urn on the lights and fish! Clarksville, Virginia’s only lakeside town, is now the hot spot for freshwater nighttime fishing since flipping the switch on 76 fishing lights in March 2006. The lights on the Highway 58 Business Bridge over Buggs Island Lake/John Kerr Reservoir are comprised of two rows of fluorescent green Hydro Glow lights installed on each of the 19 bridge pylons, one row above the lake water, and one below. The glow of the underwater lights attracts millions of feeder fish, which then attract larger game fish. Fifty thousand acre Buggs Island Lake was voted the best lake in North America for giant crappies, and lots of them, by “In Fisherman” magazine. Largemouth, white and striped bass, as well as catfish have brought many anglers and fishing tournaments to the lake. Clarksville is a one-of-a-kind destination
The Clarksville Community Players was formed in June, 1973, as an outlet for anyone wishing to participate in any facet of the dramatic arts and to provide theatrical entertainment for the community. The group is chartered as a non-profit organization with four officers and five directors.
Performing mainly in the Clarksville Fine Arts Center, the Players usually produce three productions per year usually two plays and one musical each year. The group also offers performances through its Guest Artist Series, where a variety of artists will showcase their talents. During the Summer, a Children’s (ages 7 – 12) and Youth Theatre Workshop (ages 13 – 22) are held to teach all aspects of theatre to children (technical theatre, acting, scene construction, etc.).
The Players have strong support from the community from a successful patrons program, through which people contribute to allow the arts to continue in the area. Also, the Town of Clarksville continues its gracious supporting role. The Players gratefully acknowledge partial funding by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Take a historical walking tour through quaint downtown Clarksville. Learn about the town’s history as you enjoy 62 well-preserved homes, churches and businesses including the Easley House, once a hotel on the bluff overlooking Clarksville, and the 1829 Judge Henry Wood, Jr. House, now home to an art gallery. Clarksville was the first incorporated town in the county of Mecklenburg and in 1818 was named after its founder, Clarke Royster. The Royster-Oettinger House, built by the town’s founder, is included on the walking tour. Now known primarily as Virginia’s only lakeside town on the shores of Buggs Island Lake/John H. Kerr Reservoir, Clarksville still proudly claims the title of the oldest continuous flue-cured tobacco market in the world. Pick up a tour map at the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce or at the Virginia Avenue Mall.
The Joseph S.J. Tanner Environmental Education Center offers a chance to get “hands on” and experience some of the native wildlife in the area. It’s a great chance to learn about local bird and mammal species and have the opportunity to feel real animal furs.
Also, check out the Butterfly Garden out front of the Tanner Center. It’s a great place for the pollinator enthusiast to observe and photograph these beautiful creatures.
This Lovework project was inspired by Elsa Cristina Gailor of Chase City and created by a local artist, Steve Leach, also of Chase City. He made the arch out of 681 horseshoes and the star burst in the center is made out of files that were used to file the horses hooves. Mr. Leach dedicated this arch in memory of his wife, Ann Leach.
Visitors are encouraged to take photos with the LOVEwork and share with loved ones on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or on Twitter with the special hashtag #LOVEVA. A complete list of the LOVEwork locations is at www.Virginia.org/LOVE.
The Clarksville LOVEwork is currently located at 4th and Virginia Ave in beautiful downtown Clarksville until mid-August. From there it will be moved to its new home at the entrance to town at the Welcome Sign! It is a mobile LOVEwork and will be featured at events around town!
L is for Lake Life, Lakefest and our Love for this town.
O represents Clarksville’s history of the Occoneechi Indians and Opportunities here in Clarksville! We hope to capture great memories & visitors’ dreams of visiting again and again (or even that they will want to live here!)
V is for our many Visitors that Vacation here in Clarksville and we want you to Value your time with us!
E is for wishing Everyone wonderful Experiences. And we have to add our thankfulness for God’s Everlasting Love for us! We are looking forward to our Endless possibilities here in Clarksville!
Visitors are encouraged to take photos with the LOVEworks and share with loved ones on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or on Twitter with the special hashtag #LOVEVA. A complete list of the LOVEwork locations is at www.Virginia.org/LOVE
Modern terminal building with free WiFi, free use of computers and Internet, pilot’s snooze room, and catering upon request
-5,000 x 75 foot paved runway with pilot controlled lighting
-AWOS-4 on field
-Localizer runway 1 GPS WAAS runway 1 and 19 with LPV approaches
-24-hour low-price credit card fuel, self serve after hours (100 ll and Jet A fuels). Free overnight tie-down with fuel purchase.
