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Staunton, Virginia - A Small-Town Treasure

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A travel journal to Staunton by Carmen

Statler Brothers Museum Photo, Staunton, Virginia More Photos
Quote: For me, Staunton is "home," even though I don't live there anymore. I was born and raised there, and visiting always gives me a sense of comfort - kind of like eating mac n cheese. To the untrained eye, it just seems like another small town, lining Interstate -81 at the I-64 junction. Don't be fooled, it holds a lot of southern charm and a surprising amount of tourist activities.

Staunton, Virginia - A Small-Town Treasure

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Overview

Statler Complex Photo, Staunton, Virginia
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Staunton is my home town. I was born there in Kings Daughter's Hospital in the middle of a snowy January, and grew up there. As a child and then a teenager, I always thought there was nothing to do there. It was boring. But now, having moved away, when I come back I notice how much there is to do, and how much I didn't appreciate what I had until it was gone. Staunton is very much a small town, with a small-town feel and many times small-town attitudes. But it makes a pretty decent attempt at culture and sophistication. History buffs can take a tour through Woodrow Wilson's birthplace (his home for a whole three weeks), museum fanatics can take a stroll through the Museum of American Frontier C...Read More

Wright's Dairy Rite

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Restaurant

Wright's Dairy Rite Photo, Staunton, Virginia
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When you pull up to the "Servus Fone" at this 50s-throwback diner with curbside service, you can easily imagine yourself sitting in a '57 Chevy with the radio playing "All Shook Up." Just push the button, and out pops one of the many area teenagers that are employed at Wrights Dairy Rite. (As a matter of fact, when I was growing up in Stauton, if you had to get a job, this was one of the more acceptable form of employment - as far as "coolness" factor goes.) Place your order, and about 10 minutes later your food arrives and is set up for you on the window of your car. If curbside service makes you worry about your nice leather interior, no fear. Just park and go inside the diner. The dining ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2000

Wright's Dairy Rite
346 Greenville Ave.
Staunton, Virginia 24401
(540) 886-0435

Frontier Culture Museum

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Attraction | "Museum of American Frontier Culture"

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This museum is a showcase of all the farming cultures that came together to settle the Shenendoah Valley. It is a living history museum that employs people to actually work the different farms that are showcased. First, you visit the visitor's center to purchase tickets and look at the exhibits. The Octagonal barn that hosts the gift shop is an actual Virginia barn that was disassembled and moved to the museum grounds. All of the farmhouses were also original buildings that were moved to the site. The first farm on the path is the German farm. The interpreters explain to visitors what they are doing, and tell stories about German life in the mid-18th century. The next farm is the Scotch-Irish f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2000

Frontier Culture Museum
1290 Richmond Avenue
Massanutten, Virginia 24401
(540) 332-7850

Statler Brothers Museum

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Attraction | "Statler Brother's Museum"

Statler Brothers Museum Photo, Staunton, Virginia
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The Statler Brothers are a big country music quartet whose roots are in Staunton. Their hometown has honored them by turning their old elementary school into a museum. Visitors learn all about the Statlers' youth, and there's even a display of all the gifts that fans have sent them over the years. The museum isn't the biggest in the world, but it suits a popular group that has always remained a grounded part of the community. (They always talk to the people they know, and everyone knows everyone else in Staunton).

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2000

Statler Brothers Museum
Thornrose Avenue
Staunton, Virginia

Blackfriar's Playhouse

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Attraction | "Shenandoah Shakespeare's Blackfriars Playhouse"

Blackfriar's Playhouse Photo, Staunton, Virginia
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Blackfriars Playhouse, built in 2000 in downtown Staunton, creates a Renaisannce-theater experience for its audience--it's the world's only re-created version of Shakespeare's London Globe Theater. What I would call wagon-wheel chandeliers hang from the ceilings and hover above the two-story wooden stage. (You need a balcony for plays like Romeo and Juliet, you know.) The bench-style seats are also wooden and the detailing of the balcony railings adds to the theater's beauty and atmosphere. See attached photos. The troupe believes, as Shakespeare said in Romeo and Juliet, that plays should consume only "two hours' traffic of our stage." Their stage adaptations keep audiences involved (th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2002

Blackfriar's Playhouse
10 East Market Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401
(540) 851-1737

Gypsy Hill Park

Attraction

Gypsy Hill Park Photo, Staunton, Virginia
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Gypsy Hill Park got its name from both the hilly nature of the city of Staunton and the gypsies that used to live in the area. It's located smack in the heart of the city, and is probably one of the nicest city parks I've ever visted. There's so much to do in the park that a visit here is almost overwhelming. One of the coolest things to visit is the duck pond. This fenced-in pond (though the ducks can come and go as they please) is home to all kinds of ducks and a pair of swans as well. We always bring our stale bread to feed them but you can put a nickel in the feed machine and get some duck food for them. (I think they like the bread better though.) The park also features a mini t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2002

Gypsy Hill Park
Churchville Avenue and Thornrose Avenue
Staunton, Virginia

Selma House

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Story/Tip

Selma House Photo, Staunton, Virginia
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The end of the Civil War saw more and more Yankee occupation of the Shenandoah Valley, it being only three hours from Washington, DC. A young Confederate soldier separated from his troop knew that he had to hide from his Northern Army pursuers. But where? He ran into a white house atop a hill in Staunton to escape capture -- or death. He turned around just in time to see an enemy soldier in Northern blue standing in the doorway, where he had just entered. I'm sure he drew his gun to fire, but not quick enough. He was shot in front of the fireplace hearth. His wound fatal, he sunk down onto the hearth and took his final breath. His blood seeped onto the floor and the wall, staining where it touc...Read More

Trinity Episcopal Church

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Located in Downtown Staunton, Trinity was established in the mid- to late-1700s. The graveyard that surrounds the church has graves so old that you can hardly read the inscriptions, and graves from several generations of Stauntonians. The story I've always heard is that when the American Revolutionary leaders were fleeing from Washington D.C. as the city was being burned by the Brittish, they stopped and held meetings at Trinity to decide what course of action to take next. The church itself is beautiful, and the stained glass windows are magical.