Visitor Center & Event Grounds Master Plan
County of Bath, Virginia
GLAVÉ & HOLMES ARCHITECTURE was hired by the County of Bath for the design of a new Visitor Center and the preparation of a Master Plan for a multi-functional Event Grounds. The New Bath County Visitor Center will become an important resource for the local community and serve as a gateway to the County of Bath and the surrounding area. The new center will be located in Mitchelltown on an 8-acre site purchased for the purpose of creating a Visitor Center and Event Grounds. The Master Plan will serve as the primary document guiding the development of the Mitchelltown property.
The design team pulled together concept designs for the site and building that embody the aspirations of the County and its residents as recorded and implemented through a series of public meetings. The following uses were identified in addition to the Visitor Center that may collocate at the site: a Bath County Pavilion for residents and others to gather for events or sell their wares or artwork; a lawn and picnic shelter/chapel area that could be used for a visitor’s rest area, family gatherings, as well as weddings and other events; and a visitor orientation theater that could be used for community meetings, movies and lectures. The Visitor Center and grounds will also include administrative offices, an exhibit space, a multi-purpose room, a kitchen, a nature path, an outdoor amphitheater and a Veteran’s/History Walk.