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Harrisonburg City

The History of Harrisonburg

Founded in 1779 on the 2.5 acres Thomas Harrison deeded in his passing, Harrisonburg was established in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.Although Harrisonburg seems tucked away it has always been a prime location.  Harrisonburg had humble beginnings, but war came quickly due to its strategic placement for trade along Valley Pike.  During the Civil War, Harrisonburg was in a critical position both Union and Confederate troops were passing through in great numbers. The courthouse (known today as Court Square) was used to hold Union soldiers who had been taken prisoner in the Battle of Cross Keys. The tense happenings brought upon the city made for difficult times especially when noted cavalry office Turner Ashby was killed. On the eastern side of Harrisonburg, a monument now stands where he fell.  

Harrisonburg Today

Today, the city has a diverse economic engine including technology companies like Rosetta Stone.  The education institutions of James Madison University (19,000+ students) and Eastern Mennonite University (1,500 students) brings excellent opportunity for young adults to become a part of the community. Being just two hours from our nation’s capital and two hours from the Virginian capital of Richmond, we have a small town feel with a big city attitude. Although Harrisonburg is known for its amazing educational establishments many are unaware of our hand in poultry processing which facilitate various retail and service oriented businesses.  The total population of Harrisonburg City is currently over 50,000+.


Harrisonburg: What to do, what to see in the ‘Friendly City’

In addition to its beauty and rich history, there is always plenty to do and see in Harrisonburg.  The historic downtown has been revitalized with over 25 restaurants and 50 shops. This downtown area includes a theater, children’s museum, art galleries and JMU’s Performing Arts Center.  Harrisonburg’s nickname is “The Friendly City” and when working with clients relocating to the Valley they quickly find out that it is not uncommon to be greeted with a warm smile and good old southern hospitality.

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The Best Restaurants in Harrisonburg

Those relocating to Harrisonburg are always looking for the best places to eat. It is so enjoyable to see the reactions evoked when people realize the diverse food choices we Harrisonburg folk have to offer. The best part about our little city is that everything is right at your fingertips. Around any corner or side street you are bound to find one of our 23 locally owned and original restaurants, each offering their own flair. From coffee shops to nationally recognized and award winning five star dining there is something for everyone. One of the many perks of ‘small town’ living are the family values. With that being said, many restaurants in Harrisonburg feel that everyone in the family should experience the fun of dining out, so be sure to mark your calendar with all the local restaurant where kids eat free!   We here at Funkhouser believe that eating is the way to ones heart.. so we put together a list of our favorite and quite frankly the best restaurants Harrisonburg has to offer.


Restaurants In Harrisonburg Where Kids Eat Free  

Sunday:  Qdoba

Monday:  O’Neil’s Grill | Buffalo Wild Wings | Country Cookin’ | Quaker Steak & Lube | Ruby Tuesdays

Tuesday: Applebees | McAllister’s | IHOP

Wednesday:  Vito’s Italian

Thursday:  Traditions


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Artful Dodger – Screaming originality, located right on court square it is known for calm early morning blends of coffee, tea, and baked goods.  Mid-day you can enjoy a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, etc. Every night you can come back and it turns into a bedrock for local music and live entertainment.

Beyond – Just as the name suggests Beyond travels across borders blending a variety of Asian inspired dishes including a full fresh sushi bar.  The setting is an old restored building downtown and don’t hesitate to ask to sit on the rear deck if it is a nice evening and enjoy the unique treat they bring you while you wait for your meal…(hint: it is not bread).  Also if you have a large group ask about reserving the upstairs loft area. It is a great gathering place for an evening event.

Billy Jack's Wing Draft Shack – If you enjoy wings and craft beer from all over the country this is your destination.  The menu is simple and sweet making it easy for those of you who want to try it all.  The brioche buns are to die for (could be meal alone) and you better leave room for their signature doughnuts, they do not disappoint.

Blue Nile – Try some authentic Ethiopian food and experience this hidden gem. They encompass both indoors and outdoor seating which makes for an unforgettable affair. In a restored downtown building with rich history, The Blue Nile Lounge is open seven days a week and comes alive at night with its full bar and live music or DJ.

Bowl of Good – Healthfully crafted and tasty, you will find a global inspiration in virtually every dish with local ingredients in every bite.  With such a variety of soups and sandwiches,  Bowl of Good is the ideal place for a food lover because everything comes with a side of flavor and originality.

Capital Ale House – One of a number of locations in Virginia, Harrisonburg’s Capital Ale House is unique, offering both indoor and rooftop deck seating. With over 100 ales, lagers and beer on tap from around the world it is the place to ask the waiter/waitress to “surprise me.”   It has an excellent atmosphere and top notch food located right on Harrisonburg’s Court Square. What more can you ask for??

Clementine – You can’t miss this deep rich purple building located right downtown on Main Street. With quality food, live music and over 100 varieties of brew this place can accommodate even the pickiest of beer lovers. With a lounge area available for events and onsite catering this sounds like the perfect place for a party.

Corgan's Publick House – This is a true Irish Pub with a festive atmosphere, exquisite bar and dining area that any bloke would love.  The menu is original and you never leave hungry.  Several nights a week you will be dining with live music.  A little secret … get there early for the Sunday brunch it is delicious.

