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Floyd County Historical Society – Tracing Our Roots: A Bus Tour of Laurel Branch Road
June 11, 2016 : 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until June 18, 2016
“Tracing our Roots: a Tour of Laurel Branch Road” Topeco and Laurel Branch Community Bus Tours-Participating in the Crooked Road’s Mountain of Music Homecoming 2016
The tour begins at the Topeco community and explores the scenic 7.38 miles of Laurel Branch Road and about five miles of Floyd Highway S. as the bus tour returns to it’s starting point.
Addition 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, Goodykoontz, and Dodd settlers. Topeco and Laurel Branch communities grew as families built their homes, farms, churches and schools. The anguish of the Civil War era remains in the cemeteries and the stories: from raids and epidemics, to sheltering deserters, to Union Gen. George Stoneman’s army camping on Shelor and Bishop meadows before entering Jacksonville in April 1865.
Topeco Church of the Brethren
3460 Floyd Highway S Floyd, VA 24091