09 June 2008

Where is Floyd, Virginia?

Friends, some of you keep saying you've never heard of Floyd County, Virginia, or its county seat, the town of Floyd. How can that be? Our friends are among the most over-educated, erudite folks on the face of this planet. Well shucks, it hurts us to admit it but maybe our friends don't know everything.

Now if you already know the precise location of Floyd and the farm, do not waste your time by reading further! If, however, you do not, (and we'll never mention names...) ---

For the GPS-heads and the navigationly challenged out there, the entrance to our farm road is:
N 36 53 44.2 W 80 22 07.3

Homeland Security recommends we do not publish such a precise location of the house in case of missile attack by terrorists and who are we to doubt their expertise in such matters? For those of you not technologically enabled, the little red A in the black box near the bottom center of the map (shown above) locates the farm. It is 200 miles from scenic Asheville, North Carolina; 290 miles from Washington, DC; 345 miles from Columbus, Ohio; 360 miles from Lexington, KY; 540 miles from Mantle Rock Center and Museum in Marion, KY, and just 1,700 miles from Santa Fe.

From a web site:
"Floyd County has a land area of 383 square miles and is located in the Blue Ridge province of the southwestern part of Virginia. The county seat, The Town of Floyd, is one hour southwest of Roanoke on U.S. 221. Floyd is one hour west of Martinsville, and 90 minutes north of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The county's terrain is rolling and the official elevation is 2,500 feet [the highest elevation is Buffalo Mountain at 3,971 feet; the Farm is 2,633 feet according to our GPS unit]. Thirty-one miles of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway form the majority of the eastern border of the county. Because Floyd County is the point of origin for its rivers and streams, there is only a slight flood hazard in the county."

"Floyd County is situated atop a high plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains which divides the eastward flowing from the westward flowing waters. It is said that no water flows into Floyd County. The county is drained primarily by Little River and its tributaries which flow into New River below the Claytor Lake Dam and, in turn, by way of the Kanawha, the Ohio and the Mississippi, into the Gulf of Mexico."

Now, friend, has this slaked your intellectual curiosity?

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