Rockingham County, North Carolina
|Rockingham County, North Carolina|
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham|
|• Total||573 sq mi (1,484 km2)|
|• Land||566 sq mi (1,466 km2)|
|• Water||7.2 sq mi (19 km2), 1.2%|
|• Density||166/sq mi (64/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Rockingham County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 93,643. Its county seat is Wentworth. The county is known as "North Carolina's North Star."
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Law and government
- 5 Transportation
- 6 Attractions
- 7 Education
- 8 Communities
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The county was formed in 1785 from Guilford County. It was named for Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, British Prime Minister from 1765 to 1766 and again in 1782. Rockingham's administration was dominated by the American issue. Rockingham wished for repeal of the Stamp Act 1765 and won a Commons vote on the repeal resolution by 275 to 167 in 1766. This made him a popular figure among British colonists in America (who would later become known as "The Americans"), people in North Carolina were still fond of him in the years following the independence of the United States.
The county served as the location for the Searcy & Moore gun factory, which was located at Hogans Creek, a small village located some 20 miles northwest of Greensboro. The firm supplied weapons – dubbed "N.C. Rifles" – to the Confederate States of America forces during the Civil War. Owned by Alexander M. Searcy and Dr. J. S. Moore, the manufactory assembled some 100 rifles for the Rebel forces in 1862–1863.
Rockingham County has a municipal airport eight miles (13 km) northwest of Reidsville called Shiloh Airport, which has a paved 5,000-foot (1,500 m) runway, a fixed base operation, and hangar space.
- Pittsylvania County, Virginia - northeast
- Caswell County - east
- Alamance County - southeast
- Guilford County - south
- Forsyth County - southwest
- Stokes County - west
- Henry County, Virginia - northwest
As of the census of 2000, there were 91,928 people, 36,989 households, and 26,188 families residing in the county. The population density was 162 people per square mile (63/km²). There were 40,208 housing units at an average density of 71 per square mile (27/km²). The racial identities of the county were 77.33% White, 19.57% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.69% from other race identities, and 0.83% from two or more races. 3.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino identified of any race specific phenotype.
There were 36,989 households out of which 30.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.60% were married couples living together, 12.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,784, and the median income for a family was $40,821. Males had a median income of $30,479 versus $22,437 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,120. About 10.20% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.30% of those under age 18 and 15.50% of those age 65 or over.
Law and government
Rockingham County is a member of the regional Piedmont Triad Council of Governments.
In 2011, the new Rockingham County Justice Center was opened. The $47 million facility replaced a more than century old courthouse in Rockingham County and includes courthouse, jail, and sheriff's office. The new facility is the first judicial center in the state of North Carolina seeking certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System and is estimated to save over $5 million over a 40-year period. The three-story building will be able to accommodate 359 employees and 300 inmates.
Rockingham County NC Shiloh Airport is a public-use airport owned by Rockingham County. It is located in the town of Stoneville, eight nautical miles (15 km) northwest of the central business district of the city of Reidsville.
Attractions in Rockingham County include the state parks of the Dan and Mayo rivers, near Madison; the historic downtown areas of Leaksville, Draper and Spray in Eden; the Chinqua-Penn Plantation in Reidsville; and the historic Penn House, located in Reidsville. One of the most famous attractions of the Reidsville area is Lake Reidsville. Various historic shops are found in the county, as well.
The Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (the MARC) is the county historical museum and is located in Wentworth, the county seat. The museum features exhibits and artifacts related to Rockingham County history.
All public schools in Rockingham County are a part of Rockingham County Schools. The area includes government elementary, middle, and high schools including 25 different schools which include: The elementary are Bethany School, Moss Street, Central, Leaksville-Spray, Dillard, Monroeton School, Douglass, Draper, South End School, Lawsonville Avenue, Stoneville, Lincoln, Wentworth, Huntsville, Williamsburg, and a magnet school New Vision. The middle schools are Bethany Charter (Rockingham County's only charter school), Holmes, Rockingham County, Reidsville, and Western Rockingham. The high schools are Dalton L. McMichael High School, John Motley Morehead High School, Reidsville High School, and Rockingham County High School. There is also the S.C.O.R.E. Center. There are currently 10 School Board Members with one other board member seat being vacant currently. Other schools are Rockingham County Early College (for high school students only), and Rockingham Community College, located in Wentworth.
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- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Ross J. S. Hoffman, The Marquis. A Study of Lord Rockingham, 1730–1782 (New York: Fordham University Press, 1973), p. 113.
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- Jonnelle Davis (June 19, 2011). "The new face of justice". Greensboro News & Record. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "Open House and Grand Opening to be Held on June 21st for New Rockingham County Justice Center". Rockingham County Office of Public Information. May 9, 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- FAA Airport Master Record for SIF ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 11 February 2010.
- "Airport Information". Rockingham County / Shiloh Airport. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
- "Rockingham County Schools Board of Education Members". Rockingham County Schools. 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- Rockingham County government official website
- NCGenWeb Rockingham County - free genealogy resources for the county
- Rockingham County, North Carolina's North Star
- Rockingham County Business & Technology Center
- The Shiloh/Rockingham County Airport
- WGSR TV47/Reidsville
||Henry County, Virginia||Pittsylvania County, Virginia|
|Stokes County||Caswell County|
|Forsyth County||Guilford County||Alamance County|