Augusta Military Academy Alumni Foundation

Augusta Military Academy operated from 1874 to 1984, a total of 110 years.  In spite of being closed, the school has a very active and vibrant alumni community. This site keeps the legacy alive and provides alumni a community to interact with each other and keep the memories of AMA alive. The public is invited to peruse our site and learn more about the heritage of military academies in the U.S. through the memories and legacy of Augusta Military Academy.


In light of Virginia’s Stay-At-Home order, and the three positive cases of the COVID-19 virus in Augusta County, the Executive Committee of the Augusta Military Academy Alumni Foundation are closing their Museum to visitors indefinitely. The museum is located on the grounds of the former school at 1640 Lee Highway, in Fort Defiance.

Museum Director, Neil Fitzgerald, will continue to maintain the Museum’s business operations on-site. Our part-time staff have been directed to stay at home until the museum can re-open to the public. The Director can be reached at the museum via phone or email. But no personal visits to the museum for any reason.

Friends, alumni and volunteers are asked to please not come to the museum during this time.


“To preserve the traditions of the Augusta Military Academy and to honor the memory of the life and times of its alumni, faculty, staff, and supporting families through the AMA Museum, the Legacy Scholarship and the publication of The Bayonet.”

The 2nd MEB 2020 Reunion has been pushed to 7-9 May 2021.  The AMA Foundation and individual alumni will continue to sponsor the 11th Anniversary of the 2nd MEB Marine Expeditionary Force which was led by our own Larry Nicholson, ’75. Bruce Hemp is leading the effort to help support this event, as she did in years past to help send care packages to the Marines and Sailors deployed in Afghanistan. More detailed information about the event and sponsorship will be provided here when it is made available to us.

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