Mennonites and Brethren have lived in the Shenandoah Valley for more than two centuries, but they have truly been the "quiet in the land." Their creative labor as farmers and craftsmen and Christian piety resulted in a lasting legacy. One purpose of the Heritage Center is to unveil this historical and spiritual legacy and serve as an interpretive center. Brethren and Mennonites represent a significant contribution to the culture in Harrisonburg and Rockingham as well as the Shenandoah Valley. Their emphasis on pacifism and voluntary service is revealed not just in the past, but in the present. Located on the site of the 1800's Burkholder farmstead, interpretive events and living history reflect the convictions and lifestyle of our Brethren and Mennonite settlers.
CrossRoads: Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center Today
Welcome to CrossRoads--where journeys of faith and conscience meet. This center focuses on the Shenandoah Valley's Brethren and Mennonite heritage, highlighting their beliefs and lifestyles, stories, photos and anecdotes, and lets you interact with Brethren and Mennonite people, artifacts, and a live 'farmstead', which includes a pioneer home, wash house, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse-church, and gardens. Donation suggested: $7 per adult, $3 for middle, high and college students, and $2 for students in grades 1-6. Preschool children are free.