The Joshua Wilton House hosts fantastic events throughout the year that highlight our chef’s skills, encourage wine & cocktail knowledge, and familiarize our guests with new and exciting culinary experiences. Furthermore, the Joshua Wilton House regularly hosts special dinners for all of your favorite holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, etc.

All events are subject to change. Follow us on our social media accounts for updates and announcements regarding our special events

Thanksgiving 2019!

Thanksgiving is almost upon us; have you made plans? A long-standing tradition at the Wilton House, Thanksgiving dinner is a chance for us to save you the hassle of cooking, cleaning, and entertaining. Enjoy high quality, farm-to-table cuisine prepared by our award-winning chefs. Each year we partner with Polyface Farms to purchase our Turkeys. This amazing farm is leading the world in sustainable agriculture, and certainly deserves to be the highlight of our meal. To view more information on our Thanksgiving menu and to make reservations, follow the button below.

Seasonal Tea: Oct 19th

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Seasonal Tea offers an elegant yet approachable way to enjoy our Valley’s seasonal bounty. Executive Chef Tom French and Executive Pastry Chef Jacoby Dinges, have created a fantastic assortment of decadent treats utilizing fresh, local ingredients, all complemented by Fair Trade, organic tea. We welcome you to enjoy the romantic charm of our 1880’s Victorian home with your friends and family.

This event is reservation only. Please click the button below to make your reservation for Oct. 19th between 1:00 - 2:30 PM . Or call us at 540.434.4464


JMU Family Weekend: Oct. 11 - 13th

A great weekend for families from across the U.S. to enjoy what Harrisonburg has to offer! Let us show you why we’ve been awarded Top Chef in Harrisonburg, Best Restaurant, Best Seafood, Best B&B, Best Brunch, and much more. Our doors are open all weekend, with cocktail, soup, and market fish specials running all weekend long as well! As one of our busier weekends of the year, we recommend reservations for you and your family, especially on our beloved private patio with chef’s garden! View our full menu by following the button below!


End of Summer Rosé Dinner

Join us in celebrating the end of summer with a 4 course wine dinner featuring rosé from around the world! We'll be highlighting different styles of rosé from 4 different regions, paired with cuisine created by our Executive Chef, Tom French and our Pastry Chef, Jacoby Dinges. Our Wine Director and General Manager, Bill Daulton will host the event along with one of our favorite wine distributors, Brock Kappers.
Each of the four courses will be paired with a glass of Rosé from a different region and style. The cost of the event is $60 per person. Reservations are required.
To reserve your seat, click on Make a Reservation and schedule your dinner for Friday, September 13th, at 6:30pm for the Rosé dinner!
Wine Club members receive 10% off their bill if they choose to join. For more information on how you can join the wine club and keep up-to-date on future wine dinners, click on Wilton Wine Club on our home page.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Treat your loved ones to the best brunch in town at the Joshua Wilton House! We will be offering our traditional a la cart brunch menu, complete with favorites such as Eggs Benedict, Croque Madame, Appalachain Grits Bowl, and much more. Additionally, we will feature specials not yet listed on our brunch menu to add a little something special to your Mother’s Day meal.

10:00am - 1:30 pm, space is limited so please call today for your reservations at 540.434.4464


JMU Graduation Weekend 2019

We are looking forward to one of our busiest weekends of the year: James Madison University’s May Graduation! Join us May 2nd-4th for a three-course, prix fixe, $59 fine dining meal sure to satisfy all of your family. Our elegant, Victorian home is the perfect for space to celebrate your graduate!


Meet the Artists - April 2019

Meet our newly featured artists: Mallory Burrell and Janet Kuller! Two talented artists welcome you to view their work and chat in our historic home. Enjoy complimentary cheese and fruit with optional wines available for just $5/glass! For more information on our gallery, current & previous artists, as well as how to apply to our gallery, visit our Wilton Gallery webpage here.


Easter Backdoor Bakery

Last orders due April 15th 2019

Introducing our Easter Backdoor Bakery 2019! Executive Pastry Chef Jacoby Dinges has prepared elegant holiday treats reminiscent of traditional Easter pastries, with an elegant Wilton House twist.

Tulip Petite Gateaux - elegant tulip-shaped petite cakes with strawberry and coconut cream.

Hot Cross Buns - Delicate sweet buns with currants, candied lemon, and orange

Strawberry Marshmallow Knots - Fluffy homemade marshmallow infused with fresh strawberries for a light and airy sweetness.

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Top Chef 2019- Harrisonburg

An Event For Blue Ridge CASA for Children

2019 will host the second annual Top Chef Harrisonburg event. The event will host a friendly competition amongst Chefs from local Harrisonburg restaurants, with the winning Chef receiving the title of “Top Chef Harrisonburg”. Votes will be tallied from both event attendees and a judge’s panel.  In addition to the Chef’s dishes, the evening will feature Bluestone Vineyard wine, live entertainment, and door prizes.


Executive Chef Tom French will participate for his second year! Already named “Best Chef in the Valley” by HDR, French has a title to defend!

Taste of Downtown 2019

In celebration of everything Downtown Harrisonburg has to offer, we are opening our doors with a fantastic three-course meal for just $35/guest with an additional full-wine pairing with each course for only $15/guest. Join us Tuesday thru Saturday starting at 5pm to enjoy some of the best food our town has to offer. Chef French has crafted a specialty menu sure to wow you:

First Course

JOSHUA WILTON SALAD - mixed greens - pickled carrots - radish - bleu cheese - cherry tomatoes - bacon - herb vinaigrette

VA CLAM CHOWDER - potatoes - bacon - corn

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND MUSSELS - white beans - leeks - tomatoes - chorizo cream

Second Course

FAROE ISLAND SALMON - colcannon potatoes - green beans - watercress sauce

LAMB RAGOUT - parisienne gnocci - ricotta

DUCK BREAST - fondant potatoes - creamed spinach - truffled demi

Third Course



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Valentine’s Weekend 2019

A night for lovers! Our chefs have created a three-course meal sure to make any evening special, Due to high volume on Valentine’s Day, we have extended this amazing menu throughout the weekend for everyone to enjoy!

First Course 

RED PEAR CARPACCIO - baby spinach - cheddar - candied pecans - sherry maple vinaigrette


FRIED OYSTERS - avocado - cilantro - lime - brussel slaw - tomato concasse

DUCK AND FOIE GRAS RILLETTES - grilled bread - pickled blackberry - orange gastrique - frisee

Main Course

FILET MIGNON OSCAR - jumbo lump crab - asparagus - duchess potatoes - béarnaise

SEA SCALLOPS - braised pork belly - vanilla parsnip puree - apple fennel chutney - beet vinaigrette 

PHEASANT BREAST - braised savoy cabbage - ‘nduja compound butter - shoe string potatoes

HALIBUT - creamy polenta - agrodolce peppers - pesto

 Dessert Course




Chef Jacoby Dinge’s Dessert Tasting

Date: January 25th 2019 

Chef Jacoby Dinges has culminated his passion for fantastic desserts in his three-course dessert tasting menu with drink pairings. We’re excited to highlight Jacoby’s skill and passion in his field, and highly encourage guests of all culinary backgrounds to join. For $50/person, guests will enjoy:

First Course: Tarragon & Thyme Panna Cotta - Citrus Consommé - paired with a craft cocktail

Second Course: Lemon Meringue Tart with Coconut Gelée - Tamarind infused Spaghetti Squash - Coconut Ice Cream - paired with a glass of white wine

Third Course: Chocolate Soufflé - créme anglais - fresh berries - paired with a glass of red wine