Tuesday, February 9, 2021

SATURDAY: Sketch Staunton - The Queen of the Shenandoah Valley

This event was designed and developed by Penelope Studwell

Staunton - the Queen of the Shenandoah Valley

Staunton, Virginia is nestled in western Virginia in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains of the Appalachian Mountains. Staunton is also called Queen City of the Valley, and named after Rebecca Staunton, wife of a colonial governor Sir William Gooch. She was considered “a woman of queenly grace of mind and heart”. 

Staunton was settled in 1732 primarily by Scotch-Irish and Germans and later incorporated in 1801. The Frontier Culture Museum has authentic Scotch-Irish, German, English, and frontier homes; this living museum is one of our favorite spots to sketch!

Stauntonian and architect Thomas Blackburn worked with Thomas Jefferson on the construction of the University of Virginia and thus brought the Jeffersonian influence to Staunton.  

Staunton became a transportation hub when the Virginia Central Railroad arrived in 1854 and became the site of a supply base during the Civil War.  Woodrow Wilson, our 28th president was born in Staunton in 1856; the home and grounds of his birthplace is a popular venue to sketch.

Another noteworthy architect T.J. Collins who began his career in Washington, D.C., moved to Staunton in 1890 and infused the downtown and neighborhoods of our little city with the styles of Queen Anne, chateauesque, French Second Empire, bungalow, Beaux Arts, mission, and revivals of Italian Renaissance, Tudor, Romanesque, and colonial styles. 

Staunton Sketchers love our city.  It gives us great joy to share our part of the world with our fellow sketchers.


Here are some places and photos for you to use:

Gorgeous Shenandoah Valley Stock Photos:


Urban Sketchers Staunton - Instagram Account:
​(See how the local artists have interpreted the area)

A Visitor’s Guide to Staunton:


Erik the Travel Guy - Long Video Guide to Staunton:
(Freeze the video for great source material)


Erik the Travel Guy - Short Video Guide to Staunton:

Southern Living Guide to Staunton: 

Tripadvisor’s Guide to Stuanton: 
(click where it says "see all photos"​)​

The Frontier Culture Museum:



There are no fees. All drawing skill levels are welcome


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