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The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour has selected the eight homes that will be featured for the 2014 tour.
On Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 10-12, visitors may tour these lakeside residences, which range from a comfy cottage to a 9,000-square-foot stately home. Five of the homes are in Franklin County, and three are in Bedford County.
"We are pleased to be able to announce the homes that will be on the 2014 tour so early in the year," said Denise Tuttle, executive chair of the home tour. "We are especially grateful to the eight homeowners, who so generously will open their homes for three days this fall to benefit local charities."
The SML Charity Home Tour is the only tour in the nation that visitors can access by car or by boat. Six of this year's homes are on the Roanoke River channel and two are on the Blackwater River channel.
Homes on the Roanoke River (and channel marker numbers):
•Keith Brownell and Jennifer Shaw, Isle of Pines, Moneta (R-20)
•Charles Diederich, Mountain View Shores, Huddleston (near W-1 on Witcher Creek).
•Patrick J. and Donna A. Massa, Montego Bay, off-water, Moneta (near R-15)
•Jeff and Diane Munn, off Lakewood Forest Road, Moneta (R-27).
•George and Michele Moonan, Winding Waters near Park Place, Moneta (R-23).
•Paul and Nancy Van Dyke, near Smith Mountain Lake airport, Moneta (R-20).
Homes on the Blackwater River:
•Mark and Jacqueline Oliver, The Oaks near Boxwood Green, Wirtz (B-26).
•Bob and Pat Wetherel, Contentment Island, Union Hall (B-11).
"This year's tour showcases large and small homes, brand new and remodeled homes," said Kay Allen, home selection chair. "We're excited to offer tour visitors many great ideas for decorating and landscaping, as well as a look at lake-living lifestyles."
The local charities that will benefit from 2014 Home Tour are Agape, Bedford Pregnancy Center, CASA of Central Virginia, Feeding America Southwest Virginia, Free Clinic of Franklin County, Lake Christian Ministries, Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors and STEP Inc. (Support to Eliminate Poverty).
Each of the eight participating charities provides volunteers to help administer the tour and receives a share of the proceeds, which come from sponsorships as well as ticket sales.
Participating charitable organizations qualify by delivering services to people in need in the Smith Mountain Lake area.
In its 24-year history, the tour has provided more than $3.7 million to local charity operations.