Close to Campus

The Mary Baldwin campus is on 54 beautiful (and hilly) acres overlooking Staunton, Virginia’s vibrant downtown area. Just a few steps away from campus the city brims with an eclectic personality — described as sophisticated, energized, laid back, historic, beautiful, and welcoming.

In town, you can find live music, a restored movie theater, art galleries, several coffee houses, restaurants for all budgets, and some terrific shopping. Plus, there’s a world-famous Shakespeare theatre and the birthplace and library of a U.S. president. Five historic districts combined with modern facilities make Staunton a destination for filmmakers, festivals, conferences, and visitors from around the world.

Whether you’re into Shakespeare or community theater, punk rock or bluegrass, a neighborhood bar or corner coffee house, down-home cooking or haute cuisine, it’s a place that draws you in. It’s your college town. Welcome to Staunton.


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Queen City Vibe

Named one of America’s Best Main Streets (Fodors & Huffington Post), one of the Best Small Towns in America (Smithsonian Magazine), and one of the Top 10 Idyllic and Historic Main Streets Across the USA (USA Today), Staunton garners a lot of regional and national attention. Read more about the Shenandoah Valley gem that is just steps from the MBC campus.