A Staunton and Augusta County Relocation Guide: Here’s What You Need To Know For A Successful Move

Staunton is the Queen of the Shenandoah Valley

If you’re considering relocating to the city of Staunton or have recently moved to the Augusta County area, keep reading for everything you need to know about living in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

First settled in 1732, Staunton (pronounced Stann-tun), is an independent city of about 24,000 people in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley region of Central Virginia. It is known as the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson (as well as the site of his presidential library and museum). Staunton is also a college town, home to historic women’s college (and current co-ed university) Mary Baldwin University. The historic and vibrant downtown, stuffed with art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques, has won multiple travel awards.

As a place to live, there is lots to love about calling Staunton home. Choose between historic and more modern neighborhoods. Enjoy convenient access to all that the downtown scene offers, as well as a variety of highways for commuting to work and traveling to outer destinations. You’ll also enjoy all four seasons in Staunton, including hot summers and cooler winters that occasionally feature snow.

Staunton is surrounded by Augusta County, which also encompasses another similarly-sized, independent city: Waynesboro, VA.  Known for its location adjacent to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, the Appalachian Trail, and Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesboro is known for its welcoming attitude and vast selection of outdoor activities. It also boasts a bustling downtown scene with arts and entertainment options, local breweries, independent shops, and museums. So, whether you prefer to go hiking or enjoy a foodie experience, Waynesboro offers everything.

Beyond Staunton and Waynesboro, Augusta County offers scenic views, mountains and lakes, vineyards and farms, and more. As the second-largest county in Virginia, Augusta has a lot to offer residents and visitors alike.

What is the cost of living in Staunton and Augusta County?

According to the rankings from Sperling’s Best Places, Staunton’s cost of living is 89 out of 100, making it more affordable than the United States average. Staunton’s housing market, including homes for sale and rent, is the main contributor to its affordability. Currently, Trulia reports that the median listing price on houses in Staunton is $165,000. Property taxes are low, about one percent of a home’s assessed value. Median rents are about $350-$500 per bedroom, depending on the type of property and level of interior upgrading. In other cost of living factors, including food prices in area grocery stores, healthcare services, utilities, and transportation, Staunton ranks a little below the national average.

Similarly, Waynesboro’s cost of living is 89.8 with a median home listing price of $175,000. Trulia also states that home values have increased by about 8 percent over the previous year, which demonstrates Waynesboro’s growing desirability as a place to live. Overall, Augusta County and the Shenandoah Valley are known as a family-friendly, affordable place to live with all the amenities of the big city and none of the fast-paced lifestyle stress. People move here for the gorgeous mountain views, friendly culture, and easier pace of life.

Staunton School Districts and Higher Education

Schools & Education in Staunton VA

The city of Staunton is served by one school district: Staunton City Schools. The district operates three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Additionally, Augusta County Public Schools has two Staunton locations: Riverheads Elementary and Beverley Manor Middle School.

Other area public districts include Waynesboro Area School District and Augusta County Public Schools.

There are several types of private schools in the Staunton and Augusta County area including:

  • Faith-based: CF Richards Christian School, Grace Christian School, Victory Baptist Academy, Stuart Hall School, Pilgrim Christian School, and Ridgeview Christian School.
  • Independent: Staunton Montessori School
  • Special Education: Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, Liberty Point Behavioral Healthcare
  • Alternative: Dixon Educational Center

Higher Education in Augusta County

Mary Baldwin University is one of the top employers in Staunton as well as its most well-known institution of higher education. Formerly a women’s college, MBU is now a growing co-ed university with undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Another local private school is Bridgewater College, a Christian liberal arts college in Bridgewater, VA.

Nearby Blue Ridge Community College, in Weyers Cave, offers affordable two-year degree and certificate programs. All Virginia residents are eligible for in-state tuition rates. James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, is the closest state university.

