Floyd, VA

Floyd, VA WeatherFloyd, an incorporated town in Floyd County, Virginia, is the county seat. Originally known as Jacksonville, in honor of President Andrew Jackson, the town's name was changed to Floyd in 1896. The town's population in 2000 was 432 persons (2000 U.S. Census).

Early Settlement

The Cherokee, Monacan, Saponi, and Tutelo Indians were among the earliest inhabitants of the Blue Ridge. Francis Eason was one of the first Europian settlers in Floyd, arriving in about 1750. In the 1760s, settlers with British surnames arrived, followed by others of German descent from Pennsylvania and Maryland who settled in the area during the 1790s. By 1835, the town had developed a small industrial and commercial section which included two general stores, a tavern, a blacksmith shop, a tanyard, and a saddlemaking shop. The Jacksonville Academy was established in the late-1850s, which by 1850 had forty students enrolled. That same year, the town's population was 220 free persons. Floyd was left relatively untouched during the American Civil War (1861-1865). As the county's primary trade center, Floyd continued to develop following war's end through the early 1900s.

Historic Districts

The Floyd Historic District encompasses most of the town of Floyd.

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