JMU Students Lead Downtown Tour of Historical Proportions

Free Guided Tour Offered to the Community by JMU Students

A group of JMU history students will offer a free public history tour in downtown Harrisonburg on May 2, 2009 at 10:00AM. A small, dedicated group of JMU history students in Dr. Kevin Borg’s Public History Workshop have been working to recapture the industry and business in the Harrisonburg community during the late 19th and early 20th century.

All members community members, especially those interested in the history of Harrisonburg, are invited to join the student-guided public tour on Saturday May 2, starting at 10:00AM. The bus will meet attendees in the parking lot behind the Hardesty-Higgins House, 212 S. Main Street. They will escort attendees in a 29-passenger JMU shuttle bus to various downtown sites and points of interest. Topics will include the growth of Harrisonburg from the late 19th through early 20th century, a history of the Bradley iron foundry, the influence of railroads on Harrisonburg, a tale of the distilling and prohibition of alcohol, the story of a cobbler who gave up his trade to become a farmer, a story of high fashion and female entrepreneur, and a history of the hotels that supported Court Days before the age of the automobile.

This tour is free and open to the public, but seating on the shuttle bus is limited. So please RSVP via email or phone to Dr. Kevin Borg ,, 568-5761 as early as possible to reserve your seat.


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