3 of the small towns featured in a recent article – are within my local area and I’ve worked with many businesses in this area over the years.
The three towns included in the article are Staunton VA, Lexington, VA and Monterey Virginia. Have you visited each of these towns? Each has a personality of its own – and all 3 are beautiful in its own way.
Staunton (population 23,746) has been called one of the ‘Best Small Towns in America’ by various travel publications, including Smithsonian Magazine. The area was first settled in 1732, and the town served as the capital of Virginia in June of 1781 when legislators fled from both Richmond and Charlottesville. Staunton is the birthplace of president Woodrow Wilson and home to the American Shakespeare Center, the world’s only authentic replica of the Blackfriars Theater.
Named for Lexington, Massachusetts, where the first shot was fired in the American Revolution, Lexington, Virginia (population 6,998) is home to the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and ‘Stonewall’ Jackson are both buried in Lexington. In addition to rich historical sites and monuments, Lexington is also home to several well-known farm-to-table restaurants.
Located in Highland County, the village of Monterey (population 147) is linked to the upper Shenandoah Valley just over the Bull Pasture and Shenandoah mountains from Staunton. Monterey is ripe for niche tourism, with beautiful country homes, old churches, nearby hiking trails, and the annual Highland Maple Festival, which takes place each March.
Read the full article here – http://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/virginia/articles/the-10-most-beautiful-towns-in-virginia/