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We are home to the most extensive Genealogy Library and History Museum in the Shenandoah Valley.

Rocktown History partners with generations past, present, and future to collect, preserve, and share the tapestry of local history stories through museum exhibits, library resources, history publications, student activities, and more.


Join Us for May’s Third Thursday Talk – May 19, 7pm

In the late 1970s and early ’80s, The Elbow Room and its sister venue, The Other Place, opened the gateway in Harrisonburg to quality, nationally-recognized music acts, primarily blues. These venues became legendary on the touring circuit known as “From Boston to Austin” and became much desired by musicians who found the management and the audience enthusiastic for their fine music.

Visit Us

382 High Street
Dayton, VA 22821

Admission Prices

Adults $8
Senior $7
Students & Youth FREE
Groups (10+) $7 each


Tuesday – Saturday
10 am – 4 pm

Library Research appointments are encouraged. Please contact us to schedule.

Explore Featured Exhibitions

What Catches Your Eye?

Pottery Jar (01.15.06), c1835, attributed to Andrew Coffman.
Acme Egg Grading Scale (01.15.08), pnted 1924.
Child’s Chair (01.15.05), c1845, adapted for use on wagon.
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