Rockingham County, VA offers the best of country living and modern conveniences. The county comprises six welcoming small towns, three census-designated places, and over two dozen unincorporated communities. Many of the county’s 81,000 residents are engaged in agriculture, education, manufacturing, biotechnology, and high-tech industries. Rockingham County's first inhabitants were Native American tribes, and many settlers, including Quakers, Mennonites, and Brethren religions, stayed in the valley. The county was named after the Marquis of Rockingham, a British statesman who was sympathetic to the American cause during the Revolutionary War. The county has widely diverse communities, with a variety of homes and property types, sizes, and prices. Rockingham County's farmers have spearheaded a thriving agritourism industry, and the county teems with farmer’s markets, farm stands, and pop-up markets selling the freshest produce and farm-to-table food. The Shenandoah Valley region is a playground for outdoor lovers, with popular activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. The county is served by the Rockingham County Public Schools school district and has several higher education opportunities, including James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University, Bridgewater College, and Blue Ridge Community College.