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This small city in Virginia is known to be big on experiences. Exuding a small-town American charm, Staunton will mesmerize you with its rustic streets flanked by red brick walks, historic architectural marvels, lively festivals, quirky eateries, and stylish boutiques. Explore the region's African American heritage at Staunton Visitor Center, take a heritage walk in downtown, learn about local culture at Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, and witness the state's oldest motorized fire engine at Antique Fire Engine Museum. Art and culture buffs can also catch a Shakespearean play at American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse.
Nestled on the corner of Augusta Street and West Beverly Street is Camera Heritage Museum which has on display an extensive camera collection. This grand museum has over 6500 cameras, photographs, and accessories from all over the world open for public viewing. Take a historical walk with unique and antique cameras being the centerpiece here. A storehouse of information, here you can find the evolution of cameras from the 19th Century till date. Polaroids, Konicas, Kodaks, Leicas, and Rikens, are among the few brands exhibited here. A visit to this museum is every photographer, photophile, and shutterbug's fantasy fulfilled.
Staunton National Cemetery is situated in the center of Shenandoah Valley and is the final abode for Civil War veterans and other fallen heroes. Featuring 994 tombs, it opened in 1866 and was labeled a national cemetery within two years after opening. The historic graveyard is divided into five burial grounds and spans across 1.15 acres (0.47 hectares). It features a late 19th-century superintendent’s lodge with a unique French roof. The Staunton National Cemetery was founded by the Federal Government for the Union soldiers who perished in the battles of the the valley. Of the reburied soldiers from the various other Virginia battlefields, 518 were listed as unknown. It is the resting ground of war troupers from Civil War to Vietnam.