Neighborhoods in Staunton and Augusta County

Historic Preservation in Staunton VA

Staunton’s communities can be broken into two main categories: historic and modern. In both types of neighborhoods you can find a single-family home with a yard, but the more recently built communities tend to have a “suburbs in the city” feel to them. Apartment and row home style living is also available within the six historic districts for those who prefer a more urban style of living. Here are a few examples from each category:

Historic

  • Gospel Hill: Adjacent to Mary Baldwin College, this neighborhood features a diverse collection of architectural styles and home sizes, all dating back to the 1800s and early 1900s.
  • Newtown: Centrally located downtown, this neighborhood is very walkable to anything you might want to do from shopping and dining to entertainment. It also features gorgeous historical homes in many different styles.

Suburban Feel

  • Baldwin Place: This recently constructed neighborhood of spacious cape cod and ranch homes comes with an HOA that takes care of lawn and snow maintenance. With proximity to major highways and downtown Staunton, living in Baldwin Place can give you “the best of both worlds.”
  • College Park: This community in northern Staunton spans the mid-late twentieth century with an appealing collection of cape cod, ranch, and cottage-style homes.

Augusta County Communities

Beyond the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, Augusta County has many appealing small towns and communities to choose from including:

  • Churchville: A leafy neighborhood of about 200 people, many of the houses are older with a charming farmhouse or historic architectural style.
  • Craigsville: Part of the Staunton-Waynesboro metro area, Craigsville is a town of about 900 people off of Route 42. The homes are modest in size with generous backyards and a suburban feel.
  • Fishersville: One of the largest towns in the metro area, Fishersville is located between Staunton and Waynesboro, giving its residents plenty of employment opportunities in both cities. The homes here tend to be newer, built in the ’90s and on.
  • Stuarts Draft: Another large town, Stuarts Draft’s seven warehouses/factories make it a local employment hub. It’s also the site of F&M Bank’s newest location near the town post office. You can find just about any type of home here, from old to new and small to large.
  • Verona: Located just outside the northern border of Staunton, this ~4,000 person town boasts the historic Mount Airy house, once home to American artist Grandma Moses. Choose between older homes and contemporary styles.
  • Western Augusta County: Located about a half-hour from Staunton, living in West Augusta or Deerfield generally means privacy, large lots, forest views, and easy access to outdoor activities. In addition to home listings, you can find land lots for sale out here to build your dream home
  • Weyers Cave: Home to the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport and Blue Ridge Community College’s main campus, Weyers Cave is a small town of about 2,500 people located near Augusta County’s northern border. Home styles vary, from classic ranches to more modern designs. You can get a lot of land with your house.

Transportation and Infrastructure

For a small city, Staunton is unusually well-served by transportation options. Whether you need to get around the city by public transit or you’re planning a trip to another city or state, you can choose between trains, buses, planes, and cars.

Getting In and Out of Staunton

  • Staunton has an Amtrak station in the downtown with thrice-weekly service on the Cardinal line, a long-distance route between New York and Chicago.
  • In 2017, Virginia launched a new intercity bus program called The Virginia Breeze, with service between Blacksburg, VA, and Washington, D.C., including a stop in Staunton.
  • The closest airport to Staunton is Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in nearby Weyers Cave.
  • Motorists have plenty of highway options to choose from: I-81, I-64, Route 262, and US 250 and 11.

Public Transit Within Staunton

  • The BRITE Bus, with fixed route and on-demand service, is the main public transit option in Staunton and surrounding Shenandoah Valley towns. BRITE also operates the downtown trolley with stops at historic locations as well as North & West loops to connect downtown Staunton with outer neighborhoods.

Setting Up Local Utilities

One of the most onerous moving tasks is switching utility accounts. In this section you’ll find contact info for Staunton’s water company, electric service, and Internet, as well as a guide to trash and recycling pickup. You can just go down the list to make the calls easier and faster.

