Cultural & Historical
American Shakespeare Center and Blackfriars Playhouse
Built as a replica of Shakespeare's home theater, the Blackfriars Theatre in London, the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton is the home of the American Shakespeare Center. This company of talented actors performs classics by Shakespeare and other playwrights and tours nationally. Learn more about showtimes and tickets here.
Frontier Culture Museum
A living history museum that celebrates the contribution of early English, German, and Irish settlers (as well as West African slaves) in Virginia, the Frontier Culture Museum also holds events throughout the year. Learn more here.
James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland
Built by James Monroe, Ash Lawn-Highland is a working farm, historic site, and performing arts site. They offer special events throughout the year and rent out for weddings and meetings as well. See what's happening here.
Nicknamed the "Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley," Staunton is the perfect example of small-town charm. Most famous for being the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, Staunton also has a busy cultural life as the homeplace of the American Shakespeare Center and Blackfriars Playhouse. While here, also consider visiting Gypsy Hill Park to feed the ducks and swans. For more information on things to do in Staunton, click here.
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Designated a UNESCO World heritage site, Monticello is known for its neoclassical architechture. Initially a tobacco plantation, Monticello transitioned entirely over to wheat before Jefferson's death in 1826. Find hours of operation and more by clicking here.
Walton's Mountain Museum
Known for its emphasis on family values, "The Waltons" tv series was popular in the 1970s and focused on a Virginia family during the Great Depression and World War II. See exhibits featuring replicas of sets and a 30-minute video about the show. Learn more here.
Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Presidential Library
Visit the birthplace of the 28th President! Wilson was an unique and controversial leader, both an advocate of women's suffrage and the president who segregated federal employees by race. Learn more about visiting his birthplace by clicking here.
Virginia Horse Center
Hosting a variety of equestrian and agricultural events, the Virginia Horse Center is the place to learn about and see horses in Virginia! Learn more about their events, including competitions, at their website.
Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive
The Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive are the Southern and Northern sections of the same road, respectively. Known for their stunning views, especially during peak foliage time (generally in October), there are numerous hiking opportunities along these roads. Visit their websites to learn about closures and other alerts.
One of the tallest waterfalls East of the Mississippi, Crabtree Falls is a medium-difficulty hike ending in a stunning view (seen above). Here's some information on the hike itself, as well as guidelines for planning your visit.
Virginia Safari Park
This is the only drive-through safari park in Virginia, featuring giraffes, zebras, watusis, ostriches, and more, you'll have the opportunity to feed these animals from your vehicle. This zoo also has a walk-through area where visitors can view tigers, play with birds, or feed domestic animals. This zoo is open March - November, but you should visit their website for more information.
Farms & Orchards
There are so many farms and orchards in the area that we couldn't possibly list them all here (although we do have a list in our office of some of the best). Here's a sampling of what's growing in Augusta County.
Hillside Acres Farm - 1800 Spring Hill Rd, Staunton
Blackberries, strawberries, and tomatoes are available freshly picked - or you can go out in the fields and pick them yourself! Open Sunday through Saturday, 8am - 7pm, although you should call to check availability. Payments accepted by cash or check.
Middle River Farms - 1744 Weyers Cave Rd, Grottoes
Uses integrated pest-management practices to produce pumpkins, strawberries, grass-fed beef, and pasturized chicken eggs. The farm features a refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, school trips, and RV rental. Finally, they offer a corn maze through September and October. The farm is open Monday through Saturday; payments accepted by cash or check.
Pebble Hall Wildflowers and Herbs - 11 Pebble Hall Ln, Weyers Cave
Flowers, herbs, spices, and lavender are available pre-picked (or you can pick them yourself). The farm is open Monday - Sunday, May to October 31, and payment is accepted by cash or check.
Polyface Farms, Inc - Pure Meadow Lane, Swoope, VA
Beef, eggs, broilers, poultry, and rabbits are available here, although only on Saturdays between mid-December and the end of February. In the summer, farm tours are available. Check their website for detailed directions; all payments accepted in cash only.
Wineries, Breweries, & Cideries
Just as there are a ton of fantastic farms and orchards in the area, there are even more wineries, breweries, and cideries in the area. This list is a limited sampling of those within 30 miles of our campground - there are many more that are not currently listed.
Learn more about Virginia wineries and vineyards here.
Albemarle Ciderworks/Vintage Virginia Apples - 2545 Rural Ridge Ln, North Garden
Continuing Virginia's proud heritage of hard cider, Albemarle Ciderworks offers seven varieties of artisan cider (six for tasting), a beautiful view, and many types of events, including book-signings, live music, and more.
Blue Mountain Brewery - 9519 Critzer Shop Rd, Afton
Open daily, the Blue Mountain Brewery offers a lovely tap room to taste their beers and tours of the brewery itself. Events (such as live music or trivia competitions) also take place year-round.
Pollak Vineyards - 330 Newtown Rd, Greenwood
Located near scenic Crozet, Pollak has just celebrated its ten year anniversary. Join the fun with their Friday night concert series or for a tasting seven days a week.
Queen City Brewing Ltd - 834 Spring Hill Rd, Staunton
Whether you'd like to brew your own beer, vint your own wine, or sample theirs, Queen City Brewing would be happy to help! They also offer a variety of sodas to mix and match.
Shopping & Antiques
We can offer you a more complete listing of local antiques stores and museums in our office, but here's a sampling of places available in nearby Staunton and Stuarts Draft.