1716 September Spotswood visits the Valley East Rockingham.
1727 Adam Miller settles on the Shenandoah River.
1738 November Act of Assembly passed creating Frederick and Augusta Counties.
1745 September 23 John Sevier born in Rockingham.
1749 August 27 James Madison, first Protestant Episcopal bishop of Virginia, born at Port
1751 Thomas Lewis and Gabriel Jones buy land in East Rockingham.
1753 May 11 Valentine and Joannah Sevier sell land to Andrew Byrd, on or near Smiths
1758 April 28 Massacre at Fort Seybert.
1763 April 18 Valentine Sevier sells his personal property to Andrew Byrd.
1769 Lutheran and Reformed congregations at Peaked Mountain agree to build a union church.
1773 August 15 Valentine and Joanna Sevier sell land in Long Meadow to Michael and David
1775 October John Alderson installed as pastor of the Linville Creek Baptist church.
1777 October Act of Assembly passed creating Rockingham County.
1778 April 27, 28 First court held for Rockingham County
1779 August 5 Thomas Harrison sells lot for county buildings.
1780 May Act of Assembly passed establishing Harrisonburg.
1780 First Presbyterian preaching in Harrisonburg, according to tradition.
1782 Abraham Lincoln goes from Rockingham County to Kentucky.
1784 First court house for Rockingham completed.
1787 December Act of Assembly passed creating Pendleton County.
1789 October 29 Rockingham Union Lodge, No. 27, A. F. & A. M., chartered.
1791 December Act of Assembly passed establishing Keezletown.
1794 Bishop Asbury organizes Methodist school in Harrisonburg.
1801 McGaheysville named for Tobias Randolph McGahey.
1802 January 14 Port Republic established by Act of Assembly.
1804 January 5 New Haven established by Act of Assembly.
1805 Robert Gray locates at Harrisonburg.
1807 November 16 Henry Tutwiler, first M. A. of University of Virginia, born in
1807 December Dr. Peachey Harrison writes of Rockingham for Philadelphia Medical
1809 George Rockingham Gilmer of Georgia visits Rockingham.
1809 Bishop Newcomer (U. B.) confers with Bishop Asbury (M. E.) at Harrisonburg.
1811 February 20 Dr. Asher Waterman sells 35,000 acres of West Rockingham land for
1813 Daniel Bryan publishes the Mountain Muse.
1816 Rockingham Methodists prepare memorial against slavery.
1818 Browns Circular published.
1820 (?) Garbers Church built.
1822 Trissels Church built.
1822 Rockingham Register founded by Lawrence Wartmann.
1824 January 26 Timothy Funk born at Mountain Valley.
1825 Mt. Crawford established by Act of Assembly.
1826 February 18 Act of Assembly passed chartering Rockingham Academy.
1828 Linville Creek Church (of the Brethren) built.
1831 March Act of Assembly passed creating Page County.
1832 Dunker Annual Meeting held in Rockingham County.
1832 First edition of Joseph Funks Genuine Church Music.
1833 January 7 Great Anti-Nullification meeting held in Harrisonburg
1833 January Court Old courthouse sold.
1833 March - Dayton established by Act of Assembly.
1834 Valley Turnpike Company authorized to construct toll road from Winchester to
1835 February Bridgewater established by Act of Assembly.
1839-40 Extraordinary snows in Rockingham County.
1840 December 19 Joseph Salyards advertises the resumption of school at McGaheysville.
1844 Sons of Temperance organize at Harrisonburg.
1844 Liberty Springs Company buys land.
1847 Joseph Funk and Sons open printing office at Mountain Valley.
1847 October 5 Cyclone near Friedens Church.
1848 Mt. Vernon Furnace in Browns Gap built.
1850 Rockingham Parish reorganized and put in charge of Rev. James B. Goodwyn.
1850 Death of Judge Daniel Smith.
1858 Jed Hotchkiss publishes description of Northwest Rockingham.
1861 Dunker Annual meeting held in Rockingham.
1862 May 8 Col S. B. Gibbons killed at McDowell.
1862 June 6 Gen. Turner Ashby killed near Harrisonburg.
1862 June 8 Battle of Cross Keys.
1862 June 9 Battle of Port Republic.
1862 December 24 Joseph Funk dies at Singers Glen.
1864 May 5 Col. E. T. H. Warren and Maj. I. G. Coffman killed in the Wilderness.
1864 June 15 John Kline killed in Rockingham.
1866 John W. Taylor begins teaching at Lacey Springs.
1866 School for colored children organized in Harrisonburg by Misses Martha Smith and
Phoeby Libby, of Augusta, Maine.
