Starting in 1999 and continuing in several subsequent courses
including the 2007 "Exploring Local Records" class, JMU students
researched the community of Port Republic. Because of its
strategic location near the head of navigation on the Shenandoah
River, Port Republic became an important town in the eighteenth and
early nineteenth centuries. Students used inventories and historic maps to research the
community as it existed in the eighteenth century, and plan to
publish their findings.