On June 25, 1913, after five years of planning and development, Lake Junaluska hosted its first events. At the time, Lake Junaluska consisted of Stuart Auditorium, which was an open-air structure with a dirt-covered floor, a man-made lake, and a small number of homes.
During the past 100 years, Lake Junaluska has grown into a much beloved retreat center and residential community. Today, Lake Junaluska looks to a bright future as a place of Christian hospitality, where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind, and body.
The Centennial will open with Stories by the Lakeshore with Donald Davis, whose father, aunts and uncles were all at the 2013 opening ceremony. Davis is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and a retired Methodist minister.
Lake Junaluska will host a series of signature Centennial events, including the Centennial Homecoming Week, June 30 – July 7.
Week activities include:
- The Centennial Concert Series, featuring Balsam Range, the Lake Junaluska Singers, and the Lake Junaluska Singers Alumni.
- Historical Lake crossing re-enactments, as well as tours of the Lake Junaluska train depot, historic homes across Lake Junaluska, and the Lake Junaluska gardens.
- Lake Junaluska Family Olympics. Activities include Field Day relays and activities, water competitions, and a Centennial scavenger hunt.
- Replication of the 1913 opening worship service photo in front of Stuart Auditorium. All are welcome to be a part of this historic photo.
- Annual July 4th festivities, including our annual parade (“Lake Junaluska Through the Years”), BBQ picnic with bluegrass band, Lake Junaluska evening performance, and fireworks.
- Lake Junaluska Centennial reunions, including the Lake Junaluska Singers Alumni Reunion, Lake Junaluska Staff Reunions (‘70s and 80s, and ‘90s and 2000s).
- Lake Junaluska charity golf tournament. All proceeds will support the Lake Junaluska Annual Fund.
- Special showing of The Swan, starring Alec Guiness and Grace Kelly. Portions of The Swan were filmed at the Lake Junaluska train depot.