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Staunton Architecture: Gospel Hill

The beautiful name Gospel Hill comes from the sounds ringing out from Sampson Eagon’s blacksmith shop. 1700s religious meetings occurred in Eagon’s shop, and of course, that included singing. Gospel Hill Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to grand old trees and grander homes. 238 E. Beverley Street … Continue reading Staunton Architecture: Gospel Hill

The beautiful name Gospel Hill comes from the sounds ringing out from Sampson Eagon’s blacksmith shop. 1700s religious meetings occurred in Eagon’s shop, and of course, that included singing. Gospel Hill Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to grand old trees and grander homes.

238 E. Beverley Street is a beautiful 1840s home that was remodeled by T. J. Collins in 1915. Of additional interest: the home sits on the site of Sampson Eagon’s blacksmith shop; the place where Gospel Hill got its name.

“Oakdene”

An elaborate Queen Anne called “Oakdene” sits at 605 E. Beverley Street. It was built in 1893 by Virginia Lieutenant Governor Edward Echols and features an owl atop its turret.

Civil War mapmaker Jed Hotchkiss added an elaborate addition to the ca. 1840 house at 437 E. Beverley Street in 1888. He called the home “The Oaks.”

“The Oaks”

Kalorama is a street name in Gospel Hill, but it’s also the name of the beautiful home at 19 S. Market Street. While a private residence now, the home has seen use as a hotel, girls school, and a public library over the years since its 1810 construction.

An unusual style, certainly for Staunton, is the 1891 Richardsonian Romanesque home standing at 215 Kalorama Street. T. J. Collins designed it for the City Treasurer, Arista Hogue. The home’s date and the initial A.H. are carved into one of the stones on the façade. This home is the only one of its style in Staunton.

You learned about the First Presbyterian Church and its architectural and historical significance to Staunton, Virginia, and the United States. The church campus initially included a manse – the home of the minister. That manse is now known as the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace. It was built in 1846 in Greek Revival style. It features 12 rooms; in one of the, Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856. Wilson went on to become America’s 28th President.

There are at least 12 more sites within Gospel Hill of historic significance marked in the Historic Staunton Foundation walking tour map. Be sure to pick up a copy from their office at the R. R. Smith Center or check out their Flickr Account for a “virtual tour” of Gospel Hill. 

And while you’re here, be sure and visit some of the other historic districts in downtown Staunton:
Beverley District
Wharf District 
Newtown District 
Stuart Addition 

Staunton Architecture: Stuart Addition

Stuart Addition Historic District is named for Judge Archibald Stuart, a wealthy, influential resident who deeded the area to the city in 1803. Mary Baldwin University if located within this historic district, as are notable historic churches. Augusta Female Seminary was founded in 1842, but you know it today as Mary Baldwin University. The large … Continue reading Staunton Architecture: Stuart Addition

Stuart Addition Historic District is named for Judge Archibald Stuart, a wealthy, influential resident who deeded the area to the city in 1803. Mary Baldwin University if located within this historic district, as are notable historic churches.

First Presbyterian Church

Augusta Female Seminary was founded in 1842, but you know it today as Mary Baldwin University. The large Greek Revival building on campus dates to 1844 and was built to meet the needs of the growing school. The building is often the backdrop for photos; take one there yourself.

The Presbyterian congregation in Staunton predates the First Presbyterian Church at 100 E. Frederick Street. Fellowship of congregants began in 1804 and their first house of worship was built in 1818. The church you see today is their second: a Romanesque Revival with a tall white spire. It was dedicated in 1872.

An interesting bit of extra history about First Presbyterian: Reverend Joseph Ruggles Wilson was at the pulpit when his son Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in 1856. The basin used to baptize the would-be President of the United States is still in use.

The Catholic Church is at home at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, a commanding Gothic Revival designed by none other than T. J. Collins, a parishioner, and built in 1895. The church was Collins’ first major commission in Staunton. 

Formerly the Old YMCA

In our article about the Beverley Historic District we introduced you to a one-time YMCA the locals refer to as the clock tower. In Stuart Addition Historic District, we have another one-time YMCA for your interest. The Renaissance Revival at 41 N. Augusta was built as a YMCA in 1914. The estate of Cyrus McCormick, the inventor of the mechanical reaper, donated $50,000 toward its completion. Today the Y is a series of quirky lofts – the Old Y Lofts – that include nostalgic pieces of the building’s original use. In one loft, a bed platform is actually the old stage. In another, a fun trap door leads into the old pool, which is now a wine cellar. Fun, huh?!

There are at least 13 more sites within Stuart Addition of historic significance marked in the Historic Staunton Foundation walking tour map. Be sure to pick up a copy from their office at the R. R. Smith Center or check out their Flickr Account for a “virtual tour” of Stuart Addition.

And while you’re here, be sure and visit some of the other historic districts in downtown Staunton:
Beverley District
Wharf District 
Newtown District 

Staunton Architecture: Newtown Historic District

If you suppose that Newtown is so named to distinguish it from what was once known as Oldtown, you’re right. Newtown is Staunton’s oldest residential neighborhood and home to significant landmarks. Staunton’s oldest church is Trinity Episcopal, built in 1855 in Neo-Gothic style. It’s actually the third house of worship on the site; the first … Continue reading Staunton Architecture: Newtown Historic District

If you suppose that Newtown is so named to distinguish it from what was once known as Oldtown, you’re right. Newtown is Staunton’s oldest residential neighborhood and home to significant landmarks.

Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church

Staunton’s oldest church is Trinity Episcopal, built in 1855 in Neo-Gothic style. It’s actually the third house of worship on the site; the first was built in 1763. Trinity is a must-see when you’re in Staunton. One dozen Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows grace the space with The Ascension Triptych (dated 1897) believed to be the first installed.

Companion buildings on the Trinity campus include the 1872 Parish House of Gothic Revival style, and the Trinity Rectory (also 1872) in Jacobean Revival style, a rare architectural gem in this area.

From Trinity Church emerged Emmanuel Episcopal Church, an 1894 Gothic Revival designed by T. J. Collins. The interior is no longer exactly what he planned, as church traditions and needs evolved to dictate a shift in floor plan. If you pay a visit, you won’t be able to ignore the soaring vaulted ceiling with its delicate details.

Beverley Street School Studio

Built in 1887, the Stonewall Jackson School was Staunton’s first permanent public school. In 1912, President Woodrow Wilson reviewed a parade in his honor from the front of the school. In 1913, T. J. Collins directed a remodeling of it. Today the school building is a school of a different sort. The Beverley Street Studio School occupies the first floor.

The 1792 Smith Thompson House at 701 W. Beverley Street is an original log home and one of Staunton’s last 18th century structures.  It was built by Revolutionary War soldier, Smith Thompson, a barber who showcased a razor he said he used to shave George Washington. The left side of the house is an addition to the right and sits on a stone foundation. It was appended in 1870.

There are at least 13 more sites of historic significance marked in the Historic Staunton Foundation walking tour map. Be sure to pick up a copy from their office at the R. R. Smith Center or check out their Flickr Account for a “virtual tour” of Newtown Historic District

And while you’re here, be sure and visit some of the other historic districts in downtown Staunton:

Staunton Architecture: The Wharf District

In existence because of the Virginia Central Railroad arrival in 1854, the Wharf Area Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. Therefore, it’s no surprise to find the 1902 C & O Train Station among one the key architectural prizes in The Wharf. While it’s not the original 1854 depot (rather, it’s the … Continue reading Staunton Architecture: The Wharf District

In existence because of the Virginia Central Railroad arrival in 1854, the Wharf Area Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. Therefore, it’s no surprise to find the 1902 C & O Train Station among one the key architectural prizes in The Wharf. While it’s not the original 1854 depot (rather, it’s the third), the building’s style is what is unusual. Who would consider Bungalow style for a train depot? T. J. Collins, of course. Today the depot is home to The Depot Grille.

As business boomed when the railroad came to town, The Wharf Warehouses sprung up across from the depot to support the activity. Built between 1870 and 1910, this row of brick warehouses were the place to find the farmers, grocers, and wholesalers engaging in commerce. The buildings now house retailers, offices, and restaurants rather than goods and supplies.

Also adjacent to the train depot is The American Hotel, circa 1855. The Greek Revival structure was built by the railroad and served the traveling public well. A key claim to fame was the 1869 overnight stay by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, who emerged from the balcony while being serenaded by the Stonewall Brigade Band outside. Visitors to The American Hotel today are likely there for a special event. The structure has been restored and renovated, keeping the 1950s architecture and details in the Banquet Room.

The Historic Staunton Building at 120 S. Augusta Street was built in 1876. There are two especially unique facts about it: 1) The upper levels of the façade is fluted metal giving the appearance of columns; 2) it’s built over the still-flowing Lewis Creek. Today you’ll find attorneys and other professionals at work within the building.

Continue your virtual “walking tour” of The Wharf District by visiting the Historic Staunton Foundation’s Flickr Account. 

Check out the other historic districts in honor of Virginia Architecture Week and visit:

 

 

 

Staunton Architecture: The Five Historic Districts

As you look upward at Staunton’s buildings, you’re obviously looking at the handiwork of many men. Yet, one family of men contributed to the look and style of most of what you see. Architect T. J. Collins, his sons Will and Sam, and his grandson Joseph Johnson left an indelible mark on the architecture of the Queen City. … Continue reading Staunton Architecture: The Five Historic Districts

As you look upward at Staunton’s buildings, you’re obviously looking at the handiwork of many men. Yet, one family of men contributed to the look and style of most of what you see. Architect T. J. Collins, his sons Will and Sam, and his grandson Joseph Johnson left an indelible mark on the architecture of the Queen City.

Take a mini tour of the five historic districts in honor of Virginia Architecture Week.

historic beverley District

The center of downtown Staunton is the Beverley Historic District, an area found on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings here date between the 1870s and 1920s, with one as old as 1830. That building is home to Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery on S. New Street. Its previous uses include life as a laundry facility, taxi garage, print shop, and tailor’s studio. As you look up at the building, note the original stone still exposed on either side.

