Clarksville Travel Guide

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Clarksville Things to Do

  • Mecklenburg County Veterans' Memorial

    Pays tribute to the men and women of Mecklenburg County who lost their lives in the line of military service from the Revolution through to Gulf War 2. Each war with its ultimate honour roll is listed in its own frame. Of all the wars in which folks from the county lost their lives, the War Between the States claimed the most locals.

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  • Prestwould Plantation

    The house was the home of Sir Peyton Skipwith and his family. The legacy of documentation left by the early Skipwiths is said to be the most complete and extensive of any non-political family in the New World. Extensive records show Prestwould to have been most of the way through in 1794 and them to be living there by 1797.Prestwould was one of the...

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  • Prestwould Plantation

    Nat recommended a visit to Prestwould Plantation on our way to the Lakefest in July, 2005. One of his ancestors oversaw the slaves there in the 19th Century. It took us awhile to find the place where we bought our tickets. We thought it was one of the outbuildings, but all that was there was a wasp's nest and one of its inhabitants almost stung Nat...

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  • Mecklenburg War Memorial

    This memorial is dedicated to all the war dead from Mecklenburg County, Virginia from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. The monument contains the names of 578 (to date) citizens who died in war. It is always open just west of downtown next to a shopping center.

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  • architecture

    I like the slower-paced, more polite culture of small towns, but what many seasoned travelers often overlook is the great variety of architecture in small towns like Clarksville. St. Timothy's Church, with its tall spire, stands out more than the House of Prayer, one of my "away" churches. The old white house along Virginia Avenue (route 58...

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  • Buggs Island Lake

    The damming of the Roanoke River in the early 1950s had a tremendous impact on the area, making Clarksville the only town on the 50,000-acre body of water named after an island upstream, Buggs Island Lake. The lake has drawn many visitors and tourists to the Clarksville area for camping, fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, skiing, and all other...

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  • Chinese in Clarksville

    My local friend Daniel and his family invited Lee and me to take lunch with him here. Great Wall is cattywampus from the church we attended that Sunday morning. The restaurant was very well appointed: more than one would expect from a reasonably priced Chinese restaurant in Clarksville. We all selected from the ample buffet. My favourite thing was...

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  • Great Wall

    Right after church, we were all hungry. Daniel, his wife Elizabeth, her parents, and sisters invited Nat and me to have lunch with them. Nat and I were perfectly happy to pay our own way, but Daniel wouldn't allow it. In many small towns, the Chinese restaurants are rather plain, but this one looks more authentic. We all had the buffet. I was...

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  • The Lamplighter

    The Lamplighter used to be Conrad's restaurant, right across the parking lot from the Lake Motel. I like their steak, baked potatoes and salad.

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Clarksville Transportation

  • New (Route 58 Bypass) Bridge

    The new bridge formally called the Judge John Tisdale Memorial Bridge is a quick alternative for those who want to continue on Route 58 and bypass the start and stop traffic of beautiful downtown Clarksville. Construction on this bridge started in 2002 and it was completed in the summer of 2005. The new bridge is higher over the lake than the old...

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  • Old (Route 58 Business) Bridge

    For many years, what is now referred to as the old bridge was the bridge into Clarksville. The Route 58 Business bridge causeway, as it is officially known, crosses Buggs Island Lake and goes directly into downtown. When it was the only bridge, downtown businesses would benefit from the traffic. Some are fearful that well-established downtown...

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Clarksville Shopping

  • As if from an old attic

    Of all the antique shops into which I ventured to get out of the heat, this was my favourite hands down. Not only were there a wide range of collectibles and antiques, they were all in several well-decorated and themed rooms. Not only was the experience pleasing to the eye, but the fragrant candles up for sale were pleasing on the nose as well. It...

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  • Get "malled" in Clarksville

    Virginia Antiques Mall is so big I literally got lost in here. There are 40 independent retailers all under one roof, just like any big mall selling everything from antiques to yarn. This isn't a mall in the sense of Regency Square in Richmond or Menlo Park Mall in Edison, NJ, but rather a large space under one roof where independent local...

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  • What NOT to buy?

    Virginia Avenue Mall is not really a mall the way most Americans think of it. It is more like the pavilion at the Virginia State Fair where you have a lot of vendors who sell things from their booths. I was looking for antiques here. Nat only went in to enjoy the air conditioning. Nat got lost in the big store: he would get lost in a broom...

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Clarksville Local Customs

  • Lakefest

    Every year, the 3d weekend in July, Lakefest, welcomes thousands of visitors. Saturday, the main day of the festival, brings the fun run, great food and arts and crafts all day through to dark, and more free live entertainment. On top of that, there are hot air balloons, gathering of the boats and fireworks over the lake. Lee gipper84 and I went...

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  • Lakefest

    The Lakefest always happens the third full weekend in July since 1978. The town's main drag- Virginia Avenue- is lined with vendor stalls. We even ran into a vendor we met a month and a half earlier in Occoquan. There is no parade, but there is a fireworks display. The best place to see it is behind Uppy's gas station at the Route 15 and Route 58...

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Clarksville Sports & Outdoors

  • Occoneechee State Park

    Occoneechee State Park is on Virginia's largest lake, Buggs Island Lake, also known as John H. Kerr Reservoir. The park features about 20 miles (33 km.) of trails that let y'all experience the history of the Occoneechee Indians and plantation life in the 1800s. The state began leasing the land for recreational use in the 1940s.

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  • Water Sport

    There were sure enough more boats on the lake than usual at the Lakefest, but on normal days from spring to autumn locals and outsiders use the lake to the full. People like to go to the lake to fish, swim, or simply cruise the water. Clarksville Marina rents all sorts of watercraft. Click on the website for details and conditions. If you've...

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  • Occoneechee State Park

    Occoneechee State Park is on Buggs Island Lake. The park has 18 miles of trails that allow the guest to experience the history of the Occoneechee Indians and plantation life in the 1800s.About 3 miles of walking trails go through the woods and past scenic lake views. A mile-long trail takes visitors to the terraced gardens of the Old Plantation...

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Clarksville Favorites

  • Free Lakefest Shuttles

    Because this isn’t a regular feature, I put it under general tips. It is only during the Lakefest that Clarksville has good mass transport. A free shuttle operates from the Mecklenburg County Veterans Memorial to the town limits where roads are cordoned off for the festival. Lee and I thought we would have to hoof it (walk) to the festivities...

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  • House of Prayer

    My friend Lee is a regular churchgoer. When we met Daniel at the Lakefest fireworks display, he invited Lee and me to attend Sunday services at this interdenominational church in downtown Clarksville. It was like no other church service I had ever attended. For one thing, it is said that Sunday church is still the most segregated time of the...

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  • Good friends

    Ever since Lee and I planned on attending Lakefest, we had planned on meeting Daniel Andre (from Virgilina) at Lakefest. Lee and I met in my hometown about 6 months later. At the 2005 Summerfest, I saw Daniel, but Lee was in Cancún. The reason this is on Clarksville is because we met him in Clarksville on both occasions. First, we met Daniel on...

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