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Near Floyd in Floyd County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

America's Rural Landscape

Blue Ridge Parkway

 
 
America's Rural Landscape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 3, 2019
1. America's Rural Landscape Marker
Inscription.  The Blue Ridge Parkway showcases some of America's best rural and natural landscapes. Rocky Knob is known for its pastoral, or agricultural, countryside. The topography of this plateau differs from much of the Parkway. Here generations of family farms work this rolling land and fertile soil. Today, as in the past, you can see cattle grazing and fields of cabbage, corn, and hay growing on small farms along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Farm work of the past, like this scene from 1953, has been replaced with the use of more contemporary machinery.

Hike the Gorge (kiosk supplementary panel)
Rock Castle Creek tumbles through a forest of tulip trees, rosebay rhododendron, and umbrella magnolias to create small waterfalls as it parallels Rock Castle Gorge Trail. Over time, this small creek cut the deep gorge you see from the overlook across the Parkway. Chestnuts from the ancient trees that once grew in this gorge were an important food and trade resource for mountain communities. Until the 1930s, the gorge was home to Rock Castle, a small agricultural community.
 
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Marker detail: Farmers on the plateau image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Farmers on the plateau
Farmers on the plateau grew not only food for their families and community but grasses and grains for their livestock.
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway marker series.
 
Location. 36° 48.692′ N, 80° 20.986′ W. Marker is near Floyd, Virginia, in Floyd County. Marker is on Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 169), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the Blue Ridge Parkway Rocky Knob Visitor Center, near the building entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1670 Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd VA 24091, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rock Castle Gorge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buffalo Mountain (approx. 0.9 miles away); You Buy 'Em, We'll Fly 'Em! (approx. 5.1 miles away); Rural Life In Appalachia (approx. 5.3 miles away); Meadows of Dan (approx. 6.2 miles away); Albert Tappe Howard’s Milk House (approx. 6.9 miles away); Floyd (approx. 7.1 miles away); Blue Ridge Mission School (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Floyd.
 
More about this marker. This marker is the front panel of a triangular three-panel kiosk.
 
Also see . . .  Remembering the People and History of Rock Castle Gorge. Native Americans, including the Cherokee, lived and hunted in the gorge, which includes parts of what is now known as Floyd and Patrick counties, for thousands of years prior to the arrival of settlers in the 18th century. What those settlers found in the gorge was a virgin forest of huge hardwood trees, a fast-moving mountain
America's Rural Landscape Marker<br>(<i>wide view • Rocky Knob Visitor Center in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 3, 2019
3. America's Rural Landscape Marker
(wide view • Rocky Knob Visitor Center in background)
stream that one day would be recognized as one of the best trout streams in the region and fertile soil that would support the growth of apple trees and corn, among other things. (Submitted on October 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers
 
Hike the Gorge (<i>kiosk supplementary panel</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 3, 2019
4. Hike the Gorge (kiosk supplementary panel)
You Are Here (<i>kiosk map panel</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 3, 2019
5. You Are Here (kiosk map panel)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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