Perhaps Staunton’s most recognizable architectural feature is the clock tower at the corner of Beverley Street and Central Avenue, city center. The building and tower date to 1890 and originally housed the YMCA and all its athletic space. Indeed, a bowling alley, gym and track resided behind those walls! Today the first floor is the Clocktower Restaurant and Bar and the Clock Tower Convenience Store.

If the clock tower is Staunton’s most recognizable architectural gem, the 1896 Masonic Temple is the most imposing. Rising high above the rest of the skyline, the gable roof is quickly identifiable. In addition to its life as a Masonic Temple, the building houses Baja Bean Co., The Split Banana Co., and H. L. Lang & Co. Jewelers.

Stained Glass Skylight in the National Valley Bank

 The T. J. Collins-designed National Valley Bank building on West Beverley Street was built in 1903 and is quite distinct from other buildings in Staunton. It’s of the Beaux-Arts style and features ornate exterior carved limestone. The 10′ x 34′ stained glass skylight is the highlight inside!

One of the most beautiful buildings on New Street is the old Eakleton Hotel, now the R. R. Smith Center for History & Art. Designed by T. J. Collins in the French Second Empire style, the building boasts a series of three ornate iron balconies, arches, and mansard roof. The original windows are still intact in this 1894 structure that now houses the Staunton Augusta Art Center, the Augusta County Historical Society, and Historic Staunton Foundation.

Beverley Cigar Store

We’d be remiss to tell you about T. J. Collins and identify some of his genius without telling you where he drew his plans. On the Corner of Beverley and Augusta Streets is the distinguishable Marquis Building, notable for its rounded corner entrance and stone columns. The style is Romanesque Revival and the building is now home to the Beverley Cigar Store.

One of the youngest buildings in the Beverley Historic District is The Stonewall Jackson Hotel with its iconic neon sign atop the roof. The Colonial Revival was built in 1924 for $750,000, which would be close to a cool $10.5 million today. For perspective, 2005 hotel restoration, renovation and expansion came in at $21.5 million. Indeed, its the beauty that awaits inside that deserves nearly all of the attention. For example, guests are treated to a 1924 Wurlitzer Organ, believed to be the only remaining one of its kind. Additionally, the marble floors have been restored, and original features like the chandeliers and sconces remain in use.

Visit the R. R. Smith Center to pick up your copy of “A Self-Guided Tour of Staunton’s Historic Districts” at the Historic Staunton Foundation for more information on the Beverley Street Historic District and its 10 other notable buildings. Or to complete your virtual tour check out the Historic Staunton Foundation’s Flickr Account and see the other architectural treasures unique to downtown Staunton.

Check back each day as we continue our series on the Historic Districts of Staunton.

Beverley Historic District

REASON #17: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #17: red wing roots festival And last but not least…#17 is the Red Wing Roots Festival. With the beautiful backdrop of the towering limestone formations, known as The Natural Chimneys, this family-friendly music festival features the best of both worlds: great music in the great outdoors. Spend the weekend listening to the music stylings … Continue reading REASON #17: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #17: red wing roots festival

And last but not least…#17 is the Red Wing Roots Festival. With the beautiful backdrop of the towering limestone formations, known as The Natural Chimneys, this family-friendly music festival features the best of both worlds: great music in the great outdoors. Spend the weekend listening to the music stylings of The Steel Wheels, who call Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains home, while immersed in outdoor activities including daily hikes, morning yoga, fun runs and more. Set-up camp for the weekend or come for the day—either way you’re guaranteed to have fun! For the entire 2017 line-up click here. 

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
REASON #11 – Winter Wine Festival 
REASON #12 – Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts
REASON #13 –  Crack the Code Escape Room
REASON #14 – July 4th with Wilson Fairchild
REASON #15 – Family Fun at NatureRidge
REASON #16 – Food Truck Battle
    
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REASON #16: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #16: food truck battle and beer competition Whose food (and beer) will reign supreme? Food trucks—and craft breweries—go head-to-head in the annual food truck battle hosted by the Frontier Culture Museum. Fans taste, sip, and vote for their favorites during this festive event which features live music and children’s activities. Bring your chairs and blankets … Continue reading REASON #16: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #16: food truck battle and beer competition


Whose food (and beer) will reign supreme? Food trucks—and craft breweries—go head-to-head in the annual food truck battle hosted by the Frontier Culture Museum. Fans taste, sip, and vote for their favorites during this festive event which features live music and children’s activities. Bring your chairs and blankets and spend the afternoon enjoying the best food and beer from across the state. For foodie and craft beer lovers this event is a MUST, so save the date for Sunday, September 3, 2017.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
REASON #11 – Winter Wine Festival 
REASON #12 – Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts
REASON #13 –  Crack the Code Escape Room
REASON #14 – July 4th with Wilson Fairchild
REASON #15 – Family Fun at NatureRidge
   
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REASON #15: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #15 family fun at natureridge For families looking to visit, Staunton has no shortage of family-friendly outdoor activities. From playgrounds to hiking trails, swimming pools to disc golf, Staunton’s parks offer families an opportunity to unwind and unplug. And now families can immerse themselves in creative, outdoor play at NatureRidge, Staunton’s first natural playground located at … Continue reading REASON #15: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #15 family fun at natureridge


