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Retreats & Conferencing

The W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake is the ideal location for your next event. Our beautiful 120 acre lakefront property offers spacious and modern meeting facilities, on-site catering, dormitory and hotel style lodging options, and a wide selection of recreation opportunities, including facilitated teambuilding programs.  

Our Conferencing Department works diligently to ensure that each group is offered a variety of planning options guaranteed to lead to a quality and enjoyable event.

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Our 23,000 square feet of meeting space allows groups to choose from over fifteen (15) indoor conference rooms. 
Our main conference rooms are located in the Auditorium, Taubman Conference Center, Reid Jones Jr. Lodge, and JOCO Learning Center. Each has a kitchen or kitchenette and restroom accommodations.
Outdoor shelters include our Open Air Pavilion, Willard Pavilion, and the Willard Amphitheatre. All of these facilities have restroom access and offer ample seating.


With its peaceful setting on Smith Mountain Lake, the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center is a great location for both wedding ceremonies and receptions.  We offer on-site catering options, ranging from hors d'oeuvres to buffet dinners, as well as hotel-style lodging rooms for the convenience of your wedding guests. 


A variety of delicious and satisfying menu options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Continental breakfast, brunch, picnic, and snack menu items for conference breaks are also available. Special menus and meals can be created to meet specific dietary needs or constraints.  Meals are served buffet style with groups choosing from "conference" or "camp" set-ups.


Six centrally located lodges have a total of 437 beds. For large retreat and recreation groups, our dormitory style lodges may be just what you're looking for. They sleep six per room, with "community" restrooms. Other conferencing groups may prefer our hotel style lodges, featuring rooms with private baths and individually controlled heating and air conditioning. The majority of these rooms are ADA compliant. Whatever your preference, we have convenient options to choose from. 

For more information, feel free to contact our Conferencing Department: or (540) 721-2759

Please note that we are unable to accept individual lodging room reservations.