America’s Greatest Main Streets

Cheers to these small towns for great Main Streets, where you can admire architecture, sample the local flavor, and find a lost America.

Staunton, VA

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The hometown of President Woodrow Wilson is twice lucky, blessed with the backdrop of the Shenandoah Valley and the main artery of Beverley Street, whose brick buildings amount to one of the highest concentrations of showy late-19th-century architecture in any U.S. town. It’s no wonder Staunton was the first in Virginia to win a Great American Main Street award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which singled out the Blackfriar’s Playhouse, a recreation of Shakespeare’s London theater.

Worth a Stop: The free Camera Heritage Museum tells the story of photography through a collection of nearly 2,000 historic cameras.

—Wayne Curtis

America’s Greatest Main Streets

Staunton, VA

The hometown of President Woodrow Wilson is twice lucky, blessed with the backdrop of the Shenandoah Valley and the main artery of Beverley Street, whose brick buildings amount to one of the highest concentrations of showy late-19th-century architecture in any U.S. town. It’s no wonder Staunton was the first in Virginia to win a Great American Main Street award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which singled out the Blackfriar’s Playhouse, a recreation of Shakespeare’s London theater.

Worth a Stop: The free Camera Heritage Museum tells the story of photography through a collection of nearly 2,000 historic cameras.

—Wayne Curtis

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