Antiquing in the Blue Ridge
Learn the art of antiquing in the Blue Ridge Mountains with expert-led classes, hands-on practice, visits to historic sites and excursions to the region’s antique shops.
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Program No. 18881RJ
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center

Activity note: Welcome activities include a brief gathering before dinner.

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 will have a pre-dinner reception to welcome you.

Dinner: Our first meal together will be dinner in the Central Activities Building. The "all you can eat" buffet with salad, a main course, and dessert usually has people coming back seconds.

Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll begin promptly at 6:30 pm. 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 45 minute movie commemorating the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake. After a short break, we'll reconvene for the "get acquainted" portion of the evening. Given past experience we should be through by 8:00 pm, allowing you ample opportunity to continue getting to know one another and to rest up for the next day's activities.

Antiques Presentation, Local Expert Lecture, Video
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center

Activity note: Today will be spent largely in class. No physical activity required.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the dining hall is available at 7:00 am. Choose from fare-of-the-day and/or a variety of fruits and cereals. The buffet line will be open until 7:45 am.

Morning: PRESENTATION: From 8:00 am 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. 1600-1825 will be the focus.

Lunch: The lunch buffet is available from Noon until 12:45pm. Salad, entrée, dessert.

Afternoon: We're lucky to have a former Collections Manager and Registrar at Colonial Williamsburg with us to discuss her career. Her focus will be on how she entered this field and how and from where Williamsburg acquired the many unique pieces which comprise their collection.

Dinner: As on every evening, the dinner buffet is available at 5:30pm and includes salad, the main course, and dessert.

Evening: Discussion will continue on Virginia history and antiques 1825-1930.

Lynchburg, Poplar Forest, and Bedford tours/antique shops.
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center

Activity note: The majority of the day will be spent away from the 4-H Center with alternating tour sites requiring walking and standing for periods up to an hour through out the day.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available at 7:00 am. Be sure to "eat hearty" since we'll be on the go for most of the day.

Morning: We'll board our transportation for our trip to Lynchburg, VA where we'll tour a typical Civil War era home and inspect the unique furniture present.

Lunch: Lunch from 12:30-1:15.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll travel to Thomas Jefferson's personal retreat, Poplar Forest, where we'll be impressed by Jefferson's brilliance in the fields of architecture and botany. Poplar Forest was utilized by Jefferson as a place where he could travel to remove himself from the constant stream of visitors who descended on him at Monticello and expected to be housed and fed together with their servants and horses. At Poplar Forest he could relax, read and be alone with his adored grandchildren. Continuing our journey we will visit antiques businesses in Bedford Virginia.

Dinner: Dinner in Bedford at historic local restaurant.

Evening: Primitives Discussion and participant appraisals.

Tasha Tudor discussion, Booker T. Washington, and antiques
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center

Activity note: Standing and walking for approximately one hour at different places through out day.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available from 7:00 until 7:45 AM

Morning: Our morning begins with Anne Motley and a discussion of Tasha Tudor and then we will depart on our field trip. The site where Booker T Washington was born in 1856 and where you'll be uplifted by the story of a man born into slavery and abject poverty who rose to be the leader of a well respected educational institution and an adviser to three Presidents.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch prepared by Aunt Mandy and her "helpers".

Afternoon: We will continue our experiences with a trip to Roanoke where we will tour Black Dog Salvage from the TV series by the same name.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the historic Hotel Roanoke.

Evening: Following dinner we will embark on a guided tour of the 130 year old Hotel Roanoke.

Exclusive viewing of private antiques collection. Farewell.
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake
W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center

Activity note: Limited walking and some stairs while touring private home.

Breakfast: Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15 AM

Morning: This morning we'll get an exclusive tour of a private antiques collection. The collection, a result of a career in antiques dealing in Upstate New York, is owned by your instructors.

Lunch: Lunch from Noon until 12:45 PM

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll continue our discussion of antique examples.

Dinner: Dinner from 5:30 until 6:15 PM

Evening: The unique local and regional entertainment will leave you enthralled. The show will conclude by 9:30 leaving you time to prepare for tomorrow's departure.

Care & repair of antiques Changing Market, Program Concludes
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake

Activity note: The morning will be spent in the classroom.

Breakfast: The last breakfast at the Center - from 7:30 until 8:15 AM

Morning: The last morning will be a busy one. We'll learn how to repair and care for antiques and how best to buy and sell - making sure you don't fall victim to antique fakes/reproductions. We'll also discuss how the antique business has changed over the last few years and where to learn more about the business as it exists today.

Lunch: Our last meal together. Be sure to get around to say goodbye to your new found friends and make plans to get together again at another Road Scholar program in the near future. Have a safe trip home!

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