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Bedford County, Virginia (Images of America Series)
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Bedford County, Virginia (Images of America Series)

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by Ben Martin
 

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,

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738567273
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,329,765
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


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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Bedford County, Virginia (Images of America Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JgleJne More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my dad cause he likes history books and he grew up and currently lives in Bedford County, but there were no pictures or anything about the area of Bedford county beyond Huddleston/Moneta area. there is no mention of Blue Ridge, Villamont, Thaxton, Montvale, and barely any pictures or mention of Bedford City which is half of Bedford county...we both were really disappointed in the book since it left a HUGE portion of the Bedford county out of the book...a better title would have been Huddleston, virginia or Moneta, Virginia since those are the only two areas it centered around.
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