Published on February 19, 2016

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Exhibits feature a light map of Jackson’s Valley Campaign.  Home of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.

The Heritage Museum’s excellent exhibits depict the history of the Rockingham County and Harrisonburg area.  The museum includes an electric map highlighting Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign of 1862, a distinctive Shenandoah Valley folk art collection, an extensive genealogy library with guides to assist your research, and a bookstore with a unique selection including local interest.

The 14,000 square-foot facility, built to reflect the exterior of a 19th-century Valley farmstead, is in harmony with the site’s natural surroundings and Dayton’s attractive Historic District.  Inside several large galleries tell the story of the history of the Heart of the Shenandoah Valley.  The Invincible Spirit Gallery allows visitors to discover life in the Rockingham County area, from pre-history to the present.  See Native American artifacts gathered from a farm near Cross Keys, walk through a scaled replica of a 19th-century potter’s kiln, and learn about the human side of the Civil War in the Valley.  Confederate General Stonewall Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862 is unforgettably illuminated by the renowned electric map.  Created for the Civil War Centennial, the map has been updated with more than 300 LED lights and accompanying narration.

In addition to the distinctive collection in the Folk Art Gallery, a temporary exhibit features the whimsical and heritage-rich folk art of centuries-old local fraktur.  Browsing the Bookstore and Genealogy Library is also highly recommended.

The main building is handicapped accessible, but Cromer-Trumbo House is not.


Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm, Seasonal Sundays (April to November): 1 to 5 pm, Monday: Closed, but open for research by appointment (call 540-879-2616)

Tour Information:

Please call the museum if you are interested in a group or guided tour.  A brochure describing a walking tour of Dayton is also available at the museum.

Admission Fee/Ticket Price:

Adults $8

Seniors $7

Students (13+) $3

Group of 10+ $7


382 High St.
Dayton, VA 22821


540-879-2616 (email