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Tracing Our Roots: A Tour of Laurel Branch Road

June 17, 2017 : 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The tour begins in the Topeco community and explores the scenic 7.8 miles of Laurel Branch Road and about five miles of Floyd Hwy S as the bus tour returns to its starting point. Additional points of interest on side roads add to the written narrative provided by the tour’s creator and guide, Janet Slusher Keith, who grew up on a Virginia Century Farm on Laurel Branch Road. Her ancestor, Christopher Slusher, Sr., was among Revolutionary War veterans claiming patents for land here in the early 1800s, joining Hylton, Weddle, Harman, Harter, Goodykoontz, Turman, Dodd, Helms, and Simmons settlers. Topeco and Laurel Branch communities grew as these families built their homes, farms, churches and schools. The anguish of the Civil War era remains in the cemeteries and the stories: from epidemics and raids, to sheltering conscientious objectors and deserters, to Union Gen. George Stoneman’s cavalry camping on Bishop and Shelor meadows before entering Jacksonville (later Floyd) in April 1865.

Topeco Church of the Brethren (use of church bus for tour originating here) 3460 Floyd Highway S Floyd, VA 24091

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Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming

June 9June 17

The Crooked Road is a celebrated year-round destination for traditional music lovers.

Make plans to follow the music and join us for the second annual Mountains of Music Homecoming along the Crooked Road. Concerts celebrating old-time, bluegrass, gospel, traditional singing and dance, and many other styles will be presented in over 25 different communities where this musical heritage lives and breathes.

Come for the evening concerts and stay for a wide variety of cultural experiences, including community meals, gallery exhibits, history walks, artisan demonstrations, outdoor adventures, scenic drives, workshops, educational opportunities and much more. Bookmark our site and return often as we continue to update it with information about performers, concerts, tickets, community events and travel tips.



June 17, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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