For families looking to visit, Staunton has no shortage of family-friendly outdoor activities. From playgrounds to hiking trails, swimming pools to disc golf, Staunton’s parks offer families an opportunity to unwind and unplug. And now families can immerse themselves in creative, outdoor play at NatureRidge, Staunton’s first natural playground located at Montgomery Hall Park. Using mostly natural elements and materials, the new playground features an elevated zig zag, stump steps and rock quarry, mud kitchen, wooden ship and elevated sandbox allowing kids of all ages and abilities to explore, build and experiment. NatureRidge is still a work in progress and there are plans to construct a playhouse; a willow dome as well as a grass covered tunnel; and a small amphitheater for impromptu performances. Though April 2017 is the projected timeframe for completion, the park is OPEN to all for exploration and fun!

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
REASON #11 – Winter Wine Festival 
REASON #12 – Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts
REASON #13 –  Crack the Code Escape Room
REASON #14 – July 4th with Wilson Fairchild
  
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REASON #14: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #14: America’s birthday celebration with Wilson Fairchild Wil and Langdon Reid, sons of Harold and Don Reid of the Statler Brothers, will revive the country groups’ famous “Happy Birthday USA” celebration. The free concert started in 1970 and drew nearly 100,000 people to Staunton each Fourth of July. America’s Birthday Celebration includes a parade, … Continue reading REASON #14: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #14: America’s birthday celebration with Wilson Fairchild

Wil and Langdon Reid, sons of Harold and Don Reid of the Statler Brothers, will revive the country groups’ famous “Happy Birthday USA” celebration. The free concert started in 1970 and drew nearly 100,000 people to Staunton each Fourth of July. America’s Birthday Celebration includes a parade, concessions and entertainment throughout the day. Wil and Langdon’s country group, Wilson Fairchild, will headline the event which will take place at Gypsy Hill Park. For more details check out: America’s Birthday Celebration’s website.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
REASON #11 – Winter Wine Festival 
REASON #12 – Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts
REASON #13 –  Crack the Code Escape Room
 
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REASON #13: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #13: crack the code Escape room Enter the Escape Room.  An interactive real life escape game in which you must solve the puzzles in order to escape the room. You have 60 minutes to find the clues, solve the puzzles and make your way to freedom. Choose from two different themed rooms, DaVinci’s Office … Continue reading REASON #13: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #13: crack the code Escape room

Enter the Escape Room.  An interactive real life escape game in which you must solve the puzzles in order to escape the room. You have 60 minutes to find the clues, solve the puzzles and make your way to freedom. Choose from two different themed rooms, DaVinci’s Office and The Bunker; with a third room, Asylum, opening in a few weeks. See if you are up to the challenge and crack the code—a fun alternative to the same old birthday party and family gathering. Now taking reservations!

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
REASON #11 – Winter Wine Festival 
REASON #12 – Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts

 
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REASON #12: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #12: Heifetz Institute’s Festival of concerts June 24-August 4, 2017 During the summer months, Staunton abounds with the sounds of music! The Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts kicks off a summer of music making starting with their Opening Concert and Convocation on June 24 and the music doesn’t stop until August 4. The six-week … Continue reading REASON #12: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #12: Heifetz Institute’s Festival of concerts

June 24-August 4, 2017

During the summer months, Staunton abounds with the sounds of music! The Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts kicks off a summer of music making starting with their Opening Concert and Convocation on June 24 and the music doesn’t stop until August 4. The six-week festival consists of over 40 events including daily concerts, a speaker series and special performances featuring their world-renowned faculty and guest artists. The Institute serves as a training ground for outstanding string players, ages 13-25, who study alongside faculty from top universities, conservatories and performance groups from around the globe. Stay tuned as they announce their season programming on their website. And if you don’t want to miss a moment of outstanding music, all summer long, get your 2017 Season Pass online which will guarantee you a seat at every show!

Meanwhile, don’t miss the Heifetz Spring Hootenanny at the American Hotel in Staunton on Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m. with sets of Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day, food, beverage, and fun for all! Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
REASON #11 – Winter Wine Festival 

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REASON #11: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #11: WINTER WINE FESTIVAL February 25 from 12-6 pm  Thaw out this winter with the 7th Annual Winter Wine Festival hosted by the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in partnership with the Historic Staunton Foundation. Spend the afternoon sampling wine from over a dozen wineries and vineyards, enjoy food by local purveyors and live music. Looking … Continue reading REASON #11: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #11: WINTER WINE FESTIVAL

February 25 from 12-6 pm 

Thaw out this winter with the 7th Annual Winter Wine Festival hosted by the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in partnership with the Historic Staunton Foundation. Spend the afternoon sampling wine from over a dozen wineries and vineyards, enjoy food by local purveyors and live music.

Looking for a mid-winter weekend getaway? Check out the Winter Wine Festival package the Stonewall Jackson Hotel is offering. This discounted lodging package includes:
-Overnight accommodations
-Two tickets to the wine festival
-Breakfast for two and overnight self-parking

For the hotel package—while supplies last—visit, the Stonewall Jackson Hotel website, here.

