Harrisonburg, VA: Main Street

Exchange 2

One of my characteristics is I tend to underestimate how long a given task will take.  On our travel from Knoxville to Harrisonburg, we had three stops to make, and thus, arrived later than intended.  By the time we were able to get to dinner, it was late.  We were just driving down the street and spotted what looked promising, but the dining room would close shortly so they did not seat after 8:30.  However, we were welcomed at the adjoining bar for full menu service.  Good choice!  The Local Chop House is located in the other end of the former exchange building, and this section has been renovated to urban flats.

The following morning on our way out of town, we drove down Main Street to reach the Exchange building.  I was fascinated by the streetscape, and wished for the time to stroll a few blocks, but we had to be in Mount Laurel, New Jersey that evening, and quite the distance to cover across Pennsylvania.  The Ruddle building (above photo with canted corner wall and entrance) was the Rockingham National Bank, opened 1900.  The Masonic Temple occupied the upper floors of the Keezell Building, constructed in 1907, and housed the News Register.

City Produce Exchange Building’s construction began in 1911, and housed an ice-making and cold storage plant for the egg and poultry industry.  The building is alongside the Southern and Chesapeake-Wester railway, and the business operated until 1948.  Wetsel Seed Company was also located in the building after the exchange ceased operations, and was used for cleaning seeds and a laboratory to test seeds and grains.  Luxury condos were developed in the building in 2006.  The Local Chop House and Grill offers locally produced fruits, vegetables, and meat, and also served regional brewery selections.

 

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2 Responses to Harrisonburg, VA: Main Street

  1. Sheryl says:

    The evening photo of the Exchange Building is lovely. It looks so inviting and friendly. It makes me want to stop by for a meal. It’s wonderful how some old commercial and industrial buildings are being wonderfully reinvented.

    • Suzassippi says:

      It really did have a wonderful ambience. Because there were so many cars parked in front, and lights on in what would once have been offices, I surmised it might have been converted to flats. Imagine being able to step next door to the local version of “Cheers”. 🙂

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