I was not sure what this sign meant but it looked important.
Staunton, pronounced "stan-ton" is one more historic city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Thus it is brick buildings from another era abound.
It also slopes a bit owing to the lay of the land in southwestern Virginia.
It wasn't in operation when I was the but the American Shakespeare Center is based here. They operate an Elizabethan style indoor theater here and put on about 300 performances a year with a traveling company as well.
I am keen to see them but according to their literature ASC they weren't open when I was in town. Too bad, but I will get to see them Performing my next trip, as I have tickets in hand.
Apparently they rely on a repertory of actors with strong costuming, multiple rôles and minimal staging to relive the joy and accessibility as they put it of the period's staged entertainment.
I liked Staunton, despite the weather.
And the architecture was great fun and so surprising in a nation dedicated to kitsch in public buildings.
Staunton isn't far from the nation's capital and lies at the southern terminus of the famed Shenandoah Valley.
It is a university town, filled with shops restaurants and thus youth.
Just one more fancy town in a state filled with history.
A nice mixture for a short vacation.
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