Historic Downtown Staunton
Guests of the Frederick House will enjoy being in the heart of the historic downtown district of Staunton.
The Downtown Historic District is a compact 19th-century "Main Street," with buildings that date from Staunton's boom years between 1860 and 1920, and a concentration of Victorian-era architecture. The Wharf Historic District on the south end of downtown harks to the days when the railroad changed Staunton from a rural village to a center of commerce, with strong and sturdy warehouses.
In recent years, Staunton has become a center for the visual and performing arts, with an extraordinary arts community that supports many musical events and theatrical productions throughout the year. Staunton has a nationally recognized art school and nationally known playwrights' retreat, as well as a growing collection of high quality art galleries. Staunton is home to many acclaimed artists who excel as painters, sculptors, potters, furniture makers, glassblowers, metalworkers, jewelers and artists who work with mixed media.
As the 21st century begins, Staunton is experiencing a true Renaissance. One of the most exciting periods in Staunton's history is witnessing the restoration of many of its historic buildings. Downtown Staunton is thriving as one of the most viable downtown areas in Virginia.
The American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse, an internationally recognized theatrical troupe, has constructed the world's first historically accurate Shakespearean theatre.
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is one of the few original Presidential birthplaces open to the public. Woodrow Wilson's first home offers an authentic picture of family life in the pre-Civil War Shenandoah Valley.
Mary Baldwin College founded in 1842 (as the Augusta Female Seminary) is a private liberal arts college primarily for women with a picturesque campus located on 54 acres of rolling hills.
The Beverley Street Studio School, located at 24 W. Beverley Street in Downtown Staunton, offers art classes, gallery exhibits, workshops, and discussions.
The Staunton-Augusta Farmers' Market is one of the most successful farmers' markets in Virginia, averaging 31 vendors per week. It is open April through Thanksgiving.
The R. R. Smith Center for History and Art is a collaboration of three leading educational organizations: Augusta County Historical Society, Historic Staunton Foundation, and the Staunton Augusta Art Center. The Center houses exhibit galleries, a lecture hall, studios, educational classrooms, archival storage, a library and reading room, board and committee meeting space, and offices for the three non-profit organizations. The goal of the project is to create an exciting new regional history and art center.
Staunton became the first Virginia community to ever receive a Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition, the trust designated the city as one of "America's Distinctive Dozen Communities". On top of this national recognition, the Preservation Alliance of Virginia voted to give the city a President's Citation for continuing preservation and renewal of downtown.