During my June sojourn to visit the Virginia kids, Friend Sue Hahn and I ventured south on the Blue Ridge Parkway for an overnight visit in Floyd, one of many music venues on “The Crooked Road,” Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Only a short distance off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd’s history claims the resting place of “Annabell Lee,” the subject of Edgar Allen Poe’s last completed poem. I’m not sure where the claim came from but according to the last lines of the poem, “In the sepulcher there by the sea, in her tomb by the sounding sea…” doesn’t exactly sound like this scenic Appalachian Mountain town. Anyway…
Sue and I ate in the hundred-year-old Floyd Country Store, the historic landmark that creates great lunches, serves yummy ice cream, and sells unique foods, household goods, and clothing. Every Friday night they hold a Jamboree and Saturdays they host talented Americana performers from the area. Sundays you’ll find a traditional music jam. Our time schedule only allowed us to go over a Tuesday night but we still enjoyed an evening music jam at the Mitchell Music Store. It wasn’t exactly Blue Grass but they graciously invited Sue to play along with her penny whistle with Amazing Grace. Fun!
We stayed in the new Floyd Hotel which was within walking distance of most things and only a short distance from others. Interesting lodges, cabins, campgrounds, and B & B’s are either in town or a short distance away.
Sue spent some of her time sketching as she often does on trips with her husband, Bob. Afterwards she creates an interesting log around them and just recently made a charming book about her growing-up years for each of her children.
We did a little back country driving criss-crossing the Blue Ridge and nearly turning ourselves into a knot but we found interesting old abandoned farms tangled in vines tucked in the hills. I love roads like that.
Galax, VA, a short drive south of Floyd is considered, “The World Capital of Old Time Mountain Music” so after you enjoy the delights of Floyd, continue on to the attractions of Galax as well. With only 24 hours, we missed so much. With a little planning and more time, you could take in the Town Jubilee, the Fandango Beer & Wine Festival, or the Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, among others.
Ah, maybe another year. God Bless until next week.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”