Staunton, Virginia CVB 2010-11 Visitors Guide : Page 3

welcome If you like a downtown where restored buildings house hip restaurants & shops. If you like the plays of Shakespeare or sustainable architecture. If you like a city where the history of the Shenandoah Valley is relived and people take to the streets to celebrate. If you like a place where the independent spirit thrives in gifted artists and musicians and where the solitude of the mountains is just a short drive away If you like a place where you are always treated as a guest. We are that place, the Queen City of the Shenandoah. Staunton, Virginia…As You Like It. Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, historic Staunton, Virginia is one of the oldest cities west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 1732, Scots-Irish settler John Lewis and his family became the first Europeans to settle in the area, and a Courthouse for Augusta County was built here in 1745. Lots and streets were laid out in 1747 for the town of Staunton (pronounced STAN-ton), named after Lady Rebecca Staunton, the wife of Colonial Governor William Gooch. Strategically located at the intersection of the Great Wagon Road and early roads to the west, Staunton developed as a major center for trade. This was greatly enhanced with the arrival in 1854 of the Virginia Central Railroad. This railroad would later play a key role during the Civil War when the Shenandoah Valley served as the “Breadbasket of the Confederacy.” Because Staunton remained largely unscathed during the Civil War, it has one of Virginia’s finest col -lections of 19th century architecture. Staunton boasts five historic districts and a compact, walkable downtown. The city was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2001 as one of the nation’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations,” and in 2002 as a Great American Main Street City, the first Virginia city to be so honored. index welcome to staunton ………………………………… 3 attractions ………………………………………… 4-11 events, festivals & happenings ………………… 12-13 downtown staunton map …………………………… 14 getting here ………………………………………… 15 trolley map …………………………………………… 16 bed & breakfasts …………………………………… 17 hotels & motels ……………………………………… 18 outdoor adventures ………………………………… 20 cabins & campgrounds …………………………… 21 shopping …………………………………………… 23 dining ………………………………………………… 24 restaurants………………………………………… 24-27 Staunton Visitors Center 35 South New Street Staunton, VA 24401 540-332-3971 www.VisitStaunton.com ©Staunton Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) 1.800.342.7982. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part in any form or by any means requires prior writtten permission from the SCVB. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within this publication. SCVB is not responsible for errors or omission. The listings and advertisements in this publication do not imply an endorsement by SCVB. Kathy Frazier www.virginia.org TRAVEL ASSOCIATION www.VisitStaunton.com 3

Welcome To Staunton

If you like a downtown where restored buildings house hip restaurants & shops. If you like the plays of Shakespeare or sustainable architecture. If you like a city where the history of the Shenandoah Valley is relived and people take to the streets to celebrate.<br /> <br /> If you like a place where the independent spirit thrives in gifted artists and musicians and where the solitude of the mountains is just a short drive away<br /> <br /> If you like a place where you are always treated as a guest. We are that place, the Queen City of the Shenandoah. Staunton, Virginia…As You Like It.<br /> <br /> Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, historic Staunton, Virginia is one of the oldest cities west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 1732, Scots-Irish settler John Lewis and his family became the first Europeans to settle in the area, and a Courthouse for Augusta County was built here in 1745. Lots and streets were laid out in 1747 for the town of Staunton (pronounced STAN-ton), named after Lady Rebecca Staunton, the wife of Colonial Governor William Gooch. Strategically located at the intersection of the Great Wagon Road and early roads to the west, Staunton developed as a major center for trade. This was greatly enhanced with the arrival in 1854 of the Virginia Central Railroad. This railroad would later play a key role during the Civil War when the Shenandoah Valley served as the “Breadbasket of the Confederacy.”<br /> <br /> Because Staunton remained largely unscathed during the Civil War, it has one of Virginia’s finest collections of 19th century architecture. Staunton boasts five historic districts and a compact, walkable downtown. The city was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2001 as one of the nation’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations,” and in 2002 as a Great American Main Street City, the first Virginia city to be so honored.<br /> <br /> <br />

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