The guided walking tours and carriage rides have already begun for the summer season in downtown Harrisonburg. Their popularity appears to be closely linked with the increase in tourism and the popularity of the downtown Farmers Market. Last year, Harrisonburg Tourism and Visitor Services logged an average of 3,000 tourists per month who came into the Visitor Services location in the Hardesty-Higgins House. These individuals along with local history enthusiast make up a large portion of tour attendees.
To offer a wide variety of guided tours, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance teamed up with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, Harrisonburg Tourism and Visitor Services, and Classic Carriage, owned by Terry Burkhalter. “We hoped that by offering more tours on different days, with different topics, that tourists as well as local residents could enjoy them”, says Eddie Bumbaugh, Executive Director of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.
Since its inception in 2007 the tour series has been supported by James McHone Jewelry and the Darrin-McHone Charitable Foundation. They continue to support this year in honor of Mr. and Mrs. RH Strickler.
Tour dates, times and topics are listed on Harrisonburg Tourism’s website.