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Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour a can’t-miss event

The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour, one of the area’s most popular and beloved annual events, takes place each October over Columbus Day weekend.

Petrine Home, Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour

Courtesy of Carla Laseter

Offering visitors a look inside a number of spectacular lakefront homes, the self-guided Home Tour is a can’t-miss event for those who looking for Smith Mountain Lake building, decorating and landscaping inspiration. The event features eight homes accessible by land and water, which makes for a fun fall boating outing. (Volunteers are available at each home to help with docking.)

Proceeds from the Home Tour benefit eight charities in the Smith Mountain Lake region. The non-profit organizations must apply each year to be eligible for funds. Since the Home Tour started in 1991 more than $3.8 million has been distributed.

What can you expect on the SML Home Tour?

It’s best to buy tickets in advance online or at an area outlet, although you can purchase tickets at any of the homes. The tickets are good for all three days (Friday-Sunday) so you can tackle all eight homes on one day or spread the fun out over 2-3 days.

Because the homes are often in different areas around the lake, it’s usually best to take two days. You may start at any of the eight homes and there is no set order in which to visit them. Each ticket comes with a brochure that includes a map and directions by boat and by car. You can also download directions and a brochure on the SML Charity Home Tour website where you’ll also find photos and a description of each home.

I recommend you plot your route in advance and plan for approximately 45 minutes at each home. Volunteers are on hand throughout the interior and exterior of each home to share information about architecture, decorating, collections, special features, landscaping and more.

Snyder Home, Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour

Courtesy of Carla Laseter

Find out more about the Charity Home Tour at Smith Mountain Lake

Read more on the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour’s 25-year history in the Sept/Oct issue of Laker Magazine. Laker Weekly also has detailed coverage and photos of each home.

Home Tour organizers produce an annual guide with additional details and sponsor information, which you can pick up at all eight homes.

Ready to look for your own Smith Mountain Lake home or lot?

If you’re going to be in town and are interesting in looking at Smith Mountain Lake property, I hope you’ll contact me. I’d love to show you around!


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50th Anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake | Everything you need to know!

Smith Mountain Lake will celebrate an exciting milestone in 2016 – its golden anniversary!

Smith Mountain Lake reached “full pond” of 795 feet above sea level on March 7, 1966. A ton of special events and celebrations will take place throughout 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake, making it a great time to plan a vacation or take a look at Smith Mountain Lake homes for sale.



Activities in the works to commemorate SML’s 50th anniversary are plentiful with community organizations and individual businesses marking the milestone in ways big and small. Included will be:

  • Several 5K and 10K races, as well as a 50-kilometer “dam-to-dam” ultra-marathon
  • A 1960s-themed weekend with live music, a car show and more
  • A Roanoke Symphony Orchestra 50th anniversary concert
  • 50th anniversary-themed celebrations at the area’s largest festivals, including the SML Wine Festival and Rockin Brews & BBQ’s

Bookmark the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake calendar of events, updated frequently by the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce, for all the details!

50th Anniversary Song

Several lake-area musicians banded together to produce a catchy tune about the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake. Written by Jerry Hale, “Jewel of the Blue Ridge” features noted vocalists Bubba Chandler and Mary Prillaman, as well as Johnathan Dillon (mandolin, banjo and guitar) and Tim Massey (bass and harmony).

Download the 50th anniversary song for $1.99. All proceeds benefit the celebration. Read more about how the song came about in this story from Laker Weekly.


Officially licensed 50th anniversary merchandise will be for sale at retail locations around the lake and the SML Visitor Center at Bridgewater Plaza. Clothing, accessories, memorabilia, trinkets, posters and a 2016 calendar are among the items available.

Find Out More

Visit the official 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake page of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce for additional information, a brief history of Smith Mountain Lake, a list of related events and celebrations and additional links.

Smith Mountain Laker Magazine and Laker Weekly are compiling 50th anniversary of SML stories and photos and will be updating coverage throughout the year. The editors also welcome you to share your photos and memories of Smith Mountain Lake in celebration of the milestone.

Also covering stories and events surrounding the 50th anniversary of SML celebration is the Smith Mountain Eagle.

Contact Me

If you plan to be here in 2016 for the celebration and are interested in setting up an appointment to tour Smith Mountain Lake homes for sale, be sure to get in touch with me!


Head To Smith Mountain Lake For 4th Of July Fireworks

Over the years, residents and tourists alike have taken to the water to see the sky alight with red, white, and blue on the Fourth of July. The event is sponsored by the Parkway Marina and is staffed by the Saunders Volunteer Firefighters, of whom benefit from donations from the adoring friends and families who clamor to view the spectacle year after year.


You can enjoy the show from the water, in which case the Smith Mountain Lake Safety Council asks that you observe no wake speeds starting at 8:30pm between the areas of Parkway Marina, Bernard’s Landing, Vista Point and Craddock Creek. For those who intend to partake in the event on dry land, it is requested that you head down to the Parkway Marina as the parking and other fees collected will go directly to support the firefighters who work tirelessly to put this event together.

It may be worth it to at least visit the events near the Parkway Marina as there is lots of fun to be had. Around 5:30 The Worx will begin their live show and children can partake in all of the fun activities constructed for their benefit, including The Parkway Marina Carousel. The “Kid Zone” also opens up at 5:30.


So head on down to Smith Mountain Lake on Saturday, July 4, 2015 to meet with friends and family, eat phenomenal food, enjoy the festivities, and watch the biggest show of the summer.

Happy Independence Day everyone!