- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 7, 2002

Staunton is a city that values its past. For general information, call the Historic Staunton Foundation at 540/885-7676 or visit the city's official Web site at www.stauntonva.org. Here are more attractions in the "Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley."

Museum of American Frontier Culture: Near Interstate 64 and Interstate 81. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through November. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 to mid-March. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, certain days in January and during severe weather. General admission $8 adults, $4 children 6 to 12. Other rates for seniors, students, groups.

Statler Brothers Museum: 501 Thornrose Ave., in the Statler Complex. This tribute to one of country music's most enduring groups features awards and memorabilia, gold and platinum albums and a special room holding some of the many gifts given to the Statlers over the years by their fans. One free tour daily, at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Write the Statler Brothers, PO Box 2703, Staunton, VA 24402-2703; call 540/885-7297; or see www.statlerbrothers.com.

Woodrow Wilson Birthplace: 18-24 N. Coalter St. This is one of the few original presidential birthplaces open to the public. Wilson was born here in 1856. The furnished house museum features numerous items that belonged to Virginia's last president, from its kitchens to the children's room, the servants' room to the dining room. A computer archive presents 1850s newspapers and historic photographs. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday November through February. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days. $7 adults, $4 students, $2 children 6 to 12. Call 540/885-0897 or see www.woodrowwilson.org.

Wright's Dairy-Rite: For a real taste of 1950s-era curb-side service, pull into Wright's Dairy-Rite restaurant, just a few blocks south of historic Staunton on Route 11. Drive up to one of the many "servus-fones" connected to the kitchen via a roof-covered walkway scan the menu, push the button on the microphone and place your order. What could be easier? In a few minutes, a waitress brings out your food, and makes the change. All that's missing is roller skates and poodle skirts.
Rick Britton

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