For such a small town, there’s a surprising number of things to in Strasburg, VA. Here’s how we spent an afternoon exploring this quaint little town. The scenic and lovely Shenandoah River runs lazy along the town, offering a refreshing backdrop to the town.
We started with lunch at Jaliscos, a neat little Mexican food restaurant, enjoying burritos and tacos.
Strasburg has several restaurants downtown to chose from, and this one was right across from the Antiques Emporium and This and That, two antiques stores we wanted to hit after lunch.
By the way, between these two stores, you could spend hours browsing.
I found some beautiful brooches. 🙂
One of the best ways to absorb some local history is to visit the historical society museum, and the Strasburg Museum doesn’t disappoint in that regard.
The museum is housed in the historic Strasburg Stone and Earthenware Manufacturing Company building, and an exhibit explores the pottery industry that once thrived there.
It’s filled with local historical artifacts, from “Victorians’ secrets” (someone’s victorian era underclothing) …
to an old hair curling machine which looks more like a steampunked version of medieval torture device.
The Strasburg Museum steps you through local history, even recreating rooms from the past that demonstrate how folks lived back in the day.
We decided to stroll down King Street, but were quickly distracted by an ice-cream stand, enticingly called The IceCream Depot, that promised a cool snack on a hot afternoon.
Unfortunately, the local art museum/gallery was closed during our visit.
But the other antiques stores and boutiques, such as Clementine’s Vintage, also along King Street compensated for it just fine.
Plus, Strasburg can boast of a number of cool murals.
We wrapped up our afternoon visit with a quick walk along Strasburg’s river walk, watching a young family go wading in the shallow waters. A little downstream, two men launched their boat to go fishing.
Getting there: Set your GPS for the Strasburg Museum, at 440 E King St, Strasburg, VA