Tracing Our Roots: A Tour of Laurel Branch Road
Sat. June 10 & 17, 2017
Topeco Church of the Brethren (use of church bus for tour originating here)
3460 Floyd Highway S, Floyd, VA 24091
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The tour begins in the Topeco community and explores the scenic 7.8 miles of Laurel Branch Road and about five miles of Floyd Hwy S as the bus tour returns to its starting point. Additional 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, Harter, Goodykoontz, Turman, Dodd, Helms, and Simmons settlers. Topeco and Laurel Branch communities grew as these families built their homes, farms, churches and schools. The anguish of the Civil War era remains in the cemeteries and the stories: from epidemics and raids, to sheltering conscientious objectors and deserters, to Union Gen. George Stoneman's cavalry camping on Bishop and Shelor meadows before entering Jacksonville (later Floyd) in April 1865. BACK TO ALL EVENTS