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Permanent Galleries

Invincible Spirit: History in the Heart of the Shenandoah


“Invincible Spirit: History in the Heart of the Shenandoah ” tells the history of Rockingham County and Harrisonburg from pre-Columbus times to the recent past. Here, you can learn which Native American groups moved and lived along the Valley, understand the local impact of our…Read more

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The Cromer-Trumbo House


The Cromer-Trumbo House is the largest artifact in the Historical Society collection. The historic home was gifted to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society by the estate of Shannon Trumbo. Trumbo’s grandmother Sarah Cromer purchased the home in 1889, and Shannon enjoyed growing up in Dayton. Adjacent…Read more

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Folk Art


This distinctive collection carefully weaves a story that spans more than two centuries and focuses on folk art from this cultural region of the Shenandoah Valley. Included are examples of textiles, ceramics, painted surfaces, wood, and metals.
The traditional arts reflect the ethnic and…Read more

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Electric Map


Illuminating the Valley Campaign of General Stonewall Jackson during 1862.
The Electric Map is a vertical 14-foot relief map of the Shenandoah Valley stretching 150 miles from the Pennsylvania line to Staunton, Virginia. More than 300 LED lights indicate troop movements as an…Read more

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The Burning


Of all the fertile valleys in 19th century America, none was more important than the Shenandoah Valley. The rich farmlands yielded healthy crops and livestock to nurture the Confederate Army. The geography of the valley provided protection during the war years. In the fall of…Read more

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