Lexington/Rockbridge County

The Lexington – Buena Vista – Rockbridge County Area is centrally located Lexington, VAin the scenic west-central part of Virginia known as the Shenandoah Valley and covers approximately 610 square miles of diverse, rolling terrain. It is home to over 35,500 people. Within the County’s borders are two independent cities, Lexington and Buena Vista, and two incorporated towns, Glasgow and Goshen.

Rockbridge County was named for the distinctive geological landmark, Natural Bridge, located in the southern portion of the County. The Bridge has been included in several "Seven Natural Wonders of the World" lists, mostly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark, a Virginia Historic Landmark, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Rockbridge County was created in 1778 from portions of Augusta and Botetourt counties.

Rockbridge County has been the home of renowned military strategists Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and Robert E. Lee, inventor Cyrus McCormick, and pioneer Sam Houston. Rockbridge County is bound on the west by the lower elevations of the Allegheny Mountains and on the east by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rockbridge County lies at the headwaters of both the James and Maury Rivers. The Maury River is considered one of Virginia’s premier fresh water, fast moving, mountain streams that offers so much to so many outdoorsmen.

The primary economic activity of the Rockbridge area is higher education and Lexington Horsestourism. The area is home to Washington and Lee University (http://www.wlu.edu), Virginia Military Institute (http://vmi.edu), and Southern Virginia College (http://www.svu.edu), as well as a branch of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (http://www.dslcc.edu). Tourism is supported by visitors to the colleges and universities, Natural Bridge, the approximately 400,000 people who annually visit or participate in activities at the Virginia Horse Center (http://horsecenter.org/view.asp?id=home), and the two non-profit theaters: Theater at Lime Kiln and Hull’s Drive In.

The Rockbridge-Lexington area has all of the elements that are needed to provide an outstanding quality of life.