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Virginia is home to one of the original 13 colonies, and as most know, is actually one of the first colonies with the settling of Jamestown, which occurred 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. As such, you might expect the entire state to be filled with historical spots that offer peeks into the past—and you would be right! While the new home you are considering making your own may be modern, bright, and new, you won’t have far to go to follow in the footsteps of those who went before us. This guide to historical spots located near your Smith Mountain Lake forever home will help you enjoy all the wonderful aspects of Virginia.

Avenal House (William M. Burwell House), 413 Avenel Avenue in Bedford

Social standing was very important to people in the early days of our country, and Avenal House is where reputations were made—and possibly ruined! Built in 1836, today this historic home offers peeks into its past by appointment only, and for those who are considering the Smith Mountain Lake as a possible wedding venue, the porch of this historical property is a popular spot in which to say, “I do.” How exciting it would be to tell people you were married on the very spot Robert E Lee once smoked his pipe as he possibly chatted with Edgar Allan Poe, another frequent visitor to Avenal House.

Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road in Forest

We’ve talked about it before, and odds are we will bring it up again, but Poplar Forest was once the residence of our 3rd President, Thomas Jefferson, and we are proud and excited about that fact! Inheriting the land before he wrote the Declaration of Independence and building the property a few years before he became President, this gentile plantation offers a beautiful look into the history of our nation and is located not far from the spot you are considering adding to your own history.

Centertown Historic District in Bedford

Offering more than just one historic spot, the Centertown Historic District is home to a meeting house, courthouse, and museum. A visit here offers a more complete look into the complexities of early colonial life and beyond. Take a day off from unpacking and decorating and enjoy the beauty of one of our favorite towns!

The Beauty of the Past

Not every home near Smith Mountain Lake is a historical monument to the past—although you can find a few older homes—but knowing that the beauty of history can be found nearly everywhere you turn may help make the decision on which home to buy even easier. Give us a call today and let’s start the search for a spot in which to make your own family history!

When you first started the search for your new forever home in the Smith Mountain Lake area, did you ever think you would be looking for not just a home, but a workspace and part-time schoolhouse as well? The pandemic changed things in ways great and small, but that’s ok; we at Smith Mountain Lake Properties will still find the space that makes your heart beat a little faster! And if it happens to be near some of these educational places as well, that is perfectly fine. Parents are always looking for new ways to teach to the young and thirsty minds of their children!

Fieldtrips Are Fun!

Everyone knows that the best ways to teach don’t always involve a classroom and a whiteboard. Getting out and experiencing the history of the area can be fun, fascinating, and filled with facts you can quiz them on later! The Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library is one such place, telling the history of the region with pictures, exhibits, and artifacts from the past. Located at 201 E Main Street in nearby Bedford, the historical building in which the museum is housed is a fascinating piece of architectural beauty and offers a visual reminder of the strength of all those who have gone before us. Another place to explore during your Bedford getaway offers the opportunity to thank those who have sacrificed so much for our country’s freedom; the National D-Day Museum, found at 3 Overlord Circle, is sure to bring tears to your eyes as it makes you stand tall and feel proud to be an American when learning the stories told there.

Where a President Once Walked

The Presidents of our country are men we have looked up to for centuries, and Thomas Jefferson has the added draw of being the author of our Declaration of Independence all those years ago. Hailing from Virginia, his private retreat, Poplar Forest, is located in nearby Forest, Virginia. This magnificent plantation tells the story of this founding father in a way that history books never can. Walk in his footsteps and wonder about the things he may have thought about as he sat in his office or perhaps wandered the grassy fields of his property; this experience is one you and your children will never forget!

Home is Where Your History Is Made

As much fun as you will have in all these places, coming home to where your own private history continues to be told will be a dream come true. Give us a call today and let’s start to work on the next chapter with a new Smith Mountain Lake home to love!

Many will consider fall to be their absolute favorite time of the year to make your travel plans. Summer temperatures have finally subsided, giving way to cool breezes and a crisp autumn night. The same goes for Huddleston, Virginia, one of the East Coast’s top vacation destinations for the autumn season. You can partake in the many tourist attractions for an enjoyable trip, or you can dive into the local secrets of how to make your trip one to never forget. Here are the five secrets to a perfect fall trip to Huddleston this season:

Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival

Each year the Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival kicks off in November for an exciting event to try out the best homemade chili in the area. This annual event also features the best crafts from the area in and around Huddleston. You can enjoy this year’s cookoff on November 7th from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Enjoy Smith Mountain Lake

The summer crowds are finally gone during the fall months over at Smith Mountain Lake. This is the perfect opportunity to stretch out on the beach and claim as much space as possible. If you go early enough in the fall season, you can still enjoy the perfect temperatures that will have you outdoors all day.

Hickory Hill Vineyards

Fall makes for the best season to enjoy a glass of wine outdoors fresh from the source. Hickory Hill Vineyards has been a local favorite for years and is ready to have you try out some of their award-winning wines. Grab a generous sized tasting flight or go with a single glass; there is no wrong choice!

Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival 2018

If you enjoy live music, homemade barbeque, and craft beer, the Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival is your number one ticket to an exciting event this fall. This all-ages event is perfect for the whole family to come out and enjoy. Stop by this year’s event on November 3 from 11:00am to 5:00pm with tickets currently available online on Eventbrite.

Lynchburg Beer, Wine & Cider Festival

Rounding out this fall’s exciting selection of secret and fun activities is the Lynchburg Beer, Wine & Cider Festival. Held just a few miles away from Huddleston, you will find an adults-only event that allows you multiple samples of your favorite adult beverage taking place this year on September 15th from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.

Working with Smith Mountain Lake Properties

Make Smith Mountain Lake your home when you contact the professionals at Smith Mountain Lake Properties! Our experts can help you find the perfect place, whether you’re looking for a permanent home, an investment property, or simply a vacation property to enjoy for part of the year. Call today for more information!