If one drifts through the online sites about scuba diving and other cool water activities, what you find may surprise you. For instance, I had never heard the story of an underwater town in the depths of Smith Mountain Lake, but there are rumors of it floating about in various places to do with diving.
It’s a curious thing though, when you go to research this interesting possibility, there seems to be no hard data anywhere. But the story supposedly goes something like this: About 40-some years ago, the local power company began buying up property around the current Smith Mountain Lake area to create hydroelectric power. On the property was a small town with numerous homes, various little shops, and a pretty white church with a lovely steeple. Somewhere around 1963 the damming process began on the Roanoke and Blackwater Rivers and the tiny town disappeared under its waters.
Divers get excited about this possibility because the waters of Smith Mountain Lake are some of the clearest with good visibility East of the Mississippi. And since some of the town is said to be in water around 60 feet deep, that would make for a good dive.
If anyone reading this can generate any hard facts they would be fun to know. Is this underwater city fact or fiction???