Southside Planning District Commission

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

Brunswick County

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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