One of the oldest roads (now discontinued) in Floyd County traverses the farm. Contemporary Civil War accounts note that Noah Moore lived “near the river crossing” seeming to indicate it was one of the few river crossings in the county. One of Noah Moore’s descendants, Gino Williams, a local judge and historian of Floyd, says he believes the road was used to connect Ft Chiswell (about 30 miles to the south) and likely another fort to the north.

Dug Ford Road

Dug Ford Road

Just as likely was meant another old road that also traversed the farm, and now forms one of the boundaries. Known as the Christiansburg Turnpike (and now Christiansburg Pike) it was marked as the infamous Wilderness Road until recent research has shown it was one of many that comprised “The Wilderness Road”. It had a covered bridge over the Little River right on one of the corners of the current farm.  A picture of the bridge, and some history of it can be found here.

According to an 1895 Richmond Times article, on April 4, 1865, General George Stoneman and 6,000 Union troops crossed the farm on this road on their way throughout NC and SW VA cutting railroad lines, plundering, and otherwise cutting off Lee’s final escape route in the waning days of the Civil War.

This last raid of plunder was immortalized in a song by Robbie Robertson “The Night they Drove old Dixie Down”

Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danville train,
Til Stoneman’s cavalry came and tore up the tracks again…

This was the only incursion of Union Troops in Floyd during the entire Civil War, and it was only two weeks before Lee surrendered to Grant. This was not the end of the war, however, and Stoneman, then in Christiansburg, was ordered to chase and attempt to capture Jeff Davis in NC.

This first incursion infuriated much of the population of Floyd, and when it was learned that Stoneman would travel through again on his way back to Washington after the capture of Davis (by another unit) and the end of the war, several hundred Floydians decided to confront and harass Stoneman’s troops as they passed through town and down the Pike. But on May 22, when Stoneman arrived with 6,000 cavalry, 10,000 infantry, and 23 guns, all but 3 men dispersed into the hills without firing a shot. The three remaining, drunk with liquor and self-righteous anger, fired on the troops in the middle of town, wounding two, and then fired another volley, wounding 3 more and then disappeared into the woods. Stoneman’s troops continued down the road towards Crooked River Farm, and a mile from town, they were fired upon again, this time from ambush. The snipers were ordered to be taken alive and were rushed by 500 infrantrymen, but they escaped. Another mile down the road, likely just before crossing Crooked River Farm, they were fired upon again, and 3 more Union soldiers were felled. After crossing through the farm, 3 more were felled. The three Floyd men then hid in a graveyard by the side of the road and fired again when the column passed. This time their fire was answered with the volley of 500 muskets.

William Burdinux, John McMasters, and Owen Lewis were buried in the graveyard in which they fell. They were the last casualties of the Civil War.

Stoneman was later the Military Governor of VA, and later still Governor of CA.

Prior to, and during, the Civil War, Crooked River Farm was owned by Noah Breckinridge Moore, the Chief Justice of the Peace for Floyd County, and after the war a member of the State Legislature. Born in 1821, and died in 1901, he was married twice, and sired 8 daughters and 4 sons. Many, many descendants of Noah B Moore still live in Floyd County.

The farm stayed in the hands of Noah Moore’s descendants up until we purchased it when the family and investors had decided to divide it up and develop it.