In 1761, when George Washington sponsored an act in the House of Burgesses to charter the new village, the town was named Woodstock. Since 1772 it has been the County seat and currently has the oldest working courthouse west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Woodstock’s most famous Revolutionary is “the fighting parson,” John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, who came to Woodstock in 1772 to serve as pastor of the area Lutheran congregations. In January of 1776, the Reverend Peter Muhlenberg delivered his now famous sermon calling for volunteers for the county militia to the Continental Army at his church in the middle of Main Street. Come experience Historic Woodstock for our history, architecture, self guided walking tour, museums, art galleries, churches, cemeteries, and more.