industrial park has attracted new employers and means it has the potential to fully leverage its rail lines and location on I-64. New high-quality housing is being developed in Waynesboro. Older traditional neighborhoods are slowly being rediscovered. Small businesses are successfully operating downtown.

While our industrial make-up has evolved over the decades, the city continues to have a strong heritage of manufacturing excellence, and is a regional retail center and cultural and recreational hub. We also boast incredible natural assets, including a less-than-four-mile traveling distance between our downtown and the Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail. We have one of only two urban trout fisheries in the state, and a downtown waterway navigable by canoe and kayak. An emerging artistic, craft beverage, local food, outdoor recreation, and entrepreneurial cluster is nascent in our economy and particularly strong in our downtown. Successes like the redevelopment and reopening of the Wayne Theatre Performing Arts Center, the expansion and redevelopment of the Shenandoah Valley Arts Center, and the opening of the P. Buckley Moss Gallery in our historic district serve as jewels of our renaissance.

–Portions Excerpted from the City of Waynesboro Comprehensive Plan

Location

The City of Waynesboro is centrally located along the I-81 corridor in the eastern portion of Virginia’s scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley.  Our convenient location along I-64 provides easy access to major locations in the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard.

Exit numbers to the city from I-64 are: exit 99 to 250 West, exit 96 to Delphine Avenue, and exit 94 to Rosser Avenue and from I-81, exit 222 to 250 East.

Our location in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley provides access to a variety of employment opportunities within an easy 45-minute commute and ample recreational assets, including Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National Forests and an urban trout fishery in downtown.

Washington, DC is located 2.5 hours to the north, Richmond 1.5 hours to the east, and the County Seat, Staunton eight miles to the west.

Additional details on connecting via road, air, rail, or water can be found here.

Education

Pre-k–12

The City of Waynesboro School Division educates just over 3,000 students in five elementary, and one each Middle and High School.  In addition, they partner with the Governors School and the Valley Career and Technical Center to offer a variety of options.  To learn more about the Waynesboro School District, Day Care, Private Schools, and other offerings, click here (link to current Pre K – 12 page).

Post Secondary

Blue Ridge Community College operates a main campus 30 minutes to the north and an outpost location in downtown.  To learn more about BRCC and the other 38 two- and four-year schools within a 2.5-hour drive, click here.

Climate

Nestled comfortably in the Virginia Shenandoah Valley, Waynesboro has a beautiful four season climate with warm summers and mild winters.
July average temperature is 71.5
January average temperature is 37.3
Average annual rainfall is 34.1 with an average 5.3 inches of snow

Healthcare

Consistently recognized with prestigious awards, Augusta Health is an independent and community-owned health system serving the region.   The main hospital has 255 beds, specialty units including Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, Heart & Vascular Center, Joint Center, A Robotic Surgery Program, Emergency Department, plus community urgent care and outpatient centers while employing over 2,000 staff.  For information about all Augusta Health services and facilities, please visit their website, www.augustahealth.com.

Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) is one of only eight state-operated comprehensive vocational rehabilitation centers in the nation. WWRC provides comprehensive medical- to-work, assessment, transition, and training services to individuals with various disabilities to help gain independence through employment.  For information about all Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center services and facilities, please visit their website, www.wwrc.net

Public Safety

The City of Waynesboro provides outstanding public safety services for it’s citizens and businesses through four departments: Emergency Management, Police, Fire, and Sheriff.

Emergency Management – Receives and dispatches 911 calls and is responsible for the coordination of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and for Emergency Management (disaster preparedness/planning, response, recovery, and mitigation) and local Homeland Security initiatives.
Fire – The department has 33 paid fire fighters and a volunteer unit. ISO rating is 4.
Police – The department has 44 sworn officers, civilian staff, and a reserve unit.
Sheriff – The sheriff’s office is responsible for all matters relating to the courts.

Housing

From the comfortable surroundings of a vintage home in the famed Tree Streets, to a downtown condo, to residential neighborhoods, or the spaciousness of a home on acreage, Waynesboro and the surrounding area provides many options.

Geology

Waynesboro is located in the Valley and Ridge Physiographic Province with elevations ranging from 1,050 feet to 1,800 feet above sea level. The average elevation of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail is 2,200 feet. The South River, a south fork of the Shenandoah River, runs directly through the City at an elevation of 1,250.

Pre-K to 12 Education

Waynesboro City Schools

School Name Grades Enrollment Student/Teacher Ratio
Berkeley Glenn K to 5 261 24 to 1
Wenonah Elementary K to 5 251 20 to 1
Westwood Hills Elementary K to 5 440 24 to 1
William Perry Elementary K to 5 424 22 to 1
Kate Collins Middle 6 to 8 679 NA
Waynesboro High School 9 to 12 827 NA
Wayne Hills Center Pre-K to K 120 17 to 1
TOTAL: 3002 21 to 1 average
Info provided by Waynesboro City Schools 2018-19

DAY CARE

The Virginia Department of Social Services maintains a list of providers.

