Rockingham County, Virginia

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Rockingham County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 67,725. Its county seat is Harrisonburg[1]. Rockingham County is included in the Harrisonburg, Virginia, Metropolitan Statistical Area and is home of the Rockingham County Baseball League.

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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.[2][3][4][5] 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.[6][7][8] In 1741, Miller purchased 820 acres (3.3 km2), including a large lithia spring, near Elkton, VA, and lived on this property for the remainder of his life.[9][10]

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