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The 50th Anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake

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                                                                                                                                                                                                         CLICK HERE to purchase a download of the 50th Anniversary song, “Jewel of the Blue Ridge”.
 

Celebrating 50 Years of Smith Mountain Lake

The idea for damming the Roanoke River at the natural gap of Smith Mountain in Southwestern Virginia had been promoted for a number of years before the Smith Mountain Pump Storage Hydroelectric Project became reality. Originally proposed seriously in the 1920s, it was another 40 years before Appalachian Power completed the two dams which make up the unique project. Construction on the Smith Mountain and Leesville dams began in 1960 and was completed in 1963. Hundreds of workers cleared several hundred thousand cubic yards of mountainside and poured about 175,000 cubic yards of concrete to build the project.

The lakes reached their normal "full" water level in 1966. The areas covered by the reservoir were primarily rural farmland. During dam construction Appalachian Power also built several bridges to accommodate traffic around the lake. The project paid for itself within 5 years time.

Combined, Smith Mountain Lake covers 20,600 acres with over 580 miles of shoreline and Leesville Lake covers 3,270 acres with 110 miles of shoreline. Nearly 12,000 people live at Smith Mountain Lake year-round, with another 50,000 present on summer weekends. 

For more SML History CLICK HERE

Signature Sponsor

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

Carilion Clinic, Bedford County, Franklin County, Pittsylvania County, LeisureMedia360, Smith Mountain Lake Arts Council, Smith Mountain Building Supply, Grand Home Furnishings, Vogel & Cromwell, LLC, Homestead Creamery, Wheeler Broadcasting

Bronze Sponsor

Faber CPA Firm, LLC

BB&T

Vistar Eye Center

Patron Sponsors

Assure Comfort/Division of Sleep Safe Bed, LLC; Virginia Dare Cruises and Marina; Charlie & Lib Walker,
Fran Burns - in memory of TruBob Burns, who loved living at SML, Mexico Viejo, Haywood's Jewelers; The General Store; Subway; Hot Shots, Bayside Marina & Yacht Club, Shaker's Restaurant, Joe's Italian Restaurant and Pizzaria, Sans Souci B & B, Kroger-Westlake, The Cottage Gate, The Little Gallery, Moosie's, Ole School Sports Pub & Grill,
Old Oak Cafe, Dock-It-Grille & Bar, McKelvey Companies, Thomas Insurance, American National Bank,
Carter Bank & Trust, Artfully Framed at the Lake, Mary Lou McDonald, ML Realty, Glenwood Oil & Automotive, Mitchell's Point Restaurant
 

SML web links for more information:

Dr. Fong Interview - https://youtu.be/6zKgUTzYHXg

50th Anniversary Slide Show - https://youtu.be/yzeQc6bMp4o

http://www.blueridgepbs.org/videos/local-productions/smith-mountain-lake-50th-anniversary

http://www.smlassociation.org/photos

http://leesvillelake.org/LakeHistory.htm

http://www.smithmtn.com/about/history.aspx

http://www.virginiaplaces.org/watersheds/smithmountain.html

http://www.victorianvilla.com/sims-mitchell/local/articles/phsp/045/

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/waterbody/smith-mountain-lake/

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM7P2A_Old_Halesford_Bridge_Smith_Mountain_Lake_VA

http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:2220007

https://soundcloud.com/va-talk-radio-network/barb-nocera

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