VOCATIONAL, TECHNICAL, SPECIALIZED

Name Location Description
Valley Career and Technical Center Fishersville Valley Career and Technical Center is part of the public school systems of Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro. Our students gain technical skills in a variety of career areas designed to prepare them for entry level positions or acceptance into post-secondary education.  In addition to the many high school programs, the Center offers career and technical training for adults interested in apprenticeship programs, basic skills training or a GED.

PRIVATE

Name L* Grade Size Tuition
C.F. Richards Junior Academy S Pre-K to 8 56 $5,050/yr
Fishburne Military School W 7 to 12 170 $18,200-$37,500 depending on boarding status
Good Shepherd School W Nursery to 8 180 $154-$185/week
Grace Christian School S Pre-K to 12 310 $1,800-$7,750 depending on grade
Montessori School of Waynesboro W 2-6 year olds 17 Varies depending on length of day.
Pilgrim Christian School D K to 12 30
Ridgeview Christian School D Pre-K to 12 152 $4,800/yr
Staunton Montessori School S Pre-K to 9 80 $4,900-$8,900 depending on grade
Stuart Hall School S Pre-K to 12 300 $8,100-$51,000 depending on boarding status
*Location Code: W- Waynesboro; S – Staunton; F – Fishersville; D – Stuarts Draft
Source: Chamber of Commerce and Waynesboro ED

Waynesboro City Schools

School Name Grades Enrollment Student/Teacher Ratio
Berkeley Glenn K to 5 261 24 to 1
Wenonah Elementary K to 5 251 20 to 1
Westwood Hills Elementary K to 5 440 24 to 1
William Perry Elementary K to 5 424 22 to 1
Kate Collins Middle 6 to 8 679 NA
Waynesboro High School 9 to 12 827 NA
Wayne Hills Center Pre-K to K 120 17 to 1
TOTAL: 3002 21 to 1 average
Info provided by Waynesboro City Schools 2018-19

DAY CARE

The Virginia Department of Social Services maintains a list of providers.

VOCATIONAL, TECHNICAL, SPECIALIZED

Name Location Description
Valley Career and Technical Center Fishersville Valley Career and Technical Center is part of the public school systems of Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro. Our students gain technical skills in a variety of career areas designed to prepare them for entry level positions or acceptance into post-secondary education.  In addition to the many high school programs, the Center offers career and technical training for adults interested in apprenticeship programs, basic skills training or a GED.

PRIVATE

Name L* Grade Size Tuition
C.F. Richards Junior Academy S Pre-K to 8 56 $5,050/yr
Fishburne Military School W 7 to 12 170 $18,200-$37,500 depending on boarding status
Good Shepherd School W Nursery to 8 180 $154-$185/week
Grace Christian School S Pre-K to 12 310 $1,800-$7,750 depending on grade
Montessori School of Waynesboro W 2-6 year olds 17 Varies depending on length of day.
Pilgrim Christian School D K to 12 30
Ridgeview Christian School D Pre-K to 12 152 $4,800/yr
Staunton Montessori School S Pre-K to 9 80 $4,900-$8,900 depending on grade
Stuart Hall School S Pre-K to 12 300 $8,100-$51,000 depending on boarding status
*Location Code: W- Waynesboro; S – Staunton; F – Fishersville; D – Stuarts Draft
Source: Chamber of Commerce and Waynesboro ED
Housing

From the comfortable surroundings of a vintage home in the famed Tree Streets, to a downtown condo, to residential neighborhoods, or the spaciousness of a home on acreage, Waynesboro and the surrounding area provides many options.

For relocation information, visit the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce business directory and Greater Augusta Association of Realtors.

Healthcare

Augusta Health

Augusta Health, an independent and community-owned health system that employs more than 2000 residents, has focused on bringing high quality, nationally-recognized healthcare close to home since opening its doors in 1994.

Its mission ‘to improve the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care’ is realized through providing vital, comprehensive services to the region:

  • The Augusta Health Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, a DukeHealth affiliate, has full cancer accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer with additional recognition as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Center provides chemotherapy, hematology and infusion services, and state-of-the-art radiation therapy along with the supportive services that make it a truly comprehensive cancer center:  a dedicated dietitian, a social worker and support groups, an onsite pharmacy and nurse navigators to help patients through their journey.
  • The Heart & Vascular Center provides high quality diagnostic and therapeutic care—angioplasty and stenting, cardiac catheterization, cardiac stress testing, non-invasive testing (EKG, Echocardiograms and Dopplers), electrophysiology (ablation, pacemakers, treatment and management of Atrial fibrillation), cardiac rehab and full-service cardiology care and management.
  • The Joint Center offers patient-focused total knee and total hip replacements with excellent patient outcomes.
  • A Robotic Surgery Program for minimally invasive surgery in areas such as urology, gynecology and general surgery. Advantages of robotic surgery are fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, less pain and blood loss and a quicker recovery for patients.
  • An employed physician group, Augusta Medical Group, with primary care and specialty physician offices throughout Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County. One practice, Workplace Wellness, provides occupational health services in office and onsite at businesses.
  • An Emergency Department that cares for approximately 60,000 patients each year.
  • Four Urgent Care Centers in Staunton, Stuarts Draft, Waynesboro and Weyers Cave, to provide care for unplanned, but non-emergency, injuries and illnesses every day.
  • An active Community Outreach to address the region’s greatest health needs with innovative programs such as the AMI Farm at Augusta Health, an on-campus working farm that provides fresh vegetables and produce for patients, staff and special programs.
  • Additional facilities and services, including a Fitness Center, a robust rehab and therapy division, an Intensive Care Unit and Skilled Nursing Unit, Hospice of the Shenandoah and the Shenandoah House, and the Augusta Health Sleep Center to deliver needed services to the community.

