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About Harrisonburg, Virginia

Harrisonburg is a city situated in the state of Virginia, to the west side of it. It sits right on the historical Shenandoah Valley and currently, it is the county seat of the Rockingham County and has always been. This area is an independent city; same situation goes with most cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It belongs to the Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area and among all cities and counties in this part of the state, Harrisburg is the principal one. Known formerly as Rocktown, a new name was assigned for it by an English settler who had a son named Thomas Harrison. The Downtown Area is considered to be the center of history in the city, or known by the locals as the Historic Downtown Harrisburg. In fact, it was recognized as one of the National Register of Historic Places in the United States. Harrison donated the sections of this area for a courthouse to be built. Its historic portions are the Virginia Main Street Community and the adjacent Old Town area. Newtown was put up by the Black slaves who were freed from slavery around the Valley, and when the city was declared to be independent, it extended its territory in this place. Unfortunately, most members of the Black Community were forced to move out by the government in the 1950s and the land was sold for commercial purposes later on. Some of the top local attractions in Harrisburg are the Endless Caverns, the Miller Kite House, and the Edith Carrier Arboretum.

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Harrisonburg Facts

  • Population Total: 48914
  • Square Miles: 17.2
  • Area Code: 540
  • Elevation: 1325
  • Postal Codes: 22801-22803, 22807
  • Timezone: EST
  • Website: http://www.harrisonburgva.gov