  • The City of Staunton provides water and sewer service. Call the Public Works Department at (540) 332-3892 to set up a new account. No deposit is required of homeowners, but tenants will need to put down $135 for a refundable deposit and (nonrefundable) rental property processing fee.
  • Staunton is served by two electricity providers: Dominion Energy and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative. To set up service with DE, you can register online. Security deposits are required of new customers and you will also pay a $15 connection fee on your first bill. To join the co-op, call SVEC at 1 (800) 234-7832. You’ll pay a $5 membership fee and a deposit may be required, depending on the results of their evaluation.
  • Comcast is the only cable/Internet provider in Staunton. Call 1 (800) 934-6489 to transfer service on an existing account or open a new one.
  • Trash and recycling are collected once a week on the same day. Consult this map to find the pickup day for your neighborhood.

Healthcare Services For People and Pets

Healthcare Services in Staunton VA

In Staunton and the surrounding metro area, the Augusta Health network is the main healthcare provider for both hospital and physician services. Anthem, Inc. is the main health insurer for the individual market. Employer healthcare may also be provided by Aetna, United Healthcare, and Optima Health. Here is a directory of Staunton healthcare services for some of the most popular needs:

Parks and Recreation

Staunton is a wonderful place to enjoy nature, stay active, and learn something new. Home to many beautiful parks and playgrounds such as Gypsy Hill (also home to a public golf club) and Reservoir Hill Park, Staunton also has two community pools with very inexpensive per diem admission rates. For kids, the Staunton-Augusta YMCA operates the Amberjax Swim team for both novice and experienced swimmers.

A variety of activities and classes for people of all ages are available through the Parks and Rec department. There’s also a wide range of athletic leagues for youth and adults. Every September you can take part in Staunton’s African-American Heritage Festival, the largest of its kind in the Shenandoah Valley region.

Visit the Augusta County Parks & Recreation website for a complete listing of activities and parks and facilities countywide.

Parks, Golf Courses & Hiking in Staunton VA

Lifestyle and Cultural Attractions

There is truly something for everyone in Staunton, from art lovers, amateur historians, window shoppers, craft beer aficionados, and more. In addition to these year round entertainment options, Staunton hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year.

Local Media

Watch, listen or read–there are plenty of ways to catch up on local news and find out what’s happening in Staunton and greater Augusta County.

Television

  • ABC on Channel 3 broadcasts from Harrisonburg
  • Fox on Channel 5 is out of Washington, DC.
  • CBS on Channel 6 and NBC on Channel 12 come from Richmond-Petersburg.
  • The local PBS station, broadcast from Harrisonburg, is WVPT

Radio

  • WQSV 106.3 FM is a non-profit radio station playing a variety of vintage and modern music.
  • Mix 93.1 is “The Valley’s 80s to Now” station.
  • Star 94.3 plays classic rock.
  • ESPN 1240 AM brings you ESPN sports news.
  • Public radio on 90.7 brings you news from NPR and local programming as well as classical music (WEMC).

Blogs, Newspapers and Magazines

Staunton and Augusta County Libraries

Community Banking with F&M

Last but not least, if you’ve recently moved to Augusta County, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is where to bank. F&M has a long local history of commitment to serving and investing in Shenandoah Valley communities. Call us or visit one of our two branches in Staunton, North Augusta Street and Myers Corner; our Craigsville location; or our new Stuarts Draft location. You’ll find a friendly group of employees ready to answer your questions about getting a mortgage, taking out a personal loan or business loan, or opening one of our high interest checking and savings accounts.

F&M Bank has served residents of the Shenandoah Valley for more than 100 years.

Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Relocation Guide

Relocating to Harrisonburg or greater Rockingham County? Get answers to your questions about where to live, how to get around, and what to do in your spare time!

Nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Harrisonburg is two hours south of the DC metro area. This city of about 50,000 people, including the James Madison University community, offers the best of urban and country living in an affordable, relaxed environment. The weather stays fairly mild all year round and there is plenty to do, see, eat, and enjoy.

