Rockbridge County, Virginia

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Rockbridge County is a county located in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 20,808. Its county seat is Lexington[1]. This population figure excludes those residing in the independent cities of Buena Vista (6,349) and Lexington (6,867), both enclaved within the county's geographical borders.

Nature Camp, a youth summer camp, is located in the county near the town of Vesuvius.



Rockbridge County was established in October, 1777 from parts of now neighboring Augusta and Botetourt counties, and the first county elections were held in May of 1778. Rockbridge County was named for Natural Bridge, a notable landmark in the southern portion of the county. Rockbridge County was formed during an act of assembly intended to reduce the amount of travel to the nearest courthouse, and to ensure trials were held fairly, and among friends rather than strangers. The first court session in Rockbridge County was held at the home of Samuel Wallace on April 7, 1778.

Cyrus McCormick invented the reaper near Steele's Tavern at the northern end of the county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 601 square miles (1,557 km²), of which 600 square miles (1,553 km²) is land and 1 square mile (4 km²) (0.22%) is water. The land area figures do not include the independent cities of Buena Vista and Lexington.

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