Welcome to Staunton & the surrounding area! 

Staunton City, The city of Staunton, located in historic Shenandoah Valley of Western Virginia, was founded in 1747. The city is the birthplace of  President Woodrow Wilson, and the city manager form of government.  At the crossroads of Virginia, Staunton is a transportation hub with advanced rail, highway and air access. The city is fortunate to have a superior telecommunications infrastructure with fiber, DSL and dial up internet capabilities and several competing local, long distance, and cellular/digital phone providers. The city lies in the heart of Virginia Education and Technology Corridor with 9 colleges and universities regionally , and a "blue ribbon" local school system. Advanced health care facilities include Augusta Health, a nationally acclaimed institution heralded for advanced programs with a personal touch. Staunton's corporate residents include Best Buy, Specialty Blades, Bruin, USA and a host of other fine companies. 

If a high quality of life, outstanding educational opportunities, strong utility, transportation, and communications infrastructure, and advanced health care facilities are among your priorities, Staunton may just be the place you've been looking for. 

R.R. Smith Center

The R.R. Smith Center, named in honor of long time-state and community leader R.R. "Jake" Smith, is a collaboration of three leading non-profit organizations in the Staunton/Augusta County area of the Shenandoah Valley: Augusta County Historical Society, Historic Staunton Foundation and The Staunton Augusta Art center. The center is housed in what was the Eakleton Hotel, a 25,5000 square foot building designed in 1893 by noted architect T.J. Collins. It is located in Staunton's Beverley Historic District.  

A National register district, The Center houses exhibit galleries, a lecture hall, classrooms, archival storage, a library and reading room, board and committee meeting space, Museum store, and offices for the three non-profits. The R.R. Smith Center is the regions only history and art center. 

American Shakespeare Center

Situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in historic Staunton, The 300 seat Blackfriars Playhouse, the world only recreation of Shakespeare's original indoor theatre, opened its doors in September 2001 and has delighted tens of thousands of enthusiastic audience members from around the world. The product of years of research, this unique, historically accurate performance space provides the perfect backdrop for the ASC's Elizabethan staging practices, and have already been called ...

"One of the most historically important theatres in the world".

Andres Gurr, Professor of English, university of Reading England and former Director of Research, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre London

The Blackfriars Playhouse is open year-round for Shakespeare productions hailed by the Washington Post as "shamelessly entertaining" and by the Boston Globe as "phenomenal...bursting with energy."  It's also the perfect venue for meetings and conferences, or for the wedding of your dreams. Additionally, the playhouse is open for special musical and theatrical events, workshops, educational programs, and theatre tours. 

The Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Nestled in Historic Downtown Staunton, in the heart of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, this 124 room hotel captures the spirit , history and the charm of the old South, Originally built in 1924 and a member of Historic Hotels of America, this modern yet refined Virginia gem underwent a complete top to bottom renovation in 2005 and was lovingly restored to its original grandeur. 

Conveniently located at the crossroads of I-81 & I-64, 30 minutes from Charlottesville in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, 90 minutes from Richmond, and two hours from Washington, DC. the hotel was restored to preserve many original features of the property while expanding it to serve today's guests with a complete range of modern amenities and services.  Following are a few interesting facts about the history f the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center and the property's refurbishment. 

The hotel, which originally opened in 1924, was designed by H.L. Stevens and is considered an excellent example of the renowned American architects work in the Colonial Revivalist style. 

Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit association of businesses and organizations of all types and sizes, not affiliated government, working together for continuous improvement of the economic environment and the quality of life by promoting the viability of business. Our team consists of the Board of Directors, staff, and numerous volunteer committees working to assist area businesses.