Bedford County

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From September 1963 to March 1966, the waters of the Roanoke and Blackwater Rivers were dammed at Smith Mountain Gap to form Smith Mountain Lake. The dam's primary purpose was to generate electricity. However, a recreation destination, an obvious by-product of the $66-million project, followed. Over the next four decades, marinas, resort condominiums, waterfront homes, an airport, and a state park were added. Even Hollywood came to the area in the early 1990s to film a portion of the Touchstone Pictures film What About Bob? Though the Smith Mountain Lake communities continue to grow, vestiges of an earlier rural farm life remain. Images of America: Bedford County tells the story of this transition from farming community to bedroom community for nearby Lynchburg and Roanoke.
ISBN: 9780738567273
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 185
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Ben Martin, a resident of Roanoke and farm owner in Moneta, grew up in an earlier Smith Mountain Lake era, when tourists, boats, and water skis meshed with his boyhood experiences of tractors, barns, and milk cows. He is a graduate of Roanoke College in Salem and is director of the radio reading service at WVTF public radio.
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