Rocktown History
Rocktown History
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Rocktown History's museum invites you to discover the people and moments that influenced life in the Shenandoah Valley today. Connect to creativity through local folk art, crafts, and trades. Let the stories of frontier, school, work, war, and play inspire your own journey through time. The Research Library and Archive collections provide extensive resources for local history and family research. Affiliations with Family Search, Ancestry, and Fold3 allow you to explore your ancestor, even if your roots were not planted in the area. As the Historic Dayton Welcome Center, we welcome your questions about visiting the beautiful heart of the Shenandoah Valley.
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Evan K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
A great resource. Rocktown History has an excellent and well-kept museum, with historical interpretation that is up to date and well-curated. The genealogy library and the staff are a wealth of information. The community events are fun and informative. I have never visited RH and not come away with something new. The Thursday Evening lectures are scholarly and cutting-edge. The rotating exhibits are always interesting and the grounds are pleasant and welcoming.
Written June 29, 2023
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803sandy
Pennsylvania242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
More to see than is evident from the street. Well worth the visit to see professional look styling of educational exhibits. Something for everyone. Local history. Shenandoah history. Civil War history. Of special interest is the house behind with period rooms and furnishings. Very interesting.
Written August 29, 2021
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bu67
Wharton, TX699 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
A friend took my wife and me to The Heritage Museum during our visit to the Shenandoah Valley. All I can say is WOW! It is a fascinating look at the history of the valley. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to see everything before the museum closed at 5pm. We will return!
Written August 17, 2019
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Your review puts a skip in our step! Thank you for sharing your experience. And special thanks to your most excellent tour guide friend! Returning is always a good idea because the exhibitions change to tell more stories.
Written August 21, 2019
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gwhitehair
Abilene, KS4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
We were amazed at how wonderful the museum displayed the history of Rockingham County. The interactive map and audio displaying and telling the story of Stonewall Jackson's defense of the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War was so interesting. For such a small museum they have done a wonderfully creative job of their displays. We then went to the 3rd floor to see if we could find anything on some of our ancestors who lived in the area. Everyone was so friendly and helpful! We were able to locate some great information and copies of important documentation. Thanks and kudos to all the Volunteers and the Curator of this gem of a historical museum!
Written April 29, 2017
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You make our Monday morning smile! Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and that you were able to take advantage of all of our resources. Best wishes for happy travels and successful searching!
Written May 1, 2017
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Jack L
East Syracuse, NY791 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
While the Shenandoah Museum is large spanning north & south of the valley, this museum is more local communities such as Harrisburg, Dayton, Rockingham and Bridgewater. However small doesn't mean a visit isn't in the cards, for the area exhibits are very detailed, varied & unexpected.

A visit starts in a small theater with a 17-18 minute video with Confederate Gen. Thomas Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign demonstrated with a lighted map of the valley-red for the south & blue for the union forces advancing & retreating-showing all tons/villages where battles were fought.

The main museum is located on a lower level with lighting that comes on as a visitor advances into the room. A visitor will first encounter union general Philip Sheridan's thirteen days of destroying the Shenandoah Valley's breadbasket, with each day very detailed.

This leads to the Shenandoah Valley Folk Art Collection that includes stoneware,the Invincible History Spirit of the Shenandoah from 14,000 BC to 1600 AD, Early Valley Life, German floor plans & an excellent exhibit of pottery, a replica furnace pottery maker & textiles.

Other exhibits are an 1820's school room, newspaper & printing press, public school integration, higher education & the Shenandoah Central Railroad. One exhibit to view is the Allan Litter of the Valley Observer that includes twenty three photos of historic events of nearby Harrisburg.

My visit probably lasted a hour & half, which included the theater, photography & much reading. With lights coming on intl each new section excellent light for photography. Restrooms are located just a short distance from the stairs leading to the lower museum.

The woman-didn't get her name-who greeted my arrival was very helpful, able to answer all my questions & friendly. Admission is $8.00 & $9.00 with a senior getting the lower rate. Parking is a small/medium gravel lot. Only two other visitors during my visit.

If a person has an interest of what life was like from the early 1800's up to the 1920's/30's in rural mid-Virginia off I-81, this museum will not disappoint. As some reviewers have used the word "GEM", the museum is al that. The museum is located 10-12 minutes-by GPS-from I-81.

A visit for any length of time is recommended.
Written January 18, 2020
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How generous of you to spend so much time on your response! Thank you, thank you for sharing your remarks. Two quick notes: (1) the Litten Exhibit was part of the changing exhibition schedule. Currently, The Strickler Collection: To Preserve A Community is on view. (2) Admission prices for the Museum are $8 adults, $7 seniors, students & children free. Best wishes for many more enjoyable travel adventures!
Written January 20, 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
Worth a visit when you are in the area. Interesting displays. Extremely helpful and friendly staff. Excellent local resource.
Written September 6, 2019
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So happy that you enjoyed your visit! The staff and volunteers love to help and will certainly appreciate your review. Thank you!
Written September 13, 2019
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lilithanne
PA70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This was a fabulous museum and should be a must-see for everyone. We learned so much info about the Shenandoah Valley, the people who lived there, and how it was affected by the Civil War. There are plenty of exhibits and story boards explaining them. I was pleased with the quality and depth of the exhibits. When we first walked in I thought we'd spend about 45 minutes but we stayed at least two hours, until they were ready to close.

This museum definitely deserves 5 stars and I recommend it as a "don't miss" for tourists.
Written August 30, 2019
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You are a gem to share such a generous review! So glad you enjoyed learning about the Shenandoah Valley. We love to share the stories! Thank you, thank you.
Written September 13, 2019
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Judy L
Cookeville, TN1,168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
I am sharing from their website because it states it wonderfully. This presentation will acquaint one with the roads, battlefields, towns and mountains that were instrumental in the critical battles of the Shenandoah Valley campaign. We loved our stay in Harrisonburg and enjoyed every mile around it. Thank you. :)
Written May 20, 2017
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Written May 22, 2017
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Uncle_Snugs
Louisville, KY26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
When we entered, we were greeted by a beautiful and kind lady who asked us where we were from, how our visit was going & if we'd been there before. She then set us up to explore the museum as she set out to ask the historian about a question we had. There's much history not only in the Valley but also in Dayton & the county. I did know Abe Lincoln's family was from the area & his cousin saved Dayton from being burned by the Northern Army. So much to learn about this area. It's nice to see so much history and artifacts in one place. Very nice!
Written April 24, 2017
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It's true! There is wonderful history to discover in Harrisonburg & Rockingham. We can't tell all of the stories at once, so please come back for a visit. Thank you for your positive review. It will be a pleasure to share your comments with the staff. Happy trails!
Written April 25, 2017
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Steven W
Washington DC, DC347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
I saw a brochure for this museum when I stayed at the Stonewall Jackson Inn in nearby Harrisonburg. What intrigued me was their electric map depicting Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign. The map gives a good overview of the campaign and gives visitors a good visual idea of the vastness of the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding area. There is also a museum dedicated to local history, the Civil War being only one small part of Rockingham County's story. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln's cousins lived in this area during the war? Rockingham is the Turkey capital of the world! It also tells the story of small town America. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They are a great resource on local genealogy, even if you are not from the area.
Written November 30, 2016
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Thank you for taking the time to share your review. It is true that there are a lot of history stories in the galleries - and certainly many more to tell! Do come back to see what's new! Best wishes for happy travels.
Written December 2, 2016
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