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Free Things for Adults to Do in Staunton

  A post shared by Shenandoah Art Therapy, LLC (@shenandoaharttherapy) on Apr 9, 2017 at 3:15pm PDT Families aren’t the only ones looking for freebies these days. All of us want to save a buck where we can, right? Yes, of course! The good news is there are free things for adults to do in … Continue reading Free Things for Adults to Do in Staunton

Families aren’t the only ones looking for freebies these days. All of us want to save a buck where we can, right? Yes, of course! The good news is there are free things for adults to do in Staunton, which helps you splurge where you want to and be a frugalista when you want to, too.

Artsy Things

If you appreciate the finer things – the arts in many shapes and forms – this is your jackpot to free things to do in Staunton.

1. The Beverley Street Studio School Gallery hosts rotating exhibits, which are open to the public seven days a week. See what’s currently on exhibit.
2. When you find yourself in Staunton during lunch time on a Monday in the summer, DO find the Heifetz Institute musicians for a free concert. The summer series is called Mondays on the Market and the location varies.
3. The Staunton Augusta Arts Center is located in the historic R.R. Smith Center for History and Art. Peruse the galleries Monday through Saturday to check out the rotating exhibits, which change every six weeks. See what’s currently on exhibit.
4. Have you ever seen glass blown? Do so for free at Sunspots Studios. It’s free to watch and demos are offered daily until 4 p.m.

Historic Things

1. The Louis Comfort Tiffany windows at Trinity Episcopal Church are always a draw, and we’re always happy to inform you that you can visit the church for free to see them. Learn more about the windows and plan your visit.
>> Also See: Staunton Architecture: Newtown Historic District 
2. Thornrose Cemetery should probably be one of the places on your list if you didn’t receive a nudge from us or someone else with some knowledge of the property. Thornrose is the final resting place of more than 1,700 Confederate soldiers from five area battlefields. The various statues are worth attention as well.
3. A guided tour of Staunton is offered every Saturday – May through October – for free! Connect with the Historic Staunton Foundation to join in.

Outdoorsy Things

1. Betsy Bell and Mary Gray Wilderness Parks are open to the public from dawn until dusk. Walk the nature trails and appreciate the expansive views of Staunton and the surrounding area. Be sure to bring your camera to capture wildlife!
2. In downtown Staunton is the 214-acre Gypsy Hill Park. Some people love the duck pond, others appreciate the swimming pool. We’re sure our skilled readers will go for the skate park. Bring your inlines, your BMX, or your skateboard to thrill onlookers with your mad tricks. During the summer, we’d expect to see you at the bandstand for free summer concerts as well. Featuring a different genre almost every night of the week, with band concerts by the Stonewall Brigade on Monday; Praise in the Park on Tuesday; Bluegrass in the Park on Wednesday; and Jazz in the Park on Thursday. 
3. Those with a need for some adrenaline will enjoy the mountain biking trails at Montgomery Hall Park. Check out the map to see what the fuss is all about.

Tasty Things

1. Shenandoah Hops offers complimentary tastings every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Those tastings could include craft beer, wine, or cider.
2. Another evening tasting option occurs at The Wine Cellar. Sometimes the tastings are on Fridays and sometimes they’re Saturdays. Check the calendar to see what’s being poured.
3. If you enjoy cooking stop by Staunton Olive Oil Company’s tasting room for a cooking demonstration and to try their many varieties of infused and fused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. 


Enjoy your time in downtown Staunton and let us know how we can be of assistance. Our Visitor Center is located at 35 S. New Street. Come in for a map, directions, or help with reservations.

An Insider’s Guide to Queen City Mischief & Magic 2017

  queen city Mischief & Magic september 22-24 Wizards and muggles from near and far descend upon Staunton, Virginia for the annual Queen City Mischief & Magic (formerly Potter Party.) With a touch of wizardry, the historic downtown is transformed into the village of Hogsmeade. Local businesses reinvent themselves offering Harry Potter themed shopping, dining … Continue reading An Insider’s Guide to Queen City Mischief & Magic 2017

 

queen city Mischief & Magic

september 22-24

Wizards and muggles from near and far descend upon Staunton, Virginia for the annual Queen City Mischief & Magic (formerly Potter Party.) With a touch of wizardry, the historic downtown is transformed into the village of Hogsmeade. Local businesses reinvent themselves offering Harry Potter themed shopping, dining and hands-on activities for all ages. Potter fans unlock the secrets of Hogsmeade using Marauder’s Map or explore the walkable downtown and take on the task of Horcrux Hunting using the free app Traipse— which will help you find them all. For Harry Potter fans this entertaining and family-friendly festival is not to be missed!

