Staunton played a pivotal role during the Civil War years when the Shenandoah Valley served as the "Breadbasket of the Confederacy." While most battles were being fought north or west of the town, it was the presence of the Virginia Central Railroad that provided a vital link between the Valley and eastern Virginia, making Staunton an important supply depot for the Confederacy. Visit such sights as the Railroad Station Area, Trinity Episcopal Church, Thornrose Cemetery, Stuart Hall and Staunton National Cemetery. Learn about the Stonewall Brigade Band, organized in 1855 and still performing free concerts in Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park, Monday evenings from June through August. Study Jed Hotchkiss, mapmaker for Stonewall Jackson. Or just come to see it all by exploring Staunton's five National Historic Districts.