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Welcome to
Rockingham County,
Virginia

TOWNSHIPS
Bridgewater
Broadway
Dayton
Elkton
Grottoes
Mount Crawford
Timberville
 
Independent city:
Harrisonburg
 
Unincorporated areas
Bergton
Berrytown
Briery Branch
Clover Hill
Cootes Store
Criders
Cross Keys
Dale Enterprise
Edom
Fulks Run
Hinton
Inglewood
Keezletown
Lacey Spring
Linville
Lilly
Massanutten
Mauzy
Mayland
McGaheysville
Montezuma
Mount Clinton
Penn Laird
Pleasant Valley
Port Republic
Rawley Springs
Singers Glen
Spring Creek
Stemphleytown
Tenth Legion
Turleytown
Yankeetown
 
CEMETERIES
Bethel Cem.
Cedar Grove Cem.
Cooks Creek Cem.
Dayton Cem.
Dean Cem.
East Point Cem.
Eastlawn Meml Gardens
Elk Run Cem.
Greenwood Cem.
Keezletown Cem.
Mable Memorial Cem.
McGaheysville Cem.
Mount Horeb Cem.
Mount Olivet Cem.
Mount Olivet Cem.
Mount Pleasant Cem.
Mount Sinai Cem.
Mountain Grove Cem.
Moyers Cem.
Naylor Cem.
New Hope Cem.
Oak Grove Cem.
Oaklawn Cem.
PIke Cem.
Pine Grove Cem.
Pleasant View Cem.
Port Republic Cem.
Rader Cem.
Rest Haven Meml Gardens
St. Jacobs Spaders Cem.
Shady Grove Cem.
Timbervile Cem.
Trinity Cem.
Trumbo Cem.
Weavers Cem.
 
LIBRARIES:
Bergton Community Library
17784 Criders Road
Criders, VA  22820

Elkton Community Library
106 N. Terrace Ave.
Elkton, VA  22827

Grottoes Community Library
601 Dogwood Ave.
Grottoes, VA  02441

North River Library
118 Mount Crawford Ave.
Bridgewater, VA  22812

Village Library
113 S. Central St.
Broadway, VA  22815
 

HISTORIC DISTRICTS:
Bridgewater Historic District
Roughly Main st. from North River
 to Crawford Ave.,
E. College, Gravel Lane and
Bank St.,
Bridgewater, VA

Dayton Historic District
Roughly bounded by Main,
Mason, Walnut, Summit,
and Bowman Streets,
Dayton, VA

Port Republic Historic District
An historic district of
Port Republic
Va 605 and VA 865
Port Republic, VA
 

MUSEUM:
Shenandoah Valley Folk Art
and Heritage Center
382 High St.
Dayton, VA

 

 



Welcome to the Rockingham County, Virginia
This is a No Muss, No Fuss Website to make your
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I hope you find your visit pleasant and fruitful.

This is a very new county for me so please
bear with me as I get things uploaded.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting....

Sharon Wick
Owner and Sole Transcriber.

NOTE:  This will start slow but I will be adding to it
as I can find time.

Rockbridge County is named for Natural Bridge

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A HISTORY OF ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, VA.
by John W. Wayland, Ph. D.
Published
Ruebush-Elkins Company
Dayton, Virginia
1912
TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

 History

Settlement of the county began in 1727, when Adam Miller (Mueller) staked out a claim on the south fork of the Shenandoah River, near the line that now divides Rockingham County from Page County. On a trip through eastern Virginia, the German-born Miller had heard reports about a lush valley to the west which had been discovered by Governor Alexander Spotswood's legendary Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition, and then moved his family down from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In 1741, Miller purchased 820 acres (3.3 km2), including a large lithia spring, near Elkton, Virginia, and lived on this property for the remainder of his life.
     Much-increased settlement of this portion of the Colony of Virginia by Europeans began in the 1740s and 1750s. Standing between the Tidewater and Piedmont regions to the east in Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley and the area beyond (known in old Virginia as the "Transmountaine") were the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rather than cross such a formidable physical barrier, most early settlers came southerly up the valley across the Potomac River from Maryland and Pennsylvania. Many followed the Great Wagon Trail, also known as the Valley Pike (U.S. Route 11 in modern times).
     Rockingham County was established in 1778 from Augusta County. Harrisonburg was named as the county seat and incorporated as a town in 1780. Harrisonburg was incorporated as a city in 1916 and separated from Rockingham County (all cities in Virginia are independent cities), but it remains the county seat.
     The county is named for Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, a British statesman (1730–1782). He was Prime Minister of Great Britain twice, and a keen supporter of constitutional rights for the colonists. During his first term, he repealed the Stamp Act of 1765, reducing the tax burden on the colonies. Appointed again in 1782, upon taking office, he backed the claim for the independence of the Thirteen Colonies, initiating an end to British involvement in the American Revolutionary War. However, he died after only 14 weeks in office.
     By 1778, it was unusual to honor British officials in Virginia, fighting for its independence. The same year, immediately to the north of Rockingham County, Dunmore County, named for Virginia's last Royal Governor, John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, an unpopular figure, was renamed. The new name, Shenandoah County, used a Native American name.
      However, long their political supporter in the British Parliament, the Marquess of Rockingham was a popular figure with the citizens of the new United States. Also named in his honor were Rockingham County, New Hampshire, Rockingham County, North Carolina, and the City of Rockingham in Richmond County, North Carolina.
     Rockingham County is the birthplace of Thomas Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s father.
(Source:  Wikipedia)


County Courthouse
P. O. Box 1252
Harrisonburg, VA  22803-1252
http://www.rockinghamcountyva.gov
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ADJACENT COUNTIES
* Pendleton Co., W. Va. (west)
* Hardy County, W. Va. (north
* Shenandoah Co., Va. (northeast)
* Page County, Va. (east)
* Greene County, Va. (southeast)
* Albermarle County, Va. (southeast)
* Augusta County, Va. (southwest)
* Harrisonburg, Va. (center)

County Seat: Harrisonburg
Year Organized: 1778
Square Miles: 849.09

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