Philpott Lake Natural and Cultural History

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philpott Lake Visitor Center
1058 Philpott Dam Road
Bassett, VA 24055

Phone: (276) 629-2703
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Hours of Operation:
   8:00 AM-4:00 PM


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Philpott Lake Natural and Cultural History Today

Aside from the natural beauty of Philpott Lake, other gems await to be experienced by its guests. The Visitor Center 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 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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