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Antiquing in the Blue Ridge

Program Number: 18881RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/16/2013 - 9/19/2013; 9/8/2014 - 9/11/2014; 4/13/2015 - 4/16/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
Price starting at: $489.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

From garage and estate sales to pawn shops and auction houses, shopping for and identifying antiques is a fun way to learn about the stylistic hallmarks and aesthetic traditions of times past. Whether for private use or for profit, correctly appraising antiques takes practice, and this program in western Virginia provides a safe atmosphere in which to delve into American antiques and acquire methods of critical evaluation. Classroom lectures combine with hands-on comparison of examples, providing a primer in how to recognize valuable pieces and properly restore and preserve them. Field trips to Booker T. Washington National Monument and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest add a personal element to your examination of western Virginia antiques.




Highlights

• Compare and contrast the various furniture styles established in Colonial Virginia.
• Visit Poplar Forest - Thomas Jefferson's personal retreat - and marvel at Jefferson's architectural and horticultural brilliance.
• Visit a local antique establishment and put classroom knowledge to good use by identifying period pieces and gauging authenticity.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing for up to one hour.




Date Specific Information

9-16-2013, 9-8-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Center.




Smith Mountain Lake

This popular destination, often called the "Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains," comprises 500 miles of shoreline within a historic three-county region that includes Jefferson's "Poplar Forest" retreat and the birthplace of Booker T. Washington.



Accommodations
Modern lodging on the shores of beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. All rooms on ground floor; wireless internet access available throughout campus.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Bill Clutz

Bill Clutz has always had a keen interest in early American antiques and glassware, even though he earned a degree in chemistry at the University of Kansas and an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Bill and his wife operated a highly successful antique business in Upstate New York and exhibit their antique treasures throughout the eastern United States. He is much sought-after to provide expert appraisals for a number of antique pieces and collections.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
  W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake 3 nights
 Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $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
  Additional nights after: $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 out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Taubman Conference Center - 3 PM You will be staying at Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Taubman Conference Center - Noon You will be staying at Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participants must complete and submit a Health and Safety form to the Road Scholar Program Coordinator prior to the beginning of the program.
  Parking availability:
There is ample parking available within 30 feet of lodging facilities.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
  Nearest city or town:  Rocky Mount, VA - Bedford, VA
  Nearest highway: 220/581 - I-81
  Nearest airport:  Roanoke, VA
  From End of Program
  Location: W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Roanoke, VA

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 540-345-7711
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60 per cab
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Very often Participants are able to obtain return transportation to the Roanoke, VA airport with fellow Participants they have met during the program; however, if this is not an option, additional transportation providers available to the Roanoke airport include: Liberty Cab - 540-344-1776, Prestige Limo - 540-342-8049, Executive Limo - 540-366-4644, Airport Limo - 540-345-7710

 

Roanoke, VA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 540-345-7711
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Additional transportation providers available from the Roanoke airport include: Liberty Cab - 540-344-1776, Prestige Limo - 540-342-8049, Executive Limo - 540-366-4644, Airport Limo - 540-345-7710

 
Driving Directions
  Roanoke, VA From I-81 take exit 143 - I-581 220 (220 South) through Roanoke and then Boones Mill (approximately 13 miles from Roanoke) - being careful to avoid the speed traps continually in operation along this route - to the traffic light at Wirtz Road (Route 697). A Dairy Queen and an Exxon station will be on the corner on your left. Turn left on Wirtz Road and follow this road for approximately 5 miles to a stop sign. At the stop sign turn left on to Booker T. Washington Highway (Route 122). Go ahead 1 mile to Burnt Chimney Road (Route 670) and take a hard right onto 670. Follow this road for 7 miles to Lovely Valley Road (Route 668) - you'll start to see small green signs directing to the 4-H Center - and take a right onto Lovely Valley Road. Follow this road for 1 mile to the stop sign. Turn right onto Crafts Ford Road (Route 944) - go approximately 1 1/2 miles to a sharp curve and turn left onto Hermitage Road (Route 669). Follow Hermitage Road to the Center - the Taubman Conference Center where registration is conducted is the first building on the left as you enter the Center grounds just past the cemetery. A map with detailed directions will be included in the Welcome packet you'll receive about 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the Road Scholar program.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in/ Tour of Center Grounds/Dinner/Registration & Orientation, Introductions & Getting Acquainted
(Monday, September 16)

Note: We will enjoy a casual walking tour of the Center grounds. Participants should be able to walk down and up a short hill and stand for approximately 45 minutes.



