Places in Blue Ridge Highlands & Southwest Virginia
Tiny, cute-as-a-postcard Floyd is nothing more than an intersection between Hwy 8 and 221, but life explodes on Friday nights at the Floyd Country Store. Every Friday starting at 6:30pm, $5 gets you four bluegrass bands in four hours and the chance to watch happy crowds jam along to regional heritage.
One of the most photogenic towns in Virginia, Abingdon retains fine Federal and Victorian architecture in its historic district, and hosts the bluegrass Virginia Highlands Festival over the first half of August. The visitor center has exhibits on local history. Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum has exhibits on 19th-century life in southwest Virginia.
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