For information about all Augusta Health services and facilities, please visit their website, www.augustahealth.com.

Maps

Link to Waynesboro GIS : layers include tax parcels, zoning, water, sewer, storm water, flood plain, topo, aerials, school district, and wards.

Location

Cities Reached in One Day Truck Distance

Planning

City Land Use
City Zoning

Incentive Zones

Enterprise Zones
City Overview
Area 1
Area 2
Area-3

Tourism Development Zone
City Overview
Downtown
East Main
Interstate
Downtown Districts

HUB Zone
City Map with Census Tracts

Workforce
Commuting to Waynesboro

Downtown
Downtown Districts
CDBG Program Area

Things to Do

Waynesboro has a wealth of cultural and natural amenities, not the least of which is its proximity to Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail. Hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, horseback riding, and bicycling opportunities abound.

Another appealing element of the City is that its small-town charm is paired with big-city conveniences, such as national retail and restaurant outlets. Within city limits, shoppers will find Target, Kohl’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart and more. This commercial district, located at exit 94 off I-64, also offers restaurants like Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Five Guys, Cracker Barrel, and Plaza Azteca.

Waynesboro’s historic downtown is situated alongside the tranquil South River, one of only two urban trout fisheries in the state. Try your hand at fly fishing or merely enjoy the paved Greenway Trail that follows the bends of the river for a lovely one-mile walk. Within downtown, explore the work of regional artists at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, P. Buckley Moss Gallery, and the historic Wayne Theatre. History buffs will enjoy the Waynesboro Heritage Museum and Plumb House Museum, which saw action during the Civil War. When you’re ready to recharge, locally owned restaurants and coffee shops are close at hand. In the evenings, catch national and regional performances at the newly renovated vaudeville-era Wayne Theatre. Tapping into Waynesboro’s rich natural history, the proposed Virginia Museum of Natural History campus will also occupy space downtown in the near future.

Waynesboro’s annual events and festivals bring pleasure to the whole family—from Riverfest, which celebrates the beauty and ecology of the South River, to the Fall Foliage Art Show, which turns the streets of downtown into a gallery for over 150 artists. Waynesboro is also home to the Virginia Chili, Blues & Brews Festival, now in its second decade, and the Blue Ridge Classic Soap Box Derby, now in its sixth decade. Waynesboro Parks Department, which manages the six municipal parks including a leash-free dog park, makes sure there are plenty of family-friendly events year-round. Run the Valley races, outdoor concerts, fireworks, a kite-flying day—there’s always something on the calendar to look forward to.

Visit the City Tourism website to learn more.

 Small Business Success Stories

This short video highlights three successful businesses in the East Main Street (Route 250) Corridor in Waynesboro, VA. The owners of Rockfish Gap Outfitters, Blue Ridge Bucha, and Basic City Beer Co. discuss the attributes of Waynesboro and the Shenandoah Valley as a wonderful place to visit, filled with outdoor adventure.

COVID Response

Small Business Grants

Small business is essential to the Waynesboro community and to the success of our economy.  They represent steadfast commitment by owners to provide goods and services to citizens and visitors while offering vast employment opportunities. There are over 5,000 business establishments in the Staunton Waynesboro MSA, almost all of them considered a “small business” using the SBA definition of having less than 500 employees.  In SAW, 86% of our businesses have 19 or fewer employees. The effect of COVID-19 closures on all businesses combined with our two largest employment sectors being hospitality/accommodation and retail have had a significant impact on our economy.

An April 2020 survey of Waynesboro businesses indicated that 63% of the respondents will face a “severe impact” due to business closures or other adjustments to their normal business operation.  When asked what assistance would be helpful to the business owner, 58% responded that cash flow assistance would be most helpful.

The CARES Act of 2020 provides funding assistance to state and local governments for the direct impact of the COVID -19 pandemic.  A component of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) is the “provision of grants to small businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures.”  The Waynesboro City Council responded to the need and ultimately allocated $600,000 or 15% of the total CARES funds received to meet the needs of small business.  In total, four grant programs were created and administrated by the Waynesboro Economic Development Authority.

Renaissance Fund — June 2020
Sustainability Fund  — August 2020
Renaissance Fund Two — August 2020
Al Fresco Grant — December 2020

Summary Reports
Small Business Infographic
Demographic Survey
Recipient List

Small Business Success Stories

This video highlights three successful businesses in the East Main Street (Route 250) Corridor in Waynesboro, VA. The owners of Rockfish Gap Outfitters, Blue Ridge Bucha, and Basic City Beer Co. discuss the attributes of Waynesboro and the Shenandoah Valley, challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, and how they overcame those hurdles.

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