Visitors are greeted by Norberta the Dragon—where selfies and costumes are encouraged—Take a selfie with her! Other photo opportunities include:

  • Platform 9 3/4 awaits your arrival at Rachel’s Quilt Patch.
  • Become a Mandrake at Honey Dukes (Paris Cake Company)
  • Be cautious​ of the Goblins at Gringotts Wizards Bank (Suntrust)
  • Flying Cornish Pixies in Florish and Blotts (Black Swan Books)
  • A Life Size Prisoner of Azaban Wanted Poster
  • Daily Prophet Frontpage

hogsmeade businesses

Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Use colorful potions to dissolve a magic fizzing treasure rock and find the key to your patronus’s true identity. This is but one of the enchanted activities you will find upon visiting Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes (Pufferbellies Toys & Books) located at 15 West Johnson Street.

The Three Broomsticks

Quench your thirst with some butterbeer. On tap—all weekend— at The Three Broomsticks (Baja Bean Co.) located at 9 West Beverley Street. Available for grab and go or dine in and served in 2017 Queen City Mischief & Magic souvenir cups; while supplies last. 

Hagrid’s Hut

Do you hear the calling of the Runes? If so, you need to confer with Bathsheda, Professor of Study of Ancient Runes, at Hagrid’s Hut (Artful Gifts LLC)—located at 6 Byers Street. Professor Bathsheda will be available for consult during the Queen City Potter Party as well as by appointment throughout the year.

Honeydukes

Searching for a Confectionery Charm? Then Honeydukes is the place to go! Paris Cake Company located at 310 Kalorama Street will transfigure itself into Honeydukes, the legendary wizarding sweet shop, offering Mandrake Cupcakes, Butterbeer Cupcakes, Cauldron Cakes, Golden Snitch treats, a multitude of Enchanted Cookies, Bertie Botts Cupcakes, Chocolate Frogs and many more sweet delights.

The list of activities and businesses continues to grow. Get your daily update at Queen City Mischief & Magic website.

Schedule (still TBA)

 

Here is just a sampling of what will be an amazing weekend of Harry Potter fun:

When you arrive on Saturday visit Headmaster Dumbledore and Professor McGonagoll as they will be signing “Acceptance Letters” for all incoming students and Dumbledore shall have “Graduation Certificates” for the Alumni.

Sorting Ceremonies will take place at various locations throughout the day.

Visit with strolling characters like our very own Professor Rubeus Hagrid. Equipped with his enchanted umbrella, he will be walking about meeting with Students, Parents and Alumi throughout the entire weekend.

The magic continues after the sun sets at the Queen City Potter Party Hogwarts Homecoming Celebration. The Queen City Fire Circus shall be performing on both Friday and Saturday night. The Flaming Arena will be located directly behind Gringotts (Suntrust Bank).

Take on the task of Horcrux Hunting when you download Traipse, an app that will help you find them all. We must destroy He Who Shall Not Be Named! Two levels are available: Muggle and Potter Prefects.

*Activities and events are still being added throughout the weekend. 

The Details

 

Appropriate for all ages, no admission fee required. Some activities will require a small participation fee.

Times and locations for activities will be available at the official Queen City Mischief & Magic website and will be published in the QCMM Map which will be available electronically as well as in print in numerous locations throughout the weekend.

May is the Month for Art Lovers to be in Staunton

Sunny days, festivals, and beautiful art are on tap this month in downtown Staunton. From shopping along Beverley Street to two big Memorial Day weekend festivals, May is the month for art lovers! Little Made; Market | May 13, 10 AM to 4 PM | 15 E. Beverley Street Made; For the People, By the … Continue reading May is the Month for Art Lovers to be in Staunton

Sunny days, festivals, and beautiful art are on tap this month in downtown Staunton. From shopping along Beverley Street to two big Memorial Day weekend festivals, May is the month for art lovers!

Little Made; Market | May 13, 10 AM to 4 PM | 15 E. Beverley Street

Made; For the People, By the People, is a thoughtful curation of re-purposed and handmade items in a sweet downtown Staunton storefront on East Beverley Street. For this inaugural Little Made; Market, 20 or more carefully selected local and regional makers meeting the Made; standard are showcasing and selling their work. Market goers can shop an array of handmade affordable goods. If you’re looking for fine art or on-trend pop culture pieces, you won’t find them here.

