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Shot Tower Historical State Park

Route 1, Austinville, VA 24312-0001
+1 276-699-1791
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National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark

There was a park ranger that explained how the bullets were made. It sounds like a lot of stairs to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Learning how things were made

We stopped because of its location. It is on the New River and just has beautiful views... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
Greenville, South Carolina
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Route 1, Austinville, VA 24312-0001
+1 276-699-1791
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Cascades21
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
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

1  Thank Jerrya6
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
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
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
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

Thank bjjjmom4
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Stopped by here after driving by numerous times on I-77. Excellent stop. The shot tower is more than 200 years old! It would be impressive to build today but it was done by hand with what we would consider rudimentary tools. Quite a feat. Tod...More

Thank Bob L
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The shot tower itself is only open for tours on Friday/Saturday/Sunday, but on weekdays you can hike or bike on the shaded trail along the water. Car parking pass costed $4 on weekday.

Thank David B
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on our way south about 4:00 on a Monday. Were disappointed. Gate was closed. Information said open daily dawn to dusk.

Thank Joan L
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