Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Day 7 Staunton Va and Frontier Culture Museum

Another beautiful day today.  We got out early and drove into the town of Staunton.  Its a beautiful town with  great historic districts.  Actually the town is divided into five districts.  After parking at the downtown parking lot we walked to the Visitor Center located on New St between Beverly and Johnson Streets.  There we got a pamphlet which enables you to take a self guided tour of the Historic Districts.  Our first stop was the National Valley Bank.  This bank is basically just the way it was when established back in 1865.  There is also a small area designated as a museum in the bank.  The entrance is thru a revolving glass door.  The interior features a magnificent oval glass skylight.  Some pictures:

Trinity Espiscopal Church 1855.  This is an example of early gothic revival architecture and boasts 12 Tiffany Studio windows. 

In the Wharf Distric we visited Sunspots Studios and watched a glassblowing demonstration

Next was the old train station.  The original building has been a restaurant in the recent past.  It is currently being renovated again.  Amtrac has a small building also.

Augusta County Courthouse.  This is the fifth courthouse to be built on this site.  The first, in 1745, was a crude log structure.

There are 82 structures in all the five historic districts.  You would have to be a lot younger than us to walk the tour and view each one.  After the above we were pooped and found a nice small restaurant ( The Pampered Palet on Beverley St to eat lunch.
       Tomorrow is a travel day.  We will be heading west from here to Louisville Ky to visit my sister and her husband.  We will have an overnight stay outside of Ashland Kentucky before arriving in Louisville Friday afternoon.  Tomorrow night I will post pictures of the Frontier Culture Museum.