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Local Communities in Harrisonburg & Rockingham County


Bridgewater is a friendly town of roughly 5,500 residents in the Shenandoah Valley, nestled along the banks of North River and Dry River, and is home to several popular parks, a variety of locally-owned businesses, and a myriad of restaurants and shops. There are always fun things to do in Bridgewater, including summer lawn parties and carnivals, ice skating, farmers market, parades, evening concerts at the park, baseball games, fireworks shows, yard sales, and more.
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The Town of Broadway boasts a population of about 3,200 residents and is located approximately 12 miles north of Harrisonburg along Route 42. This highway turns into Main Street within town limits. Broadway offers something for everyone, and provides many amenities -- a grocery store, greenhouses, banks, a farmers market, fun shops, lumber yards, and more -- so a trip to Harrisonburg isn't always necessary. Enjoy the small town life while still being within close proximity to anything you need!
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Dayton is a small town with a population of about 1,200, located between Bridgewater and Harrisonburg on Route 42. If you ever want to live “where everyone knows your name,” Dayton is it… in a good way! Local folks head to Dayton for many things: the Dayton Market, Silver Lake Mill, Thomas House Restaurant, history and museums, shopping, fun events, and more.
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Elkton is a town on Route 33, about 15 minutes east of Harrisonburg, situated between Massanutten Peak and Skyline Drive, and is home to approximately 3,000 residents. With such corporations as Merck and Coors Brewing Company, and being situated on the intersection of Route 340 and Route 33, along with the new East Rockingham High School and River Bend Elementary School, Elkton boasts much progress and growth.
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The Town of Grottoes, located 20 minutes southeast of Harrisonburg, is full of rich history and dates back to about 1735 when the first settlers came to the area because of a grant of 60,000 acres on the Shenandoah River. Now with a population of about 2,000 and newer amenities -- a Food Lion, locally-owned restaurants and shops, and a popular park complete with ball fields -- Grottoes has a lot to offer. The main attraction in Grottoes, though, is Grand Caverns -- America's oldest show cave.
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Harrisonburg is Rockingham's County seat, with a population of about 44,000 residents. A festive and exciting culture thrives in Harrisonburg -- especially in the Downtown area -- with a plethora of fun events, the farmers market in Turner Pavilion, a focus on healthy living, and an eco-conscious community. The landscape of Harrisonburg is a lovely rolling terrain with several neighborhoods featuring outstanding views of Massanutten Peak and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Keezletown boasts charm, rolling countryside, and some fabulous, peaceful views. Located just outside of Harrisonburg city limits to the northeast, you'll experience a small town feel within minutes of city amenities. Keezletown features not only a quaint atmosphere and cute houses, but also Packsaddle Ridge Golf Course, Redeemer Classical School, and Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm, among others. Take a break from the city and enjoy a relaxing drive through the curvy, hilly roads of this holler.
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Massanutten Resort is a four-season resort located between Harrisonburg and Skyline Drive with amenities such as golf, a spa, indoor water park, snow skiing and tubing, tennis, a zip line, mountain biking, river adventures, and much more. Residents of Massanutten get to use the facilities set apart for home owners, including four tennis courts (all lighted), an outdoor heated swimming pool, two playgrounds, a park with picnic shelters, a ballfield, reserved parking at the ski area, and more.
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McGaheysville is located just a couple miles east of Harrisonburg on Route 33 and is situated at the base of Massanutten. It is not an incorporated town -- though it does have its own post office -- but it is a very desirable area and has grown immensely in the past decade because of its easy access to Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Massanutten, and Skyline Drive.
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Port Republic

Port Republic is best known for its stamp on Civil War history, which includes the Battle of Port Republic. A museum resides in this small town -- which really isn't a town -- that is filled with anecdotes from and about the past. Port Republic is located on Port Republic Road (of course) about 10 minutes east of Harrisonburg, and just north of Grottoes. It boasts a friendly atmosphere and charming appearance, nestled amongst the banks of the Shenandoah River.
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