Every place has its own history, culture, and characters. Leaksville, N.C., was a textile mill town situated near the Smith and Dan Rivers in north central North Carolina, providing employment for Tom's wife, Ruby, Junior Thompson's father, Ed, and a large portion of the town's residents for most of the 20th century. When Leaksville merged with neighboring towns Spray and Draper in 1967, the new name became "Eden." As the textile industry slowly died off, Eden has been revitalized by attracting business and tourism attracted by the same natural beauty that William Byrd reported in 1728 when he surveyed the boundary between the North Carolina and Virginia colonies. "This is a land rich even unto the fabled lands about Babylon. The air is wholesome, and the soil equal in fertility to any in the world," he said, later calling it "The Wonderful Land of Eden." The websites below are links to "Old Leaksville," Eden, and to Rockingham County. Please visit and support these sites.