The town of Broadway is in Rockingham County, about 12 miles northeast of the county seat of Harrisonburg. It is located just minutes from Insterstate 81 and Historic US Rte. 11.
Although the town wasn't formally established until the 1880s, it was settled by the turn of the 19th century, and became particularly useful around 1850 when the railroad extended there. The town was almost entirely burned to the ground during a Civil War raid and was slow to rebuild. The real growth of this town didn't start until after WWII, primarily attributed to the boom in the poultry industry that created new jobs in the region.
Broadway has a town park where they host a Summer in the Park series, featuring music, food vendors and family activities. Community craft shows are also featured. The downtown area is sprinkled with several artisan shops and a seasonal farmer's market offering locally grown produce and goods.
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The State Arboretum of Virginia (also known as the Orland E. White Arboretum) occupies the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm. Started in the 1930s, it now contains over 5,000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world. Photo: Blandy Experimental Farm-Tim Farmer