Cedar Grove Cem.
Cooks Creek Cem.
East Point Cem.
Eastlawn Meml Gardens
Elk Run Cem.
Mable Memorial Cem.
Mount Horeb Cem.
Mount Olivet Cem.
Mount Olivet Cem.
Mount Pleasant Cem.
Mount Sinai Cem.
Mountain Grove Cem.
New Hope Cem.
Oak Grove Cem.
Pine Grove Cem.
Pleasant View Cem.
Port Republic Cem.
Rest Haven Meml Gardens
St. Jacobs Spaders Cem.
Shady Grove Cem.
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
113 S. Central St.
Broadway, VA 22815
Bridgewater Historic District
Roughly Main st. from North River
to Crawford Ave.,
E. College, Gravel Lane and
Dayton Historic District
Roughly bounded by Main,
Mason, Walnut, Summit,
and Bowman Streets,
Port Republic Historic District
An historic district of
Va 605 and VA 865
Port Republic, VA
Shenandoah Valley Folk Art
and Heritage Center
382 High St.
Welcome to the Rockingham County, Virginia
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Owner and Sole Transcriber.
NOTE: This will start slow
but I will be adding to it
as I can find time.
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
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
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
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
Rockingham County is the birthplace of Thomas Lincoln,
Abraham Lincoln’s father.
P. O. Box 1252
Harrisonburg, VA 22803-1252
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