Todd, NC is a quaint and relaxed small town, situated along the banks of the south fork of the New River in the northwestern mountains of the state. In the early 1900’s when the logging industry was thriving in the area, the “Virginia Creeper” train, aptly named for it’s slow and steady ascent of the steep mountain grades, made its way to Todd, and the town’s population and businesses boomed.
By 1934, the timber in the area had mostly been cut, and in 1940, a flood destroyed much of the track leading to Todd, cutting it off from the rest of commerce.
Today, of the seven stores, two hotels, three mills, bank, and a few other businesses, the remaining Todd General Store and Todd Mercantile are a glimpse into the town’s heyday. Here, visitors can sit on the front porch and enjoy live bluegrass music or storytelling while enjoying a downhome supper.
An integral part of any visit to Todd today is the New River. Visitors can drive along the New from Todd to Fleetwood along Railroad Grade Road, the actual path that the Virginia Creeper train took, twisting and winding along the contours of the river. Many bicyclists enjoy this route for its level grade.
A float down the New in a canoe, kayak, or tube is the best way to enjoy the area in warmer months.
In the fall, Todd is a great place to visit for enjoying the changing leaves. The leaves this year will be gorgeous for the Todd New River Festival, held on October 10th. This festival is a free event held each year at the Walter and Annie Cook Park in the heart of Todd from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Live music, storytelling, arts and crafts booths, a checkers playoff, and special activities for children are some of the events visitors will enjoy.
For more information on the festival, contact the Todd Ruritan Club at 828-964-1362 or visit their website at http://toddruritan.com/2013-todd-new-river-festival-schedule/ Don’t miss this great event, which is sure to be fun for the entire family!
For more information on Todd, NC, including more details about the town’s history, events, and photographs from now and then, visit their website www.toddnc.org