Historic Sites

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Breneman-Turner Mill
1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-438-1275
This historic landmark was built ca. 1800 on Linville Creek by Abraham Breneman, who migrated from Pennsylvania in 1770. Due to its essential role in grinding grain into flour, hominy, and feed for cattle, the water-powered mill served as a center for community life during pioneer days. The mill is the only pre-Civil War mill remaining in Rockingham County with all its grist mill equipment still in place; neighbors helped put out fires set to the mill during General Sheridan’s 1864 campaign.

Hardesty-Higgins House
212 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-432-8935
The Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center is a multi-use facility. Inside on the first floor you will find Visitor Services, Rocktown Gift Shoppe, The Valley Turnpike Museum, The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Civil War Orientation Center and Heritage Bakery & Cafe.

Harriet Tubman Cultural Center
Visit by appointment only
2065 Reservoir St., Harrisonburg, VA | 540-578-6389
Located in a former one room school annex, visitors will experience a tribute to the legacy of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad at the Harriet Tubman Cultural Center. A tour includes “Freedom Trail” markers on the property. (Harriet Tubman never visited the area but the Center housed in a building built in 1899 is a tribute to her legacy.)

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Civil War Orientation Center
212 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-432-8935
Located in the historic Hardesty-Higgins House, the center opened in fall of 2009 making it easier for visitors to explore the Civil War sites throughout the area, including Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, and parts of southern Page and northern Augusta counties.

Lucy Simms Center
620 Simms Avenue Harrisonburg, VA 22802 | 540-437-9213
The center hosts the permanent exhibition that celebrates the life of pioneering African-American educator, Lucy F. Simms, and the school named in her honor. The Lucy F. Simms School was built soon after her death and served African-American students from all over Rockingham County and beyond between 1938 and 1965. This exhibit at the center, spanning 150 years of history, tells the story of the school in terms of its place at the heart of local community life.

Rockingham County Courthouse & Springhouse on Court Square
Court Square, Harrisonburg VA
The courthouse grounds were used as a prison pen following the first battle of Winchester in 1862. Soldiers and townsfolk quenched their thirst at the springhouse in the southwestern corner.

Turner Ashby Monument
1164 Turner Ashby Ln. Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Gen. Turner Ashby, in command of Jackson’s cavalry, was mortally wounded at this site now marked with a monument and a small park. His death, June 6, 1862, immediately preceded the battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic.

Woodbine Cemetery
Located off E. Market Street. This historic cemetery was founded in 1850 by community leaders as a non-denominational, non-profit community cemetery. Among the points of interest are the graves of Joseph White Latimer, Boy Major (VMI) in the Civil War; Confederate General John Robert Jones (Harrisonburg’s only Civil War general); a large square plot of 270 Confederate soldiers’ graves; “Little Arlington” of WWII veterans; family and community mausoleums.