Historic Wharf District

The Historic Wharf District is located in Staunton, Virginia. In 1854 the Virginia Central Railroad arrived in Staunton, Virginia. Staunton became a railroad town with many new businesses. Adjacent to the railroad a group of new buildings were built between 1854 and 1910. These buildings became known as the Wharf Warehouses where farmers, grocers, and wholesalers engaging in commerce.
Today, the Wharf District is still a commercial district characterized by rows of late 19th century and early-20th century storefronts. The buildings now house retailers, offices, and restaurants rather than goods and supplies. The district encompasses 22 contributing buildings and contributing structures. The original buildings are characteristically three-story, brick structures in a variety of popular architectural fashions including Greek Revival, Federal, and Queen Anne styles.
While visiting the Wharf Historic District you will find businesses such as Sun Spots in the Klotz building with exciting glass blowing and gifts, Ox-Eye Vineyard in the Fultz Office building offering there great Virginia wines, fine lunch and catering at Sauces in the American Hotel building, Rachel’s Quilt Shop in the Train Station building, Wilderness Adventure in the Fultz Warehouse building offering life style clothing, gear and shoes or a free museum “The Story of Virginia” in the Fultz Warehouse building. You can enjoy a beer at the Red Beard Brewery, look at bikes at Big Dog Bikes or enjoy daily dining at the Depot Grill or enjoy indoor or outdoor dining at The Bistro or at Table 44.
You will want to visit the Wharf Historic District, often, for a day of fun, dining or shopping. The Wharf District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, with a boundary increase in 1982.