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Pulaski County was formed on March 30, 1839, and was mostly an agricultural community with farmers from Scotland, Ireland and Germany. The immigrants had come to the area from the Shenandoah Valley from Pennsylvania in the mid to late-18th century.
Claytor Lake is a 4,500-acre lake surrounded by mountains that offers various watersport opportunities for visitors. The New River Trail State Park is 57-miles linear “rail-to-trail” that follows an old railroad route. The park runs parallels the New River for 39 miles and is available for biking, walking and horseback riding. There are also canoe and tube rentals available at points on the trail and fishing is a popular option.
The Pulaski Theatre is located in the City of Pulaski, where music and other events are held throughout the year. There are several options around Pulaski including a Bluegrass Jam, held for all ages and instrumentalists, at the Pulaski Senior. New River Community College holds various Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club jamborees. These have been going since 1991 and are focused on preserving and advancing old-time and bluegrass music. The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley has a Listening Room series that features a wide range of musicians.