In my younger years, Eden did not exist. There were 3 textile towns located in the north east corner of Rockingham County. There were known as Leakesville, Spray and Draper. In 1967, the 3 towns consolidated into one town and renamed themselves “EDEN”…..
The Smith and the Dan River join together on the south side of Eden. The Dan River flows along Eden’s southern border while the Smith River flows from the north bisecting the city on its route to meet the Dan River.
Eden is the largest city in Rockingham County with a population of approximately 15,000. As with most southern, formerly booming textile towns, Eden is fighting to hold its own in the ever changing world. The population seems to be relatively stable even though the textile industry is a fraction of it’s former self.
History of “The Land Of Eden”
By the mid-eighteenth century, the territory of present-day Eden was within a 70,000-acre (280 km2) estate owned by William Byrd II, a planter of Virginia and North Carolina. He originally called his estate “The Land of Eden”. This is taken from Wikipedia. Wikipedia tells of a very interesting history of the Town of Eden
Eden North Carolina