Because History Matters

What’s Waiting For You At Rocktown History?

Stop in to buy a book, or make a day of it!

Whether you’re just passing through or you’re a regular visitor to our museum and library, a fascinating experience always awaits at Rocktown History. Take some time to enjoy a self-guided tour of the many exhibits, and you will encounter precious objects of days gone by and discover stories of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County that can’t be found elsewhere.

You’ll also want to join us for special events and educational programming like Third Thursday Talks, exhibit openings, and workshops. You’ll learn from insightful and engaging experts on topics related to our rich local history and their relevance to life today.

If your own roots are what you seek, Rocktown History is your research headquarters. We’re home to an extensive genealogy library with access to national ancestry databases. Our knowledgable staff and volunteers are ready to help you, no matter where your roots were planted.

Plus, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to dive deeper into the topics that interest you. The bookstore offers unique history titles and research resources to take home.

Ready in time for holiday giving!

SILVER LAKE: 200 Years of a Shenandoah Valley Mill & Community

By author Cheryl Lyon | Forewords by Penny Imeson and Sam Funkhouser

The treasures of the past are waiting for you at Rocktown History.

Plan your visit today.

Genealogy

Family and Local History Research

Whether or not you are Harrisonburg-Rockingham rooted, experienced staff and volunteers are waiting to help you with your family tree or your topic of historical interest.

Collection Highlights

The collection of objects and ephemera are the primary source for connecting to the stories of the past.

Klingstein Collection

During WWI, a French family nursed soldier Emmanuel Klingstein (1894-1971) during the 1918 influenza outbreak. The family donated letters and photos in 2020.

Fraktur Document

Pennsylvania Germans brought the tradition of recording significant life events on decorated documents to Rockingham Co. Fraktur are valued for artistic and genealogical details.

Toy Automobile

During the Great Depression, the Sharon Corporation produced toy cars at Eastern Mennonite University as a work study program to help students stay enrolled.


Informative place

Museum looks small on the outside but is a bit bigger once you get in. Many informative displays on the Civil War and also some of the other local history.

They also offer lots of brochures about activities in the area. I ended up doing a walking tour of Dayton based on a brochure I found and really enjoyed it.
Michael

Out of the way

A little out of the way but it is very worth it. A lot of unique history text about an hour and a half to look at everything closely and read everything and go through it.

I did not know that Jacob is the great-grandfather of President Abraham Lincoln. The Jacob Lincoln House is located near our place in Broadway, Rockingham County, Virginia.
Mark

Great museum

Will go back on my next genealogy trip to Virginia and I will definitely make an appointment to be able to use the records in the upstairs area.

I would also highly recommend checking out the books in the store. We found a couple of treasures.
Laura