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“A little bit history”

The Heritage Museum
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Dayton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Heritage Museum, home of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, offers excellent exhibits depicting the rich history of the Rockingham County and Harrisonburg area; an electric map highlighting Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign of 1862; a distinctive Shenandoah Valley folk art collection; an extensive genealogy library with guides to assist your research; and a bookstore and gift shop with a unique selection including local interest, Civil War history, and family research. The neighboring Cromer-Trumbo House historic home is filled with the early 20th-century household items, toys, and decorative arts of the Mary Spitzer Etter Collection.
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

This was a great historical find. There's an educational video with interactive map on some of the Civil War battles led by Stonewall Jackson. Nicely done. It included a small self-guided museum honoring some of the area veterans. The second floor has a genealogical library for local family research. It was very well organized. The people alone made it worth the visit. From this location one can also take a walking tour of many historic buildings. Unfortunately we did not have time for it. Pictures are of the main room.

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

The Heritage museum is a must see if you want to learn about the Shenandoah Valley history and local family Genology.It is the sight of the worlds only Electric map of Stonewall Jackson's famous Valley Campaine and well woth the stop. See some one of a kind items as you tour the Mesuem. This really is a best kept secret place.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

My husband and I visited The Heritage Museum where we were warmly welcomed and shown were we could start our visit and where to proceed afterwards. We were amazed at the size of the museum because it just looks like a house from the outside. There were some interactive displays and many artifacts depicting the history of the Shenandoah area. I liked the personal stories of people who had lived during the civil war time.
The woman who gave us directions came to get us so that we could visit a restored
home in back of the museum. The two pleasant volunteers were eager to tell us of the history of the home,
This was a well spent hour and a half.

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Executive D, Manager at The Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Thank you for taking the time to discover The Heritage Museum . . . and to share your happy experience. It will be my pleasure to share your comments with our dedicated volunteers!

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

This interesting museum in the small town of Dayton VA just outside of Harrisonburg VA is well worth the visit. The films and exhibits which change periodically will introduce (or remind) you of the area's heritage starting from its beginnings right through present times. There is an emphasis on the area during the civil war where some surprising facts are displayed. An example: Lincoln's grandparents and father were natives of this area. The museum has large rooms displaying local arts and crafts and memorabilia. History buffs as well as those interested in tracing their roots in the Valley won't be disappointed in this hidden gem. Today's docent, who is a long time resident, was gracious and generous with her time. Do stop here and enjoy.

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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

I was absolutely blown away by the extensive historic exhibits of this small, local museum. The electronic map, depicting the pivotal 1862 Valley Campaign of Stonewall Jackson, is by itself worth a visit. It is extremely well done and should be a MUST visit for all Civil War enthusiasts. I went specifically for the map and was as impressed with all the other historic exhibits offered. We ran out of time and were unable to do justice to everything. We are planning a return visit to concentrate solely on the exhibits other than the map and then plan on exploring the quaint town of Dayton. It would appear that one could spend an entire afternoon here.

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Executive D, General Manager at The Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm! We are thrilled to exceed your expectations and look forward to sharing more stories when you return. And yes, it's easy to fill your day in Dayton. Happy exploring!

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