Recognizing the need to preserve historical source materials and make them accessible to the public, the Rockingham Community College Foundation, Inc. approved the sponsorship of the Rockingham County Historical Collections in November of 1979.
To collect, preserve, exhibit and make available for public use published materials, rare books, manuscripts, documents and museum artifacts.
What do we have?
Books on local history and genealogy
Extensive clipping files
Rare photographs, documents and artifacts
Church and cemetery records
How do we contribute to the overall mission of Rockingham Community College?
In addition to providing academic support for college and high school courses in history, southern culture, and humanities, we also contribute to the mission of the college by enriching the lives of Rockingham County residents through preserving and making publicly available our materials.
Prior to 1850, only the heads of households were named in census records. From 1850 on, all residents of the household are listed. The 1890 census for Rockingham County, along with most of the United States, was destroyed by fire.
The Madison-Mayodan Public Library (611 Burton St., Madison, NC 27025; Phone 336-548-6553) maintains an excellent collection of genealogical materials from Rockingham and many other North Carolina and Virginia counties.