If you’re in the process of relocating to Harrisonburg, you probably have lots of questions about where to live, how to get around, and what to do in your spare time. As a community bank, F&M Bank loves all things local. We created this Harrisonburg Relocation Guide to help you with moving to Harrisonburg and to share our passion for this pleasant college town surrounded by the beauty of nature. If you’ve recently moved to Harrisonburg, you may have already discovered what longtime residents love about their “burg” including a lower-than-average cost-of-living, short commutes, and thriving economy. Here’s everything you need to know to get settled in town.

Harrisonburg is an independent city, but it’s also the county seat of Rockingham County. Nestled between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, the Harrisonburg metro area of Rockingham County is rich with possibilities. From outdoor adventures to fine dining and arts and culture, you can find what you’re looking for here.

Cost of Living: Harrisonburg vs. Richmond and Alexandria

With a cost-of-living score of 96 (the national average is 100), Harrisonburg is a cheaper place to live than the country’s average. It’s also slightly more affordable than Richmond (97.5) and especially compared to Alexandria (156.2). Here’s what you can expect to spend on housing in these three Virginia cities:

  • Harrisonburg: Average monthly rents are $647 for a one-bedroom and $827 for a two-bedroom apartment. Buying a home is also quite affordable, with average sale prices in the low $200,000s.
  • Richmond: You’ll pay about $791/month to rent a one-bedroom apartment or about $916 for a two-bedroom. Median sale prices of homes vary by neighborhood but there is plenty available for under $200,000.
  • Alexandria: Average rents here are nearly double that of Harrisonburg and significantly higher than in Richmond. One-bedrooms go for around $1,300/month and a two-bedroom apartment will run you about $1,500/month. If you want to buy a home, you can find a condo for around $200,000 but most stand-alone houses go for between $500,000 and one million.

Where to live: Neighborhoods and Housing Stock

Harrisonburg offers a range of housing stock and neighborhoods, from recently converted downtown apartments to new suburban subdivisions. You can also find single-family homes in quiet and leafy neighborhoods close to James Madison University and downtown Harrisonburg. If you don’t need to be within city limits, there are many new developments of townhomes, duplexes, and detached houses just south of Harrisonburg in Rockingham. Here’s a sampling of Harrisonburg neighborhoods:

Map of Harrisonburg, Virginia

  • Beacon Hill: A townhome development in the Northeastern part of the city. Close to the Northend Greenway Project, a multi-use path and “corridor park” connecting different neighborhoods and parts of Harrisonburg.
  • Fairway Hills: A long-established neighborhood with a suburban feel in the Southern part of Harrisonburg. Close to Spotswood Country Club. Great for people who want a quieter lifestyle within city limits.
  • Greendale: An affordable neighborhood of smaller-sized single-family homes in a variety of styles. Close to JMU.
  • Harmony Heights: A newer development with a range of housing stock: townhomes, duplexes, and single family homes. This neighborhood features a lake to give you a more relaxed lifestyle in the city. Close to Eastern Mennonite University.
  • Liberty Square: Another townhome development on the Eastern side of Harrisonburg.
  • Old Town: This is Harrisonburg’s historic district. Enjoy a walkable urban lifestyle next to JMU and all that downtown Harrisburg has to offer. A great neighborhood for people who love old homes.
  • Pleasant Hill Acres: A family-friendly neighborhood where outside traffic is not permitted. The housing stock is from the 1950s and 60s with ranchers, split-levels, and other designs from that period. Close to JMU and downtown attractions.
  • Sunset Heights: Older single-family homes in the West Central part of Harrisonburg.

Primary and Higher Education in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County

JMU may be the biggest university in Harrisonburg, but it’s not the only institution of higher education. There are also public and private elementary and high schools for families with school-age children.

Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Harrisonburg High School serves the entire district. There are two middle schools and six elementary schools. In addition to traditional public schools, the district offers Great Oak Academy, a 6-8th grade non-traditional small program, and Massanutten Technical Center, with high school programs in a range of fields including auto technology, carpentry, cosmetology, electricity, practical nursing, welding and more.

