Martinsville, Virginia

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Philpott Lake Visitor Center & Museum

Heritage & History

Aside from the natural beauty of Philpott Lake, other gems await to be experienced by its guests. The Philpott Lake  Visitor Center & Museum offers a unique display of exhibits pertaining to the natural and cultural heritage of Philpott Lake. These include a number of interpretive displays, such as the four seasons of the Whitetail Deer; fish that reside in Philpott Lake and Smith River; American Black Bear; American Beaver, and regional Native American and local history. Local lore includes interpretive panels featuring construction activities associated with the massive Philpott Dam - even historic photographs of flooding that used to occur in nearby towns before the dam was built. HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon-Fri 8-4 and weekends 9-5. The facility is open year-round. FREE ADMISSION.

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