Staunton, Virginia CVB 2010-11 Visitors Guide : Page 10

Camera & Palette Inc. Museum 1 W. Beverley Street • Staunton, VA 24401 • 540-886-7291 Largest free camera museum on the East Coast, privately owned. Includes daguerreo-types, view cameras, spy cameras, large Leica collection and area historical photos. Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm M-Fr, 9:00 am-2:00 pm Sa Fees: Free Credit cards accepted, wheelchair accessible, pets welcome, WiFi (free) historic sites Civil War Era in Staunton Staunton played a pivotal role during the Civil War years when the Shenandoah Valley served as the “Breadbasket of the Confederacy.” While most of the battles were being fought north or west of the town, it was the presence of the Virginia Central Railroad that provided a vital link between the Valley and eastern Virginia, making Staunton an important supply depot for the Confederacy. Staunton has one architectural advantage over most of other small towns in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia: it escaped the Civil War unscathed. Many of its 18th and early 19th century homes and buildings still stand and are wonderfully preserved. Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia 1290 Richmond Road • Staunton, VA 24401 540-332-7850 • An outdoor, living history museum with exhibits and programs that explore the diverse old world origins of the earliest immigrants to America and the culture they created together. Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm M-Su. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day Fees: Adults $10, children 6-12 $6, under 6 free, seniors 60+ $9.50 Credit cards accepted, wheelchair accessible, public restrooms, gift shop Confederate Breastworks U.S. Rt. 250, approx 20 miles from Staunton • Fort Edward Johnson, now also known as Confederate Breastworks, was instrumental in defending the town of Staunton during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862. Enjoy this winding 1/2 mile interpretive trail along the top of the Shenandoah Mountain. Learn how the soldiers built the breastworks. Help protect this historic landmark by staying on the trail and out of trenches. Museum of Bank History at Suntrust Bank 2-14 W. Beverley Street • Staunton, VA 24401 • 540-887-0174 The Museum of Bank History at SunTrust Bank, adjoining the handsome 1930 Beaux-Arts style banking hall of SunTrust Bank, is a display of objects that were once used by the Valley National Bank, and memorabilia associated with the banking industry. Hours: Open during banking hours M-Th 9:00 am-5:00 pm, F 9:00 am-6:00 pm Fees: Free Historic Downtown Staunton Staunton Downtown Development Association 110 West Johnson Street • Staunton, VA 24401 540-332-3867 • Downtown Staunton is an award winning Virginia Main Street community that boasts over 270 businesses including 30 restaurants and eateries, 80 specialty retail stores, antiques, service businesses and salons, all cloistered in a historically preserved community that features Victorian architecture. Schmid’s Printery Museum 124 E. Beverley St. • Staunton, VA 24401 540-886-9261 • Printery museum tours. Pets welcome Mary Baldwin College 101 East Frederick Street • Staunton, VA 24401 540-887-7019 • Nestled among 54 beautiful hilltop acres in downtown Staunton, Mary Baldwin College wel-comes the community to explore a variety of on-campus arts and cultural events. Staunton Military Academy/VWIL Museum at Mary Baldwin College 227 Kable Street • Staunton, VA 24401 540-885-1309 • The SMA/VWIL Museum is a combination of the past history of Staunton Military Academy and the present history of the Virginia Woman’s Institute for Leadership. It contains the history experienced by those who attended SMA from the 1800’s until its closing in 1976. Wheelchair accessible, public restrooms, gift shop Stuart Hall 235 West Frederick Street • Staunton, VA 24401 888-306-8926; 540-885-0356 • Stuart Hall School is a college preparatory co-ed day school for students in grades Pre-K-12 and girls’ boarding school for grades 8-12. Founded in 1844, Stuart Hall is one of the oldest Episcopal schools in Virginia. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum 18 North Coalter Street • Staunton, VA 24401 888-496-6376; 540-885-0897 • The nation’s 28th president comes to life as you tour Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace and museum. Immerse yourself in the state-of-the-art World War I trench exhibit, explore the interactive Kids’ Corner, discover Wilson’s Pierce-Arrow limousine, and stroll through the beautiful gardens. A National Historic Landmark. Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm M-Sa, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm Su (Mar-Oct) 10:00 am-4:00 pm M-Sa, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm Su (Nov-Feb) Fees: Adults $14, children 6-12 $3, student 13+ $5, seniors 60+ $12.00, AAA discount $12.00 Credit cards accepted, wheelchair accessible, gift shop Thornrose Cemetery 1041 W. Beverley Street • Staunton, VA 24401 • 540-886-8241 This beautiful cemetery hosting the designs of T.J. Collins was established in 1849. At the highest elevation of Thornrose Cemetery is a large Confederate section that is marked by a monument of a soldier, impressive limestone retention walls and cast iron urns. Some 1,777 Confederate soldiers are buried in this section, the remains of many of them moved to this site following the war. Trinity Church 214 West Beverley St. • Staunton, VA 24401 540-886-9132 • Historic church and graveyard. 12 Tiffany stained glass windows and outdoor labyrinth. Hours: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm M-F (Sept-May) 1:00 pm-4:00pm M-Th (June-Aug) Fees: Free 10 800.342.7982

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