To share the history, beauty and magic of Staunton Hill with writers, scholars and creators. Here, at a remove from the world, one can exploit the silence that exists and also explore the silences that are inextricably entwined with the history of the property.


A small, independent Virginia-based organization, the Staunton Hill Center for Thought, Creativity and Production (SH) hosts workshops, residencies and symposia for writers, scholars and creators.  Our secluded setting, where manmade and natural beauty abound, provides inspiration and quietude. The supportive and nurturing community ensure that during their time at SH, writers, scholars and creators will discover new directions, formulate ideas and produce work.

SH is housed in the historic Staunton Hill, which sits atop a bluff overlooking the Staunton River in rural Charlotte County, Virginia. Built a generation before the Civil War, the estate has been part of America’s history for nearly two centuries, serving as a plantation, a hunting lodge and a conference center. Still the seat of the Bruce Family, in 2017, Staunton Hill entered into its new incarnation as SH.

SH offers residencies to national and international writers, scholars and creators in all disciplines. Visual art studios are not currently available, but plans are in place to have them ready for the 2019 season. Applicants may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three people. Applicants are selected by panels composed of staff and professional peers. Residencies last from two weeks to two months.

To protect the privacy of our guests, we do not allow or arrange visits to the private part of the estate.