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Nottoway County has four historic buildings on the Virginia and National Registers of Historic Places. They are the Nottoway County Courthouse, Schwartz Tavern, Burke's Tavern, and Oakridge. In addition, Blackstone offers a walking tour of many of its historic buildings.
A recent county-wide comprehensive historical survey has documented over 100 significant dwellings and structures. There is a wealth of Civil War history nearby. The Tour of Lee's Retreat, a nationally acclaimed regional project following General Lee's last march, has several stops in Nottoway.
Nottoway County has several public lakes available for boating, fishing, swimming, and picnicing. These include Nottoway Lake (Lee Lake), 175 acres, operated by the Virginia Division of Game and Inland Fisheries; Crystal Lake, 52 acres, owned and operated by the Town of Crewe; and the Fort Pickett reservoir, 161 acres, located in Fort Pickett.
Hunting and fishing opportunities are nearly limitless in Nottoway County and surrounding areas. A variety of small and large game, as well as fish, can be found in great abundance.
Nottoway County lies midway between Virginia's mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. A two-hour drive is all that is necessary to visit either the Blue Ridge Mountains or Virginia Beach. Snow skiing, hiking, boating, and dozens of other outdoor activities are readily available.
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.