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Floyd County, Virginia
Seal of Floyd County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Floyd County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1831
Seat Floyd
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Floyd County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 13,874. Its county seat is Floyd6.


Floyd County's recorded history begins with the arrival of traders, trappers and hunters in Southwest Virginia in the 1700s. The earliest known travel way through present day Floyd County was the Trader's Path, running from East to West across the Roanoke River where Back Creek enters the river, by John Mason's, R. Poage's, the headwaters of Back Creek and Southwest over Bent Mountain. 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 Montgomery. The new county was named for the then Governor of Virginia, John Floyd. The new county's courthouse was completed in 1834.

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.

Floyd County's rugged terrain and relative inaccessibility, which persists now as there are no four lane roads in the county, have historically drawn those seeking to live outside the mainstream of society. During the American Civil War, deserters from the Confederate Army used the county as a hideaway to minimize the chances of retribution. 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 fundamentalist Christians so they could practice a lifestyle consistent with their interpretations of the Bible and also, in part, to be isolated from possible societal disruptions caused by the Y2K computer problem. Nonetheless, 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 scene for a rural county. Three establishments in Floyd regularly offer a variety of live music during the weekends ranging from traditional styles such as Bluegrass to contemporary and alternative acts. Best known is the Friday Night Jamboree held at The Floyd Country Store. The Washington Post has profiled Floyd's music scene as a tourist destination three times in the past two years.

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


Rolling hills of Floyd County

Floyd County has a land area of 987 square kilometers/383 square miles according to the United States Census Bureau in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. The county seat, the town of Floyd, is 40 miles southwest of Roanoke on US 221. Buffalo Mountain, at 3,971 feet, is the highest point in the county.

Floyd County is located south of Roanoke County, southeast of Pulaski County, northeast of Carroll County, northwest of Patrick County, and southwest of Franklin County.

Floyd County is situated atop 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, the Ohio and the Mississippi, into the Gulf of Mexico. The headwaters of the south fork of the Roanoke River are in the northeastern part of the county.


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 13,874 people, 5,791 households, and 4,157 families residing in the county. The population density was 14/km² (36/mi²). There were 6,763 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (18/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.71% White, 2.00% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 1.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,791 households out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.20% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 27.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,585, and the median income for a family was $38,128. Males had a median income of $30,886 versus $20,466 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,345. About 8.50% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.70% of those under age 18 and 15.30% of those age 65 or over.

Towns and villages[]

  • Alum Ridge
  • Burks Fork (c 1880-1930)
  • Carthage
  • Check
  • Conners Grove
  • Copper Hill
  • 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
  • Union
  • Wangle Junction
  • Willis

External links[]

Coordinates: 36°56′N 80°22′W / 36.94, -80.36

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