A fine-looking old factory town, Waynesboro’s prosperity developed as industry developed. Laid out by John Wallace in 1797, the town was first called Mount Vernon, then Wallacetown, Waynesburg, Waynesborough, and finally Waynesboro in 1831. Part of the unique beauty of Waynesboro is in the difference of the palatial, Victorian-era homes and the simple houses of the working-class people. The 1881 borough hall on Main Street shows the practicality of its residents. Before housing local government, the structure was a fire company, a farmer’s market, and an opera house.