Rockingham County and its county seat, Wentworth, are named for the second Marquess of Rockingham, Charles Watson Wentworth. Although British, he was very popular among the colonists for securing the repeal of the Stamp Act. Tobacco was a major economic force in the county at one time, with the American Tobacco Company as the largest employer. Visitors can find many activities in a number of small county towns, including antique shopping and a new proposed equestrian center in Reidsville, arts and crafts in Madison, and outfitting companies in Eden and Madison that market the county's river recreation. A number of festivals celebrate the community in the spring and summer and include a folk festival, pottery festival, and the Charlie Poole Music Festival.