Technology was the obvious big difference. Back in the day, the news was by old fashioned newspapers, news reels, and radio. Politics was handled on the back of a train - whistle stops.
The old presidential vehicle - a huge Pierce Arrow was very cool. Push one of the buttons and the A-OOGA of the horn sounded.
Again, this stop of mine was an exploration of history. Lots to think about.
Then walk into downtown Staunton. Very quaint. I recommend the Clocktower for an excellent sandwich and time to ponder the world.