For tickets to the Winter Wine Festival, visit the Historic Staunton Foundation website.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival
REASON #10 – Virginia Hot Glass Festival
 

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REASON #10: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #10: Virginia hot glass festival   May 27-28, 2017 Feel the heat of the furnace as you watch live glassblowing demonstrations and flame working techniques throughout the weekend. Visit the expansive exhibit by artists from around the region while enjoying wine tasting by Barren Ridge Vineyards. This annual event is FREE. For more details … Continue reading REASON #10: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #10: Virginia hot glass festival

 
May 27-28, 2017
Feel the heat of the furnace as you watch live glassblowing demonstrations and flame working techniques throughout the weekend. Visit the expansive exhibit by artists from around the region while enjoying wine tasting by Barren Ridge Vineyards. This annual event is FREE. For more details check out Sunspots Studio.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea
REASON #9 – Fall Foliage Bike Festival

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REASON #9: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #9: Shenandoah fall foliage bike festival October 20-22, 2017 With the fall colors on full display, take in the scenic views of the Shenandoah Valley with a full weekend of riding, sightseeing and Staunton hospitality. A favorite of cyclists up and down the Mid-Atlantic, this annual bike festival offers a range of riding opportunities … Continue reading REASON #9: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #9: Shenandoah fall foliage bike festival

October 20-22, 2017
With the fall colors on full display, take in the scenic views of the Shenandoah Valley with a full weekend of riding, sightseeing and Staunton hospitality. A favorite of cyclists up and down the Mid-Atlantic, this annual bike festival offers a range of riding opportunities for all skill levels from motivated century riders to families with young children and everything in between. Fall is a popular time to visit Staunton so be sure and book NOW! For details on the bike festival, visit their website.

For the complete list see:

REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew
REASON #8 – An Elegantly English Tea

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REASON #8: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #8: an elegantly English tea Enjoy an authentically English tea at the Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea Room. Delight in a beautiful spread of homemade tea sandwiches, shortbread, and scones all served with clotted cream and jams—imported from England and served in fine china. The pleasant proprietors offer insight into the history of high tea and … Continue reading REASON #8: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #8: an elegantly English tea

Enjoy an authentically English tea at the Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea Room. Delight in a beautiful spread of homemade tea sandwiches, shortbread, and scones all served with clotted cream and jams—imported from England and served in fine china. The pleasant proprietors offer insight into the history of high tea and conclude the afternoon with the custard dessert posset which makes an appearance in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. After tea, peruse the rare collection of tea sets and imported goods. The Tea Room will re-open in April just in time for you to enjoy their beautiful gardens. Reservations are highly recommended and fill up quickly so be sure and book your tea when planning your next trip to the Queen City.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover
REASON #7 – More Brew

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REASON #7: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #7: more brew Looking to take a beercation? Look no further. Staunton’s newest brewery, Bedlam Brewing plans to open on January 25 becoming the 14th brewery on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Plan your next adventure using the Beerwerks website which includes a trail map, a complete listing of the participating breweries, lodging options and much more! … Continue reading REASON #7: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #7: more brew

Looking to take a beercation? Look no further. Staunton’s newest brewery, Bedlam Brewing plans to open on January 25 becoming the 14th brewery on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Plan your next adventure using the Beerwerks website which includes a trail map, a complete listing of the participating breweries, lodging options and much more! To check out the status of Bedlam Brewing check out their Facebook Page.

In other beer news, Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company is moving their operation to 103 E. Beverley Street. The new location will allow the brewery to double their production and add more beers to their already robust list of quality beers.

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover

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REASON #6: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

Reason #6 The Shack Makeover After a brief hiatus, award-winning chef Ian Boden is back in the kitchen and is excited to show off the recent renovation of the 26-seat restaurant he calls “The Shack.” Check out a sneak peek of the newly made over restaurant and don’t forget to make your reservations when booking … Continue reading REASON #6: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

The ShackReason #6 The Shack Makeover

After a brief hiatus, award-winning chef Ian Boden is back in the kitchen and is excited to show off the recent renovation of the 26-seat restaurant he calls “The Shack.” Check out a sneak peek of the newly made over restaurant and don’t forget to make your reservations when booking your next trip to Staunton. You don’t want to miss “The South’s Best New Restaurants,” as voted by Southern Living. Make your reservations here!


For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement

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An Alternative Spring Break: Five Road Cycling Excursions

Take a break from the hyped up tech world we live in with an alternative spring break. Fresh air renews the mind and spirit, and if we’re honest, we’re all probably overdue for an adventure.  There’s no need to worry about what you’re leaving behind. Staunton will keep you busy when you’re not out exploring, … Continue reading An Alternative Spring Break: Five Road Cycling Excursions


Take a break from the hyped up tech world we live in with an alternative spring break. Fresh air renews the mind and spirit, and if we’re honest, we’re all probably overdue for an adventure. 

There’s no need to worry about what you’re leaving behind. Staunton will keep you busy when you’re not out exploring, as it’s a key cultural center west of the Blue Ridge Parkway and east of the Allegheny Mountains. Staunton is a natural home base for your Shenandoah Valley adventures when a spring break hub-and-spoke in Virginia outdoors is just what the doctor ordered.

