Historic site

Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the Shenandoah Valley’s rich history. Just a short drive from downtown Harrisonburg, the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center (BMHC) is home to several carefully preserved buildings from the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s, including a shoemaker shop, hand-hewn log house, schoolhouse, and Civil War era farmhouse.

On Saturday, October 21, from 9 am to 2 pm, BMHC welcomes guests to its charming campus for a day filled with enriching activities. Whether you have an insatiable passion for history or just a hint of curiosity, this event will be an unforgettable experience.

Experience the Past:

  • Take a serene horse-drawn wagon ride, a throwback to simpler times.
  • Join a singing school reenactment and hymn singing, harmonizing with tradition.
  • Witness heritage skill demonstrations, from sorghum molasses making to blacksmithing, offering a glimpse into the craftsmanship of the past.

Fun for All Ages:

  • Engage your kids with hands-on activities like old-fashioned toy play and carpentry with hand tools.
  • Delight in a petting zoo and let your little ones connect with friendly animals.
  • Enjoy Civil War storytelling and gain insights into the Valley’s history.

This Heritage Festival is a unique opportunity to connect with this vibrant living history. For more information visit the the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center’s website.