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SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, VIRGINIA

Appomattox: An End and a Beginning

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Program #15625RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Itinerary for Apr 28 — May 1, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
775 Hermitage Rd.
Wirtz, VA 24184 USA
phone: 540-721-2759 xext264
web: www.skelton4hcenter.org

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with a dresser and abundant shelf/closet space, a table and two chairs for relaxing/reading. Table lamps and a clock radio are provided in each guest room.

Facility amenities: The Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center is a modern, multi-purpose conference facility. Up to 400 people can gather in the Center's dining and auditorium facility and/or meet in our 12 meeting rooms. In addition, we offer two picnic shelters, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, horseshoes, mini-golf course, campfire circle, amphitheater campfire, sports fields, nature trails and a beautiful scene from the shoreline gazebo and deck. The Center has 57 lodging rooms with private baths than can sleep up to 228 people. We offer a quiet, peaceful setting which provides our Road Scholar guests the opportunity to focus on the coursework for the week and the time to get to know one another in greater depth.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $50-$60
Lodging may be available before and/or after each program begins. Please contact Dennis Crowley at 540-721-2759, ext. 264 to make arrangements.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, April 28 - Arrival/Center Tour/Dinner/Orientation/Get Acquai...
Afternoon: Participants are welcome to arrive at the Center any time after 1 PM; however, formal registration begins at 3 PM and extends until 5 PM. Refreshments consisting of cookies, lemonade, tea, coffee and fruit are available in the Taubman Conference Center which is the first building on the left as you enter the Center grounds. You can use the time between when you check in and 5 PM to rest and relax in your room or use this opportunity to get to meet your fellow Participants in an informal setting over cookies and coffee. At 5 PM we'll gather together in the Conference Center to begin a voluntary, casual walking tour of the Center grounds. Since we want you to feel comfortable and knowledgeable in your new "home away from home" for the next few days a tour of the facility will introduce you to the special features so many of our guests have enjoyed during their stays with us. We'll tour the lodging sites, our computer building, the swimming pool (open in season when lifeguards are available), the miniature golf course, the tennis courts, our nature building, the lakeshore gazebo - perfect for viewing a lake sunset and/or just beginning that book you've been meaning to start and the Shoreline Trail which has proven irresistible for so many people.

Dinner: Your first meal with us will be dinner served in Smith Hall - the Center's administrative and dining facility. All meals are served in an "all you can eat" buffet style which has people coming back for oftentimes more than seconds.

Evening: Your Road Scholar Coordinator will begin the Orientation/Get Acquainted portion of the program promptly at 7 PM. Since we realize that a number of participants have traveled quite a distance and are undoubtedly tired we have designed a session which combines information and social time in an abbreviated structure. The first 45 minutes of the program are spent on administrative issues such as emergency procedures, phone numbers, etc. Since you will be spending at least four days with us we will explain the 4-H structure in Virginia as well as the Smith Mountain Lake Center in particular. We will also view a 10 minute film which provides a good overview of Smith Mountain Lake. After a 10 minute break we'll gather together again for the get acquainted part of the evening - but, don't worry - this will be both an interesting AND painless experience. In deference to both time and personal preference interests our session will not feature any get acquainted "games" you may have encountered in other similar situations. We'll simply introduce each other with some very pertinent information which will leave you free to get to know one another in more depth on your own at more appropriate times as the week progresses. Given past experience we should be through by 8:30 PM allowing you ample opportunity to rest up for the next day's activities.

Lodging: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
775 Hermitage Rd.
Wirtz, VA 24184 USA
phone: 540-721-2759 xext264
web: www.skelton4hcenter.org

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with a dresser and abundant shelf/closet space, a table and two chairs for relaxing/reading. Table lamps and a clock radio are provided in each guest room.

Facility amenities: The Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center is a modern, multi-purpose conference facility. Up to 400 people can gather in the Center's dining and auditorium facility and/or meet in our 12 meeting rooms. In addition, we offer two picnic shelters, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, horseshoes, mini-golf course, campfire circle, amphitheater campfire, sports fields, nature trails and a beautiful scene from the shoreline gazebo and deck. The Center has 57 lodging rooms with private baths than can sleep up to 228 people. We offer a quiet, peaceful setting which provides our Road Scholar guests the opportunity to focus on the coursework for the week and the time to get to know one another in greater depth.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $50-$60
Lodging may be available before and/or after each program begins. Please contact Dennis Crowley at 540-721-2759, ext. 264 to make arrangements.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, April 29 - Breakfast/Appomattox/Lunch/Tour of Booker T. Wash...
Breakfast/Appomattox/Lunch/Tour of Booker T. Washington's Birthplace and National Monument/Dinner/Movie - "What About Bob"

Note: Our trip to Booker T Washington's Birthplace will entail walking a short distance and standing for approximately 45 minutes.

