Junaluska prepares for a milestone year

Dec 08, 2012

Though the day-to-day activities the community has come to expect at Lake Junaluska are happening as usual, there are other planning efforts taking place behind the scenes.

Next year, the Lake will mark its 100th anniversary, a milestone year not only for the conference and retreat center, but for the entire county.  All at the assembly are working hard to make the coming year a special one, and the year-long celebration already mapped out promises to include something to delight every age group.

More than a century ago, there was plenty of other areas that recognized the value of being a gathering place in the Southeast for United Methodist Church members. Competition was brisk, but Haywood County was ultimately chosen.

The Mountaineer will be putting together a special publication that celebrates the Lake community and its importance in helping make Haywood County what it is today.

Plenty has been written about the early church history and how Lake Junaluska evolved into a retreat and conference center.

What we would like to contribute is an account of how Haywood County has been enriched by Lake Junaluska and its activities through the past century. Many county residents have photographs, memories and accounts of this tucked away in boxes, albums or family histories.

As families gather for the holidays, this is a perfect time to dust off those memories and think which ones that relate to Lake Junaluska might be of interest to others.

Conferences and events at the lake have attracted national figures through the years, including President Richard Nixon and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.  The Fourth of July celebration and fireworks have become a favorite holiday activity for people across the county.

Take a few moments as the year closes to think of your favorite times at Lake Junaluska, or a part of the Lake’s history where you have been a participant. Then let us know about it. You can send an email to news@themountaineer.com, mail it to The Mountaineer, P.O. Drawer 129, Waynesville, NC 28786 or give us a call at 452-0661.