 

Art in the Park

Art in the Park | May 27, 10 AM to 5 PM & May 28, Noon to 5 PM | Gypsy Hill Park

Now in its 51st year, Art in the Park is a art shoppers paradise! Local, regional, and even national artists are juried, then invited to converge on Gypsy Hill Park every Memorial Day Weekend. Those perusing their booths are treated to not only beautiful original fine art pieces, but also great music and food, and children’s activities throughout the day. Admission is free.

 

Virginia Hot Glass Festival

 

Virginia Hot Glass Festival
May 27, 9 AM to 6 PM & May 28, 10 AM to 5 PM | Sunspots Studios

Lovers of hot glass or art demos will want to be at Sunspots Studios on Memorial Day weekend. The annual Virginia Hot Glass Festival features two floors of beautiful glass art and two dozen hot glass artisans. Barren Ridge Vineyards pours tastings or wine by the glass, and each artisan has a space to sell their creations. Don’t miss the fire-breathing dragon, the flaming ray gun, or the Virginia Stone Carvers Guild chiseling across the street.  Admission is free.

MORE ART

If you can’t make one of the festivals or are seeking more art while you’re in Staunton, please check out our galleries and maker spaces.

Your Guide to Staunton’s Summer Music Festivals

    A post shared by Red Wing Roots Music Festival (@redwingroots) on Jul 10, 2016 at 11:03am PDT During the summer months, Staunton abounds with the sounds of music! The festival season kicks off with the Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts on June 24 and culminates with the Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season on August 20. Add … Continue reading Your Guide to Staunton’s Summer Music Festivals

 

During the summer months, Staunton abounds with the sounds of music! The festival season kicks off with the Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts on June 24 and culminates with the Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season on August 20. Add the Red Wing Roots Music Festival at Natural Chimneys and we have over 8 weeks of live music to choose from—and happening just about anywhere and everywhere in Staunton. Planning your festival experience will involve some coordination so check out our festival guide with insider tips and must-see performances. 

Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts

June 24-August 4

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, outdoor events, “Heifetz Happy Hours” featuring local wine and artisan food, and special performances featuring their world-renowned faculty and guest artists. Read more. 

Fan Favorite: The ever-popular Heifetz Hootenannies happening every Saturday night under the big tent; you never know who might just show up and play!

A Midsummer Night’s Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night’s Mendelssohn

Must See: A Midsummer Night’s Mendelssohn: A celebration of Felix Mendelssohn’s music at the midpoint of the Institute, with some of his most glittering compositions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Octet for strings, played by some of the brightest stars in the Heifetz faculty firmament, including Ensemble in Residence the Borromeo String Quartet, cellist Timothy Eddy, and soprano Angel Azzarra. The concert begins at 6, preceded by a 5 pm “Happy Hour” featuring wine from Ox-Eye vineyards and artisan foods from local eateries. 

When & Where:

Friday, July 21:
Happy Hour Reception: 5 pm, Page Terrace
Concert: 6 pm, Francis Auditorium
Mary Baldwin University
$30

Have a Listen:
Check out this video of Heifetz students playing Mendelssohn: 

And violinist Nicholas Kitchen and cellist Yeesun Kimn of the Borromeo Quartet,
the Heifetz Institute’s Ensemble in Residence for summer 2017!  

 

Before You Go:

  • Free performances every Monday; All other concerts range from $7.50 to $50
  • For classical music fans who don’t want to miss a moment of music, 2017 Season Passes are available online and guarantee you a seat at every show.
  • For lodging and to plan your trip to Staunton, click here.

All the Details:

Calendar of Events >

Red Wing Roots music Festival

July 14-17

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, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Lake Street Dive, and many more 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!

Must See: Don’t miss the innovative soul-pop band, Lake Street Dive, making headlines and appearances following their 2016 release Side Pony. The whimsical hairstyle—also the name of their album—is illustrative of their fun and funky style.

When & Where:
Friday, July 14 at 9:30 pm
Shenandoah Mountain Stage

Have a Listen

Check out headliner, The Steel Wheels and the track “Scrape Me Off the Ceiling” off their new album, Wild as We Came Here

Fan Favorite:
Singer/songwriter Pokey LaFarge returns to Red Wing Roots Music Festival after a three year hiatus. 

When & Where:
Sunday, July 17 at 6:45 pm
Shenandoah Mountain Stage

Before You Go: 

All the Details:
Complete Line-up >
Tickets >


Staunton Music Festival

Staunton Music Festival
Staunton Music Festival

August 11-20

The Staunton Music Festival celebrates 20 years of music with a 10-day festival. One of the most popular music events of the summer— happening August 11-20—includes multiple performances a day with music ranging from the Middle Ages to commissioned world premieres and taking place throughout historic downtown Staunton in a variety of locations ranging from intimate venues to traditional settings. Read more.

