The Historical Society houses a large collection of references and records on site. As we catalog them we will also include them here for reference and you are welcome to come by and review them during Museum open hours.

Research Room Book List


Furrow – compiled by Frank Edwards Furrow
Poff – The Poff’s of Floyd County Virginia — compiled by Logan Jennings
Reed – The Reeds of Northeastern Floyd County, Virginia – compiled by Logan Jennings
Spangler-Yopp – compiled by Jack Spangler
Harmon, Sutphin, Stilwell, Cox, Bishop, Gardner, Wade, Wilkerson, Watkins, Epes, Lester,Booth, Roop, Hylton – compiled by P. Kaye Wilkerson
Rigney – Our Rigney History for Nine Generations – compiled by Margorie Wade Fluor Moore and Jean Williams Thurman
J.E.B. StuartAscent to Glory – compiled by Thomas D. Perry
Hylton – Lorenzo Dow Hylton
Simon Granser Marshall, Sr. 1791-1877 – compiled by G. Payne Marshall
Akers – Descendents of William Akers in the New River Valley – compiled by Louise Roop Akers and Bruce E. Altizer
MorricleThe Morricle Family: A Story of a Floyd County Family by Marguerite Tise
ByrdThe Byrd Family of Franklin County, Virginia with Bradley, Dillon and Perdue Lines – By Linda B. Nezbeth
David Ross Cox 1841-1900; Cynthia Thenia Hall Cox 1845-1915 and their Descendants 1990


Confederate Cemeteries Vol. 1 & 2 by Mark Hughes
Cemetery Surveys of Floyd County
Gray-Poff Cemetery – Check, Floyd County, Virginia
Tombstone Inscriptions of the Cemeteries of Patrick County, Virginia compiled by: O.E. Pilson 1994
Cemeteries: Floyd (Montgomery County, VA. Burks Fork District Vol II  compiled by Phyllis Goad Phillips, Genevieve Cochran Starkey 1992

Virginia State and County Histories

Virginia The Old Dominion by Matthew Page Andrews 1949
Floyd County: A History of Its People and Places by Dr. Amos Wood
Roanoke 1740-1982 by Clare White 1982
Carroll County Heritage Vol 1 1842-1994 Carroll County Genealogy Club 1994
History of Patrick County, Virginia Published by: Patrick County Historical Society 1999
That Land that is Pulaski County (In Virginia’s Highlands) by Conway Howard Smith 1980
Carroll 1765-1815 The Settlements by John Perry Alderman
History of Albemarle County Virginia by Rev. Edgar Woods 1932
History of Bland County by Bland County Centennial Corporation 1992
Images of Floyd County by Floyd County Historical Society, Inc. 2012
Vinton History 1884-1984 by Irma Trammell Moseley and Madeline Simmons Forbes 1984
County Court Records of Accomack-Northampton Virginia 1640-1645 Edited by Susie M. Ames, The Virginia Historical Society 1973
The Development of Schooling in Floyd County, Virginia 1831-1900 by Sarah J. Simmons, Dissertation submitted to Virginia Tech 1987
The Architectural Heritage of the Roanoke Valley by W.L. Whitwell, Lee W. Winborne
Footprints on the Sands of Time A History of Southwestern Virginia and Northwestern North Carolina by Dr. A.B. Cox
A Future for Virginia’s Past The Final Report of the Governor’s Commission to Study Historic Preservation November 1988
An Archeological Survey of Southwest Virginia by C.G. Holland (Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology Number 12)
New River Land Trust: New River Valley’s best recipes
Christiansburg, Montgomery County, Virginia, in The Heart of the Alleghenies by: Lula Porterfield Givens

Floyd Culture

Portrait of Floyd Virginia (Photographic) Photographs by Glen McClure
Wilderness Road Odyssey: A Cyclist’s Journey Through Present and Past by Fess Green 2003 (also available for sale on our website or in the museum shop)
In the Shadow of the Blue Ridge by Carolyn Tyree Feagans 1998
Raised on Song and Stories: A Memoir of Place in the Blue Ridge by Jean Thomas Schaeffer 1994 (also available for sale on our website or in the museum shop)
The Man Who Moved a Mountain by Richard C. Davids 1970
Floyd County, Virginia Heritage 2001
The Water-Powered Mills of Floyd County, Virginia by Franklin R. Webb and Ricky L. Cox 2012 (also available for sale on our website or in the museum shop)
Floyd County Doctors Past and Present: Memories of Ridgemont 1914-2014
Pioneers and Their Coats of Arms of Floyd County Genealogies of Prominent Early Settlers of the Blue Ridge Plateau of Virginia. By Sue Jefferson Shelor 1960-1961
Earth Eyes Destinations: Floyd County, Virginia. By Sam Night
Post Marks of Floyd binder containing postal history of Floyd County.
Fourteenth Family Blessing by Lucille E. Shelor
Walnut Knob: A Story of Mountain Life and My Heritage Song by: Max S. Thomas
Scrapbook of Newspaper articles relevant to Floyd County History
Floyd High School Yearbooks
1966, 1969, 1971, 1973
Senior Memory Book Floyd High School 1943
Michael Miley: American Photographer and Pioneer in Color 1980 (including a collection of photos of Robert E. Lee)
A bend in the road…a collection of poetry and artwork by the residents of Beverly enterprises 1982

