First settled in 1737 by members of the Thomas Harrison family, the town of Harrisonburg was recognized by the Virginia House of Delegates in 1780 as the seat of the newly-formed Rockingham County. Always looking forward, the town fathers proclaimed a grand industrial future for the town by the 1890s, and Harrisonburg was incorporated as an independent city in 1916. By the mid-20th century, planned growth, urban renewal, and nearby Interstate 81 had transformed the small town into a metropolis. The remarkable photographs reproduced in Harrisonburg offer glimpses of Harrisonburg's growth from a crossroads trade center to the host of an interstate clover leaf.
Author Bio: Eighth and seventh generation residents of Rockingham County respectively, Cheryl Lyon and Scott Hamilton Suter are the authors of this photographic history depicting their native region. Lyon, an artist and business owner, and Suter, a cultural historian and assistant professor of English at Bridgewater College, have collaborated on numerous museum exhibits depicting the history and culture of the Shenandoah Valley.
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