Partlow Lookout
US 1163, VA 29

Photo courtesy of Kristin Reynolds

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1163, VA 29 (view other lookouts in United States, Virginia)
Date Registered January 23, 2017
Nominated by Kristin Reynolds
Location Lake Anna
Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Coordinates N 38° 02.827' W 077° 38.671' (view using Google Maps)
N 38° 02' 50" W 077° 38' 40"
N 38.047122° W 077.644518°
Elevation 416 ft (127 m)
Built 1961
Administered by Virginia Department of Forestry


This 110' Aermotor tower with a 7'x7' cab was built in 1961 by 13 locals. The hardest part was the aluminum roof. The tower had been brought from Prince William State Forest where it had been since World War II. This tower was manned by Virginia's first female watchperson, Grace Newton.


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Visit Reports

August 9, 2019: James Hull


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Not Applicable
Stairs OK? Unsure
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: There is some rust on the outside of the building but it does not appear to be too bad. Aerial image indicates that some of the window are missing glass.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: This firetower is outfitted with a complete cell tower antenna suite, many parabolic dishes, and possibly an omnidirectional antenna. It is unknown if the antenna are used by the local amateur radio clubs or by local government.
Other enroachments? None identified.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Unsure
Directions to tower signed? Unsure
Comments? Upon arriving at the site we noticed that there were security cameras installed. With this knowledge we did not approach the base of the tower in order to determine if NHLR signs were posted or any other signs providing directions.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No


August 2019 photo

August 2019 photo - courtesy of James Hull