Rockingham County Public Schools

Serving the rest of the county, RCPS consists of 15 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 4 high schools. There is also a governor’s school, a technical center, and an alternative education center.

Private Schools

Choose from private religious and secular schools with a variety of educational approaches:

Higher Education and Technical Training

Harrisonburg offers a wealth of educational opportunities beyond high school. In addition to the city’s three universities, Massanutten Technical Center has a variety of adult programs from GED classes to apprenticeships, practical nursing, and continuing education.

  • James Madison University is a state school with 124 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
  • Eastern Mennonite University offers undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs. Harrisonburg is their main location, but they also have a Lancaster, PA campus and an online program.
  • Bridgewater College Named one of the best liberal arts colleges in the southeast by Princeton Review. Bridgewater College is small, private and recognized for strong academics.

Getting Around Harrisonburg

Interstate 81 cuts through Harrisonburg and the city is connected to many state highways as well. Its small size makes it easy to get around Harrisonburg by car whether commuting to work or enjoying leisure activities in different neighborhoods. If you move to Harrisonburg from another state you’ll need to get a Virginia driver’s license, register your car and get Virginia license plates, and have your vehicle inspected at an approved local auto shop. You’ll also want to apply for a residential parking permit in your neighborhood. Permits cost $3.00 each per vehicle and come with two free guest cards. To receive a parking permit you must show proof of ownership or rental lease and valid registration.

The Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation (HDPT) maintains six bus routes throughout the city. Compared to public transit systems in other cities, HDPT is a very affordable way to get around. The adult fare is $1.00; seniors age 62 and up pay $0.50, and students in the public school system and JMU ride for free. Transfers are free and 25-coupon books can be purchased at a discount. You must have exact change when paying a fare in cash.

Harrisonburg Utility Companies

  • Harrisonburg Electric Company
  • Columbia Gas for natural gas  and fuel oil service
  • AmeriGas for propane gas service
  • Custer C L Inc, Quarles Energy Services, and Rockingham Petroleum Cooperative provide fuel oil.
  • To set up water and sewer service, stop by the billing office at 2155 Beery Road to make a deposit. You’ll need a photo ID and a lease, deed, or HUD settlement.
  • Trash pickup operates on an “all in one” system for waste and recyclables. Learn more about the program and schedule.
  • Internet and cable TV services are available from Comcast and Verizon.

Parks and Recreation

Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation

Harrisonburg residents enjoy many city parks and playgrounds including A Dream Come True Playground, Bluestone Trail, Smithland Dog Park, Eastover Tennis Courts, Ramblewood Athletic Complex, Welcome Home Garden, and Westover Skate Park. There is also a senior center, community activities center, and swimming program. Local sports teams, leagues, and clubs are available for both kids and adults. And beyond city limits you’ll find the Massanutten Ski Resort, Civil War Trails, and Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. If you desire an active, outdoors lifestyle, Harrisonburg is a great place to live.

Visit the Rockingham County Parks & Rec website for information on facilities across the county, as well as afterschool programs, summer day camps, local events, and activities for children and adults.

Major Attractions in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County

From a farmer’s market to art galleries, libraries, museums, and theaters, Harrisonburg has a lot to offer arts aficionados. There’s also a thriving culinary scene in downtown Harrisonburg and many festivals throughout the year celebrating culture, holidays, food, pets, charities, and more. If you want the excitement of city life without the hassles of a big city, a smaller college town like Harrisonburg is an ideal place to live. Here are some highlights:

Across Rockingham County, major attractions include:

Local Media and News Outlets

Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Libraries

Massanutten Regional Library, located at 174 S. Main Street in Harrisonburg, offers a full menu of activities, services, and events for children and adults. It serves residents of Harrisonburg, as well as Rockingham and Page Counties, with seven county-wide locations.