EXCELLENT RIDES NEAR DOWNTOWN

The Perfect Loop is 15 miles beginning and ending in the city at Black Dog Bikes, your source for bicycle rentals and repairs. This loop is perfect for those who have a bit of biking experience and offers enough beauty and moderate climbs to keep the advanced rider content. Expect 835 feet of elevation change.

Heading south from the city, Arbor Hill-Stingy Hollow Loop is a little longer than Perfect Loop at 15.5 miles. The difficulty is about the same but does throw a gravel stretch and a gradual climb in for fun. The best part is the downhill coast back into the city. You’ll start and end at Black Dog Bikes for this ride. 

AWESOME COUNTRY BYWAYS

Stretch your ride a bit with a popular local route known as the Polyface Ride. You’ll start (and end) at Black Dog Bikes and head southwest toward the Alleghany Mountains. The prime attraction for this ride is Polyface Farm, a premier agricultural source for local restaurants and others across the Commonwealth. The ride is about 24 miles long and includes a gravel stretch that delivers you to Polyface. You can avoid that road and cut the trek down to about 20 miles, which in turn gives the route a beginner level rating.

Farther and bigger views await when you head out on the 31-mile Springhill Ridge Road Loop. Start near the duck pond at Gypsy Hill Park and head north. The course is a counter clockwise figure eight with rolling hills and a mostly downhill coast back into the city. For the distance, it’s considered to be an intermediate ride.

For the advanced cyclist, big mountain views and a distance of 45 miles await on the Badger Road Loop. This one also begins at the duck pond at Gypsy Hill Park but ventures northwest toward the Alleghany Mountains. Nice climbs equal nice descents, so the effort of this counter clockwise figure eight is absolutely worth the payoff. 

Prep, Eat, Sleep

Black Dog Bikes is your go-to for cycling equipment and repairs, not to mention tips for these routes and others!

Carb up for the day with a nutritious breakfast. We suggested Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery, which also has a nice selection of easy-to-carry snacks for the road. Farmhouse Kitchen & Wares, Newtown Bakery and Nu-Beginning Farm Store are also worth a glance for breakfast.

After your grand excursion, toast the effort, the views, and the new memories at one of our downtown breweries. There are four to choose from. We have faith that you can experience them all.

Rest well before and after your grand adventures. Find your perfect place to stay.


> Find more great rides in the area by checking out Bike the Valley.

> See part one of this series: An Alternative Spring Break: Five Awesome Hikes

An Alternative Spring Break: Five Awesome Hikes

Whether you’re a family looking to break away or a co-ed longing for a reprieve from the stresses of higher ed, this alternative spring break series is sure to suit.  Staunton is a key cultural center west of the Blue Ridge Parkway and east of the Allegheny Mountains. It’s a natural home base for your … Continue reading An Alternative Spring Break: Five Awesome Hikes

Whether you’re a family looking to break away or a co-ed longing for a reprieve from the stresses of higher ed, this alternative spring break series is sure to suit. 

Staunton is a key cultural center west of the Blue Ridge Parkway and east of the Allegheny Mountains. It’s a natural home base for your Shenandoah Valley adventures when a spring break hub-and-spoke in Virginia outdoors is just what the doctor ordered.

Happy Memorial Day! This is a photo of White Rock Falls taken yesterday during our hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Posted by Wahoo Photography on Monday, May 27, 2013

Awesome hikes To The West

If you’re up to chasin’ waterfalls, Elliot Knob is a great place to start. West of downtown Staunton near Buffalo Gap, Elliot Knob is the highest point in Augusta County and the closest hike for stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley. The trail is 8.5 miles to the summit, and still considered to be a hidden gem in the grand scheme of Virginia’s best hikes.

Two significant and other minor falls are along the trail. Be cautious of slippery algae, but feel free to take off your shoes and chill out a while. The second major set of falls (marked by a cairn) is a great place to have a quick picnic. The flat rocks are begging you to perch, sunbathe, and enjoy a bright sunshiny day. If care to march on, a grassy summit with incredible Shenandoah Valley views awaits.

> Elevation Gain: 2,425 feet
> Time: Allow 5.5 hours for hiking; add additional for lunch and chill
> Parking: Virginia Route 42, pull-off to a gated area with a stop sign and an additional brown sign on the post marked “291.” Use “854 Little Calf Pasture Highway, Swoope, VA” as the address for GPS.

Extend the Elliot Knob hike by going around the backside of the mountain and trying Chimney Hollow. It’s a longer hike with more elevation gain, causing it to be rated 5 out of 5 in terms of difficulty. However, the views are worth the challenge (also rated 5/5).

All said, the point-to-point hike is 15.4 miles, but can be shortened by parking at Route 688 instead of Route 42 (the Elliot Knob parking point). 

> Elevation Gain: 3,670 feet
> Time: Allow 8 hours for the entire hike and don’t forget to figure in time for lunch
> Parking: Virginia Route 250, before Route 715. A non-descript pull-off on the right side of the road with coordinates of 38.27490, -79.29710. Have a partner leave another vehicle at the Route 688 lot (38.21332, -79.29599) or the Route 42 lot.

