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Shot Tower Tour – New River Trail State Park
March 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Time:||10:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m.|
|Description:||Climb into a 200+ year time capsule and learn how settlers made shot when the wilderness was really wild. Hear the stories of men from the past and how they helped carve the history of this country. Ascend to the top of the tower and see the breathtaking views of the New River and Southwest Virginia.
For additional information or to schedule a tour contact the park office. Regular parking fees apply.
|Extra Event Fee:||No|
Directions to Shot Tower Historical State Park: From I-77, take exit 24 and go north on Route 52 for two miles.
Overlooking the New River, Shot Tower was built more than 200 years ago to make ammunition for the firearms of the early settlers. Lead from the nearby Austinville Mines was melted in a kettle atop the 75-foot tower and poured through a sieve, falling through the tower and an additional 75-foot shaft beneath the tower into a kettle of water. Guests may ascend the tower, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Interpretive signs provide details on the tower. Grounds are open from dawn until dusk. The parking lot is open year-round. The tower is open on scheduled days in the summer. Admission to the tower is free, however the daily parking fee applies. Group tours are also available. Call the office at 276-699-6778 for details.