in 1778 from portions of Augusta and Botetourt counties, Rockbridge
County has been the home of military strategists Thomas "Stonewall"
Jackson and Robert E. Lee, inventor Cyrus McCormick, and pioneer Sam
Houston. Rockbridge County is centrally located in the historic and
scenic Shenandoah Valley in west-central Virginia. Rockbridge County
was named for the distinctive geological landmark, Natural Bridge, located
in the southern portion of the County. The County is bounded on the
west by the lower elevations of the Allegheny Mountains and on the east
by the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is surrounded by the counties
of Augusta, Nelson, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Alleghany, and Bath,
and lies at the headwaters of the James and Maury rivers. Two major
interstates, 81 and 64, service the Rockbridge County area.
Rockbridge County encompasses 607 square miles of diverse, rolling terrain.
Within its borders are two incorporated towns, Glasgow and Goshen, and
two independent cities, Lexington and Buena Vista. Lexington, the county
seat, is an important educational, retail, commercial, and governmental
center. Buena Vista, situated 6 miles east of Lexington and adjacent
to the Maury River, is the industrial and manufacturing nucleus of the