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Farther out Route 250 is the Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness Area, which delivers a 16.8-mile loop that an overnight to accomplish. The Ramsey’s Draft Trail is highly rated across all HikingUpward categories, which means you’ll work your tail off, but the rewards are equally tremendous.

Expect steep ascents along two ridges in this loop, which will yield great views and really nice camp sites. You’ll dart back and forth across the stream as you go (be prepared for wet feet), and the trail has a tendency to be invisible in a few places due to rocky outcrops. Be aware of stinging nettles on the clockwise ascent.

As with all wilderness areas and Virginia outdoors in general, leave no trace. If those before you left evidence of their presence, please pack out what you can.

> Elevation Gain: 3,170 feet
> Time: Two Days
> Parking: Virginia Route 250, right on Ramsey’s Draft N (38.30828, -79.36090), go 100 yards beyond the Mountain House Picnic Area.

Awesome Hikes to the East

Wanna see something you don’t see every day?  There’s a plane crash site on Dobie Mountain just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. You’ll need to park at the very popular Humpback Rocks area to get there, but trust us, this is a really great redirection from the crowds that flood Humpback on the weekends.

Following the trail notes at Hiking Upward (linked above), you’ll be able to skirt off the trail for an excellent overlook of the Rockfish Valley and Nelson County before looping back around to see the 1964 wreckage of a lost Beechcraft*. Make time to get sidetracked for the sake of a great lunch venue, too: the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club shelter and Mill Creek.

* Do not disturb the Beechcraft crash site. Not only is it disrespectful, but you could cut yourself on metal or come upon a venomous timber rattlesnake.

> Elevation Gain: 1,560 feet
> Time: 3.5 hours plus time for lunch
> Parking: Humpback Rocks Lot at milepost 6

One final waterfall for you! The hike from White Rock Gap off the Blue Ridge Parkway to Torry Ridge features a 30-foot waterfall – White Rock Falls – with a caveat. You must hike the trail after a good spring rain for the falls to materialize. And when they do? Magic.

One of the cool things about this hike is that it passes through Sherando Lake campground, which has picnic tables for your lunch, and a lake with a beach area, if you feel like chilling out. The views along this trail are best in early spring (Hey! You’re right on time with spring break!), as the trees will not have fully leaved yet.

> Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
> Time: 5.5 hours plus lunch and whatnot
> Parking: White Rock Gap lot around milepost 18

Prep, Eat, Sleep

Equip yourself (or gather whatever you might have forgotten) at Wilderness Adventure, Staunton’s outdoor store.

A hearty breakfast is a must before heading out to the trails. Load up on the carbs at Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery, which is also a great place to purchase trail snacks and meals. Farmhouse Kitchen & Wares, Newtown Bakery and Nu-Beginning Farm Store are also worth a glance for breakfast and provisions.

Rest well before and after your grand adventures. Find your perfect place to stay.

Traipse Expands to Gypsy Hill Park

Traipse has new and exciting things planned for Staunton in 2017! Changes to tours and new locations will be popping up through the spring and summer, so keep watching for more puzzles to solve and more areas to explore. Keep an eye out for Traipse taking part in events around town as well.   Starting … Continue reading Traipse Expands to Gypsy Hill Park

Traipse has new and exciting things planned for Staunton in 2017! Changes to tours and new locations will be popping up through the spring and summer, so keep watching for more puzzles to solve and more areas to explore. Keep an eye out for Traipse taking part in events around town as well.
 
Starting Saturday, March 11th, Traipse will be launching tours in Gypsy Hill Park! Get out in the spring weather and explore the beautiful sights and amenities the park has to offer. Bring friends and family out to discover things you never knew about Gypsy Hill and solve puzzles in a place where community gathers. There will even be a chance to win prizes during the opening weekend of Traipse at Gypsy Hill. Watch for more details on our Facebook and Twitter feeds (facebook.com/gotraipse and @traipseapp).

If you’re not already acquainted with Traipse, here’s the lowdown: the free app takes you on an adventure that is half historic tour and half scavenger hunt. You can Traipse anytime, with whomever you want, in historic business districts like Downtown Staunton along with other locations of interest. The app even provides discounts at select local businesses when you complete the challenges at those spots. And if you already know Traipse, check us out again to see what is new and improved!

Visit www.traipsestaunton.com to download Traipse and start exploring Staunton!

Five Staunton Coffee Spots You Must Visit Now

Local coffee shops are hubs for college students, professionals passing through on their way to the next meeting, freelancers working on their own terms, and retirees shooting the breeze over their favorite cuppa. Who doesn’t want to spend time in a coffee shop? In fact, we’d go so far as to say the sign of a … Continue reading Five Staunton Coffee Spots You Must Visit Now

Local coffee shops are hubs for college students, professionals passing through on their way to the next meeting, freelancers working on their own terms, and retirees shooting the breeze over their favorite cuppa. Who doesn’t want to spend time in a coffee shop?

In fact, we’d go so far as to say the sign of a great town is having an excellent coffee shop or two. You know the places. They smell great, have coveted window seats, and offer top-notch, near-perfect coffee. We’re proud to have five just like that in Staunton. Come sit and sip.

