Guide to the Early Rockingham County Architecture Slide Collection


Creators:  Rothrock, Siler and Carter, Bob

Title:  Siler Rothrock - Bob Carter Early Rockingham County Architecture Slide Collection

Date Span:  1978-1986

Quantity:  749 mostly color 35mm slides

Location:  Historical Collections Archive, Rockingham Community College, Gerald B. James Library


     This collection developed from an interest in the early architecture of Rockingham County, North Carolina by Reidsville native Siler Rothrock, who had grown up working in his family's building supply business.  While completing his master's degree, he engaged in the antique and refinishing business.  Developing an interest in local architecture, he enrolled in the fall of 1978 in Dr. Lindley Butler's local history class at Rockingham Community College where he met local historian Bob Carter.  They agreed to travel the rural sections of the county and photograph the early houses still standing.  From 1978 until 1986 they photographed most of the pre-Civil War structures in the county.  Bob Carter did the deed research and interviews to identify the builders and occupants of the houses.  With this background in architecture, Siler Rothrock established his own construction firm specializing in old home restoration.  He has since developed a statewide reputation in the restoration field. 

     Many of the documented buildings have succumbed to fire and demolition and this collection will become increasingly valuable with the passage of time.



     The collection consists of 749 mostly color 35mm slides depicting early structures such has houses, mills, tobacco barns, and outbuildings in Rockingham County, North Carolina.  Many were constructed prior to the Civil War.  Most of the structures have been identified with family names associated with the properties. Views include exteriors, interiors and architectural details. If structures are no longer standing, notes to that effect have been added.   The slides are arranged by each of 11 county townships.



     Collection is stored in the Historical Collections Archives and may be seen by appointment.



     Slides were donated by Siler Rothrock on December 31, 2002.



     In 2007,  federal LSTA funds made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the State Library of North Carolina through the North Carolina ECHO, (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online) Digitization Grant Program were obtained through a grant proposal written by Mary Gomez, Technical Services Librarian at Rockingham Community College.  These funds were used to purchase equipment and software to enable the digitization of the slides in order to both preserve them, and make them more accessible to the public.