News 7 Web Staff
1:04 PM EDT, November 1, 2011
The Smith Mountain Project Visitors Center is open again.
A dedication ceremony was held today for the re-opening.
The visitors center was closed for a few months for renovations.
It’s being renamed for Joseph Vipperman.
Vipperman was the Appalachian Power president before taking over executive positions at American Electric Power.
The visitors center opened in the 1960s.
He is a native of Stuart and a Virginia Tech graduate.
Since then hundreds of thousands of visitors have toured the facility to see how the dam was built and how it operates.
The visitors center sits above the hydroelectric dam on the north side of the gap of Smith Mountain.
It will be open Tuesday through Saturday each week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is no admission charge.
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