Posted by The By & By on Monday, July 21, 2014

The By & By | 140 E. Beverley Street

Remember the college students we mentioned? The By & By is their primary hang-out in Staunton, and that’s alright with us. Fancy lattes served with fresh Newtown Bakery pastries are just what sleepy eyes need on a fast paced morning in the Queen City.

The By & By is a great locale for people watching, and you never know who might pop through the door. Actors from the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse enjoy coffees, teas, and smoothies, too. Some folks don’t like to pass through as much as they like to stay and “sit a spell.” Knitters, painters, and readers make themselves at home in one of the sweetest places in Staunton. You’re invited to do the same.

Staunton Coffee & Tea | 32 S. New Street

Greeting those entering the city by way of the World’s Largest Watering Can on Route 250 is Staunton Coffee & Tea on the corner of Johnson and New Streets. Sprawling, by coffee shop standards, this chill spot is an airy corner space with morning light flooding in. It’s the perfect wake-up call for those who must. have. coffee.

Blue Mountain Coffees | 12 Byers Street

In a great little pedestrian area of Staunton, the aroma from Blue Mountain fills the air and lures passersby in. Locally roasted coffee is always dripping and the offerings change daily. It’s great place to tuck away and put your nose to the grind if you’re working. Also a great place to duck in after your farmers’ market perusing on Saturday mornings. When the weather is wonderful, however, you may have to arm wrestle to get one of the patio seats. It’s the perfect place for people watching and enjoying a nice breeze.

Rooster Art & Coffee | 18 E. Beverley Street

Your true comfortable coffee shop reprieve may be best found at Rooster. It’s a natural magnet for artsy types because Rooster is part gallery and part coffee shop. The walls are filled with from top to bottom with artwork while the back of the room serves up a rotating mix of fine gourmet coffee, including Turkish. Settle in and write that book or simply take time to breathe for once.

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Cranberry’s Grocery & eatery | 7 S. New Street

Locally roasted organic coffee beans deliver one of the best cups of coffee in Staunton, and you can get such a cup at Cranberry’s. “Lester’s Best” is so well known that the shop ships it. Enjoy it in-house in a big mug with a free refill or take it to go and wish you had more. Choice is yours. Choose wisely.

Let us know what you love most about our coffee shops. We’ll watch for your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter!

 

A Winter Wine Festival Weekend in Staunton

For six years the Winter Wine Festival has drawn couples seeking a reprieve from the doldrums of the season to Staunton. This year is no different, but the offerings may be. One dozen wineries, a cidery, and four artisan food makers will make February 25 a tasty and memorable day in the Queen City.   About … Continue reading A Winter Wine Festival Weekend in Staunton

For six years the Winter Wine Festival has drawn couples seeking a reprieve from the doldrums of the season to Staunton. This year is no different, but the offerings may be. One dozen wineries, a cidery, and four artisan food makers will make February 25 a tasty and memorable day in the Queen City.  

About the Tastes

Of the 12 wineries bringing their best bottles to the Winter Wine Festival, half are recent medal winners in the 2017 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition.

Thanks so much to Eric Parker for sharing with us this beautiful photo he took at the vineyard on Saturday! We're…

Posted by Barren Ridge Vineyards on Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards (Fishersville): Six silvers and two bronze medals
  • Chateau Morrisette Winery (Floyd): Two silvers and one bronze medal
  • Horton Vineyards (Gordonsville): One gold, five silvers, and seven bronze medals
  • Rockbridge Vineyards (Raphine): Seven silvers and three bronze medals
  • Stanburn Winery (Stuart): Four silver medals
  • Whitebarrel Winery (Christiansburg): Two bronze medals

While the wineries are impressive, the foodies of the festival are no slackers. Wait until you taste these delights.

  • Staunton Olive Oil Company is almost two years old and folks have been flocking to score some of the finest oils and vinegars available in the Shenandoah Valley. 
  • Cocoa Mill Chocolatier‘s flagship store is in Lexington, but Staunton is elated to have a shop of its own. Cocoa Mill has been crafting wonderful delights for nearly 25 years, and their truffles are what dreams are made of. Just ask The Wall Street Journal, which ranked Cocoa Mill head and shoulders above national names you know (cough cough, Godiva, cough cough).
  • Near Charlottesville, Caromont Farms’ cheeses are handcrafted from goat’s milk. Chef and cheesemaker Gail Hobbs Page was one of Virginia’s “Women in Food” for the Southern Foodways Alliance in 2013. Caromont has received national attention from The Washington Post and CBS Evening News, among others, and their Esmontonian cheese came in second place in the 2013 American Cheese Society’s American Made/International Style Goat’s Milk category.

Where to Stay

The Winter Wine Festival is hosted at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, therefore, a package is available to you. It includes two tickets for the festival, breakfast for two, and your room, of course. The rates start at $229. Book Now

– Other Lodging Options

Buy Tickets

Tickets for Winter Wine Festival are available for online purchase through February 17. After that, please plan to purchase at the door or in person at the following retailers. Those who book the Stonewall Jackson Hotel package will have their tickets included. Tickets are non-refundable.