-Hotel shuttle service
-Crew courtesy vehicle
-Ground Communications Outlet (GCO)to DCA Center and Flight Service
-Flight instruction and aircraft service available
-Close to South Hill with numerous restaurants and hotels
-Pancake breakfast fly-in the first Saturday of every month, year-round, 8-10am
The R.T. Arnold Library has an outdoor patio for lunch and has special events throughout the year. The Library features a local artist and their work each month.
Are you looking for something fun, adventurous, and stress free? If so, we are the place to be! We provide the canoes, kayaks and bicycles; all you need is your family and friends.
You have the opportunity to hike, bicycle and paddle any of the surrounding areas from Buggs Island to Bluestone Creek and any of the state parks in the area. We service Kerr Lake, upper Lake Gaston and the Meherrin River (a designated Virginia Scenic River) in beautiful, undiscovered Southeastern Virginia.
Can you BYOK (bring your own kayak) you say?! Why yes! We also provide pick up and drop off if you want to bring your own kayak. All we need from you is the time you need us to pick up or drop off you and your boat and we will be there!
Proudly serving the new Southern Virginia Wild Blueway (www.sovawildblueway.com).
Sand Dollar Seaplanes, Virginia’s premier seaplane tour operator offers exciting seaplane tours from locations throughout the state.
Since the opening of the South Hill Farmers Market in 2005, vendors have found this to be a very profitable and enjoyable way of selling their goods. Along with local growers, homemade crafters and bakers are welcome. The Market Square is also available for community fundraisers and special events.
The Town of South Hill thanks all the vendors whose wonderful products make our Farmers Market successful. We have received many excellent comments regarding the Market.
We take pride in the fact that all items sold at the Market are grown, baked or crafted by local vendors, guaranteeing the freshness of the products and allowing customers the opportunity to talk to the actual producers.
Come and be a part of this exciting opportunity. The location is ideal, the cost is minimal, and the potential is enormous!
The Town of South Hill welcomes you to the South Hill Model Railroad Museum. Located in the restored South Hill Depot at 201 S. Mecklenburg Avenue; the HO model trains represent over 200 miles of fun tracks in Virginia known as the Wiggle, Bump and Agony. You will also see the Atlantic & Danville Model Railroad, which is the focal point of the museum. The A&D is an HO scale model of the trains and towns, circa 1950, as it ran through South Hill encompassing the route from Lawrenceville, Virginia to Clarksville, Virginia.
Also featured are: Old Toy Trains, historical documents, photographs and artifacts from South Hill’s past. You can even see an authentic Caboose located on the Depot grounds. Children of all ages love the trains and will enjoy a visit to our museum
Welcome to the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway.
The Southern Virginia Wild Blueway is easy to access and fun to explore. Within minutes of getting on the water, you can find peaceful and unspoiled shoreline brimming with wildlife. More than 100 miles of navigable river, including 38 miles of designated Virginia Scenic River, are part of the Blueway. The Staunton (or Roanoke) and Dan Rivers meet to flow into Kerr Lake, which is Virginia’s largest lake. Visit often and explore all three rivers and two scenic lakes to get the full experience of the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway
The Thyne Institute began educating African Americans in Mecklenburg County, Virginia around 1876. J. H. Ashenhurst, the son of a pastor, saw the need for schooling the African American population and began teaching wherever space was available. John Thyne deeded property to the United Presbyterian Church and built a two-story African-American schoolhouse which opened in 1878. The school became the first organized school for African Americans in Mecklenburg County, in operation until 1951. The school was accredited by the Virginia Department of Education in 1914.
A boarding school was formed to accommodate students from Norfolk, Newport News, and Hampton Roads. Enrollment peaked around 1950 with a student body of 650 and a graduating class of more than 140. The school was purchased in 1946 by the Mecklenburg County Public Education System. By 1970 the buildings were torn down and a new elementary school was built.
The Thyne Institute Memorial Circle of Friends Inc. was formed in 1998 for the purpose of developing a memorial for the Thyne Institute and interpreting the education that took place at this site.
If you like dolls, you’ll love the Virginia S. Evans Doll Museum located in the Depot. Over 500 dolls are on display, with some dating back to the mid 1800’s. You will surely see one that reminds you of your childhood. You will also see doll furniture, dollhouses and carriages.