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Finding Shakespeare in Staunton

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An October 2005 trip to Staunton by zabelle

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Quote: Our reason for visiting was to visit the Blackfriar’s Playhouse, what we found was so much more than we expected.

Finding Shakespeare in Staunton

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Here comes the trolley Photo, Staunton, Virginia
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Now I have to confess up-front that we went to Staunton (pronounced Stanton) to attend a performance at the Blackfriar’s Theater. I love Shakespeare and will go to great lengths to catch a play. As it turned out we didn’t see Shakespeare but rather Alexandre Dumas and I wouldn’t change a thing. The performance of The Three Musketeers was amazing.This trip got off to a shaky start, our B&B canceled our reservation four days before we left for our vacation and I had to scramble to find a new accommodation. It turned out to be happy circumstance since we ended up at the Frederick House which had a perfect location and very friendly innkeepers. They are a small hotel where every room has i...Read More

Frederick House

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Hotel

Frederick House Photo, Staunton, Virginia
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Composed of five historic residences this small hotel is a European style accommodation. There are twenty three-distinctive rooms spread over the five houses. This was not my first choice in Staunton but after my B&B canceled my reservation, which is a whole other story, I had to make a reservation quickly. Frederick House offers online booking which made it easy to have a confirmed reservation. One thing I didn’t like about the website was that it didn’t show pictures of the rooms. We received a very warm welcome when we arrived. We had chosen one of the rooms with a balcony. Okay it’s not a balcony, it’s a back porch and it overlooks the parking lot but the description didn’t exactly say...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2007

Frederick House
28 North New Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401
(800) 334-5575

Wright's Dairy Rite

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Restaurant | "Wrights Dairy Rite"

Wright's Dairy Rite Photo, Staunton, Virginia
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If you have a hankering for a return to the '50s and '60s, think Arnold’s on Happy Days, then Wrights Dairy Rite is going to be just the place to satisfy your craving. Open since 1952, this classic drive-in restaurant has had car hop service since its inception. The booths are red and white leatherette seats on the booths, tables with Formica tops and the chairs are chrome. There is a shiny red vintage jukebox on one wall. This restaurant will appeal to everyone. It was a weekday lunch time and certainly most of the people were working people and families with children too young to be in school. What is really fun is that there is a white phone on the wall at every booth and when you are r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2007

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

Mill Sreet Grill

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Restaurant

Mill Sreet Grill Photo, Staunton, Virginia
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Mill Street Grill is located in the historic White Star Mill. The Mill was founded in 1890 and they installed modern equipment for processing wheat. The principal brand of flour manufactured here was Melrose which was a staple in Southern Homes. It operated as mill until 1963 and then as a restaurant on and off until 1992 when the current owners took over. There motto is “at the Mill, no one is a stranger, we treat you better than family and we don’t ask you to do the dishes.”We arrived on a Sunday and were quickly seated even though it was very busy. We had a warm three part loaf of bread and pumpkin flavored butter on the table in no time at all. All the sections of the loaf were different a...Read More

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Mill Sreet Grill
1 Mill Street
Staunton, Va 24401
(540) 886-0656

Blackfriar's Playhouse

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Attraction | "Blackfriars Theater"

Blackfriar's Playhouse Photo, Staunton, Virginia
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I had one reason and one reason only for visiting Staunton and that was to visit the Blackfriars Playhouse. I am an inveterate devotee of Shakespearean Theater and going way out of my way to see a production is not at all unusual. What we finally did was to drive to Staunton from Charlottesville for a Thursday night performance of the Three Musketeers. It was offered in repertory with Hamlet and A Comedy of Errors. We spent Sunday Night in Staunton and the Sunday Matinee offering was Hamlet. Having last seen Hamlet in Stratford on Avon on September 11, 2001, I was not anxious to see a repeat performance. Every season brings a new list of offerings. They offer four different show schedules every year....Read More

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

Woodrow Wilson Birthplace

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Attraction

Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Photo, Staunton, Virginia
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I have always felt a certain affinity for Woodrow Wilson since I attended Woodrow Wilson Junior High School and the part of Middletown, CT, where I grew up attended Woodrow Wilson High School. Wilson also spent some years in Middletown as a Professor at Wesleyan University.Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton on December 28, 1856. His father, Joseph Ruggles Wilson had taken the pastorate of the Presbyterian Church in Staunton in 1855 and by 1858 he and his wife Jennie Woodrow and their three children were moving on another Presbyterian church in August Ga . So in reality, though Staunton is where he was born, it was not where the future president was raised. The House where he was born i...Read More

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Woodrow Wilson Birthplace
18-24 North Coalter Street
Staunton, Virginia 24402
(540) 885-0897