Histories along the Blue Ridge (HBR) is the new name for the Exploring Rockingham’s Past project, which was launched in 2017-2018 to make selected historic records from the Rockingham County Circuit Court digitally available to the public. Keeping with the original project mission, each year, graduate students of James Madison University partner with local Circuit Court Clerk, Chaz Haywood, to make select collections digitally available. Since 2018, the project has grown rapidly beyond Rockingham County through collaborations with interested community actors and courthouses in neighboring counties along the Blue Ridge Mountain Range in Virginia. Future initiatives will also add select, non-court records to the HBR collection as well.
On the site, you will find information about their most recent digital collections and general updates about the project. To explore all digitized collections visit the "Browse Digital Collections" on the site.
In addition, HBR does provide information on collections housed by the Rockingham County courthouse that are not digitized. If the record group has not been digitized a note has been made at the top of the finding aid. For further information about all collections visit our "Finding Aids" page.