Ask Eddie

Ask Eddie: What major attractions have contributed to downtown’s ongoing revitalization?

Downtown Harrisonburg is extremely fortunate to have many businesses and services that draw people to downtown. The most visible attraction is the dramatic growth in the number of restaurants/eateries and retail specialty shops, now numbering over 25 and 40 respectively. Churches, non-profits, and government agencies also bring a large number of people to downtown.

Other major attractions include the Massanutten Regional Library with over 100,000 visitors annually, the Explore More Discovery Museum with more than 60,000 visitors this year representing over 100 Virginia municipalities and 42 different states, the Harrisonburg Visitor Center with approximately 50,000 visitors from almost every state and many foreign countries, and the Virginia Quilt Museum with approximately 5,000 visitors from a majority of the states and over 20 countries.

All these great businesses and services give people not only many reasons to shop, dine, and visit downtown, but they also add to the quality of life of the people who live and work in or near downtown.

Eddie Bumbaugh is the Executive Director for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

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