W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center



Nearly surrounded by water on a peninsula in Virginia’s second-largest lake, the W.E. Skelton Center provides a peaceful setting for relaxing and learning on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Road Scholars come here to unplug and recharge while they join experts to explore nature, hike the Appalachian Trail, and delve into Virginia’s rich history. Nearby is the Booker T. Washington National Monument, recreating the plantation birthplace of the renowned educator. Breweries, wineries, craft centers, and other historic sites dot the area, and Roanoke is less than an hour away.


Road Scholars at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center generally stay at the Reid Jones Jr. Lodge, where they enjoy comfortable motel-style rooms that sleep up to four people. Each room has a private bathroom, good reading lights, and ample closet space.


In the lobby of the lodge, a seating area around the big stone fireplace invites gatherings for friendship and relaxation. Recreational opportunities abound on the 120-acre campus, including golf, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, horseshoes and a seasonal pool. The lakeside gazebo is the perfect spot to catch sunsets, while the shoreline trail reveals ever-changing views of lake- and forest-covered hills.

Good to Know
  • No TV or phone in guest rooms. TV & courtesy phone in the lobby.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Housekeeping once a week.


The Retreat Difference  |  The unique experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for light morning exercise, meeting a community member for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for under $200 more for most programs. 


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