Welcome to the
Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour !
(In the foothills of the Blue Ridge, Moneta, Virginia)
The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour (SMLCHT) is a fundraising event held on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke, Virginia. During its 22 year history, it has raised well over $3.5 million for charity.
Eight beautiful lakefront homes are opened for touring by the general public on Columbus Day weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 11, 12 and 13 in 2013). Uniquely, all Tour homes are accessible by road and by water, and a significant number of residents and visitors travel from home to home by private or rented boat. Volunteers staff the homeowners’ docks to assist boaters with docking and departure.
Volunteers also act as hosts and hostesses at each home to welcome guests, point out construction features, furnishings, décor, and collectibles of special interest, mention sponsor names, and make sure traffic moves smoothly. Some 1200 volunteers assist with the planning, administration and hosting of the SMLCHT each year. Homeowners typically are on hand to interact with Tour goers and answer questions about the construction, remodeling, decorating, landscaping, collections and/or antiques that make each home special. .
Proceeds from ticket sales ($20 in advance; $25 on Tour days, available at www.smlcharityhometour.com after July 1, and at the homes on Tour weekend) and from sponsor and patron donations are divided among eight participating charities, each of which supplies volunteers to help staff Tour homes. Participating charities are selected by committee from among 501c3 organizations that apply, and must serve needy people in the SML area to be eligible.
The event, which can accommodate over 3,000 ticket holders, began in 1991 as the “MS Home Tour,” with the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Charlottesville, VA, as the sole benefactor. After six years, the Tour was incorporated as the “SML Charity Home Tour” to involve charities serving a broader spectrum of human needs. The Tour was named the Most Innovative Volunteer-Driven Fundraiser in the nation by the National Multiple Sclerosis in 1993, and in 1992 it was honored as the largest per capita fundraiser in the nation by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. About thirty different 501-C(3) charities in the region have received funds from the event, and 198 homeowners have graciously opened their homes to visitors during the Charity Home Tour’s first 22 years of operation.
Attractions in the area include Smith Mountain Lake, with over 500 miles of both developed and pristine shoreline and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains; the Booker T. Washington National Monument; the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford; the Bedford Wine Trail (5 wineries); the eastern end of the Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail (bluegrass music, instrument makers and history); and the Roanoke Transportation Museum (Norfolk and Western Railroad historical displays).
Would you like to be a sponsor for 2013: click here for more information
TOUR DATES 2013
The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization with funds distributed to selected local charities
Contact us at 540-297-8687
SML Charity Home Tour distributed $100,000 on Oct 30, 2012 to charities serving SML area
Representatives of Charities that participated in the 2012 Charity Home Tour pose after receiving their checks for Tour proceeds at the October 30, 2012 Funds Distribution gathering. Pictured with Charity Administration VP Rosemary Drennen (standing, far left) are: Mike Bond, Lake Christian Ministries; Jane Francis, CASA of Central VA; Tour CEO Bill Piatt; Jon Morris, STEP; Sam Campbell, Helping Hands of Franklin County; Jeff Fulgham, Bedford Hospice House; (seated, l to r) Judy Wolfe, SML Good Neighbors; Sandra Bullock, S. Virginia Child Advocacy Center; Lorie Lewis, Bedford Pregnancy Center; and Sharon Jones, Charity Admnistrator. (Photo by Anna Piatt)
The following videos from last year's Home Tour provide additional info --- watch for 2013 updates later this spring
Please click on the videos below to learn more about this wonderful event
Laker Weekly dedicated 22 pages of their 2012 September issue to the 2012 Charity Home Tour. To view this edition please click here.
The Roanoke Valley Home Magazine has also dedicated a large portion of their September 2012 issue to the SML Charity Home Tour.
Visitors to Tour homes were able to pick up complimentary copies of the the following magazines that contain Home Tour articles, while supplies last:
WSLS Channel 10 covered the 2012 Home Tour doing their 6:00pm News on September 10, 2012.
Below is a sampling of the beautiful homes that were on last year's Tour. To see a full listing of the 2012 homes, please click here.
The Morrison Home in Contentment Island, one of eight lovely homes that will be open to visitors during the 22nd annual SML Charity Home Tour, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5-7, 2012.
The tour may be taken by either (private or rented) car or (private or rented) boat. By land or by water, your day will be memorable. Directions are provided on the following links:
Or you may enjoy some of the Tour during a Special Home Tour Luncheon Cruise aboard SML's Virginia Dare sightseeing 'Paddle-Wheeler' on Sunday, 2-4 P.M. -- Hear Home Tour background presentation and view several homes from the water. $37 for Tour ticket holders. Please click here to visit their website and for more details.
Learn more about the Tour in the following guide, video and TV News and Special:
If you would like to become either a Sponsor or Patron of the Home Tour, or if you would like to volunteer for the Home Tour, please click on one of the following tabs.
Please visit the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Web Site (http://www.visitsmithmountainlake.com/) for more information on SML. They also offer a free SML Guide.