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Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center

Address: 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone Number: (540) 438-1275
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Harrisonburg
Type: Museums, Cultural
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Type: Museums, Cultural

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Rock Hill, SC
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The museum gives background information on the religious convictions which led many Valley residents to espouse non-violence in the Civil War, and they paid a heavy price in property and sometimes their lives - oppressed by both Rebel and Union forces. We came away with profound respect and deep sadness.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Do you have out of state visitors and are looking for something to do locally? This is an interesting place to bring them, showing life in an earlier, simpler time, and tying in how religion shaped the life of earlier Valley settlers from the Brethren and Mennonite traditions. During open hours, volunteer docents offer a guided tour. On fall and... More 

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Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I would first like to thank Don and Jean our tour guides, they made us feel quite comfortable. We started our tour off with a very informative video and then Don took us on a tour of the buildings, I had recently broke my ankle and was wearing a boot so he was so kind to allow us to drive... More 

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Though I've visited about 3-4 times, each visit adds to my knowledge and strengthens my appreciation of the heritage of the Brethren-Mennonite community that is so well founded in the Shenandoah Valley. It's easy to reach and takes just a few minutes to bring you to appreciate this heritage.

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East Amherst, New York
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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

If you have any interest in the development of religious freedom in the Shenandoah Valley, this center is worth your time. Friendly docents answer any questions. Tours of old structures reveal a simple life . Will give new appreciation of cooperation of religious groups

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CrossRoadsHC, Executive Director at Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by today. We are glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Harrisonburg, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This museum complex focuses on Brethren, Dunkard, Mennonite settlers in Rockingham County, Virginia. They have several special events throughout the year. That is the time to visit.

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Fremont, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

Don & Jane were the volunteer guides for the heritage center on the day we visited. They were most friendly and took the time to give us the tour and show us a video. Interesting history of Mennonites and Brethren in the Shenandoah Valley. My family was rather touched by their hospitality! I hope to revisit the area someday.

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Lithia, FL
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

The guided tour begins with a history of the Mennonite & Brethren people. There is a video. After the video, the guide gives a tour of a reconstructed home, blacksmith shop, and school house. Plan to stay at least an hour. There is no fee, but they ask for a donation.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

We found this very informative. It tells about the experiences of the Brethren and Mennonites in the Shenandoah Valley during the War Between the States.

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