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Fort Defiance
Census-designated place
Country United States
State Virginia
County Augusta County
Elevation 1,286 ft (392 m)
Population (2002)
 • Total 780
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24437
Area code(s) 540

Fort Defiance is an unincorporated community in Augusta County, Virginia, United States. It is part of the StauntonWaynesboro 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 VA-A100 Augusta Military Academy;
  • Augusta Stone Church, the oldest Presbyterian Church in continuous use in Virginia;
  • Historical Marker VA-A99 Willow Spout, 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;

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