1868 February Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg rededicated.
1868 July 13 Old Waterman home near Harrisonburg burns.
1868 Thurman movement in Rockingham culminates.
1869 Rockingham Home Mutual Fire Insurance Company organized.
1869 First railroad opened to Harrisonburg.
1869 New stage line opened from Harrisonburg to Shenandoah Iron Works.
1870 January Musical Million established at Singers Glen.
1870 January - Navigation opened on Shenandoah River in Brocks Gap.
1870 October Destructive Floods.
1870 December 25 Destructive fire in Harrisonburg, south side of Public Square.
1871 Harrisonburg graded school organized under new public school system J. S. Loose,
1871 U. S. District Court located at Harrisonburg.
1872 January 6 West Rockingham Mutual Fire Insurance Company organized.
1872 April Redivision of Rockingham County into 5 townships.
1872 John Cover builds tannery near Conrads Store.
1873 September 29 Valley Normal School at Bridgewater opened.
1874 March First train over Valley Railroad from Harrisonburg to Staunton.
1874 November Grading on Narrow Gauge completed from Harrisonburg to Bridgewater.
1874 Third Court House erected.
1875 Shenandoah Collegiate Institute at Dayton founded.
1876 May Catholic church in Harrisonburg consecrated.
1876 Monument to soldiers erected in Woodbine Cemetery by Ladies Memorial Association.
1877 November Destructive floods.
1878 Ruebush-Kieffer printing house moved to Dayton.
1879 June Dunker Annual Meeting at Broadway.
1879 August-September Sidney Lanier at Rockingham Springs.
1879 New Market Endless Caverns discovered.
1880 Bridgewater College started at Spring Creek.
1880 March Broadway established by Act of Assembly.
1881 April 18 First through trains from Hagerstown to Waynesboro on Norfolk & Western Railway.
1881 September A. C. Kimler begins teaching at McGaheysville.
1881 A. S. Kieffer publishes Hours of Fancy.
1885 Lakes Atlas of Rockingham County published.
1885 G. F. Compton begins history of Rockingham in the Register.
1887 Shenandoah Normal College located at Harrisonburg.
1889 Dunker Annual Meeting at Harrisonburg.
1892 February Shendun established by Act of Assembly.
1892 March 1 Old Folks Home at Timberville opened.
1892 Harrisonburg synagogue dedicated.
1892 Emma Lyon Bryan publishes A Romance of the Valley.
1893 Massanutta Cave, near Keezletown, discovered.
1894 February Timberville established by Act of Assembly.
1895 July 31 Chesapeake & Western Railway completed to Dayton.
1895 September 13 C. & W. Railway completed to Bridgewater.
1897 Fourth Court House erected.
1897 Cross Keys Home Mutual Fire Insurance Company organized.
1898 New water system for Harrisonburg put in operation.
1898 Harrisonburg Daily News established.
1899 April 18 Valley Telephone Company absorbed by the Rockingham Mutual System.
1899 May 20 President McKinley in Harrisonburg.
1899 July 1 Rockingham County Medical Association organized.
1903 Nettie Gray Daingerfield publishes That Dear Old Sword.
1905 Harrisonburg Daily Times established.
1906 April Fravel Sash and Door Company moved to Harrisonburg.
1906 J. C. Paxton builds lime kiln at Linville.
1907 J. W. Wayland publishes the German Element of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
1911 Harrisonburg and Rockingham County adopted compulsory education law.
1908 March Elkton incorporated.
1909 June Great Dunker Annual Meeting at Harrisonburg.
1909 September State Normal School at Harrisonburg opened.
1911 Waterman School opened.
1911 Rockingham Memorial Hospital built.
1911 L. J. Heatwole publishes his perpetual calendar.
1911 Rockingham Daily Record established.
1912 Legislature changes the name of Shendun to Grottoes.
1912 State Sunday-School convention held in Harrisonburg.
1912 E. U. Hoenshel publishes the Crimson Trail.