The pictures in the site banner are historic places mostly along the
original Cantrell Avenue. They are approximately in order both
in age of the buildings and as one walks west from the start of the
- The first is the portico of Rockingham
Memorial Hospital. This architectural feature is said to have
significance to 'Old Harrisonburg.' While places like the bus station are
said not to have been segregated, the hospital, as a place of
authority with greater stake in official institutions, was segregated. See
more at: hospital.
- The second is the Emanuel Episcopal Church. It sits on the site
of the rectory which had been one of the first buildings on the
street. To the right may have been the old Methodist Church which
may have been the location of the first known use of the name
'Cantrell.' The location of the first use did not appear to be the Episcopal rectory. See more
- The white picket fence across from the Episcopal church encloses
the front of James Madison University Resident Parking Lot 12. That
parking lot covers the homes not belonging to Dr. Harris in the plat
map attached to the deed data tracing the evolution of the Cantrell
name. Except for the Chew Apartments across the street, which may
have been the old Methodist church, 'historic' Cantrell Avenue is
under turf and pavement or has been built over.
- The third picture is the Haas house, the home of the family that
owned the land before it was sold to be subdivided in a flurry of
transactions spanning less than a decade. Talfourd N. Haas was a
judge, a significant figure in local politics and even a candidate
for delegate to Virginia's 1902 constitutional convention to
disfranchise African Americans. See more
at History of Cantrell.
- The final picture is the former Harrisonburg Highschool.