Published on October 7, 2015

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For a second option to explore the history and culture of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County, a traveler can take in the area through museums and historic sites. Travel through time as you visit sites like Fort Harrison and the Heritage Museum. Along the way you will see that the Civil War made an indelible mark on the area but that Harrisonburg and surrounding areas have continued to grow and prosper throughout the years.

Harrisonburg Tour 2

The Daniel Harrison House (Fort Harrison) (Stop 1)
This beautifully restored home was built around 1749 by Daniel Harrison, Dayton’s first settler. Daniel was the brother of Thomas Harrison, the founder of Harrisonburg.

The Heritage Museum (Stop 2)
Take in the electronic map detailing Jackson’s Valley Campaign, exhibits on Native Americans in the area, the earliest settlers and much more.

Site of the death of Lt. John Meigs and Monument (Stop 3)
On this site on October 3, 1864, Lieutenant John Meigs was killed in a brief encounter with Confederate Scouts.

The Valley Brethren Mennonite Heritage Center (Stop 4)
Opened to the public in 2006, this collection of historic buildings provides in depth insight into the peaceful community of Mennonites who settled in the Valley.

The Virginia Quilt Museum (Stop 5)
The Virginia Quilt Museum is located in an 1856 home on Harrisonburg’s Main Street, built for Col. Tiff Warren and his wife Virginia.  Col.  Warren,was the commander of the 10th Virginia Regiment.

Dinner at the Joshua Wilton House and Inn (Stop 6)
Finish of the second day of touring the Harrisonburg area; stop in at this delightful inn and restaurant.