Last month on September 25 the Civil War Orientation Center opened after an impressive ceremony and ribbon cutting at the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center.
Perhaps surprisingly to some, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is a treasure trove of Civil War history. A number of significant battles and events occurred within our borders, and many are memorialized with historical markers, trails, museums, living history events, and even battle re-creations. The Orientation Center is ground zero for visitors and residents wishing to explore the Valley’s role in the War Between the States. Begin by watching the documentary that’s screened for free in the center, spend some time reading the museum panels lining the walls, and finally, pick up some of the free brochures — your personal road map to the Civil War bounty awaiting your discovery.
The Civil War Orientation Center was made possible thanks to a partnership between the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation and Harrisonburg Tourism. An average of 5,000 people visit the Harrisonburg Visitor Center monthly, and with the addition of the Orientation Center and upcoming sesquicentennial* of the Civil War observed from 2011 to 2015, it is anticipated that more people will visit. We invite you to stop by the Orientation Center and become familiar with our local Civil War history.
*sesquicentennial = 150th year anniversary