Earth and Tea Café – A true multicultural lounge and teashop with a Spanish, Russian, Turkish, Cuban,  and South American influence.  Travel around the world without ever leaving your neighborhood. Free Wi-Fi available.

Finnigan's Cove Seafood Bar and Grill – A casual atmosphere it became the first and only raw bar in Harrisonburg in 1996.  Specializing in seafood and open to 2:00am everyday. They also cater.

Jack Brown's – Over 100 beers in stock they are known for the signature American Kobe Beef Hamburger and creative daily special featuring toppings on burger you would never think to try (peanut butter, mac and cheese, etc…) yet once you do you keep coming back.  

Joshua Wilton House – Fine dining to the extreme and winner of countless awards. It is so delicious you should plan to spend the night at the B&B and experience breakfast too. A Harrisonburg establishment for over two decades incorporating locally grown food throughout their first class menu.

Kline's Dairy Bar – Sure all restaurants have a dessert menu but it is worth burning a few calories by taking a short walk down Main Street to make room for a Harrisonburg tradition,  Kline’s Homemade Ice Cream.  Everyone locally anticipates their flavor of the week!

The Little Grill – One of the only employee owned restaurants in the Valley they serve  a variety of healthy home cooked meals with vegan, vegetarian, and meat options.

Local Chop House – Exquisite in style and dining with options for indoor restaurant and bar atmospheres including outdoor seating.  Incorporating local produce and supporting local farmers the cuisine is fresh and flavorful.

Ricks Cantina – Offering a Tex-Mex twist this downtown restaurant offers  burritos, fish tacos, quesadillas, nachos, taquitos, and duck sopes are paired with house made salsas and tortilla chips. Rick's is family friendly and offers carry-out, vegan and vegetarian options, and daily drink and lunch specials. Oh, and the margaritas are the best in town. Have you seen Rick?

Union Station – A true Americana dining experience located in the restored Wetsel Seed Building. It offers a casual dining atmosphere and a huge bar if you are just stopping in for a drink and appetizer.

Vito’s Italian Kitchen – Sure, every town has an Italian restaurant but not everyone has Vito's.  Often times you are greeted by Vito himself behind the counter offering his bright Italian smile and rich accent.  The food is authentic and the atmosphere is quaint.  Take out or dine in however if you dine in you will experience some of the best servers in town.  It is fun for the kids to play with pizza dough and color on the tables before your meal arrives.


Harrisonburg Real Estate System

Harrisonburg City has kept up well with provided public information on their website.  The Real Estate Information System is a powerful tool for the general public to have access to.  With the ability to search by address, owner, tax map, building type, subdivision, zoning, finished square feet, assessed value, sale price, and sale date it is not hard to find information you are looking for.  Once you have identified the property you are researching they are directly linked to the Harrisonburg City Geographic Information System (GIS) and gives you the basic information including legal description, building information, sales history, recent neighborhood sales, printable property card, and more.  You have to be a little careful trusting the data on this site and its reliability however. It serves as a start to any research and at great reference point when digging for more information.  


Harrisonburg Geographic Information System (GIS)

Linked to the Harrisonburg Real Estate System date the Harrisonburg GIS offers a much better mapping perspective.  With the ability to zoom in and out, pan, and identify certain parcels it is similar to working with a more detailed Google Maps.  A GIS is set up with several layers built into the system for example: flood plains, school districts, parks, civil war battle fields, etc … you can activate the layers you want to see that are impacting a particular property you are researching.   Where the parcel boundaries are outlined on the GIS is not one hundred percent reliable so in no way should this be used in place of a survey.  It does however serve as a tremendous reference and you do have the ability to use the measuring tool to get rough measurements if you need to.  If the aerial photography layer is active you can see the location of structures on any particular lot.


Harrisonburg Zoning Districts

Harrisonburg zoning districts are defined how a particular property is intended to be used and the regulation that go along with the district.  There are over eighteen different zoning districts. The most common Residential Districts are below, if you are interested in reading into more specifics the entire Harrisonburg Zoning Code can be read by clicking here.

R-1 Single-Family Residential District – Low-density, single-family residential development.

R-2 Residential District – medium-density, single-family and duplex residential development.

R-3 Multiple Dwelling Residential District – intended for medium to high-density residential

R-4 Planned Unit Residential District – intended to permit the development of planned residential neighborhoods containing not less than twenty-five (25) contiguous acres under one ownership or control at the time of approval for development.

R-5 High Density Residential District – medium to high density residential development, including townhouses and multiple family dwelling units, together with certain governmental, educational, religious, recreational and utility uses.


Harrisonburg Landfill

The closest landfill is shared with Rockingham County and Harrisonburg City residents and receives almost 150,000 ton of trash per year.  Harrisonburg City residents may take trash and discarded materials to the Rockingham County Landfill for disposal.


Google Map 2400 Grassy Creek Road Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Information Line 540-564-3159

Hours of Operation 7:00am-4:30pm Monday - Saturday (closed Sunday)


Landfill Fees for City Customers

Recycling (cardboard, bottles, cans, aluminum) FREE

Oil & Antifreeze FREE

Metal FREE

Minimum Charge (up to 500 Lbs) $17.00

Tipping Fee $69.00 per ton

Tipping Fee (construction & demolition debris) $77.00 per ton

Tires (off rim) $2.00 per tire

Freon Appliances $20.00

Non-Freon Appliances $5.00

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