The Associated Press recently released a guide to the correct pronunciation of significant people and places in Virginia. These pronunciations may be obvious to those Virginia born and raised, but for anyone not originally from the Old Dominion (like myself) it's a useful little list.
Until very recently I was pronouncing Staunton with an "or", Galax with two flat "a"s, and avoiding ever having to say Occoquan if at all possible. If only I'd seen this guide sooner, I could have saved myself several rounds of "actually it's pronounced..."
To see the correct pronunciation of Staunton, Galax, Occoaquan and other places in Virginia spelled out phonetically, scroll down below and take a look.
Accomac (town) Accomack (county) (ACK'-ah-MACK')
Aquia Harbor (ah-KWYE'-ah)
Buchanan County (buck-ANN'-un)
Buena Vista (BYOO'-nah VISS'-tah)
Ft. Belvoir (BELL'-vwar)
Ft. Eustis (YOOS'-tiss)
Giles (JYLES) County
Swoope (swohp) or (swope)
- Excerpted from the Associated Press' "guide to pronunciations in Virginia news".