   
 Afternoon: ARRIVAL & CHECK-IN: Participants are welcome to arrive at the Center any time after 1:00pm.
REGISTRATION: From 3:00pm until 5:00pm. Meet the staff and pick up your arrival packet with the most up-to-date schedule that we’ll review during orientation.
SITE EXCURSION: At 5:00pm we'll gather together in the Taubman Conference Room for a casual walking excursion so you can become familiar with the Center grounds and facilities. The walk will last about 30 minutes and will be followed by dinner.
 Dinner: Our first meal together will be dinner in Smith Hall, the Center's dining and administrative facility. The "all you can eat" buffet with salad, a main course, and dessert usually has people coming back oftentimes for more than seconds.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll begin promptly at 7:00pm. During the first 45 minutes of the session, we'll review the updated schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. There will be a brief presentation on the 4-H movement and a short film that provides a nice overview of the Smith Mountain Lake area.
After a short break, we'll reconvene for the "get acquainted" portion of the evening. Given past experience we should be through by 8:30pm, allowing you ample opportunity to continue getting to know one another and to rest up for the next day's activities.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast/American Antique Periods, Blue Ridge vs. Virginia Low Country Regional Style/Lunch/ Booker T. Washington Field Trip/Boat Trip//Dinner/ Country Primitive Antiques
(Tuesday, September 17)

Note: Our short trip to and tour of Booker T. Washington's Birthplace will require walking a short distance on a paved walkway and standing for approximately 45 minutes. Our trip to the boat ride will take only 10 minutes via the Center van.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the dining hall is available at 7:30am. Choose from fare-of-the-day and/or a variety of fruits and cereals. The buffet line will be open until 8:15am.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: From 8:45am until Noon, we'll explore various periods of American antiques. Specifically, we'll learn about contrasts between the Blue Ridge region settlement and regional style and the Virginia low country settlement style. The differences are quite striking and mirror the history, customs, and heritage of the settlers themselves.
 Lunch: The lunch buffet is available from Noon until 12:45pm. Salad, entrée, dessert.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We'll travel to the Booker T. Washington Birthplace and National Monument. We'll explore the early boyhood home of this native genius who rose from obscurity in slavery to become the founder of a respected academic institution, adviser to three Presidents, and a leading figure in the U.S. African American community from 1890 to 1915. The experience will also provide ample evidence of the styles of early Blue Ridge Mountain furniture and buildings as we visit the Burroughs plantation and outbuildings. Upon our return to the Center our instructor will provide a detailed debriefing of what we saw and learned on site. We'll then travel a short distance to the marina for our leisurely boat trip on the Lake.
 Dinner: As on every evening, the dinner buffet is available at 5:30pm and includes salad, the main course, and dessert.
 Evening: PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: After dinner we'll examine and discuss examples of country primitive antiques.
EXTRACURRICULAR: Following your full and intellectually stimulating day, enjoy a change of pace with a light dramatic comedy "What About Bob?" filmed at Smith Mountain Lake. On our upcoming field trip to Poplar Forest, you'll be able to see a number of sites in the film - your chance to see how locations are chosen for major movies.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Breakfast/Virginia Plantation Antique Styles, 18th- & 19th-Century Antiques/Lunch/ Field Trips to Antique Shop & Jefferson's Poplar Forest/Dinner/ Evening Entertainment
(Wednesday, September 18)

Note: Our trips to an antique establishment and Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest will entail walking a short distance and standing for approximately one hour.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available at 7:30am. Be sure to "eat hearty" since we'll be on the go for most of the day.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: From 8:45am until mid-morning, we'll focus on Virginia plantation antique styles and an exhibition and examination of 18th- and 19th-Century antiques.
FIELD TRIP: We'll then board our transportation and make the short trip to a well-known, respected antique establishment near Forest, Virginia, where we'll examine some of the antique styles we've been discussing in class. From there, we'll move on to Thomas Jefferson's personal retreat, Poplar Forest, to learn about and experience Jefferson's architectural genius.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds of Poplar Forest.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues as our instructor leads us through Poplar Forest to point out and explain the various artifacts and furniture as well as the innovative building styles Jefferson utilized. Part architectural masterpiece, part engineering marvel and part work of art. Poplar Forest is more than Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat. It is the living embodiment of his genius: blending landscape and architecture, the first octagonal home in America is one of only two homes he designed and built for his own use.
We'll return to the Center in time for dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner buffet available at 5:30pm.
 Evening: EXTRACURRICULAR: This evening's entertainment will leave you pleasantly surprised and mesmerized by the talent on display. Since you'll be traveling tomorrow, the show will conclude by 10:00pm.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Breakfast/How To Evaluate Antiques, How To Buy, Care & Maintenance/Lunch Program Concludes
(Thursday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available at 7:30am.
 Morning: Please plan to vacate your room and check out before our final session begins at 8:45am. If you need more time, please notify the program coordinator.
PRESENTATION: Learn more about how to look critically at antiques for authenticity, how to detect repairs, replacements, and fakes. Get inside information on how to buy antiques at auctions, estate sales, and antique stores. We'll end with tips on how to care for and maintain your antique treasures.
 Lunch: Lunch buffet available at Noon.
The program concludes with lunch. We hope you have enjoyed the Smith Mountain Lake experience and will return for other fascinating Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Booker T Washington: A Re-Examination


Author: Lee Walker


Guest of Honor: Booker T Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation


Author: Deborah Davis


Jefferson and His Times - 6 volumes


Author: Dumas Malone


The Character of Thomas Jefferson


Author: Joseph Ellis


The Road to Monticello:The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson


Author: Kevin Haynes


Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power


Author: Jon Meacham


Up From History


Author: Robert Norrell


Up From Slavery


Author: Booker T Washington




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