Rockingham County, Virginia

County: Rockingham

State: Virginia

Lat/Long: 38.5167, -78.8833

White settlers first moved into the area that would become Rockingham County in 1727. From November 1738 to October 1777, the area was part of Augusta County. In October 1777, the Virginia General Assembly established Rockingham County, and in May 1780, Harrisonburg became the county seat. Abraham Lincoln, grandfather of President Abraham Lincoln, was a resident of the county before moving to Kentucky. During the Civil War, Rockingham County was the site of two major battles, one at Cross Keys on June 8, 1862, and at Port Republic on June 9.

John W. Wayland, A History of Rockingham County Virginia (Dayton, VA: Ruebush-Elkins, 1912), 9-12, 428.