Banking You Love From People Who Care.

Harrisonburg Banks

There’s so much to do and remember during the moving process. Check one thing off your to-do list right now by choosing F&M Bank as your financial services resource in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. If you need a mortgage to purchase a new home in the Harrisonburg area, a loan to cover some of your relocation expenses, or simply a high interest checking or savings account, F&M is here for your with local friendly service and a long history as a Shenandoah Valley community bank.

Call or visit our branch locations in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County for all your banking needs:

2030 Legacy Lane, Harrisonburg (Coffman’s Corner) > View Branch Details

80 Cross Keys Road, Harrisonburg (Crossroads) > View Branch Details

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Guide To Harrisonburg Sports Teams, Leagues, And Clubs For Kids And Adults

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley region is a beautiful place to enjoy outdoor activities. So it’s no surprise that Harrisonburg is a hotbed of sports activities. Enjoy our comprehensive guide to area sports!

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley region is a beautiful place to enjoy outdoor activities. So it’s no surprise that Harrisonburg is a hotbed of sports activities. From the Recreation Department’s many Harrisonburg youth sports programs, adult sports leagues, and other physical activities; to golf courses that are open to the public for lessons and tee times; and the many small businesses–gyms, martial arts studios, shooting ranges–that contribute to the vibrancy and health of our city; Harrisonburg has something for everyone and plenty of options for families that want to have fun and exercise together. And with James Madison University and other local colleges nearby, there are many good teams to watch and root for.

F&M Bank is a proud community bank with locations across the Shenandoah Valley including six in Harrisonburg and the surrounding Rockingham County. We hope you enjoy our guide to Harrisonburg’s recreational sports activities. Browse local options and class offerings and mark your calendar for registration dates, important game days, and one-time athletic clinics or activities.

Harrisonburg Youth Sports Programs

Harrionsburg Youth Sports

Rockingham County Parks & Recreation offers teams and classes in youth athletics, dance, karate, gymnastics and other activities. In addition to the annual programs listed below, check out the current Activities Guide for an eclectic and comprehensive range of classes in subjects ranging from lacrosse clinics and roller/in-line skate lessons to tae kwon do, FlingGolf, regular golf clinics, and archery tag.

Tackle Football

Eligibility: Eight- and nine-year-olds weighing at least 60 lbs play in the “B” division. Kids ages 10 through 12, including 13-year-olds in the seventh grade, play in the “A division.” Further restrictions apply to “B” division players over 110 lbs and “A” children over 135 lbs, who must play on the line.

Season: Begins in mid-August with practices three times/week. Games begin in mid-September, when practices are cut to twice a week. Tackle football ends in mid to late October.

Location: Practices and games take place throughout Rockingham county.

Uniform: Helmet and shoulder pads are available during the season and must be returned after your child is done playing. The cost of the game jersey (and equipment use) is included in the $45 fee.

Other requirements: Parent/guardian must sign a permission form that also verifies child’s age. (No physicals or birth certificates required.)

Flag Football

Eligibility: All children between ages six and 13. Players are divided into groups according to age range: six- and seven year-olds, eight-10 years, and 11-13 years.

Season: Late August through mid-October. Games and practices are held twice a week: once on a weeknight (the day varies) and Saturday mornings.

Location: TA, Broadway and Spotswood areas

Uniform: A t-shirt jersey is included with the $35 fee.

Basketball

Eligibility: All children between ages five-18. Players are divided by age, gender, and school district. The five- and six-year-old age group is clinic only. Other groups are seven/eight, nine/ten, 11-13, and 14-18. Players in the oldest group must still be enrolled in high school.

Season: Boys’ basketball runs from early January-late February. The girls’ season is late October-mid-December. Practices and games are held on one or two weeknights (the exact day varies) and Saturdays.

Uniform: A t-shirt jersey is included with the $35 fee.

