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Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center

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Address: 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-8429
Phone Number: (540) 438-1275
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I love bringing my kindergarten class here. They keep the children engaged with hands-on interaction.While carding wool or churning ice cream, shaking cream into butter or washing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Sharon K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love bringing my kindergarten class here. They keep the children engaged with hands-on interaction.While carding wool or churning ice cream, shaking cream into butter or washing clothes on a washboard children learn about life on a farm long ago. I would highly recommend it for a family outing or a class field trip. It is enjoyable for young and... More 

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Thank Sharon K
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

I'm glad we visited the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. The tour was educational and our tour guide made it interesting for all of us (ages 7 to 70). I was curious to learn more about the Brethren-Mennonite community and our guide answered our questions very well. I'll gladly visit again as the buildings and grounds are being refurbished.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

They are refurbishing the house and a cabin on the grounds, but even so, you'll get a good sense of what living in the Valley was like at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This will be of greater interest to those who have ancestor/family ties to COB and Mennonite communities.

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Cockeysville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

It was a little difficult to follow the directions to get there and I almost gave up but I found it. Saw a video about the Mennonite belief system, really wanted a copy of the break-down of the Mennonite sects and brethren groups but it was only in a display. Saw a house, schoolhouse, artifacts and got some good explanations... More 

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2 Thank Joyce19561111
Valdosta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Very informative exhibits, videos and interpreters. The gift shop had authentic items available for very reasonable prices.

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CrossRoadsHC, General Manager at Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your visit! We are glad you enjoyed your tour and the gift shop! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

Very attentive tour guide and a nice collection of historical and religious buildings and artifacts. Clearly a well-loved and carefully cared for place, we especially enjoyed the log cabin which is in progress.

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Manchester, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

The history of Brethren and Mennonites in the Shenandoah Valley is well preserved here. Interesting history committed to show accurate history as these two groups held fast to their convictions. Donations accepted.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My husband & I have always been curious about the Mennonite & Brethern church communities. The history shared was very enlightening! We learned so much!

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1 Thank hortonfmly
Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This was the third year our family has visited the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center for the Christmas Candlelight Tour. Each year has been a little different, but it always includes a look back into the past. This year there were actors at each building on the tour, singing, and story telling. You do need to make a reservation to get... More 

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Rock Hill, SC
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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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