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Where the River Flows: Finding Faith in Rockingham County, Virginia, 1726-1876

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If the colony of Virginia was England's frontier, the Valley of Virginia was Europe's far-flung border. Filled with settlers moving south from Pennsylvania, New York, and other colonies, the land here was as diverse as any place in America.

To the east of the Blue Ridge, the Church of England would direct and proscribe matters of faith and practice for the majority of Virginians. But beyond the mountains, often settling on the broad meadows which graced the edge of so many streams, were people of different traditions - Baptists, German Reformed, Lutheran, Mennonists, Dunkers, Presbyterians, Inspirationists, Quakers, Separatists, Moravians. As far as the state was concerned, these were "dissenters," those who disagreed with the Anglican church on some point of theology or other. They were tolerated as a welcome buffer against the French and native Americans to the west, yet in time each would lend its own traditions to the growing colony that would in large part shape the future of the new nation to come.

Here is the real, lasting story, a story of faith and commitment, of hope that does not disappoint. It is the story of those who live where the river flows.

Published for the Margaret Grattan Weaver Foundation by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. With index, photos, illustrations, endnotes, and supplemental map. A lovely presentation of history!