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Central and Western Virginia Travel Guide

Harrisonburg

Settled in 1739, Harrisonburg is a stronghold of Mennonites, spotted around town driving horse-drawn buggies. The 10-block historic downtown, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as one of Virginia's Historic Landmarks, was recognized as a Preserve America Community for its revitalization efforts. It contains locally-owned restaurants, shops, and galleries, as well as

several museums. The Harrisonburg Farmer's Market is also held in this district. The city is also a center of higher education, with James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite College in town and Bridgewater College nearby.

The Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center, located in an 1848 Georgian Greek revival on South Main Street is the center of the historic district and home to the visitor center.

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