Breakfast: Our first breakfast at the Center will begin at 7:30 AM - the buffet line will remain open until 8:15; however, as is usually the case most participants will arrive early to begin sampling the fare.

Morning: The morning period of instruction will begin at 8:45 providing ample time to freshen up after breakfast. Our knowledgeable instructor will begin our sessions by tracing the events of the Civil War leading to the historic scene at Appomattox. Refreshments are available throughout the morning just in case breakfast was not quite filling enough!

Lunch: Lunch is served from Noon until 12:45 and everyone is urged to eat a hearty one since we'll be on the move all afternoon.

Afternoon: We're in for a real treat as we travel to the birthplace of Booker T. Washington. You'll be enthralled and uplifted by one of the nation's most inspiring stories of an individual who rose from slavery and abject poverty to become a respected educator and early African American civil rights leader. Washington was born on the Burroughs "plantation" in 1856 and through his own intelligence and dogged perseverance became the founder of Tuskegee Institute and eventually an adviser to three US Presidents. After viewing an introductory film you'll join a Park Ranger for a tour of the site. You'll be amazed at the size and location of the "big house" and the building where Washington and his mother and siblings lived and worked. We'll return to the Center just in time for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30.

Evening: The movie - "What About Bob" was actually filmed at Smith Mountain lake; consequently, it will be interesting to see some of the scenes you'll see at the Lake depicted in the film.

Lodging: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Contact info:
775 Hermitage Rd.
Wirtz, VA 24184 USA
phone: 540-721-2759 xext264
web: www.skelton4hcenter.org

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with a dresser and abundant shelf/closet space, a table and two chairs for relaxing/reading. Table lamps and a clock radio are provided in each guest room.

Facility amenities: The Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center is a modern, multi-purpose conference facility. Up to 400 people can gather in the Center's dining and auditorium facility and/or meet in our 12 meeting rooms. In addition, we offer two picnic shelters, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, horseshoes, mini-golf course, campfire circle, amphitheater campfire, sports fields, nature trails and a beautiful scene from the shoreline gazebo and deck. The Center has 57 lodging rooms with private baths than can sleep up to 228 people. We offer a quiet, peaceful setting which provides our Road Scholar guests the opportunity to focus on the coursework for the week and the time to get to know one another in greater depth.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $50-$60
Lodging may be available before and/or after each program begins. Please contact Dennis Crowley at 540-721-2759, ext. 264 to make arrangements.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, April 30 - Breakfast/Appomattox/Lunch/Tour of Museum of the ...
Breakfast/Appomattox/Lunch/Tour of Museum of the Confederacy/Appomattox Court House/Dinner/Entertainment

Note: We'll travel to Appomattox for a tour of the Museum of the Confederacy and Appomattox Court House. A visit to these sites will necessitate walking a short distance and standing for approximately one hour.

Breakfast: Another trip to "Aunt Mandy's" breakfast buffet beginning at 7:30.

Morning: We'll board the van for our trip to Appomattox where we'll visit the Museum of the Confederacy Building on the knowledge gained in our last class session we'll continue the fascinating story of the surrender at Appomattox Court House which will set the stage for our trip to the site this afternoon.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Noon at Appomattox Court House

Afternoon: Once at Appomattox we'll enjoy a tour of the Appomattox Court House site to include the parlor of the Wilmer McLean house where Lee and Grant met on April 9, 1865 - the meeting which ended the bloodiest conflict in the nation's history. The terms arranged were instrumental in reuniting the Union and set the stage for the age of Reconstruction and the rise of sectional differences which still exist today. We'll arrive back at the Center in time for dinner at 5:30.

Dinner: The last dinner at the Center at 5:30.

Evening: The entertainment will leave you pleasantly surprised and finally mesmerized by the talent on display. Since you all have a long trip home tomorrow the "show" will conclude by 10 PM.

Lodging: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Thursday, May 01 - Breakfast/Check out of Rooms/Civil War/Appomattox...
Note: The morning will involve classroom discussion.

Breakfast: Our last breakfast together so try to get around to everyone's table to say goodbye since some Participants with many miles to travel sometimes depart after breakfast.

Morning: You'll have until class starts (8:45) to check out of your rooms. However, if you need more time, just let us know and we can arrange a later "check out" time. Our last session together will allow us to explore the legacy of Appomattox and what it means to us today - 150 years later.

Lunch: Our final meal together at Noon.

Afternoon: Departure after lunch at Noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Smith Mountain Lake
ActivitiesA well marked trail - the Shoreline Trail - is located on the Center property. It meanders along the back of the property and follows the Lake shore. Approximately 1 - 1/2 mile long. Easy terrain.
For additional information, visit: www.skelton4hcenter.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
2 Performances

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