With its courthouse, constructed in 1951-52, sitting at nearly 2,500 feet in elevation atop a plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Floyd Historic District is one of Virginia’s most elevated historic districts. The district’s period of significance begins in 1832, when the town of Floyd—originally named Jacksonville, for Andrew Jackson—was laid out as the Floyd County seat. The district features the historic Jacksonville Cemetery (which contains the unmarked grave of Patrick Henry’s son Nathaniel Henry) and a wide variety of residential and commercial structures, ranging from brick buildings erected between 1849 and 1852, to a 1914 two-story Georgian Revival brick mansion, to three commercial buildings constructed circa 1910–1914 of locally quarried soapstone sawn into blocks, as well as many other structures. Today, the town, well-known for its “Friday Night Jamboree” held in a circa-1900 general store within the Floyd Historic District, is a popular stop on “The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.”
Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark