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Staunton, City of History and Culture in the Shenandoah Valley

Program Number: 17692RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/15/2014 - 6/20/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Staunton, Virginia
Price starting at: $769.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Theater
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Founded in 1747 at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley, historic Staunton has been recognized as a “distinctive destination” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Discover the peoples who settled this area and the cultures they brought with them. Explore the city’s historic downtown and experience its urban character yet small-town ambiance. Discuss Elizabethan theater before a performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse — a re-creation of Shakespeare’s legendary indoor theater.




Highlights

• Delve into the life of Woodrow Wilson during a field trip to his birthplace and library.
• Go on a behind-the-scenes exploration of the Blackfriars Playhouse with a theater expert.
• Explore the Frontier Culture Museum and learn about the early history of the Shenandoah Valley.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some hilly terrain and steep inclines.




Date Specific Information

6-15-2014

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Coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University.




Staunton

Tucked in the heart of the Shenandoah, Staunton is blessed with natural beauty, a rich cultural heritage and 270 years of history. Five National Historic Districts display outstanding architecture, while the American Shakespeare Center and its re-creation of Shakespeare's original Blackfriars Playhouse showcase the best of the Bard.



Accommodations
Historic hotel in downtown Staunton with heated indoor pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Stonewall Jackson Hotel
  Staunton, VA 5 nights
 Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Stonewall Jackson opened in 1924 and was fully renovated in 2005. It is a full-service luxury hotel in the Colonial Revival style. With its historical character, custom interiors, and warm finishes, it was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a winner of the Great American Main Street Award. An original 1924 one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer organ/piano graces the ballroom. The Hotel is located next to the Blackfriars Playhouse and just one block from Beverley Street, downtown Staunton's main street with coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and bookstores.
  Contact info: 24 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401 USA
phone: 540-885-4848
web: www.stonewalljacksonhotel.com
  Room amenities: High speed internet access, telephones with data port and voice mail, cable TV, coffeepots, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards in all rooms.
  Facility amenities: Hotel has a restaurant, lounge, business center including computer with internet access, guest laundry, fitness facility, and indoor pool with a whirlpool. Parking is available in the adjacent New Street Parking Garage, with elevators to the hotel, for $4 per day.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based on season & availability Based on season and availability
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based on season & availability Based on season and availability
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30-5:00 pm in lobby for Road Scholar registration. Note: Your room may not be available until 3:30. You will be staying at Stonewall Jackson Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Room check-out is 11:00 am. You will be staying at Stonewall Jackson Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. none
  Required innoculations:
Yes: Those allergic to bees should carry their own bee sting kit as immediate medical attention may not be available.
  Parking availability:
Parking available in the city parking deck underneath the hotel. Parking is $4-$5 per day. Entry to parking deck from Route 250 and from New Street. Elevators available from the parking deck into hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Staunton, VA
  Nearest city or town:  Harrisonburg to the north, Waynesboro to the east
  Nearest highway: North-south: I-81 and US Rt 11; East-west: I-64 and US Rt 250
  Nearest airport:  Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Weyers Cave (20 miles away)
  From End of Program
  Location: Staunton, VA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) to Staunton

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle to Staunton
phone: 540-234-8304
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1/2 hour 

 

Distance:

 

20-25 miles

   

Email at shdshuttle@flyshd.com. Cost at last report was $30 per trip to Staunton. Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport contact is 540-234-8304 or www.flyshd.com.

 

AMTRAK to Staunton

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Town trolley

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

25-cent trolley, operates May to December
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

A short walk, or 20-25 minutes depending on trolley route & timing 

 

Distance:

 

2 blocks

   

The hotel is close to the train depot but up a hill. From the station, walk one block N on South Augusta, turn right on Johnson St. and walk one block to New St. Municipal parking garage will be on opposite corner. Enter garage and take elevator to hotel lobby. Alternatively, the public trolley is a pleasant ride in fair weather, but to reach the hotel only two blocks away can require a rather long trip to the outskirts of town before the route loops back to the hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East, from Richmond to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel Take I-64 west over the Blue Ridge to I-81. Turn north on I-81 and take the next exit, Staunton Exit 222. Take US Rt 250 west (Richmond Road) about 2.5 miles toward Historic Downtown Staunton. When Hwy 250 ends at a "T" intersection, bear right and go under the train tracks. Go straight ahead at the light (follow the Historical Signs) up Coalter Street and turn left on Frederick Street (the street after Beverley). Proceed on Frederick St to the first stoplight, turn left onto Market Street, and go 2 blocks on Market. The Stonewall Jackson Hotel will be on the right. Parking is in the municipal garage beneath the hotel--proceed around the block (and down the hill) to the entrance. An elevator to the Hotel lobby is available from the garage.
  From the North or South on I-81 to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel Take I-81 to Staunton Exit 222. Take US Rt 250 west (Richmond Road) about 2.5 miles toward Historic Downtown Staunton. When Hwy 250 ends at a "T" intersection, bear right and go under the railroad bridge. At the stoplight go straight (following the Historical signs) for 3 blocks up Coalter Street and turn left on Frederick Street (the street after Beverley). Proceed on Frederick St to the first stoplight, turn left on Market Street and proceed 2 blocks. The front doors to Stonewall Jackson Hotel will be on the right. Parking is in the municipal garage beneath the hotel--proceed around the block (and down the hill) to the entrance. An elevator to the Hotel lobby is available from the garage.


