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Harrisonburg, VA: Here We Come!

August 24, 2016

Harrisonburg, Virginia Field Trip

October 14-16, 2016

On Friday, October 14th, 2016, the Jonesborough Genealogical Society will embark on a field trip to Harrisonburg, Virginia to connect and research German ancestry of the region. At 5 pm, participants will meet at the Washington County-Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, TN, to leave for Harrisonburg, Virginia. We will stop for supper along the way, and reach the Microtel by Wyndham Hotel, 85 Pleasant Valley Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, about 10 pm.

On Saturday, October 15th, 2016, participants will have breakfast at the hotel at 8 am, and leave the hotel by 9 am for the Heritage Center,Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, 382 High Street, Dayton, VA (open 10 am to 5 pm)

A place for research, photocopying of marriage, death records, and wills.  Lots of genealogy books and more!

Participants will leave the Heritage Center at 1 pm for the Dayton’s Farmer’s Market, 3105 John Wayland Highway, Dayton, VA 22821, to grab lunch and do a little shopping. The Dayton Farmers Market is a good place to spend time.  There are old older Mennonite families in the area, and often there is horse and buggies or wagons at the Market. One place to eat is Hank’s at Dayton (a Barbeque Stand). Another eating-place is The Pretzel Shop.

After some shopping and a bite to eat, participants will leave the Farmer’s Market at 2 pm and head to the Massanutten Regional Library, 174 S Main St, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801, and arrive at 2:15 pm. Participants can research at this library until 4 pm. They have a good selection of genealogy books.

After finishing research, participants will get a chance to see an adaptive reuse preservation site called the Union Station Restaurant and Bar, 128 West Market Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. The Union Station Restaurant and Bar is the original site of the 1911 Union Station depot, serving the B&O Railroad line. In 1944, the Wetsel Seed Company bought Union Station and the property that it resided on for $20,000. In the 1950s, the depot was demolished and the Wetsel Seed Company Building replaced it. In 2008, this building was purchased and transformed into a restaurant. (Menu a little pricey so please bring money to purchase what you would like to have.)

After supper, participants will head back to the hotel for the night.

On Sunday, October 16th, 2016, participants will have breakfast at the hotel again at 8 am, and check out of the hotel by 9 am. Members will meet up with Pat Ritchie with the Rockingham County, VA Historical Society for a tour of Harrisonburg, VA. Lunch site will be determined. In addition, supper will be on our way back home.


Microtel by Wyndham Hotel, 85 Pleasant Valley Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801:

Hotel Cost for Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th (1 Queen Bed per Room) (1 to 2 people) as well as Continental Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Free Continental Breakfast includes a choice of fresh muffins, Danish pastries, granola bars or bagels with cream cheese, jam, or peanut butter, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, cocoa and your choice of juice.)

$139 per night ($311.18 including tax for both nights)

Cost of Meals (excluding Breakfast on Saturday morning and Sunday morning) (i.e. Suppers on road (Friday Night and Sunday Night) and Supper at Union Station Restaurant and Bar on Saturday night. Lunch on Saturday at the Dayton’s Farmer’s Market, 3105 John Wayland Highway, Dayton, VA 22821, and Lunch on Sunday (during tour)).  


Costs of Souvenirs and copies at local research facilities


***Please let Chad Bailey, at, know if you are planning on going ASAP. Please pay Charlene McLeod hotel cost by Saturday, September 24, 2016. Space is limited…


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