COMMUNITIES OF ROCKINGHAM COUNTY
A community of communities.
For those looking for small city living with big city amenities, Eden, the county’s largest city, is the perfect fit. Because of its stunning, rolling hills and lush vegetation, English explorer William Byrd II christened this terrain the “Land of Eden.” The city actually formed when three small mill towns, Leaksville, Spray and Draper, merged in the late 1960s and it is proud to be called an “All-America City”. Eden’s motto, “Land of Two Rivers,” summarizes what makes the city a great attraction for industry, residents and visitors alike. Today, Eden offers the buzz of city life with its planned neighborhoods, shopping centers, restaurants and new city park, but without the crowds and congestion found in nearby metropolitan areas.
The town of Madison is nestled at the junction of the Mayo and Dan Rivers. The town incorporated in 1873 and is named for President Madison, our nation’s fourth President. Originally 50 tobacco plants made Madison the largest tobacco manufacturing center in the world prior to the Civil War. Today, Madison thrives on a diverse mix of industries and is revitalizing its downtown district, which features a number of nostalgic shops and unique businesses.
The town of Mayodan grew around the railroad and the Mayo Mills textile industry. The rail line that was constructed to move goods from Roanoke, Virginia to Winston-Salem, North Carolina resulted in the development of mill towns such as Mayodan along the way. The town incorporated in 1899 and its name is the combination of neighboring rivers, the Mayo and the Dan. Today, Mayodan is a quiet, friendly town home to over 2,000 people. The textile industry still plays a major role in Mayodan with companies such as Unifi, Inc.
Reidsville’s history dates more than 125 years with deep roots in the tobacco industry. Reidsville is located in the southwestern corner of the county, just north of Greensboro with US 29 (future I-785) running along the city’s border. Reidsville is rapidly growing with a 411-acre technology and industrial park that is home to two international companies: AFG Wipes based in Israel and Alcan Packaging based in Canada. The first in the county to be named an “All-America City, Reidsville provides a small town lifestyle with great sense of community from its historic downtown streets to its 750-acre lake and park.
Stoneville, the County’s smallest town, stretches along the US Highway 220 corridor, just below the Virginia state line. In the early 1800s settlers developed the community originally known as Mayo, which grew around the general store of Thomas and Pinkney Stone. The town incorporated in 1877 as Stoneville and tobacco was also its major economic force. The construction of the Roanoke and Southern railway also brought prosperity to the town. Today, Stoneville’s economy is based on textiles and small businesses.
The county seat of Wentworth is the area’s youngest town, incorporated in 1998. It is located in the center of the county. Wentworth is the hub of the county’s governmental activity with the Rockingham Courthouse and Governmental Center. It is also home to Rockingham Community College and a number of historical and cultural attractions.