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Floyd County Virginia's history begins in Southwest Virginia in the 1700's with
the arrival of traders, trappers and hunters. Trader's Path is the earliest known travel way through Floyd County.
It ran East to West, over the Roanoke River where Back Creek comes in, by John Mason's, R. Poage's, the waters
of Back Creek and Southwest over Bent Mountain. The trail continued westward through the Little River area to the
Lead Mines. First known attempts to settle Floyd County, appear to have been made during the 1740's. James Patton,
in 1745, was granted by the Virginia Council, 100,000 acres on the New River and westward flowing waters. In 1749,
the Royal Company of Virginia received a grant as well, on the westward flowing waters. This put the two companies
in competition with each other to settle the area.
January 15, 1831, the General Assembly of Virginia passed an act creating what is now Floyd County, out of Montgomery
County. The new county got its name from the Governor at the time, John Floyd. In 1834, the courthouse was completed.
A portion of Franklin County was given to Floyd County in 1870.
Floyd County's county seat was first called Jacksonville, in honor of Andrew Jackson the 7th President of the United
States. First incorporated in 1858, Jacksonville was re-incorporated on February 19, 1892, in order to enlarge
the town boundaries. The General Assembly passed an Act on January 23, 1896, officially changing the name to Floyd,
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