October 1,  Grace Hill Farm, Rockbridge Baths

Eat, drink and tap your toes to jointly benefit the Taubman Museum of Art, and the mission of the Rockbridge Historical Society!

Growing collaborations between Roanoke’s flagship Museum and RHS (including our Member’s tour to their “Tobacco People” exhibit in January, and mutual leadership in the Virginia Association of Museums) have provided welcomed opportunities to partner our institutional efforts in extending outreach to our local audiences and Valley region.


The event will be held at the Rockbridge Baths’ Grace Hill Farm, the historic home built ca. 1829 by Joseph Walker, for whom Walker’s Creek was named.  The festivities are hosted in the estate’s party barn, refurbished with reclaimed chestnut timbers and historical details.  The grounds are also marked by the distinctively circular brick ‘smokehouse’ (originally, the farm’s icehouse) and grand views of the mountains flanking Rockbridge.

Presentations and displays by RHS will flesh out histories of the area and the Walker-Johnston families, who were so instrumental to the early founding of Rockbridge County.


Join us Saturday, October 15-9 pm at this 40-acre historic property, less than 15 mins from downtown Lexington, for slow-smoked barbecue, microbrews from Deschutes Brewery, wine tastings from Jump Mountain Vineyard, and live, local blues music.


Tickets are $65 in advance, $75 day of, and $15 for youth under 9 years of age.


Visit www.TaubmanMuseum.org for full details, and to purchase tickets online.

The benefit takes place at Grace Hill Farm: 1235 Walkers Creek Road, Rockbridge Baths, VA 24473.

OCTOBER 21, 2016

4:00PM – 5:00 PM

Come and Celebrate the Righteous & Rascals Of Rockbridge

The event will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony to pay tribute to the successful initiative to install 70 historic sidewalk stones in downtown Lexington. Through their brief, snappy inscriptions, those granite pavers collectively chronicle both well-known and little-known lives from Rockbridge’s colorful past, complemented by a growing website that both details and links them in greater depth.

Come celebrate the final cluster of ‘Story Stones:’ a new gateway ‘launchpoint’ at Lexington’s central crossroads, on the corner of Main and Nelson Streets. Along with recognition of key supporters, the afternoon’s festivities will be highlighted by Mark Cline’s dramatic impersonations of both quirky and iconic Rockbridge characters.

Wells Fargo Bank Plaza Corner of Main & Nelson Streets Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 464-1058
email – rochist@hotmail.com



December 3, 2016 - Anderson Hall @ Kendal

Learn about your Local History & Earn Big Cash Prizes

HS Students: Ask your History Teachers and Librarians How to Borrow the Book Remarkable Rockbridge this Summer/Fall.
Get a Jump on the Types of Questions, and Cash Awards.
All high school students eligible to compete in this Quiz Bowl format,
Questions to be drawn from Remarkable Rockbridge:
RHS’ landmark history of Lexington, Buena Vista, Rockbridge
Deadline to Register  November 1, 2016 @ Midnight
For More Information & Registration Please Contact : Mary Harvey-Halseth
RHS Educational Outreach Chair 540-460-4484
www.RockHist.org Email: rochist@hotmail.com


2016 Annual Fund Drive

The Rockbridge Historical Society, one of the oldest and largest county societies in Virginia, has launched its 2016 Annual Fund drive. To review the appeal, click here.