Things to do

Visit historic staunton

Staunton by Night Photo by Woods Pierce


Courthouse Dome at Dusk Photo by Woods Pierce


Bandshell at Gypsy Hill Park Photo by Staunton Convention & Visitors Bureau


Forging a chain at The Frontier Culture Museum


The Blackfriars Photo by Staunton Convention & Visitors Bureau

For details and events check out the Visit Staunton web site.


in or nearby staunton

  • Take a walking tour of the five historic districts featuring architecture from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Staunton is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.
  • Sample the specialties at our interesting restaurants, many located in historic buildings. Click the link below to view and print a map of walkable restaurants with a short description of each.

  • Walkable Restaurants
  • Attend free evening concerts across the street from Thornrose House B&B at the bandstand in Gypsy Hill Park: Mondays after Memorial Day and Monday through Thursday evenings in July and August.
  • Shop for antiques, crafts and art in the many establishments along Beverly Street and other locations in Staunton.
  • Take in a play at The American Shakespeare Center: the world's only recreation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre, The Blackfriars Playhouse.
  • Attend a ShenanArts performance at the nTelos Theatre within walking distance of Thornrose House at Gypsy Hill B&B.
  • Listen to world-class classical , contemporary classical and baroque music at one of the Heifetz International Music Institute performances featuring students playing violin, viola and cello. The program runs every year from mid June through early August.
  • Join other music buffs at the Staunton Music Festival featuring baroque, classical and romantic musicevery year in August.
  • Stop at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum and learn about Staunton's favorite president.
  • Blow your own ornament (or just watch) at Sunspots Glassblowing Studios and browse in the gallery.
  • Spend some time at the Frontier Culture Museum which celebrates pioneers who came to Shenandoah Valley during the 1600's and 1700's from rural communities in England, Germany, Ireland and West Africa.
  • Enjoy Gypsy Hill Park across the street from Thornrose House B&B with its pool, golf course, tennis courts, picnic facilities, paths, concerts, and playgrounds.

popular day trips

  • Picnic and peep along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, just a 25 minute drive to the entrance near Afton, Virginia.
  • Swirl and sip some of Virginia's finest wines on a winery tour.
  • Tour Polyface Farm, famous for their organic, pasture-based local-market practices about half an hour away near Swoope, Virginia.
  • Admire the lavender at the White Oak Lavender Farm where they extract oil for beauty products and culinary use near Harrisonburg, Virginia.
  • Visit the area's many Civil War Trail sites.
  • Explore the house and grounds at Jefferson's home in Montecello and wander the streets of historic Charlottesville
  • Garden lovers can walk the labyrinth at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens near Harrisonburg and enjoy the wild flowers on the wooded paths. Then go on to the White Oak Lavender Farm and picnic at one of the shady tables.
  • Share a flight and a bite at one of the local breweries. A couple of places near Afton are a beautiful drive away from Thornrose House.
  • Stumble on a treasure at the Factory Antique Mall, the largest antique mall on the east coast about six miles north in Verona, Virginia.