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Appomattox: An End and a Beginning

Program Number: 15625RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/28/2014 - 5/1/2014;
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    

General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant met on April 9, 1865 at the house of Wilmer McLean in the little village of Appomattox Court House, Va. At the conclusion of the short meeting terms had been arranged that set the stage for Reconstruction and the rise of regional differences that persist today. Through lecture, anecdotes and expert-led exploration of the Appomattox site learn the real significance of the Confederate surrender in 1865.




Highlights

• Trace the events of the Civil War and General Robert E. Lee’s ascendancy to the leadership of the Confederate Forces that led up to the historic scene at Appomattox.
• Visit the birthplace of Booker T. Washington who rose from slavery and abject poverty to become a respected educator, early African American Civil Rights leader and advisor to three U.S. Presidents.
• Cap the program off with an evening of unique regional entertainment.




Date Specific Information

4-28-2014

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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 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 Room - 3 PM. You will be staying at Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Taubman Conference Room - 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.
  Parking availability:
There is ample free parking available within 20 feet from lodging accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Smith Mountain Lake
  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
    (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
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 on 220 South for approximately 4.5 miles to Wirtz Rd. (Rt 697). Dairy Queen & Exxon Station will be on the left and the Franklin Motel up on the right. 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 Taubman Conference Center where registration will be held is in the first building on your left 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.
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/Center Tour/Dinner/Orientation/Get Acquainted
(Monday, April 28)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast/Appomattox/Lunch/Tour of Booker T. Washington's Birthplace and National Monument/Dinner/Movie - "What About Bob"
(Tuesday, April 29)

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.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Breakfast/Appomattox/Lunch/Tour of Museum of the Confederacy/Appomattox Court House/Dinner/Entertainment
(Wednesday, April 30)

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.
   
Accommodations: Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Breakfast/Check out of Rooms/Civil War/AppomattoxLunch/Departure
(Thursday, May 1)

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 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


The Appomattox Campaign


Author: Chris Calkins


The Battles of Appomattox


Author: Chris Calkins


The Final Bivouac


Author: Chris Calkins




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