Published on October 7, 2015

Harrisonburg Tour II (Stop 1)

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DH House

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. This site will provide excellent insight into what life was like on the frontier in the mid 18th Century. It is often referred to as Fort Harrison due to the fact that the sturdy building often provided refuge from Native American attacks during the earliest settlements of the Valley.

Address: 1749 Donations, Dayton, VA 22821

Contact: (540) 879-2280‎;

Hours: Friday and Saturday; 1pm to 4pm or by appointment.

Directions to the Daniel Harrison House (Stop 1) (from the Stonewall Jackson Inn):

1) Head west on East Market Street toward Sterling Street. Go 0.5 Miles.

2) Turn right onto North Main Street. Go 164 Feet.

3) Take the 1st left onto Court Square. Go 423 Feet

4) Turn right onto US-33 West/West Market St. Go 7.5 Miles.

5) Turn left onto VA-613/State Route 613. Go 2.2 Miles.

6) Turn left onto VA-743/Honey Run Road. Go 0.3 Miles.

7) Take the 2nd left onto VA-731/Kerns Road/Morris Pottery Road. Go 0.1 Miles.

Directions to The Heritage Museum (Stop 2):

1) Head southwest on VA-731/Kerns Road/Morris Pottery Road toward VA-743/Honey Run Road Continue to follow VA-731/Kerns Road. Go 0.6 Miles.

2) Take the 2nd left onto VA-613/State Route 613. Go 1.5 Miles

3) Turn left onto VA-257 East/Ottobine Road. Go 6.2 Miles.

4) Turn left onto Elm Lane.  Go 0.2 Miles.

5) Turn right onto Cherry Lane. Go 203 Feet.

6) Take the 1st left onto High Street. Destination will be on the right at 382 High Street, Dayton.