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.
Silver City, New Mexico
Underawesternsky/Shutterstock Vibrant and so-very southwest, Silver City’s main street is a colorful array of restaurants, galleries, studios, and shops. Listed as one of the 100 Best Art Towns in America, the main street features some of the 50 murals woven throughout the city. The newly renovated historic Silco Theater, which was built in 1923, is one of the major theater landmarks in the city. A few other theaters make up the Theater District, with some undergoing renovations. The city has also hosted its annual Lighted Christmas Show since 1991, which displays impressive lighted floats and brings around 12,000 people to the main street each year.