At a Glance
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.