Monday, July 26, 2010

Three-part series explores History of BRP

The Blue Ridge Parkway recently announced a three-part series of programs regarding the building of the BRP. All three programs will be held at the Peaks of Otter near Milepost 86.

The first program, “The Early Years 1906-1936”, will focus on the politics, planning and groundbreaking of the road. The program will feature National Park Service Ranger David Meyer and will be presented in the Flat Top Room of the Peaks of Otter Lodge at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 1.

On Saturday, August 7 at 8 p.m., National Park Service Ranger Greg Baltad will present “The Difficult Years, 1937-1963” at the amphitheater behind the visitor center. This program will also be repeated on August 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Peaks of Otter Lodge. This presentation concerns the construction delays during World War II and other problems that were encountered in efforts to complete the roadway.

The last program, “The Most Visited Roadway—1964-Present” will take place in the Peaks of Otter Amphitheater on October 16 at 8 p.m. and will discuss the construction of the Linn Cove Viaduct and the completion of the 469-mile parkway in 1987. This program will also be repeated on October 24 at 2:00 p.m. in the Peaks of Otter Lodge.

For information contact Ranger Paulette Mullinax at or the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at (540) 586-4496.

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