Introduction to Staunton, Virginia
William Beverley was an early landowner in this area who got surveyor Thomas Lewis to lay out the first plat of the town of Staunton in 1746. Staunton was established the following year and incorporated in 1871. It became an independent city in July, 1902. Staunton is recognized as the first city to adopt a city manager form of government in 1908.
Staunton and nearby Attractions
- American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse
- Artisans Center of Virginia
- Dixie Theater
- Oak Grove Theater
- P. Buckley Moss Museum
- Sunspots Studios and Glassblowing
Things To Do In Staunton
Staunton offers many exciting activities for everyone. The city has art galleries, museums, and facilities for outdoor activities. The Blackfriars Playhouse is a unique place which hosts a re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theater. It features performances of Shakespearean and Renaissance drama throughout the year. Downtown Staunton has nine excellent art galleries. These galleries have sculpture, paintings, jewelry, blown glass, photography, and many other things.
One can avail of flights from Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.
Staunton Higher Education
Mary Baldwin College is the local college, and James Madison University and Washington and Lee University are some distance away.