Snidow Ancestors

A brief history...

John Jacob and Mary Elizabeth HELM Snidow.... The progenitors of our family migrated ca. 1766–1768 from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to what would become Botetourt County, Virginia.   (That area of Botetourt County became Fincastle Co. in 1772...then Montgomery County in 1777 and finally Giles County, Virginia in 1806).  For this and more details, please see our Lineage page.

See our Site Map page for a listing of the contents of the website (the link is also above right at the top of this and every page).



Overlooking Pembroke, Giles County, Virginia
(Taken in August, 2004 on the road up to Mountain Lake - Rt. 700)






Coming to Giles County?
Hotel, airport and driving info...

The town of Pembroke in Giles County, VA is located along U.S. Route 460 approximately 26 miles from I-81 at Christiansburg, VA and about 18 miles from the West VA border. Some of the area's lodging is listed below (not an endorsement of any of the properties - simply listed for your convenience). If you are flying, the closest airport is Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA) and is about an hour's drive to/from Pembroke. Also Piedmont Triad Int'l Airport (GSO) in the Greensboro, NC area is approximately 2 1/2 hours from Pembroke and has more direct flights and connections from the large hubs than ROA does. Both ROA and GSO have rental cars. Other major airports you can fly into and rent a car to get to Giles County are as follows (the three listed are roughly a 4-hour drive to Giles):
  • Washington Dulles Int'l (IAD)
  • Raleigh-Durham Int'l (RDU)
  • Charlotte Int'l (CLT)

Hilton Garden Inn, 900 Plantation Rd., Blacksburg, VA 540-552-5005

Courtyard by Marriott, 105 Southpark Drive, Blacksburg, VA 540-552-5222

Comfort Inn, 3705 S. Main St., Blacksburg, VA 540-951-1500

Holiday Inn, 900 Prices Fork Rd., Blacksburg, VA 540-552-7001 or 800-325-3535

Comfort Suites, 1020 Plantation Rd., Blacksburg, VA 540-552-5636

Inn at Riverbend, 125 River Ridge Drive, Pearisburg, VA 540-921-5211

MacArthur Inn, 117 MacArthur Lane, Narrows, VA 540-726-7510

Mountain Lake Hotel, Pembroke, VA 800-346-3334 or 540-626-7121
(From Rt. 460, turn onto Rt. 700, Mt. Lake Rd., and proceed 7 miles up the mountain to the hotel.)




Picture taken by Capt. John Snidow


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Updates:





WELCOME to our new Snidow Newletter editor, Thomas Snidow Leonard!


Visit our In Memory page for obits. Latest obit uploaded on 11/11/14.

See two 19th century drawings of old Christiansburg here, found among the possessions of one of our Snidow cousins. More information on the prints has recently been made known to us and has been posted. Check it out!


See what happened on This Day in History.


UPDATED 11/11/14...See the latest level of Mountain Lake now here. The lake has been at historic low levels for a few years now and even went pretty much totally dry but is starting to come back. Also see somewhat older before and after pics of when the lake was full and when it was dry here.


Our Snidow ancestors' wills are found on the Old Documents page.




SAR soldiers at Horseshoe Cemetery Pembroke Virginia '99 reunion

Pictured above: Revolutionary soldier re-enactors at Horseshoe Cemetery during the 23rd Snidow Reunion in 1999