James R. Martin/Shutterstock Not without rustic charm, Franklin looks to distinguish itself from its neighbor Nashville. The city has a blend of historic preservation and modern sophistication, with a mix of antique shops, gift and bookstores, fashion-forward boutiques, art galleries, and restored homes that line Main Street. The city offers free rides in a charming green and red trolley to explore the district, built in the 19th century. Some of the oldest buildings include the public square and courthouse, and the architectural styles differ as downtown expanded its reach. The Downtown Local Historic District is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
courtesy woods pierce/Staunton CVB One of the oldest towns west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Staunton remained nearly unscathed by the Civil War. Now, Staunton has six historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its Main Street, with an eclectic mix of architectural styles designed by TJ Collins from 1891 to 1911, showcases the compactness of the 19th century. Collins designed or remodeled about 200 buildings in Staunton, many of which are still in use. Visitors can check out the American Shakespeare Center, home of the world’s only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater, step back in time at the Frontier Culture Museum, an outdoor living history museum illustrating the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley’s earliest settlers, and discover the life and legacy of President Woodrow Wilson at his library and museum.
John Greim/Shutterstock A quaint and quiet town, Woodstock is home to a myriad of historical brick homes, a covered bridge, village green, and a small main street. Visitors and locals alike can explore the small, locally owned shops, art galleries, and country stores, all within walking distance. There are no big-box retailers in sight! While visitors can take horseback riding lessons in the town, the main street gives off a vibe that horse-drawn wagons aren’t too far in the past. Check out these astonishing facts about each of the 50 states.