Hardesty-Higgins House

First Fridays Downtown:
The Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center stays open every first Friday of the month from 5pm-8pm, in addition to their regular hours (9am-5pm). You will find local & regional information; The Rocktown Gift Shoppe– featuring The Shenandoah Watercolor Society Art Gallery; The Valley Turnpike Museum– where children can become a museum detective; The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Civil War Orientation Center– with interpretive film and walking tours, and also Heritage Bakery & Cafe– serving breakfast, lunch & pastries. The Hardesty-Higgins House also has an artistic vendor each month for this special occasion! If you are interested in having an event at the Hardesty-Higgins House, please contact tourism@harrisonburgva.gov.


Letterboxing is an intriguing mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation, and exploring interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places. Here’s the basic idea: Someone hides a waterproof box somewhere (in a beautiful, interesting, or remote location) containing at least a logbook and a carved rubber stamp, and perhaps other goodies. The hider then usually writes directions to the box (called “clues” or “the map”). Once the clues are written, hunters in possession of the clues attempt to find the box. In addition to the clue and any maps or tools needed to solve it, the hunter should carry at least a pencil, his personal rubber stamp, an inkpad, and his personal logbook. When the hunter successfully deciphers the clue and finds the box, he stamps the logbook in the box with his personal stamp, and stamps his personal logbook with the box’s stamp. The box’s logbook keeps a record of all its visitors, and the hunters keep a record of all the boxes they have found, in their personal logbooks. The Hardesty-Higgins House clue list is located here.

Valley Turnpike Museum: Scavenger Hunt
Looking to occupy your children while finding visitor information or give them something fun to do? Become a museum detective at the Hardesty-Higgins House! These activities are complimentary and are located in the Rocktown Gift Shoppe.