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The Heritage Museum

382 High St, Dayton, VA 22821
+1 540-879-2681
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Wonderful museum to explore the history of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and it's people.

This interesting museum in the small town of Dayton VA just outside of Harrisonburg VA is well... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2017
pattysoule
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Palmyra, Virginia
A REAL GEM!

I was absolutely blown away by the extensive historic exhibits of this small, local museum. The... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
Mike M
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The Heritage Museum, home of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, offers excellent exhibits depicting the rich history of the Rockingham County and Harrisonburg area; an electric map highlighting Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign of 1862; a distinctive Shenandoah Valley folk art collection; an extensive genealogy library with guides to assist your research; and a bookstore and gift shop with a unique selection including local interest, Civil War history, and family research. The neighboring Cromer-Trumbo House historic home is filled with the early 20th-century household items, toys, and decorative arts of the Mary Spitzer Etter Collection.
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

This interesting museum in the small town of Dayton VA just outside of Harrisonburg VA is well worth the visit. The films and exhibits which change periodically will introduce (or remind) you of the area's heritage starting from its beginnings right through present times. There...More

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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

I was absolutely blown away by the extensive historic exhibits of this small, local museum. The electronic map, depicting the pivotal 1862 Valley Campaign of Stonewall Jackson, is by itself worth a visit. It is extremely well done and should be a MUST visit for...More

Thank Mike M
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Executive D, General Manager at The Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm! We are thrilled to exceed your expectations and look forward to sharing more stories when you return. And yes, it's easy to fill your day in Dayton. Happy exploring!

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Reviewed 20 May 2017

I am sharing from their website because it states it wonderfully. This presentation will acquaint one with the roads, battlefields, towns and mountains that were instrumental in the critical battles of the Shenandoah Valley campaign. We loved our stay in Harrisonburg and enjoyed every mile...More

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Executive D, Manager at The Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Reviewed 29 April 2017

We were amazed at how wonderful the museum displayed the history of Rockingham County. The interactive map and audio displaying and telling the story of Stonewall Jackson's defense of the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War was so interesting. For such a small museum they...More

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Executive D, Manager at The Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

You make our Monday morning smile! Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and that you were able to take advantage of all of our resources. Best wishes for happy travels and successful searching!

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Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

When we entered, we were greeted by a beautiful and kind lady who asked us where we were from, how our visit was going & if we'd been there before. She then set us up to explore the museum as she set out to ask...More

2  Thank Uncle_Snugs
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Executive D, Manager at The Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

It's true! There is wonderful history to discover in Harrisonburg & Rockingham. We can't tell all of the stories at once, so please come back for a visit. Thank you for your positive review. It will be a pleasure to share your comments with the...More

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Reviewed 30 November 2016

I saw a brochure for this museum when I stayed at the Stonewall Jackson Inn in nearby Harrisonburg. What intrigued me was their electric map depicting Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign. The map gives a good overview of the campaign and gives visitors a good visual...More

2  Thank Steven W
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Executive D, Manager at The Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2016

Thank you for taking the time to share your review. It is true that there are a lot of history stories in the galleries - and certainly many more to tell! Do come back to see what's new! Best wishes for happy travels.

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Reviewed 17 October 2016

While visiting the Harrisonburg, VA area, we ended up with an open afternoon. We found a brochure for this museum at the Green Valley Book Fair site. It is an amazing, local museum. Much of it is underground. Unlike many Cilvil War themed museums, this...More

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Executive D, General Manager at The Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2016

How generous of you to share your comments. Thank you for the wonderful review! While Civil War history is an important part of our story, we do strive to share our heritage through many times and themes. The exhibits are constantly changing, so please do...More

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Reviewed 20 September 2016

We are a group of five; 2 from Maryland, 2 from Kentucky, and 1 from Tennessee spending two weeks in the Luray, Virginia area. Today we drove from Luray to Dayton, Virginia to visit The Heritage Museum. One member of our group loves the history...More

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Executive D, General Manager at The Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2016

How generous of you to post such a glowing report! We are delighted that your trip to Dayton was a success, and hope that you continue to discover more wonderful Valley history. Thank you, and do come back to see us again sometime!

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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Very helpful staff. We went back a second day to use the genealogy library . The exhibits are amazing for a small museums efforts. Cost for seniors $7.00.

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Executive D, General Manager at The Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2016

Thank you so much for the positive comments. I look forward to sharing them with the staff. Wishing you great success as you continue your genealogy searches!

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Reviewed 8 September 2016

We have visited so many history / Civil War sites in the area, that I was expecting this to be a rerun of previously seen exhibits. In one way it was - the lighted map of Jackson's Valley Campaign had been at the Harrisonburg Visitor...More

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Executive D, General Manager at The Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

What a terrific surprise to have your glowing review pop up! Thank you so much for visiting The Heritage Museum and taking the time to share your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back next year with your grandchildren. New activities for kids are...More

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