The history of Staunton, Virginia, goes back to the early 1700s. Its location in the Shenandoah Valley (it is often referred to as the valley's "queen city") made it an important civil war provision interchange. For a great photographical history of the town, check out S taunton, Virginia: A Pictorial History by Elizabeth Bray McCue. Its 96 pages of history and photographs is sure to feed the fix of the historian in you.

Staunton: Images of America Sergei Troubetzkoy is a pictorial book about Staunton's architectural history, which has included the contributions of many prominent architects since the early 1800s. Another book by this author is Hoots and Hollers in the Hills of Staunton, a collection of Staunton-related ghost stories. Just don't read it at night during a visit to one of Staunton's historic bed and breakfasts... 

Not as morbid as you might think is Here Lyeth: Tombstone Inscriptions by Dorothy Lee Weaver. The book's actual title is much longer, but would probably exceed the limit of this article's word-count. Anyway, the author was quite thorough in her compilation of tombstone tomes throughout Staunton and Augusta County. Tombstones can tell quite a tale about their subjects and actually speak a lot about the times in which they were en"graved."   

Lee's Endangered Left: The Civil War in Western Virginia, Spring of 1864 is by Richard R. Duncan and includes interesting details of the struggle to protect Staunton and the Virginia Central Railroad. Staunton's railroad station served as an important supply depot during the war. The original, built in 1854, was destroyed by them Yankees ten years later.