About Rockbridge County, Virginia

Member of the Rockbridge County/Lexington Multiple Listing Service

Rockbridge County was formed in 1778 and named after the Natural Bridge of Virginia, a natural historic wonder located in the southern part of the County. Two-thirds of the County's 607 square miles came from Botetourt County to the south and the remainder from Augusta County to the north.


Since weathering the economic downturn which began in 2008, the County has seen an increase in new business and commercial development.  In 2011, Heatex America purchased the last industrial lot in the Natural Bridge Industrial Park, marking the first major industrial development in the County in several years.  The Devils Backbone Brewing Company opened its manufacturing and bottling plant in Rockbridge County in 2012, with over a $4.5 million investment.  Also in 2012, Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute began expansions.  In 2013, the County, in cooperation with the Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, W&L University and the federal government, completed a 10 million dollar broadband infrastructure project, extending fiber optic service to many areas which had been previously underserved.  Currently, Rockbridge County is poised to take advantage of opportunities in the areas of commercial and industrial development, agricultural advances and tourism.