"Staunton - One of the Best Small Towns in America" …The Smithsonian Magazine
Thursday, November 3, 2016
A Guided Walking History Tour
Limited to 15 participants
Many articles and features in several respected books and magazines, including Fodor's, Travel and Leisure, and Southern Living, have been written about historic Staunton, Virginia. Join Anna Rose Geary and Sandra Conrad to FIND OUT WHY!
9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Begin the day at the Augusta County Historic Society in the R.R. Smith Center located at 20 S. New Street. A tour will be led by ACHS presenter Nancy Sorrells of the exhibition area showing presidential voting machines and ballot boxes of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Here we will view maps of Augusta County dating back to the 18th century. Walk two blocks to the Augusta County Courthouse. This tour offers a special opportunity to view maps showing Augusta County's most western boundary at the Mississippi River.
11:00 - 12:30 p.m. We will continue our walking tour with a guide from the Historic Staunton Foundation at the Courthouse. View the architecture of the Wharf area and the downtown district.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Break for lunch on your own at one of the many delightful restaurants along Beverley Street.
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Meet at the Camera Heritage Museum located on W. Beverley Street corner of S. Augusta Street. Owner David Schwartz and his knowledgeable staff will conduct a privately guided tour of this amazing collection consisting of over 6,000 objects of all things photographic. This is the largest and most extensive camera museum on the East Coast. Its mission is to share with the public the fascinating story of the evolution of the camera and the history of photography.
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. A short walk brings us to Trinity Episcopal Church. A visit to Staunton would not be complete without touring this historic building and one of the Valley's most beautiful churches. There has been a church of worship here since 1746. The current building, Early Gothic Revival 1855, is a gem, with 12 Tiffany windows and other famous examples of the art of stained glass. We will enjoy a docent-guided tour, then a brief history of stained glass through the ages and a short biography of Louis Comfort Tiffany presented by Sandra Conrad. Sandra is a retired ASID (designer) with a decorative arts background.
3:15 - 3:40 p.m. A brief walk down W. Beverley Street brings us to the City Hall. We will view the collection of photographs of old Staunton "Then 'Til Now" while we wait for the trolley (25 cent correct change required, please) back to our beginning or walk back at your leisure.
Cost: $7 to LLI at registration and $15 (cash - correct change, please) at the beginning of the tour to be collected by your hosts for donations to the venues visited. Total cost $22.
Deadline for registration October 28, noon. No cancellations after noon October 28.
No time limit, paid parking is available in the New Street Parking Garage across from the R. R. Smith Center at $1 per hour. (This is an active tour with standing, walking and some stairs.)
Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.
Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.
For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at LLI@jmu.edu or 540/568.2923.
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