North Carolina-Rockingham County-September 28

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-September 28

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

In 1785 Rockingham County was carved out of Guilford County. It’s county seat is Wentworth and derives its name from a two time Prime Minister to Great Britain Charles Watson-Wentworth. Another example of a North Carolina County getting its name from an individual that was not from the area.

County map of Rockingham is shown below outlined in red.


Rockingham County has several important historic and natural sites.  The Piedmont county boasts the first North Carolina theater with the capability to show sound movies: Rockingham Theatre.


It is also home to the Penn House, a 12,500-square-foot dwelling.  Its namesake, Charles Penn, was the Vice-President of American Tobacco and contributed greatly to the development of the “Lucky Strike” cigarette brand.  When Penn died in 1931 40 billion “Lucky Strike” cigarettes were being sold annually.


The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has a WordPress blog called A Day in North Carolina History.

Great post on Charles Penn below:

The Penn House is a great venue for weddings.


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