Fan Favorite: Always an audience favorite, the Piano Extravaganza showcases works for one piano, from one to eight hands. As enjoyable to watch as it is to hear. Music by Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Scriabin and many others.

When & Where:
Saturday, August 19 from 12-1 pm
First Presbyterian Church

Must See: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra. The SMF concludes its 20th anniversary season with Beethoven’s last completed symphony, a work that transformed music, rewrote accepted norms of symphonic music, and carried poet Friedrich Schiller’s message of “Ode to Joy” to all future generations. SMF artistic director Carsten Schmidt conducts the SMF Chamber Orchestra, a brilliant period instrument ensemble, along with featured vocal soloists and chamber chorus.

When & Where:
Sunday, August 20 from 3-4:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church

Have a Listen: 

 

Before You Go:

  • Free daily concert; All other concerts range from $10-22 (not including college and youth ticket prices)
  • For classical music fans who don’t want to miss a moment of music, 2017 Subscriptions are available with two options: Patron of the Arts Annual Subscription which includes all events in 2017 and the Festival Pack Subscription which includes admission to all performances in the regular August series.
  • For lodging and to plan your trip to Staunton, click here

All the Details:
Calendar of Events >
Tickets >

Mother’s Day: Gift Ideas, Brunch Spots and Shopportunities

Find the perfect gift, take mom shopping or out for a “Momosa,” and brunch. We’ve got you and mom covered this Mother’s Day weekend.  See just a sampling of all the great finds and fun things to do with Mom in downtown Staunton.  gift guide for mom Looking for that perfect gift for Mom? See some … Continue reading Mother’s Day: Gift Ideas, Brunch Spots and Shopportunities

Find the perfect gift, take mom shopping or out for a “Momosa,” and brunch. We’ve got you and mom covered
this Mother’s Day weekend.  See just a sampling of all the great finds and fun things to do with Mom in downtown Staunton. 

gift guide for mom

Looking for that perfect gift for Mom? See some of these unique finds available only in Downtown Staunton. 

For that affordable yet

H.L. Lang Jewelers has Staunton charms that include popular Queen City landmarks like the Gypsy Hill Gazebo, the clock tower, the Marquis Building and of course everyone’s favorite—the flower pot! 

Spoil Mom with luxurious soaps, lotions and all things that smell good from Redwood & Co

Give her the gift of experience with a felting class or pick out a hand-felted scarf, hat or jewelry from Artful Gifts.

Inspire your favorite cook with an infused olive oil, balsamic vinegar—or both from Staunton Olive Oil Company.

 

 

Express your gratitude with a card that says it all from Latitudes Fair Trade

 

 

shopportunities for Mom – Saturday, May 12

Spend the day with Mom shopping in Downtown Staunton. Check out some of these events happening: 

Little Made; Market

East Beverley Street
A Curated Indie Arts & Craft Festival featuring 20 specially selected artists showcasing their handmade works. Click here for more details.

World Fair Trade Day

Downtown Staunton businesses: Latitudes, Harmony Moon, Sacred Circle and Cranberry’s
Celebrate World Fair Trade Day by visiting your favorite fair trade shops in downtown Staunton. Each shop will have a special activity to celebrate the day. Click here for more details.

Shop Staunton First Saturday

Downtown Staunton
Get ready for Mother’s Day with a shopping trip to Downtown Staunton. Look for Daisy Depots at participating stores and pick up a free daisy. Check SDDA’s Facebook page to see all of the special activities planned just for Mom.

 

Mother’s Day Brunch and specials – SUNDAY, May 13

Stonewall Jackson Hotel
From 11 am-2 pm

This Mother’s Day spread includes something for everyone—even picky eaters! Choose from over six stations with everything from salad to smoked salmon, spinach and smoked mozzarella lasagna to roasted beef strip loin and of course dessert! See the full menu.
To make your reservation call: 540-885-4848 or email: reservations@stonewalljacksonhotel.com

Yelping Dog
12 pm to 6 pm

Featuring refreshing cocktails like mimosas with mango, peach or orange juices and Sunday Sangria made with a blend of Italian Pinot Noir with fresh fruit. Known for their grilled cheese, try this Mother’s Day Special of Raspberry French Toast Sandwich serviced on Newtown sour dough bread egg washed with cinnamon crust, stuffed with chèvre and raspberry jam.

