Floyd County, originally part of Montgomery County was formed in 1831. Floyd was named after the Governor of Virginia at that time, John Floyd. The current County seat, originally named Jacksonville for president Andrew Jackson in 1834 was incorporated in 1858. In 1896 the name was changed from Jacksonville to the Town of Floyd.
Floyd is made up of small mountains, valleys, ridges, and small streams with the official elevation being 2,500 ft. Buffalo Mountain, at 3,971 feet, is the highest point in the county. Floyd County is at the top of the watershed with waters flowing out to the New River, Roanoke River and Dan River.
Floyd embraces its rich musical heritage like no other in the area. On any given Friday night you can have a choice of live music venues within a 1/2 mile radius. Check out a folk singer at Oddfellas Cantina, listen to gospel, bluegrass and old-time at the famous Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store, see an emerging new artist at Sun Music Hall, or just enjoy one of the impromptu jam sessions that occur on the sidewalks of downtown Floyd. In addition to these every Friday musical events Floyd serves as headquarters of Floydfest, an annual world music festival.
About 30 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway form the eastern border of Floyd. Mabry Mill, one of the most photographed areas on the Parkway, is located in southwestern Floyd County. With the trails along the parkway, Buffalo Mountain and several others, Floyd offers wonderful outdoor recreational options and serves as inspiration for photographers and other artist. The Little River provides great opportunities for canoeing and kayaking.
Despite being a small town, Floyd offers diverse dining and shopping experiences. A few of the dining options include fresh baked goods from The Bread Basket Bakery, coffee from Red Rooster, Mexican cuisine at El Charro, fine dining at Château Morrisette® and the Artist’s Table, Italian at Micky G’s Bistro, home-style at The Pine Tavern, local organic food at Oddfellas Cantina, 1950’s style drive in at DJ’s, wood-fired pizza at Dogtown Pizza and many more. With multiple art galleries, a beautiful timber-framed farmer’s market, several hardware, grocery and general stores Floyd also gives its residents and visitors a fun shopping experience.
Floyd also is a favorite location of small green businesses including technology, home furnishings, food producers, and other creative enterprises. The new Floyd Innovation Center provides lease space and business programs to help nurture the local entrepreneurial spirit.
Residents and businesses alike have access to one of Virginia’s most advanced telecommunications networks, built by the local cooperative, Citizens Telephone. More than 95% of residents have access to robust broadband services including digital voice, video and data.
Floyd is truly special, it remains true to it’s rural roots yet is progressive and forward thinking.
– by Stephanie Slocum
Floyd County School Board
Events and Attractions
Floyd Country Store– home of Friday Night Jamboree
Mabry’s Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway
World Music Festival
Black Dog Wine & Music Festivals
Floyd County Administration Building
120 West Oxford Street
P. O. Box 218
Floyd, Virginia 24091