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    Main Streets are a Main Attraction

    by Casey | Posted on August 19th, 2010

    Being a small town Virginia girl (Lexington in the house!), it took me a great while to appreciate the charm that a quaint downtown possesses. Chalk it up to being  young or taking my surroundings for granted, but I couldn’t see and didn’t know how lucky I was to be surrounded by renowned artisans, acclaimed chocolatiers, and irreplaceable history that many other towns wish they had. With these realizations in mind, I give you 5 reasons to love Virginia’s small towns.
    Downtown Lexington

    Downtown Lexington

     

    1. Small towns are the perfect place to find fresh ingredients. Some have weekly markets and some have side-of-the-road produce stands that are open daily. One thing is for sure, short of picking it yourself, you can’t beat a bushel straight out of the back of a farmers’ pick-up truck! 

    2. You don’t need New York City’s artsy air to pluck a one-of-a-kind piece from a recognized artist. Known creators like Sally Mann (Lexington), P. Buckley Moss (Mathews / Fishersville), Nan Rothwell (Faber), and Wayne Henderson (Rugby) call Virginia home. Visit a studio or downtown shop to take home beautiful photography, paintings, pottery, and more. 

    3. No doubt you’re treading on history with every step you take in Virginia, but the museum docents (many of whom are volunteers) and tour guides in small towns are oftentimes the most passionate about sharing the history with those who aren’t yet in the know. 

    4. When one considers a title like “State Theatre of Virginia,” one might believe such an establishment must exist in Richmond. Au contraire, mon frère! The State Theatre of Virginia is none other than the Barter Theatre in sweet little Abingdon. With a schedule that rivals nearly any performing arts facility, you’re sure to find an appealing act. Other interesting venues include Theater at Lime Kiln in Lexington and Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. 

    Floyd Country Store

     

    5. If you want to hear original music, small towns are the best place to hang out and listen. In little country stores and coffee shops, banjos and guitars are strummed weekly! A well-known hot-spot is the Floyd Country Store in Floyd. Folks jam Friday through Sunday, but don’t be surprised if you see someone pickin’ on the porch any ol’ time. Also check out Lays Hardware in Coeburn, the Rex Theater in Galax, and Donk’s Theater in Mathews. 

    Ready to find your new favorite small town? Begin planning a fall getaway at Virginia.org or call 1-800-Visit-VA to request a free Virginia is for Lovers® Travel Guide.



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