Rockbridge County, Virginia was established in 1777, and is steeped in Civil War history. The county incudes the cities of Lexington (the county seat) and Buena Vista. The county was named for Natural Bridge, a natural historic monument which is located south of Lexington. The county is also known for being the place where Cyrus McCormick invented the reaper.
Visitors come to Rockbridge County to experience it's extensive Civil War History, particularly in the city of Lexington, and to explore the many fesitvals, outdoor activities, historic homes and museums that this rural county has to offer.
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Located on the family farm of inventor Cyrus McCormick. McCormick patented the mechanical reaper. The farm and museum is operated by Virginia Tech. The water-powered mill is operated one day a year at annual festival. Photo: Burton R. Floyd