 Zynodoa
4 pm to 9:30 pm
Special four-course tasting dinner menu.
To make your reservation, click here or call: 540-885-7775

Other Brunch Spots:
The Shack open 10:30 am-2 pm
Byers Street Bistro brunch served from 11 am-2 pm
The Depot Grille brunch served from 11 am-2 pm
Farmhouse Kitchen & Wares (OPEN for brunch on Saturday from 8 am-3 pm)
Mill Street Grill brunch served from 11 am-3 pm

Treat Dad to a Beer Tour this Father’s Day

  A post shared by beerwerkstrail (@shenandoahbeerwerks) on Jun 20, 2016 at 5:23am PDT What beer adventure best describes the father figure in your life? This Father’s Day send Dad on a brew tour of the Shenandoah Valley where he can taste some of the best craft beer in the country while exploring the great … Continue reading Treat Dad to a Beer Tour this Father’s Day

What beer adventure best describes the father figure in your life? This Father’s Day send Dad on a brew tour of the Shenandoah Valley where he can taste some of the best craft beer in the country while exploring the great outdoors. For Dads’ who like an adrenaline rush induced by mountain biking see the “Hoppy” IPA Dad adventure; for Dads’ who enjoy the calm waters by kayak see Living “Lager” Dad; for those Dads’ who like to keep it simple and stick to the trails try the Traditional ‘Ale Dad daytrip; and for the Dads’ looking to catch both a prizewinning fish and a cold beer the Fishing for Stout Dad is the way to go.

“Hoppy” IPA Dad

Pairing bold flavors and extreme sports this adventure is perfect for the Dad looking to push the limits. Hop on a mountain bike and explore the trails at Massanutten’s Mountain Bike Park offering a variety of trails for all levels; from veteran riders looking for a challenge to aspiring riders looking for a few pointers. Their Pathway Package includes a 75-minute lesson, bike rental and 3 hours of trail use. 4-hour and 8-hour rental and lift ticket options are also available. Other cycling options include Rocktown Trails at Hillandale Park in Harrisonburg.  This shared-use trail, offers three different levels of difficulty to appeal to a complete spectrum of cyclists, runners and hikers.  After the adrenaline rush is over, check out the craft beer selection in Harrisonburg and try up to four different breweries like Brothers Craft Brewing and Three Notch’d Brewing Company.

Other brew options for Harrisonburg, include:

Pale Fire Brewing >
Wolfe Street Brewing >

To book your mountain biking excursion visit the Massanutten’s Mountain Bike Park website.

Living “Lager” Dad

Great water makes great beer and that is certainly true in the Shenandoah  Valley. Live “lager” with a day on the river while enjoying some of the Valley’s fresh, craft brews. Dad can float, paddle and play as he makes his way down the mighty James River in Rockbridge County. He can take advantage of the great fishing opportunities or just relax as the river gently takes him to Glasgow where the river excursion ends and the beer tour begins. Visit Lexington/Rockbridge’s two breweries Great Valley Farm Brewery and Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery & Taproom

Traditional ‘Ale Dad

Traditional ‘Ale Dad prefers the perfect balance of refreshing beer and outdoor adventure. Explore scenic overlooks, spectacular waterfalls and breathtaking mountain views throughout Augusta County—home to some of the best hikes around. Both locals and visitors enjoy Crabtree Falls a beautiful 3-hour waterfall hike featuring a series of five cascades falling 1,200 feet. Or if you’ve come for the views, try Humpback Rocks. This amazing view of the Valley is a 2-mile trek with a gain of 800 feet of elevation. After taking in the sights and scenes from above, head down into the Valley to Waynesboro’s  Basic City Brewing Company where cold beer and food trucks await. Before you head to the not-so-sleepy, City of Staunton stop by Stable Craft Brewing and enjoy a pint on their patio or head to Seven Arrows for a session beer in their comfortable taproom. Next and last stop is Staunton where Dad can choose from up to four different breweries to try, along with a great restaurant scene. Staunton’s breweries include:

fishing for stout Dad

Whether Dad’s fishing for trout or a handcrafted stout, we’ve got him covered! With nearly 3,000 miles of public trout water in and around the Shenandoah Valley, Dad can spend the day learning how to fly fish with a private instructor or take a floating trip—warm water floats available— in search of a trophy trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, musky, or carp. He can learn casting techniques from some of the best anglers in the Valley or more seasoned fishermen can take a guided trip. Check out these experienced outfitters located throughout the Valley to book Dad’s next fishing trip:

 Mossy Creek Fly Fishing in Harrisonburg
 John Roberts Fly Fishing in Lexington
South River Fly Shop in Waynesboro

There is no better way to celebrate the days catch than with a valley brewed beer. End your day at one (or two) of the 13 breweries along the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.

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: