Nicest Place in the South: Staunton, Virginia

Virginia may have led America in throwing off her kings, but the Dominion State has no problem providing a municipal monarch of beauty: Staunton (pronounced “STANT’n”), Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley.

Crowned by some of the most well-preserved architecture in the South, Staunton is the perfect setting for:

• Period performances in the world’s first reproduction of Shakespeare’s original theater
• Summers filled with music festivals galore—including a 150-year-old Stonewall Brigade Band
• Restaurants teeming with the best of Shenandoah Valley’s local-farm food offerings
• History recounting hometown heroes from Stonewall Jackson to Woodrow Wilson

Join us as we celebrate picturesque Staunton, Virginia.


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Staunton’s Staunchest Lady, Mary Baldwin

Staunton, Virginia

Mary Baldwin’s courage and spunk in the face of the enemy earned her the honored role as this equally courageous college’s namesake


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Foodwise: Where It’s at in Staunton

Staunton, Virginia

While feasting your eyes in beautiful downtown Staunton, Virginia, feast your palate and soul as well at these these food scene favorites


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Sheep, Shakespeare, and the Stonewall Brigade: What to See in Staunton

Staunton, VA

Don’t be fooled by its small size: Staunton, Virginia, offers a little something for everyone.


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Playing for Keeps: The Stonewall Brigade Band

Staunton, Virginia

The oldest continually existing community band in the country, The Stonewall Brigade Band has a long history of nonpartisanship. Their famed altruistic attitude is exactly what pushed the musicians into mythical stardom 150 years ago and united a nation at odds.


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Shakespeare’s New Old Home

Staunton, Virginia

These artists went to great lengths to make Shakespeare feel right at home at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton


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The Canvas of T.J. Collins

Staunton, Virginia

Staunton, Virginia, was T.J. Collins’s canvas, upon which he experimented with the diverse styles of the Victorian era


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Juliette Gordon Low: A Girl at Heart

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The founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, through her own struggles and setbacks, provided a platform for young girls to find their purpose, value, and place in the world


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On the Pigness of Pigs

Staunton, Virginia

Do pigs that have had a good life taste better? Joel Salatin thinks so, and he has a happy—and successful—little farm in the Shenandoah Valley to prove it.


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The Fruit of the Shenandoah

Staunton, Virginia

From farmers market to world-class wineries, Staunton, Virginia, and surrounding Augusta County offer the finest fruit of the Shenandoah Valley

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