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Harrisonburg is in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It's home to about 50,000 people, and it's the county seat of Rockingham County. Harrisonburg, VA, has an area of almost 18 square miles, and there are two universities: Eastern Mennonite University and James Madison University.

History

Named for Thomas Harrison, Harrisonburg became a city in 1779. In 1737, Mr. Harrison settled in the area and acquired 12,000 acres of land. In 1779, he donated 2.5 acres on which to build a courthouse. The following year he donated an additional 50 acres which eventually became Historic Downtown Harrisonburg. In 1865, the free slaves of Shenandoah Valley settled in the neighboring town of Newton, which became part of Harrisonburg in 1892. In the 1950s, city government decided to use federal redevelopment funds for urban renewal, bulldozing the Newton neighborhood and forcing African Americans to move elsewhere.

Demographics

Because Harrisonburg is a college town, it has a large student population. Over 40 percent of residents are between 18 and 24 years old, while almost 60 percent of the households are non-families, singles or students. The median age is 23 years old, and the median household income is about $30,000. Because many residents are students working part-time, over 30 percent of the population is below the poverty line.

Historic Downtown Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg's downtown area was named a historic district and added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 2004. In 2007, the nearby Old Town residential area was also granted historic district status. A few older buildings, including the Hardesty-Higgins House and the City Exchange, were restored for new use.

Hardesty-Higgins House

This historic structure was originally the home of Isaac Hardesty, Harrisonburg's first mayor. Mr. Hardesty became mayor in 1849 when the town was incorporated. Construction of the Hardesty-Higgins House had begun in 1848 by Henry Higgins and was completed in 1853 by Mr. Hardesty. His Colonial Revival house was renovated in 2005 and is now used as a Visitor's Center.

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

This wooded sanctuary is a preserve for native plants and a center for botanical study. It's part of James Madison University but, as an urban garden, is open to the public. The Carrier Arboretum features forest walking trails, gardens, lectures and classes.

John C. Wells Planetarium

Visitors can learn about comets, black holes, ice worlds and more at the planetarium. The John C. Wells Planetarium building was renovated in 2007 and now boasts a high-tech art hybrid projection system where guests can experience total immersion in outer space.

Virginia Quilt Museum

Established in 1995, The Quilt Museum celebrates the quilting history of the Shenandoah Valley. Exhibits include almost 300 quilts, and the gift shop offers local arts and crafts.

Harrisonburg International Festival

The Harrisonburg International Festival features food, music, art, dancing and fashion from around the world. Highlights include an international parade and a dog show.

Climate

Harrisonburg has summer highs in the 80s and winter lows in the 20s. Ductless HVAC is well-suited to this climate, especially for homeowners who want greater control over indoor comfort. High-efficiency Mitsubishi Electric Ductless Air Conditioners can lower energy costs significantly. A ductless heat pump in Harrisonburg gives you control over which rooms you heat or cool. To learn how you can save up to $300 on installation costs with federal tax credits, find a Harrisonburg, VA Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor in your area at http://virginiaacdealers.com.