Cheerleading

Eligibility: Ages six through nine are assigned to the “B” squad. 10-13-year-olds make up the “A” squad.

Season: Follows the football season of mid-August through October. Cheerleaders practice twice a week throughout the season and perform on Saturday mornings once games begin.

Location: Throughout Rockingham county

Uniform: The new uniform fee is $50. Previously purchased or secondhand RCPR cheer uniforms are acceptable. Uniform fitting occurs on-site during registration.

Other requirements: $30 registration fee

Wrestling Clinics

Eligibility: Kindergarten through Eighth grade

Season: Check the current activities guide for dates and locations

Co-ed Volleyball Clinics

Eligibility: Ages five through 13

Season: Check the current activities guide for dates and locations

Co-Ed Soccer

Register your child for co-ed soccer online at Shenandoah Valley United Soccer or by calling them at (540) 383-6341.

Adult Sports

Harrisonburg Adult Sports Leagues

The fun doesn’t stop in childhood. Harrisonburg’s Recreation Department provides activities and programs for adults and seniors including fitness classes, open gym basketball, wiffle ball tournaments, bubble soccer, pickleball open gym, self-defense, Zumba, arts and crafts, educational classes, trips, and more. Here are the options for Harrisonburg adult sports leagues:

  • Men’s Basketball: Begins in January (register in December). Games are played in Broadway.
  • Men’s Softball: Summer session begins in May with April registration. To play in the fall (starting in August), register in July. Games are played in Broadway or West Rockingham.
  • Mixed Softball: Summer session begins in May with April registration. To play in the fall (starting in August), register in July. Games are played at West Rockingham.
  • Flag Football: Spring league begins in March (register in January). Fall league starts in September (register in July). Games are played in Grottoes.
  • Women’s Volleyball: Spring league begins in March (register in January). Fall league starts in October (register in August). Games are played at Wilbur Pence or Montevideo Middle Schools.
  • Mixed Volleyball: Begins in January (register in November). Games are played at Wilbur Pence Middle School.
  • Kickball: Summer league begins in May (register in March). Fall league starts in August (register in June). Games are played at West Rockingham.
  • Dodgeball: Begins in October (register in August). Games are played at Mt. View Elementary School.

Where to play golf in Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg Golf Courses

If you enjoy the fresh air and friendly environment of a golf course, there are lots of great choices in Harrisonburg. These four area establishments are all open to the public with membership options, one-time tee time reservations, and lessons for adults and kids.

Swimming in Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg Aquatic Clubs

Aquatic exercise is great for your health and saves you from impact stress to your joints. Whether you’re new to swimming or looking for a team, you’ve got a few different options in Harrisonburg.

  • VAST Gators and Virginia Gators are competitive year-round swim teams.
  • The Westover Waves are a summer recreational swim team for kids ages five-18.
  • James Madison’s UREC pool offers private and group swimming lessons for kids as young as three up to adults.
  • Swimming lessons are also offered through the Recreation Department. Check the current activity guide for availability.

Shooting Ranges

Shooting ranges in Harrisonburg

If shooting is your hobby of choice, you can enjoy target practice or sporting clays at these Harrisonburg businesses.

  • The Gun Range offers hourly rates, memberships, and various training classes.
  • Flying Rabbit Sporting Clays is a sporting clays range offering games, instruction, and gun sales and rentals.

Boxing and Martial Arts

Boxing and Martial Arts in Harrisonburg

From classic karate to trendy Muay Thai, Harrisonburg has many high-quality martial arts gyms.

Harrisonburg Gyms and Fitness Clubs

Gyms & Fitness Clubs in Harrisonburg, VA

What if you like to do a little bit of everything? Check out these Harrisonburg gyms and fitness clubs, where you’ll find standard exercise equipment and weight machines, as well as on-site childcare and group fitness classes in some gyms.

Root for your local high school and college teams

Harrisonburg Local Sports Teams

Harrisonburg has a thriving local athletic community including state and county baseball leagues, college athletic programs, and plenty of other local sporting events.

