Compiled and Edited by Nancy B. Hess, 1976
From the preface: This history of Rockingham County is not just a listing of places, names, and dates, but it is the story of our struggling forefathers and the settling of a valley. The story is about thousands of living souls, ordinary men and women who came here full of hope, groping for a new home and a firm foundation. Here the homeseekers found a land of promise – a place where they could work, prosper, raise families and worship as they chose. Here they toiled through peace and struggled through war; the failed – they succeeded! They learned to live and work together – they built a priceless heritage for us to cherish and revere.
It is the story of the taming of the mountains, battling the elements, capturing the rivers and streams and conquering the raw, rough earth. The story unfolds in the burying grounds, with the crying of women and children and the loss and heartache from many early partings. There was laughter – and song too! There was reverence for life, cherishing of children and patience with the elderly.
History shows the pioneers as living people, brave men and women who faced problems, and solved them. They made mistakes and wise decisions – many that affect us still.
A compilation of “fact and fiction,” including traditions, faded memories, and hazy recollections, this book was written for the 1976 Bicentennial celebration of our nation and for the 1977 Bicentennial celebration of the establishment of Rockingham as a county to be read by Valley residents and “come here’s” so all may be inspired to protect and preserve the heritage found here, in the “heartland” of the Valley.
Hardcover, 375 pages with images and index.