Other Nearby Historical Sites to Visit
The lake borders three counties and all are full of history.
In Bedford County, you can visit “Poplar Forest”, a home that Thomas Jefferson built for himself as a private retreat. Historic “Avenel Plantation” served as the social hub for the area and hosted guests such as Robert E. Lee and Edgar Allen Poe. The Centertown historic district of Bedford includes a historic Meeting House, Courthouse and Museum. For more information visit, www.poplarforest.org.
The County seat for Franklin County is in Rocky Mount. There are walking tours of the many historic buildings. Franklin County is also the boyhood home to Jubal Early, a Confederate General.
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum
In Pittsylvania County, visit historic Chatham to see Virginia’s only two street car diners, the 1853 Greek Revival Courthouse, and to take a walking tour of this 1777 town full of Victorian architecture. Be sure to stop in at the historic Yates Tavern in Gretna on the way. The SML Visitors Center offers brochures on walking and driving tours of many of these sites.
Bedford County: www.co.bedford.va.uswww.franklincountyva.org
Pittsylvania County: www.pittgov.orgPittsylvania Historical Marker Guide
Also nearby is The Natural Bridge, a natural wonder and historic landmark, is located on Route 11 between exits 175 and 180 from Interstate 81. Visit our attractions which include the Natural Bridge, Wax Museum, Caverns, Toy Museum, Haunted Monster Museum and Dinosaur Kingdom, Drama of Creation, Foamhenge, Monacan Indian Village and Cedar Creek Trail.
For more information visit: www.naturalbridgeva.com.