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Roots Run Deep

We've partnered with the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project to create unique tours of African-American history throughout Virginia.

The Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project's Roots Run Deep program guides locals and visitors to places mostly left out of local history books, and seeks to teach, share, and illuminate the stories of the people who lived there.

Traipse is proud to be the digital partner for this effort and we're excited to launch multiple new tours over the coming years.



African-American History of Harrisonburg, Va.

A tour of the city that'll take you by homes built and owned by freeborn families of the early 1800's, important sites which were destroyed in the 1960's, and historic landmarks that are still with us today.

Driving Tour of the Zenda Countryside

Explore a part of Rockingham County, Virginia that was the home of many African-American families following the Amerian Civil War, as well as some free-born families who lived there for many years prior to emancipation.

How to get started:

  • Download the Traipse app using one of the buttons below.

  • Sign up for a free account within the app.

  • Change your area at the top-right of the screen ("Traipsing Around In") to the "Roots Run Deep" area (if the app hasn't already loaded you into it).

  • Click on the tour you want and then "Start the Journey".

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