Required innoculations:

Yes: Those allergic to bees should carry their own bee sting kit as immediate medical attention may not be available.

Equipment Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, umbrellas & outerwear for inclement weather. Field trips take place rain or shine.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival, Registration, Orientation, Introductions
(Sunday, June 15)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome to Staunton and your delightful accommodations at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Register for your room any time between 3:30 and 5:00 pm at the hotel lobby desk. You can also register for your program between 3:30 and 5:00 pm at our Road Scholar table in the lobby. Please let us know if you'll be arriving after 5:30 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Evening: Enjoy an orientation to the program and introductions to your fellow participants in our classroom.
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classes, field trip to Frontier Culture Museum, entertainment
(Monday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: This program description includes a sample schedule. The order of classes and activities may be rearranged to accommodate instructors' availability. The city of Staunton, located in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, has experienced a cultural and architectural renaissance, especially over the last decade. With five Historic Districts, Staunton was designated one of a "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" and called the "poster child" for the Main Street program of the National Trust. In this program, we sample some of the highlights of the city's culture. We'll celebrate the "timeless power" of Shakespeare's language and stagecraft at Blackfriars Playhouse. the world's only re-creation of his indoor theatre. We'll be guided through the Frontier Culture Museum, which preserves actual examples of the farmhouses of the different culture that seteled the Shenandoah. And we will visit Woodrow Wilson's Staunton, the town as it was 150 years ago, including his brithplace and museum, with a little free time to visit some of the many galleries, boutiques and artisans in Staunton's downtown National Historic District. Classes this morning include "How Londoners and the Scots-Irish came to Staunton," and "How the Wilderness Road was paved 200 years later."
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Frontier Culture Museum
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Evening: Entertainment, perhaps "Selections from the Best of Augusta," a musical about Augusta County (which surrounds Staunton)
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Class and a walking field trip in the morning, field trip to the Woodrow Wilson birthplace, free evening
(Tuesday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: A class about Woodrow Wilson's Staunton, and then a short walking field trip to the nearby Smith Center, home to galleries and historical societies.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Afternoon: Walking field trip to the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Library
 Dinner: Dinner on your own--an outline of the variety of choices will be provided
 Evening: Free evening--an outline of the variety of choices will be provided
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: A field trip in the Shenandoah Valley
(Wednesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: This morning we set off on a field trip to Augusta County, made up of farms and small communities that surround the city of Staunton. Augusta County stretches the full width of Shenandoah Valley. On the east it runs to the ridgeline of the Blue Ridge, and to the west to Shenandoah Mountain, a long north-south ridge that is the first rise of the Alleghany Mountains. The floor of the Valley is rarely flat, offering many spectacular views as roadways rise and dip. After several morning stops for historic and cultural sites, we'll work our way up one of the valley sides for a picnic lunch at an overview.
 Lunch: Box lunch picnic at a site with an overview
 Afternoon: The field trip through Augusta County continues, as the group works its way from its elevated lunch site through beautiful farmlands back to Staunton, with several stops along the way.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Evening: Performance
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Shakespeare! Class, backstage at Blackfriars Playhouse, Class, Evening performance of a play at Blackfriars
(Thursday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: Class, Introduction to Shakespeare at the Blackfriars, Tour backstage at Blackfriars
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Afternoon: Class, Shakespeare & Swordplay (or another Shalespearean topic)
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Evening: Play performance at Blackfriars Playhouse (the title will be posted when it becomes available)
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure after breakfast
(Friday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: The program concludes after breakfast so that participants can get an early start out of the mountains.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Guide to Historic Staunton, Virginia


Author: Edmund D. Potter


Historic Houses of Staunton, Virginia


Author: Joe Nutt


Learning the valley: excursions into the Shenandoah Valley


Author: John Leland


Portals to Shenandoah Valley Folkways


Author: Ed. Dorothy A Boyd-Bragg


Shakespeare and the Arts of Language


Author: Russ McDonald


Staunton, Virginia: another treasury of historic tales


Author: Charles Culbertson


Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare


Author: Stephan Greenblatt




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