Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton - the Queen City on the Great Wagon Road between the Blue Ridge and the Alleghenies - offers old fashioned Americana at its best. A guided or self-guided walking tour through five National Historic Districts will transport you through Stauntonís 250-year heritage. Staunton has one architectural advantage over most of other small towns in the Shenandoah Valley: it was unscathed in the Civil War, and many of its 18th and early 19th century homes and buildings still stand and are wonderfully preserved. There are more than sixty shops and twenty restaurants packed into the architecturally-rich and compact downtown. Relax and unwind at a hospitable hotel, Inn or Bed and Breakfast. Stauntonís historic charm and warm hospitality will make your visit an unforgettable excursion into Americaís past.
Staunton is the home of the Frontier Culture Museum, an international living history facility depicting working farms and traditional cultures of 17th, 18th, and 19th century England, Germany, Northern Ireland, and America, and the birthplace of the nation's 28th President. The beautiful Woodrow Wilson Birthplace overlooking the old town is open year round for tours. Also an art lover should not miss the gallery of the Staunton Augusta Fine Arts Center at the R. R. Smith Center for History & Art.
Staunton is a shopper's delight, too. Award-winning restorations of Victorian storefronts in the Beverley and Wharf Historic Districts now house shops for antiques, crafts, gifts, books, gourmet foods, specialty clothing, and much more.