Southside Planning District Commission

Serving Brunswick, Halifax, & Mecklenburg Counties, and the towns of South Boston & South Hill, VA

Brunswick County

Brunswick County Byways Visitor Center - Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting for the Brunswick County Byways Visitor Center was held on June 28, 2018. With the assistance of the Southside Planning District Commission, the County of Brunswick received a $458,375 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission and a $638,479 National Scenic Byways grant from the Department of Transportation to plan and construct a comprehensive tourist welcome center with interpretive displays, maps, brochures and restrooms.  The Southside PDC staff provided the County with grant administration services throughout construction and completion of the project.

Brunswick County purchased the once regional office building of the International Paper Company situated on 1.7 acres for use as the Brunswick Byways Visitor Center.  The Center is located on two Virginia Byways – Christanna Highway (Highway 46) and Lake Gaston Byway (Highways 903/626) and is located on a prominent hilltop location within one mile of the Fort Christanna Historical Park and future canoe trail access on the Meherrin River, a State Scenic River.

The Brunswick Byways Visitor Center, a staging area and orientation resource, is pivotal to the implementation of the County’s multifaceted tourism development plan.  The Center will not only inform the traveling public on the County’s two Virginia Byways, it serves to inform visitors about local Native American heritage, Colonial American “frontier” history, Civil War history, early American religious history, natural resources and assets, and agricultural economy.  Visitors will find two and three-dimensional exhibits, graphics, artifact cases, hands-on interactive exhibits, a short informational film, and brochures and maps to help direct travelers to the County’s many attractions.  One of the more popular displays at the Center is a replica of a stew pot, which depicts how the County’s famous “Brunswick Stew” is made. 

Numerous state and local officials were in attendance for the ceremony including Senator Frank Ruff and Virginia Tourism Corporation Director and CEO, Rita McClenny.

Brunswick County Byways Visitor & Interpretive Center Project

SPDC assists with Tobacco Commission & National Scenic Byways Project grants

Brunswick Byways Visitors CenterBrunswick Byways Visitors Center artist renderingWith the assistance of the Southside Planning District Commission, the County of Brunswick received a $458,375 Economic Development grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission in October 2010, and the County received a $638,479 National Scenic Byways Project grant from the Department of Transportation in November 2011 to plan and construct a comprehensive tourist welcome center with interpretive displays, maps, brochures, and restroom amenities.

Brunswick County purchased the once regional office building of the International Paper Company situated on 1.7 acres for use as the Brunswick Byways Visitors Center. Strategically located on Highway 46 (Christanna Highway), the project site is well situated to attract and serve travelers.

Highway 46 is a Virginia Byway and is a gateway to Lake Gaston. The Brunswick Byways Visitors Center site is located on a prominent hilltop location within one mile of the Fort Christanna Historical Park and a planned canoe trail access on the Meherrin River, a State Scenic River. The site is approximately 3 miles south of U.S. Route 58 and the Town of Lawrenceville, and is 10 miles south of Interstate 85.

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