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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel - KGC View Post
    From THAT "site", Scuba Divers indicate that Monroe, Va. was/is underwater in the Vista Point "area"; Records on Monroe, Va. are in Danville, Va. HH! Good Luck!
    Hey Bill.A while back I ran into a guy that was using GPR to find the remains of the "old" Hales Ford bridge.He found it .While talking w/him he said his next target with GPR is Monroe
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    Well, a fisherman with SONOR took "pics" of the OLD Hale's Ford Bridge, GREAT! And maps with underwater images of downed trees, old roads, & some "structures" are indicated in the ScubaDivers.Com "site". TWO divers even tried it at a Marina; could only get down @ 10'; "Vis" was poor & too dangerous to go down DEEPER. Vista Point, off of Rt. 626 (I think) is OLD "access" Road, with a "S" curve near SML State Park mentioned as a "land-mark". HH! Good Luck!
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    Need an OLD map of Pittsylvania County, Va. (1818 or so) to show Monroe, Va. with Anthony Ford Bridge leading to it (in P.C.) on Rt. 626 from TODAY'S Vista Pointe of Bedford County, Va. It went down to Staunton River, crossing the "Ford" there; MAY have had Anthony's Ferry down there at one time... underwater images indicated such a road, not far from the SML Dam, which has Leesville Lake, ALSO. It is in P.C. MORE, later.
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    My R & I continues with The Forgotten Town Of Monroe in Pittsylvania County, Va. ("Google" it), & reviewing the Rt. 626 (under SML water from Vista Pointe) to the old Staunton River (underwater); MAY be where the old "Ford" was & the FERRY crossing the Staunton River into OLD Pittsylvania County. It later became the old bridge "crossing the Staunton at the NORTHEAST corner of Pittsylvania County..."; Monroe, Va. disappeared from the Tax Rolls by 1869. It WAS in Deed Book 22 in the Pittsylvania County Records, & Monroe, Va. was indicated as being on the SOUTH bank of the Staunton (STILL underwater) & I do not know how wide the Staunton River was (under SML). THAT is for OTHERS to find out. Vista Pointe near SML State Park IS "KEY" in MHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel - KGC View Post
    My R & I continues with The Forgotten Town Of Monroe in Pittsylvania County, Va. ("Google" it), & reviewing the Rt. 626 (under SML water from Vista Pointe) to the old Staunton River (underwater); MAY be where the old "Ford" was & the FERRY crossing the Staunton River into OLD Pittsylvania County. It later became the old bridge "crossing the Staunton at the NORTHEAST corner of Pittsylvania County..."; Monroe, Va. disappeared from the Tax Rolls by 1869. It WAS in Deed Book 22 in the Pittsylvania County Records, & Monroe, Va. was indicated as being on the SOUTH bank of the Staunton (STILL underwater) & I do not know how wide the Staunton River was (under SML). THAT is for OTHERS to find out. Vista Pointe near SML State Park IS "KEY" in MHO.
    Thanks much
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    Hey Bill.....When you say "Staunton River"What river are you referring to ? The only rivers under SML that I know of is the Blackwater & Roanoke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
    Hey Bill.....When you say "Staunton River"What river are you referring to ? The only rivers under SML that I know of is the Blackwater & Roanoke.
    HA! NOT Bill... Staunton & Roanoke River created SML by being damed (SML Dam); Blackwater was ONLY a creek. Read history of Smith Mountain Lake...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel - KGC View Post
    HA! NOT Bill... Staunton & Roanoke River created SML by being damed (SML Dam); Blackwater was ONLY a creek. Read history of Smith Mountain Lake...
    HA NOT >> Smith Mountain Lake Fun Facts About The Lake
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    LOL! Blackwater River (from Franklin County) joined Roanoke River to make it ONLY the Roanoke River that the Power Company damed up. A certain section of Roanoke River was named Staunton River in honor of a Capt. Staunton in earlier days, when THAT section bordered Campbell County; yes Campbell County was HUGE! Part of Bedford County came from it. DYK? New London, Va. (now in Campbell County, near Lynchburg, Va.) was once capital of Bedford County? LATER, the town of Liberty (now, Bedford City) is. ANYWAY, back to MONROE, Va. under SML.

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    Even the web-site on Monroe, Va. has "The River" indicated as STAUNTON RIVER; Monroe, Va. was planned to have 28 lots to be sold so ppl on "The River" could buy & build, on streets, such as... Spring Street, Green Street, Brown Street, Commerce Street, Rives Street, & Powell's Alley. Commerce Street was meant to be MAIN STREET... ALL on paper; NOTHING happened. A Post Office was called Monroeton (1823-1837 or so); it MAY have been in Campbell County "crossing into" Pittsylvania County, dunno. "The residential development called Vista Pointe (TODAY) could perhaps be sitting on or near what was a Monroe (Va.) town lot." The underwater Rt. 626 was once known as Monroe Road (19th Century maps).

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    Wife & I were in Barnes & Nobles (Books) here in "The Burg", today; found a book on Pittsylvania County (BRIEF HISTORY OF PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY), & it had a map from 1820's or so... MONROE was on it, and "THE RIVER" is shown as BLACKWATER RIVER... (SHOCK!) with ANTHONY'S FORD. ALL of which is near the SML Dam/R2 "section", off of Vista Pointe... WOW! THAT IS the DEEPEST part of SML...
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    KAPUT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post
    Would be fun to look for it if you had the equipment and skill
    300 Ft. is WAY beyond my skill level & or desire,& or equipment
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    Me, too... KAPUT!
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