Of and About Floyd


The Smith Mountain Laker is quite a nice regional magazine from Franklin County to our south. I was contacted by the editor back in the summer to see if I might contribute images toward a fall feature on Floyd County, Virginia, where I live.

The editor was kind enough to send me the pages for the Floyd article and permission to post it for you to see at Scribd.

All of these pictures in this piece save for the musicians (and the included cover) here are mine. I thought the article turned out very well. See the entire magazine online (pdf).

Also Floyd-related, a (Roanoke) Star City Harbinger piece on local musician, Mike Mitchell.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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