Floyd County Historical Society’s book of vintage photos available Sept. 17
The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is “Floyd County” from the Floyd County Historical Society Inc. The 128-page book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.
Once a Kanawha hunting ground, the area that became Floyd County in 1831 was settled by people of English, German, Scots-Irish, French and African descent who established scattered farming communities. Agriculture was supplemented by work at sawmills and gristmills, distilling, storekeeping and small-scale manufacturing and mining. Social life centered on family, church and schools.
Through the first half of the 20th century, full-time farming diminished as automobiles and improved roads gave access to garment factories and other industries within Floyd and adjoining counties, and the population declined sharply from a peak of 15,388 in 1900. Today, the population has rebounded with an influx of artisans, musicians, entrepreneurs, immigrant workers, retirees and young families attracted by the county’s natural beauty and quality of life. Prominent Floyd County natives include NASCAR pioneer Curtis Turner and Rear Adm. Robley Evans.
The book features people and places; churches and schools; business, industry and machines; sports, recreation and leisure; and farming and family.
“Floyd County” will be available for purchase Sept. 17 at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or (888)-313-2665.
– Submitted by Chanler Jeffers, Arcadia Publishing