History, Heritage and a Foodies Delight
The Harrisonburg Downtown Walking Tour is a self-guided tour that consists of twenty historical buildings. The tour starts at the Hardesty-Higgins House, home to Harrisonburg's first mayor Isaac Hardesty. Complimentary commemorative maps are provided here for this tour. While inside the Hardesty-Higgins House, pop in the Rocktown Gift Shoppe for Virginia’s finest products, including Civil War memorabilia.
As you start the tour you will realize that many local flavors are offered downtown. If you've just finished at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, cross N. Main Street following the tour and go two blocks north towards the Local Chop & Grill Restaurant. The City Produce Exchange building, where Chop & Grill is located, dates back to 1911. The Local Chop & Grill serves fresh, hand-selected, local and seasonal foods. If you are looking for a quicker dining experience, walk two blocks down to Union Station Restaurant & Bar, also located in a historic downtown building. Union Station offers a wide selection of food that will be sure to please everyone.
The Rockingham County Court House is the center of downtown - you won't miss it. Many shops and restaurants encompass the Court House, so be sure to take a look around and explore. A few stops and you are at Dave’s Downtown Taverna. This building was created in the 1870’s and is now occupied by Dave’s Downtown Taverna, a Greek- and American-inspired restaurant. If you are hungry or looking for a quick bite, this is the place to go! During the warmer months the outdoor rooftop patio, or "taratsa" as it is called, is open and provides customers with a relaxing atmosphere.
The last few stops on the tour include the Smith House, the Municipal Building and the Joshua Wilton House. The Joshua Wilton House dates back to 1888 and is today an Inn and Restaurant. The Joshua Wilton House is the epitome of farm-to-plate dining in Harrisonburg. This top-notch restaurant is said to be one of the best restaurants in Virginia. The last stop on your tour is St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ.