Shot Tower Historical State Park

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Shot Tower Historical State Park

Shot Tower Historical State Park
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Jenny H
Williamsburg, VA574 contributions
Interesting Structure near the river
Jul 2020
Caveat; due to COVID-19, the shot tower was not open. Even so we could walk around and look inside through the gate. It is an interesting mechanical engineering structure and is just off the New River Trail. NOTE: the shot tower will be visible on one side of the road; however, the entrance to the road that will take you there is on the other side of the road.
Written July 12, 2020
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BuRickJr44
Fortville, IN237 contributions
History
Oct 2019
The drive to find it could be a little challenging but it was worth it.The history was interesting and we did a little trail which helped us stretch our legs.The $7 fee was a little high because the tower was locked and so we couldn't enter and fully appreciate how it was used.
Written October 22, 2019
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cheaptravel_10
Burlington, KY297 contributions
Small park, but interestting
Oct 2018 • Couples
Cost $5 to park. Guided tours I believe only weekends. Beautiful view in all directions. Short walking trail and bathrooms. Not far off interstate and a short interesting stop.
Written October 19, 2018
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Amlyma
Charlotte, NC209 contributions
Great stop while traveling through
Jun 2018 • Family
We were told about the Shot Tower by our travel agent and it was a great place to stop and take a driving break. Interesting history and a beautiful drive to the tower. Zach did a great job explaining the history in more detail.
Written June 26, 2018
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Kay E
Ivanhoe, VA33 contributions
historical site on new river
Aug 2017
Learn of early Virginia history, see how the Shot Tower worked, explore the grounds, New River Trail State Park is very close by
Written June 18, 2018
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Di M
Haverhill, MA2,943 contributions
Shot Tower State Park
Apr 2018 • Couples
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.
Written April 23, 2018
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,168 contributions
About a tower and lead
Feb 2018 • Couples
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 height of the tower into a water bath, to cool the lead. The result was gunshot.

It was fun to climb thise wooden stairs. They were solid enough as I came back without any problems. It was quite high, but we ended at the top and that is when I took numerous pictures of the beautiful views.

Back down, we looked for nice flowers and we found several of them,

I enjoyed this attraction. That was fun!
Written April 14, 2018
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TJouer
Bellbrook, OH1,928 contributions
Not what we expected
Dec 2017 • Couples
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 we were there. There is a $5 honor fee in order to park at the historical state park. We were the only ones visiting the park during the week day afternoon.
Tip: One perk is that there are warm, heated, restrooms. The restrooms appear to be unlocked during park hours.
Written December 25, 2017
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XH1
Dublin, VA69 contributions
National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark
Oct 2017 • Solo
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.
Written October 8, 2017
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MommaRose2016
Greenville, SC158 contributions
Learning how things were made
Jul 2017 • Couples
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. The trip to the top of the Shot Tower is worth it for the views.
Written July 18, 2017
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