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Catalog Number HRHS-175
Collection City of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Collection
Object Name Collection
Harrisonburg, previously known as "Rocktown", was named for Thomas Harrison, a son of English settlers. In 1737, Harrison settled in the Shenandoah Valley, eventually laying claim to over 12,000 acres situated at the intersection of the Spotswood Trail and the main Native American road through the valley.

Rockingham County was established in 1778 from Augusta County. Harrisonburg was named as the county seat and incorporated as a town in 1780. Harrisonburg was incorporated as a city in 1916 and separated from Rockingham County, but it remains the county seat.
In 1779, Harrison deeded 2.5 acres of his land to the "public good" for the construction of a courthouse. In 1780, Harrison deeded an additional 50 acres which is the area now known as "Historic Downtown Harrisonburg."

This collection consists of publications, correspondence, programs, statements, etc. relating to the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg and Harrisonburg-Rockingham:
Folder 1:
-Typed proceedings of a Harrisonburg Town Meeting in regard to the death of James A. Garfield, President of the United States, 1881
-Facts and Figures, Scenes and Views publication by The Rockingham National Bank, early 1900's
-Harrisonburg, Center of the Shenandoah Valley, published by the Chamber of Commerce, early 1900's
-Harrisonburg, 1798-1908, by the Men's Organ Committee of the Presbyterian Church, 1908 (2 copies) (Donated by Jean F. Wine)
-Postcards of Harrisonburg landmarks, c. early 1900's: Post Office; Kavanaugh Hotel; State Normal School; Bird's-eye View of Harrisonburg; Union Station; Main Street Looking South; Rockingham Memorial Hospital; Court House (donated by Judith Snider)
-Harrisonburg, Virginia, In the Heart of the Shenandoah Valley, compliments of the Harrisonburg Chamber of Commerce, 1923 (donated by Judith Snider)
-City of Harrisonburg, Virginia, An Ordinance Regulating Traffic Movement, 1923
-Annual meeting of the Chamber of Commerce, 1927
-Harrisonburg Virginia, A General Industrial Survey, issued by The Chamber of Commerce, 1926
-Industrial Survey of Harrisonburg, 1928
Folder 2:
-Annual Report of the Department of Police of the City of Harrisonburg, Va., 1934
-Report on Finances, Harrisonburg, VA, 1938
-1939 Inventory of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce (Donated by Berlin & Mildred Wittig)
-Official seal of Harrisonburg, issued by Joseph Ney's, 1949
-Some Facts and Figures You Should Know Concerning Harrisonburg & Rockingham County, VA, 1950
-Comprehensive Plan, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1966
-Directory of Social Resources, 1970-1971
-Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Today, published by League of Women Voters, 1971
Folder 3:
-Harrisonburg Parking Study, 1973 (Donated by David A. Jackson, Jr.)
-Sixtieth Anniversary, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, 1975
-Harrisonburg Illustrations by Austin Loewner, c.1970's
Folder 4:
-Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Virginia, c.1970's
-City of Harrisonburg, Employees Handbook, 1974 (donated by Dora Fechtmann)
-Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1780 Bicentennial 1980, program
-A Homes Tour Commemorating the Bicentennial of Harrisonburg, VA, 1980
-Journey Into the Past: Historic Harrisonburg, by Martha B. Caldwell & Caroline T. Marshall, c.1980
-Harrisonburg, The Transformation of a City, by the Harrisonburg Bicentennial Committee, 1980 (Donated by Jean F. Wine)
-The Town of Harrisonburg, Virginia 1867, by The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, 2008
-Guest cards provided by the Chamber of Commerce, dates unknown
Folder 5: (Maps)
-Maps of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, c.early 1900's
-Your 1978 Rockingham County Map, 1978 (donated by Greg Owen)
-Map of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County by United Virginia Bank, 1979 (donated by Greg Owen)
-Map of the City of Harrisonburg, 1983 (donated by Greg Owen)
-Map of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, by Home-Land Realty, c.1980's (donated by Greg Owen)
-Map, All Roads Lead to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, 1992

Rockingham County:
Folder 6:
-Ledger sheets for the Broadway Land & Improvement Co., 1890-1891
-Invitation to formal opening of the Rockingham County Courthouse, 1897
-Address of speech by Judge John Paul delivered at the Laying of the Corner Stone of the Rockingham County Court House, 1896
Folder 7:
-An Economic and Social Survey of Rockingham County, by the University of Virginia Record Extension Series, 1924
-Rockingham County Geography Supplement, 1924
-Report of Extension Work in Rockingham County, Virginia, 1919-1926
Folder 8:
-Typed letter from the Rockingham County Board of Appraisal Commission concerning the claims of landowners whose lands were being taken for the Shenandoah Nation Park, 1931 (donated by George R. Hedrick)
-Description of Prominent houses in Rockingham County: Bagota, Adam Rader House, Stanley House, Baxter House, Nicholas House, Sites House, Peter Acker House, Isaac Wenger House, Solomon Funk House, Mason House
-The County Officer magazine, October, 1944, featuring Rockingham County, Virginia (donated by Sarah Rees)
-Rockingham magazine, various issues for these years: 1988, 1989, 1992
Folder 9:
-Commemorative Program, 175th Anniversary of Rockingham County, Virginia, 1952 (2)
-Rockingham County 1968, by the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors
-Annual Report of Rockingham County, Virginia, 1972 (Donated by David A. Jackson, Jr.)
-Annual Report of Rockingham County, Virginia, 1973 (Donated by David A. Jackson, Jr.)
-Reflections of Rockingham, The Celebration of the Bicentennial of Rockingham County, Virginia 1778-1978
Folder 10: (Town of Bridgewater)
-Bridging the Waters, Bridgewater 125th Anniversary Association, 1960
-Bridgewater Recreation Commission, financial statements, minutes, 1967 (donated by Greg Owen)
-Town of Bridgewater, c.1970's (Donated by David A. Jackson, Jr.)
-Bridgewater, Sesquicentennial Edition, 1835-1985
-Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Celebration Homes Tour, 1985
-Traffic Ordinance, Town of Bridgewater, 1986 (Donated by David A. Jackson, Jr.)
-Town of Bridgewater, 1988 (donated by Greg Owen)
-Budget, Town of Bridgewater, 1988 (Donated by David A. Jackson, Jr.)
-Addendum to the Preliminary Engineering Report Industrial Storm Drainage Project for the Town of Bridgewater, 1988 (Donated by David A. Jackson, Jr.)
Folder 11: (Towns of Elkton, Dayton, Mt. Crawford, Port Republic)
-Golden Jubilee Elkton, Virginia, 1908-1958, by Ralph K. Babington, Mayor (donated by Roy Baugher)
-A History of the Town of Dayton Virginia, 1962, by Carrie B. Sites and Effie A. Hess, The Dayton Woman's Club (donated by Nancy Brubaker)
-The History of Elkton, 1976, by R. B. Hutton (donated by Jean F. Wine)
-Ordinances for Town of Mt. Crawford, Virginia, 1973
-The Story of Port Republic, c.1970's, by Margie H. Alexander
-All About Dayton, Virginia, 1989-90, Shenandoah Publications (donated by Jean L. Wampler)
-Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, 2011 (Donated by Michael W. Layman)

OV Folder:
Rockingham County: Its Past and Present Illustrated, published by Harrisonburg Daily News, early 1900's (Donated by George R. Hedrick)
-10 Rockingham County Bonds with Manassas Gap Rail Road Company with interest vouchers attached, January 1, 1855

Title City of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Collection