Floyd County, VA.

Named for John Floyd

Floyd County is in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its county seat is the town of Floyd. The county has a total area of 381.8 square miles (988.9 km2), of which 380.9 square miles (986.5 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.2%) is water. It is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia.

County Resources
Welcome to Floyd County
Floyd County is a unique mountain community known for its music, its natural beauty, its arts, and its diverse, caring people.
Floyd, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Our mission is to support regional businesses with networking opportunities, informative and educational resources, and to serve as an advocate for our members and community
Resources by City
  • Alum Ridge
  • Burks Fork (c 1880–1930)
  • Carthage
  • Check
  • Conners Grove
  • Copper Hill
  • Copper Valley
  • Court House (c 1900–1920)
  • Duncan
  • Floyd
  • Haycock
  • Hemlock
  • Huffville
  • Indian Valley
  • Laurel Branch
  • Little River (c 1880–1930)
  • Locust Valley (c 1900–1930)
  • Mabry Mill
  • Pizarro
  • Poff
  • Shelors Mill
  • Simpsons
  • Smart
  • Sowers
  • Terrys Fork
  • Turtle Rock
  • Union
  • Willis
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Adjacent counties are;

  • Franklin County, Virginia – east
  • Patrick County, Virginia – southeast
  • Carroll County, Virginia – southwest
  • Pulaski County, Virginia – northwest
  • Montgomery County, Virginia – northwest
  • Roanoke County, Virginia – north
National protected areas:

Blue Ridge Parkway
Visitor information for planning your trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway area including maps, lodging, camping, hiking, attractions and more
Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve
Buffalo Mountain is one of the most significant natural areas in Virginia.

Floyd County, VA. History:

The recorded history of Floyd County begins with the traders, trappers and hunters arriving in Southwest Virginia in the 18th century. Trader’s Path was the earliest known travel way through present day Floyd County. It ran from east to west across the Roanoke River. The trail continued westward through the Little River area to the Lead Mines.

The first known attempts to settle the area appear to have been made during the 1740s. In 1745 the Virginia Council granted James Patton, of Augusta County, among others, 100,000 acres (400 km2) on the New River and the westward flowing waters, including the Little River area. In 1749 the Royal Company of Virginia also received a grant on the westward flowing waters, putting the two companies in competition with one another to settle the area. The first surveying of the land occurred in the late 1740s.

On January 15, 1831, the General Assembly of Virginia passed an act creating the present county of Floyd out of the county of Montgomery. The new county was named for the then Governor of Virginia, John Floyd. The new county’s courthouse was completed in 1834. In 1870 a portion of Franklin County was added to Floyd County. The first Commonwealth’s Attorney was William Ballard Preston, a nephew of John Floyd, who would later serve as Secretary of the United States Navy. Preston was followed in later years by Jubal Early, who would later serve as a general for the Confederate Army.

The county seat of Floyd County was first called Jacksonville for Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States (1829–1837). Jacksonville was first incorporated in 1858 and then re-incorporated on February 19, 1892 to expand the town boundaries. On January 23, 1896, the General Assembly passed an Act officially changing the name of the Town of Jacksonville to the town of Floyd.

The county became a destination for those involved in the counterculture during the 1960s and 1970s, particularly those who wanted to live in closer contact with nature. In the late 1990s, the Rivendell community was established by a group of Christians so they could practice a lifestyle consistent with their Reformed Churches’ interpretations of the Bible and, in part, to be better isolated from possible societal disruptions caused by the Y2K computer problem. Most of the original members of this community have moved on, though a solid church remains.

Floyd County was also a setting for the ministry of Reverend Bob Childress, whose life was chronicled in the book The Man Who Moved a Mountain.

The county’s location directly adjacent to both the Roanoke and the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan Statistical Areas have contributed to modest population growth in contrast to most rural counties in Southwest Virginia. Several bloggers live in the county and frequently post observations about the community and its rural setting.

Floyd County also has a strong music and literary scene. Three establishments in Floyd regularly offer a variety of live music during the weekends ranging from traditional styles such as Bluegrass and Old-timey_music to contemporary and alternative acts. Best known is the Friday Night Jamboree held at The Floyd Country Store. Both the Country Store and County Records, founded in the 1960s, are featured on the Virginia Heritage Music Trail called “The Crooked Road.” In the early 21st century, Floyd became the home of an annual world music festival called FloydFest.

Floyd County is situated on a high plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains which divides the eastward flowing from the westward flowing waters. With the high topography, no streams flow into Floyd County. The county is drained primarily by Little River and its tributaries which flow into New River below the Claytor Lake Dam and, in turn, by way of the Kanawha River, the Ohio River and the Mississippi River, into the Gulf of Mexico. The headwaters of the south fork of the Roanoke River are in the northeastern part of the county. Shooting Creek, which flowed into Philpott Lake, was named supposedly because moonshiners would shoot at encroaching “revenuers”, or agents of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, later the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Chateau Morrisette and Villa Appalaccia wineries have been established since the 1980s.

Other places in Floyd County:

Chateau Morrisette Virginia Winery and Restaurant
Situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, Chateau Morrisette Winery is at Milepost 171.5 along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Our mission is to be the best music festival experience of our time.
The Floyd Country Store
The Floyd Country Store is renowned as a place to experience authentic Appalachian music, and is home to a group of musicians, flatfoot dancers, and cloggers who are carrying on the tradition of their families—to make music, to dance, and to have fun.
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts
The Jacksonville Center for the Arts’ mission is to facilitate and showcase artistic endeavors and creativity; to provide education in the arts throughout our rural community and region.
The Old Church Gallery
Our members document and celebrate the creativity from both our county’s history and our present community.

Two main roads pass through the County of Floyd. SR 8 is a north south road and runs from Interstate 81 through Riner through Floyd County and on to join with highway 58. It is a winding two lane road and a nice drive, but be cautious. it is narrow with blind curves.

US 221 is an east west highway that runs from Interstate 77 near Hillsville to Interstate 581 in Roanoak. Although a wider road, it is also winding and mountainous.

There are other roads into Floyd County. However you decide to go, the trip will be well worth it. Of course, you will want to spend some time visiting the area and taking in the sights. Below are some places to stay during your visit.

Ambrosia Farm Bed Breakfast
Ambrosia Farm Bed and Breakfast Inn is a completely restored 200-year-old log built farm-house. with a large pasture that offers beautiful sunset views.
Bella La Vita Inn
You are invited to relax and enjoy the exceptional beauty of our Virginia country inn. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating change of pace as you breathe in the pure mountain air.
Bent Mountain Lodge Bed and Breakfast
As you enter the grounds of Bent Mountain Lodge Bed and Breakfast, you will begin an experience you won’t soon forget.
Hotel Floyd
Hotel Floyd offers travelers and visitors a restful retreat with all the modern amenities for a comfortable, pleasurable stay. Located in the heart of Floyd.
Mountain Song Inn
Mountain Song Inn is the perfect place to stay when you are looking for beauty, peace, and privacy for that special time away.
Soapstone Bed & Breakfast
Step back in time to our beautiful four-bedroom Georgian style home. This landmark is conveniently located walking distance from the center of Floyd and all the town has to offer.
Stonewall Bed & Breakfast
A spacious three-level log home set in a native mountain forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural Virginia.

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