Augusta Military Academy Museum, Fort Defiance

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Mission “To preserve the traditions of the Augusta Military Academy and to honor the memory of the life and time of its alumni, faculty,staff, and supporting families through the permanent and temporary exhibits and diligent conservation of the museum's collection of artifacts, archives and photographs”

The AMA Alumni House and Museum is a hidden treasure among other historical sites in the Shenandoah Valley. With roots dating back to the Civil War, come learn about the long History of AMA and the Roller Family. AMA was called home by many young men that came from all parts of the world. In our museum you can see their achievements and explore the life of a cadet. Thanks to our Alumni, we have many artifacts that they have donated for the public to enjoy for their viewing pleasure. Think you have a connection? Check out our many yearbooks and find your cadet. You never know what you’ll find at AMA.

For Alum that visit this page, we are always looking for new information about the school and would love to hear from you!
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  • The docent gave an excellent description of the history of the Academy and the museum exhibits. A worthwhile visit for anyone interested in the history of the Shenandoah Valley. 
    The docent gave an excellent description of the history of the Academy and the museum exhibits. A worthwhile visit for anyone interested in the history of the Shenandoah Valley.  more »
  • It is a great piece of history here. The museum is small, but there is much to see. I had a great tour. It is free, but they can use your donations. 
    It is a great piece of history here. The museum is small, but there is much to see. I had a great tour. It is free, but they can use your donations.  more »
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  • Cool little museum detailing the long honorable patriotic military academy, the alumni it trained, and those who supported it. While it’s unfortunate the historic dormitory is slowly decaying from neglect, not from lack of respect but simply from the lack of resources, by what almost appears to be providence the school house has been restored and a church has protected the cafeteria and pool. Hope is there will be enough support to endure. Is it possible we a double use of part of the dorm could be considered, like emergency services training, etc. Would be a travesty if another icon rich in historical treasures were razed and forgotten. ...PS Man, would i love to get some shots inside the dorms. Some info from Wiki: The Augusta Military Academy was a secondary education military academy in Fort Defiance, Virginia, United States. The school was established in 1865 by Confederate veteran Charles Summerville Roller[3] as the Augusta Male Academy and formally became a military academy in 1880. It combined classical studies with a military curriculum and was officially named Augusta Military Academy in 1890. At the time, it was one of the first military preparatory schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was one of the first such schools in the United States to adopt the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program in 1919. Until its closure in 1984, the Academy had attracted over 7,000 students from the United States and abroad. Today it is owned and operated as a campground for the Virginia District of the United Pentecostal Church International. It is located on U.S. Route 11, also known as the Lee Highway.
  • This place was very interesting to walk through. The guy that led us through was very nice and fun to talk with. There is so much that happened here, it's got some amazing stories!!!

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