Civil War

42nd Virginia Infantry The Virginia Regimental Histories Series by John D Chapla 1983
The 1st and 2nd Stuart Horse Artillery The Virginia Regimental Histories Series by Robert H. Moore, II  1985
28th Virginia InfantryThe Virginia Regimental Histories Series by Frank E. Fields 1985
57th Virginia Infantry The Virginia Regimental Histories Series by Charles W Sublett 1985
51st Virginia Infantry The Virginia Regimental Histories Series by James A Davis 1984
24th Virginia Infantry The Virginia Regimental Histories Series by Ralph White Gunn 1987
54th Virginia Infantry The Virginia Regimental Histories Series by Jeffrey C. Weaver and G.L. Sherwood 1993
24th Virginia Infantry Regiment Compiled from the official military records.
Geology and Civil War SW VA compiled reports from the state of Virginia
Stoneman’s Raid Binder Containing copies of Chris Hartley’s book which pertain to Floyd
The Photographic History of the Civil War: The Decisive Battles, The Cavalry Editor Brigadier-General Theo. F. Rodenbough (U.S. Army retired) 2011
Floyd County, Virginia Civil War Soldiers compiled list of men from Floyd who served.  Agnew. 1985
The Photographic History of the Civil War, Soldier Life and Secret Service, Prisons and Hospitals 1987
Chickamauga and Chattanooga Battlefields: National Park Service Historical Handbook No 25, 1956

Images of America Series

Henry County by Thomas D. Perry 2009
Appomattox County by Patrick A. Schroeder and Scott Frantel 2009
Norfolk and Western Railway by Nelson Harris 2003
Pearisburg and Giles County by Terri L. Fisher 2008
Wherever We Wander: Stories From the Sons and Daughters of Floyd, Franklin, and Patrick Counties, Virginia compiled by Carolyn Hale Bruce

Church Histories

Red Oak Grove Church of the Brethren   By Melissa M. Naff  1974
The Mountain Church: A History of New Haven Baptist Church, Floyd VA  Compiled by Wanda Combs  1995
Harris Chapel The First 100 Years 1915-2015
The Presbyterian Church of Floyd: Celebrating 150 Years of History  Edited by : C.C Lane and Jean Schaeffer  Nov. 2003
He Preached the Word Biography of Archie Naff-Red Oak Grove- by Melissa Naff
1853-1872 Birth and Death Records Floyd County, Virginia and the Zion Lutheran Church Register   compiled by: Marjorie Fluor and Marguerite Tise
Eyes Toward the Mountains: His Story of the Blue Ridge Baptist
Life Story of a Family of Sixteen by Rev. Otis Cox 1977
R. Gamble See: A Memoir Ruth Douglas See 1981

Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
Vol. 119 No. 4 -2011
Vol. 120 No. 1 -2012
Vol. 120 No. 2 -2012
Vol. 120 No. 3 -2012

The Smithfield Review (Tech)
Vol. 16, 2012

Notes on Virginia
Virginia Department of Historical Resources Number 47 2003

Shenandoah Valley Magazine
Winter 1979

Journal of the New River Historical Society
22 volumes

Virginia Appalachian Notes: Southwestern Virginia Genealogical Society

History Notes: Virginia Historical Society
Fall 2011, Fall 2012

History News
Fall 2012, Spring 2013

History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia
2002 Journal

Virginia’s Heritage: Property Owner’s Guide to Resource Protection

Virginia Cavalcade Magazine

Native American History and Culture

Myths of the Cherokee and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees by James Mooney 1982
First People: The Early Indians of Virginia by Keith Egloff and Deborah Woodward 2006

General History and Research

The Records of the Virginia Company of London: The Court Book, from the Manuscript of the Library of Congress  Edited by Susan Myra Kingsbury, A.M., Ph.D.  1906, Vol. I 1619-1621
A Guide to the American Battle Fields in Europe prepared by the American Battle Monuments Commission 1927
Jefferson Vindicated: Fallacies, Omissions, and Contradictions in the Hemings Genealogical Search by Cynthia H. Burton 2005
History of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America: From 1891 to 1933 by Mrs. Rucker Lamar
A Sailor’s Log Recollections of Forty Years of Navel Life by Robley D. Evans 1901
Is That Lineage Right?  By National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution1990
Is That Service Right? By Office of the Registrar General National Society Daughters of the American Revolution March 1986
Historical Report of Radford Ordnance Works Government Owned Hercules Powder Company-Operated: Radford, Virginia by Hercules Powder Company Vol I, II, III
Pictorial History of the Second World War Vol I Thru VII 1948
U.S. Army in World War II: The Fall of the Philippines 1952
U.S. Army in World War II: Guadalcanal: The First Offensive 1948
The Pearl Harbor Story: The True Account of the December 7 Attack by Captain William T. Rice (retired)
World War II by Christopher Chant
Famous Fighters of the Second World War by William Green Series 1 and 2
Pearl Harbor National Geographic illustrated edition
World War II: Readers Digest Illustrated 1969
Congressional Directory 94th Congress First Session  1975
Biographical Directory of American Congress 1774-1971
Virginia Acts of the Assembly 1991-1995
D-Day From the Normandy Beaches to the Liberation of France by Stephen Badsey
Illustrated History of the Civil War by Frank Leslie
The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War
World War II Aircraft
Fighter: Technology, Facts, History

Thesis and Dissertations

The Rocker Beater Loom: A New Case for an Early Form of Standing Beater Loom , Masters Thesis by Phyllis Durrant Dean