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Shot Tower Historical State Park

Route 1, Austinville, VA 24312-0001
+1 276-699-1791
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Shot Tower State Park

Nice tower to check out and a short hike around the park. Nice spot. Even a bridge with a view... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dibird50
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Haverhill, Massachusetts
About a tower and lead

I had no idea what this tower was about. Dropping molten lead? Why would anyone do that, even in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robby G C
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Toronto, Canada
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Route 1, Austinville, VA 24312-0001
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice tower to check out and a short hike around the park. Nice spot. Even a bridge with a view . So we walked around and on to a arm that was also a campground.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had no idea what this tower was about. Dropping molten lead? Why would anyone do that, even in the past? It is here that I learned why. They took the molten lead and then dropped them through a colander. The lead would drop the...More

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Reviewed 26 December 2017

We have driven past the Shot Tower many times on our way to a family visit. This time we decided to make the stop. It is a picturesque spot with hiking trails and picnic tables. Unfortunately, you cannot access the tower at least not when...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

There was a park ranger that explained how the bullets were made. It sounds like a lot of stairs to get to the top but it was worth it. The view is spectacular.

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

We stopped because of its location. It is on the New River and just has beautiful views. Discovered some interesting history. My husband loved learning the history of making lead shot for the War of 1812 and some say for the Civil War as well....More

Thank MommaRose2016
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Reviewed 3 June 2017

I stopped by here one afternoon while traveling through VA. Interesting to learn that lead mined nearby was turned into shot by pouring molten lead through a screen and having it fall down the stone tower into a water pool. Beautiful stonework for the time....More

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Reviewed 12 April 2017

When stopping to try the rail trail for the 1st time, I visited the Shot Tower which I had seen years ago and knew a lot about its history related to historic local lead mining. It is well-signed, easy to get to, and interesting. Doesn't...More

1  Thank Johnny J
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

The tower was closed when we stopped to see it. Fortunately, my husband and I have been here before. It is worth the visit, to hear the history. It is a must for children.

Thank Sue N
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

I visited the Shot Tower many years ago as a young teen because my great-great grandfather was to have made shot here during the Civil War and my great aunts made this a must see destination. It was open all the time then and I...More

Thank NeedMoreWine
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

The tour guide was very informative. I was truly amazed at the way ammunition was made. It also makes you admire the stamina of those who worked there. There are lots of steep steps to climb inside, but there are interesting objects in the 'lobby'...More

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