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Teddy Roosevelt: A Man for All Seasons

Program Number: 9185RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/19/2014 - 5/22/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
Price starting at: $535.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Theodore Roosevelt was one of the most colorful figures in American history. This adventure examines this many-sided man and attempts to capture the spirit of his era. Delve into Roosevelt's youth, his involvement in the Spanish-American War, his presidency — trust busting, the Square Deal, the Panama Canal, the Navy's world cruise, conservation movement — and his post-presidency.




Highlights

• Be immersed in the many controversial facets of Teddy Roosevelt — including his family’s White House antics and his adventurous post-presidential years.
• Explore the birthplace of Booker T. Washington, who rose from slavery to become the founder of Tuskegee Institute and an adviser to three U.S. presidents — most prominently, Teddy Roosevelt.
• Take a fieldtrip to the National D-Day Memorial and stop along the way to walk along a short portion of the Appalachian Trail and take in views of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing up to 45 minutes.




Date Specific Information

5-19-2014

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 conference center on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake; Wireless internet access throughout the entire 4-H Center campus.
Meals and Lodgings
   Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
  Smith Mountain Lake (Wirtz), VA 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 and internet wireless service is available throughout the Center grounds. 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:
Reid Jones, Jr. Lodge - 3 p.m. You will be staying at Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Reid Jones, Jr. Lodge - 12:30 p.m. 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 prior to the beginning of the program.
  Parking availability:
There is ample free parking available within 50 feet from lodging accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Smith Mountain Lake (Wirtz), VA
  Nearest city or town:  Roanoke, Virginia
  Nearest highway: US Routes 581 and 81
  Nearest airport:  Roanoke, Virginia
  From End of Program
  Location: Smith Mountain Lake (Wirtz), VA
    (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 $70 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 $70 per cab
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, Virginia From I-81 take exit 143 - I-581 South (220 South) through Roanoke and Boones Mill. Continue past Boones Mill - being careful to avoid the speed trap continually in operation here - on 220 South for approximately 4.5 miles to Wirtz Rd. (Rt 697). Dairy Queen & Exxon Station will be on the left. Turn left on Wirtz Rd. (Rt. 697) Follow Wirtz Rd. for approximately 5 miles to a stop sign. At the stop sign turn left onto Booker T. Washington Highway (Rt. 122). Go about 1 mile to Burnt Chimney - turn right on Burnt Chimney Rd. (Rt. 670). Follow Burnt Chimney Rd. for 7 miles to Lovely Valley Rd (Rt. 668) at Dudley's Schoolhouse Store. Turn right onto Lovely Valley Rd. (Rt. 668). Follow Rt. 668 about 1 mile to the stop sign. Turn right onto Crafts Ford Rd. (Rt. 944) - go approximately 1 1/2 miles to a sharp curve and turn left onto Hermitage Rd. (Rt. 669). Follow Hermitage Rd. to the Center - the Reid Jones, Jr. Lodge where registration will be held is in the third building on your right as you enter the Center grounds just past the cemetery (more about this later). A map with detailed instructions will be included in the Welcome Packet.
Elevation Note: Our trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway will take us to the 3500 foot mark

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/ Walking Tour of the Center/Dinner/ Orientation and Introductions
(Monday, May 19)

Note: Our casual optional walking tour of the Center grounds will require participants to walk up and down a slight incline and stand for approximately 45 minutes.



   
 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. At 5 PM we'll gather together in the Taubman Conference Center to begin a voluntary, casual walking tour of the Center grounds.
 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 - including dessert!
 Evening: Your Road Scholar Coordinator will begin the Orientation/Get Acquainted portion of the program promptly at 7 PM. We will also view a 10 minute film which provides a good overview of Smith Mountain Lake itself. After a 10 minute break we'll gather together again for the get acquainted part of the evening. Given past experience we should be through by 8:30 PM allowing you ample opportunity to rest up for the next day's activities.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast/Teddy Roosevelt/Lunch/ Trip to Booker T. Washington's Birthplace and National Monument/Dinner/Teddy Roosevelt
(Tuesday, May 20)

Note: Our short trip to and tour of Booker T. Washington's Birthplace and National Monument 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. From 8:45 until Noon we'll begin to learn about the many facets of the life and times of Teddy Roosevelt beginning with his influential family tree.
 Lunch: Lunch is served from Noon until 12:45 and everyone is urged to eat a hearty one since we'll be visiting Booker T. Washington's birthplace during the afternoon.
 Afternoon: At the birthplace of Booker T. Washington you'll be enthralled and uplifted by one of the nation's most stirring stories of an individual who rose from slavery and abject poverty to become a respected educator and early African American civil rights leader. Booker T. Washington was born on the Burroughs Plantation in 1856 and through his own intelligence and ambition became the founder of Tuskegee Institute and eventually an adviser to three U.S. Presidents - including, most prominently, Teddy Roosevelt. After viewing an introductory film we'll begin our trip around the site. You'll be amazed at the size and location of the plantation "big house" and the building where Washington, his mother and siblings lived and worked. We'll return to the Center just in time for Dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30.
 Evening: We'll continue our review of Roosevelt's life to include his marriages, early health problems and his affinity for the "Wild West" which influenced him in becoming one of the early conservationists.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Breakfast/Teddy Roosevelt/Lunch/ Trip to the Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway/Tour of the National D-Day Memorial/ Dinner/Evening Entertainment
(Wednesday, May 21)

Note: A busy and stimulating day! We'll travel to the Peaks of Otter on a coach/van and have an (optional) opportunity to enjoy a very brief hike on the Appalachian Trail. The tour of the National D-Day Memorial will require walking a short distance and standing for approximately 45 minutes. Golf carts available for those not able or desiring to walk.



   
 Breakfast: Another trip to "Aunt Mandy's" breakfast buffet beginning at 7:30.
 Morning: Class begins at 8:45 and you won't want to be late since your instructor has a great deal more to tell and show us about Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt's presidential years were ones filled with change, opportunities and challenges and Teddy met them all with his typical enthusiasm and boyish vigor.
 Lunch: Lunch again at Noon.
 Afternoon: It's just a 45 minute ride to the Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway and we'll have an opportunity to view the beautiful vistas overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains on both sides of the motor coach/van. We'll also have a chance to walk on a very short portion of the Appalachian Trail near an overlook which will provide us with a spectacular view of the Shenandoah Valley. We'll then board the coach/van for a short drive to the National D-Day Memorial. The Memorial - a stirring monument to those who participated in the D-Day landing on June 6, 1944 - is located in Bedford, VA because this little town of around 3,200 people lost 22 young men in the invasion effort, thereby proportionately suffering the severest losses of any community in the country. 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.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Breakfast/Check out of Rooms/Teddy Roosevelt/ Lunch/Departure
(Thursday, May 22)

Note: The morning will be spent in the classroom.



   
 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. We'll finish our review of Roosevelt's event filled life to include his abortive attempt to return to the Presidency in 1916 which effectively gave the election to Woodrow Wilson. Roosevelt's life after his service as President was almost as exciting as his time in office and we'll explore this period of time as well.
 Lunch: Our final meal together.
 Afternoon: Departure. Have a safe trip home and please come back to visit us soon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Smith Mountain Lake (Wirtz), VA Activities
A 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: 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


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


Author: Deborah Davis




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