Lake Junaluska Scenes in My Book

Weekend before last we took time out from visiting bookstores and publicizing my vintage postcard book, The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, to attend two performances by the Lake Junaluska Singers at the United Methodist Church Conference Center at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

Welcome Sign at Lake Junaluska, NC.
Welcome Sign at Lake Junaluska, NC.

The Lake Junaluska Singers performed in Stuart Auditorium. Since I had researched the building and written about it in my book, it was nice to get to enjoy two concerts there.

Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska, NC.
Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska, NC.

The bell at Lake Junaluska, which I wrote about in my book, is between Harrell Center (where the bookstore is located) and Stuart Auditorium. It was donated in 1920 to call conference attendees to meetings in the auditorium.

The bell at Lake Junaluska decorated for Christmas 2014.
The bell at Lake Junaluska decorated for Christmas 2014.

I also wrote about Memorial Chapel at Lake Junaluska in my book, so I was glad to finally see it for myself. The chapel was constructed in 1949 in memory of members of the Methodist Church, South, who served in the armed forces during World War II.

Lake Junaluska's Memorial Chapel.
Lake Junaluska’s Memorial Chapel.

The lake at Lake Junaluska is beautiful any time of the year. It was named for the Cherokee chief who served in that capacity in 1838 when the United State government ordered the removal of the Cherokee people to the Oklahoma Territory.

Mountains and Stuart Auditorium reflected in the 200-acre lake at Lake Junaluska.
Mountains and Stuart Auditorium reflected in the 200-acre lake at Lake Junaluska.

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