President Lincoln Exhibit Explores His Connection to the Valley

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va -- It is only fitting that the Harrisonburg Rockingham Heritage Museum has a 'Lincoln in the Valley' exhibit open during the week of the “Lincoln” movie release.

Most of us don't realize the connection that the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, has to our area.

Director of the Heritage Museum Penny Imeson said President Lincoln's grandfather was born in Rockingham County. The family came from Pennsylvania through the Valley and then continued west where President Lincoln was born, but much of his family remained in the Valley.

"He wrote to his cousin David asking about the family in Rockingham County. And then you can see the letter that David wrote back to the president. So, if Abe was interested in his Rockingham roots, then we certainly hope that our community itself would be as well," said Imeson.

The museum has other letters and artifacts on display for just one more month. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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