Harrisonburg is located in the state of Virginia and is an independent city within the Shenandoah Valley region, and also serves as the seat of Rockingham County. The city of Harrisonburg was born in 1779 after Thomas Harrison deeded the two and a half-acre of land to the public good. Harrison is an English immigrant who brought his family to Shenandoah Valley to settle in 1737. By 1738, they claimed to land in the area where the present-day Harrisonburg stands and a part of Rockingham County, and eventually built his home in the present-day Bruce Street that is still existent up to the present. In 1778, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognized Rockingham County. In the same year, Harrison deeded another two and a half acres of his overall holdings in the newly organized county where it was used to build the first courthouses on where the present-day Court Square is.
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