  • Harrisonburg High School, home of the Blue Streaks
  • James Madison University Dukes
  • Bridgewater College Eagles
  • Eastern Mennonite University Royals
  • Harrisonburg Turks
  • Rockingham County Baseball League
  • Valley Baseball League

Active communities are happy and healthy communities.

Harrisonburg's Local Bank

As a community bank for more than a century, F&M Bank is committed to supporting healthy and thriving towns where our employees and customers live and work. We understand that there are many ways to measure good health, from a strong economy to the physical fitness of the people living there. We also love coming together to root for the home team! Whether you’re new to Harrisonburg (check out our Harrisonburg relocation guide!) or a longtime resident considering a new athletic hobby, learn more about our various business and personal checking options. We have all the services you need to stay active in work and leisure.

Call or visit our two branch locations in Harrisonburg for all your banking needs:

Financial Considerations Before Traveling Abroad

Financial Considerations Before Traveling Abroad
The number one most important step to take is to notify your bank of your intended travel plans. Not doing so may result in the freezing of your debit card. Our clients’ security is a number one priority for us at F&M Bank, so if we see someone using your account outside of your normal activities, we are going to take precautions to protect you against fraud.

Traveling abroad can be full of excitement and fun, but it takes a decent amount of preparation.  It is important to research hotel ratings, the best price in airfare, and tips for packing appropriate attire; but don’t forget to make sure you make financial preparations as well.


There are many financial considerations to take into account before embarking on your trip.  You will need to consider security, foreign transaction fees, and exchange rates- and you will want a financial plan in place before take-off.

The number one most important step to take is to notify your bank of your intended travel plans.  Not doing so may result in the freezing of your debit card.  Our clients’ security is a number one priority for us at F&M Bank, so if we see someone using your account outside of your normal activities, we are going to take precautions to protect you against fraud.  Simply call your bank branch and your Customer Service Representative will be glad to assist you by putting an alert of your travel plans on your account to avoid any complications.

At F&M Bank, we do not charge additional fees for using your debit card internationally.  However, you will likely be charged foreign transaction fees (usually ranging from 1% to 5%) and ATM fees by the vendor you are using to withdraw funds.  Additionally, many foreign ATMs only allow PIN transactions, so make sure you have your PIN number handy before traveling.  

Here are some other suggestions to keep in mind:  

•    Travel with at least two forms of payment.  If something goes wrong with one, you will want back up.
•    Take photocopies of all of your important documents including your passport, credit cards, debit cards, birth certificate and driver’s license and store them in a different location than the documents themselves.  This way, if something happens to the originals you will be able to prove your identity. 
•    Check your health insurance to make sure you will be covered while you are traveling.  If not, consider purchasing a rider. 
•    The most expensive place to purchase currency is in the airport at your destination.  Consider exchanging money through an international bank prior to departure.
 

If we can answer any questions to help you prepare for your next travel adventure, please contact us.  We are always here to help as Your Community Bank.  Bon voyage!

Do you know what to do when you’ve been hacked?

cyber security
Cyber attacks happen every day. It isn’t a matter of if you will be hit with one, but when? The question is, what happens next?

Do you know what to do to protect your information and your company after a cyber attack? Do you know how to protect third party information?

F &M Bank and Bankers Insurance invite you to a seminar on identifying the steps to follow once you have been hit by a cyber attack. Some of the topics covered will include:

• First-party and third-party liability coverage to companies when customer and employee information is breached or stolen
• Potential exposures
• Cyber threats, extortion or attacks against an insured, shutting down its systems
• Content published on an insured’s website

Please Join Us Wednesday November 5th, 2014
12pm to 1pm at Capital Ale House
(41-A Court Square Harrisonburg, VA 22801)
Lunch will be provided.

Please contact Holly Thorne at (540) 896.1743
or hthorne@fmbankva.com to reserve a seat.

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