A piece of history
George Washington slept here? Well, not in Harrisonburg as far as we know, but Virginians have shared their home state with good company. Eight U.S. presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson were born in Virginia, and some of their homes are an easy drive from Harrisonburg. So, soak up a little history, enjoy Virginia's beautiful countryside and make a special effort to see James Madison's Montpelier. Yes, we are a little partial.
The Museum of American Frontier Culture in Staunton is about 20 miles south of Harrisonburg. Besides historic restorations of American, English, German and West African farms, the museum hosts a yearly calendar of events including shape note singing and barn dances, among other things. Take a step back in time to hear the great old harmonies and square dance callers.
For scenic wonder and history combined, it's hard to beat Virginia's Natural Bridge. Located in Lexington, Natural Bridge is close enough to campus for a day trip and offers visitors both recreational and educational venues. Have your camera ready!