Staunton was first settled in 1732 by John Lewis, an Irish immigrant, and was later named after Lady Rebecca Staunton, wife of William Gooch, colonial governor of Virginia in the 1730's.
Staunton is located in the heart of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Today, the city’s charming downtown features preserved historic architecture, a vibrant art scene, and delicious local food and dining options. Downtown Staunton also features an array of independent shops and galleries clustered along the historic Main Street. Staunton is also home to the American Shakespeare Blackfriars Playhouse, the Frontier Culture Museum, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.