Lake Junaluska Celebrates its Centennial in 2013


In 2013, Lake Junaluska will celebrate 100 years of being a place for spiritual enrichment, leadership development and recreation. 

Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, Lake Junaluska serves as a retreat center of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. Each year over 150,000 people experience Lake Junaluska through the SEJ's ministry programs, church retreats, Annual Conferences and countless other events.

The Centennial Celebration will feature a series of signature events and special functions. The vision is that the Centennial will inspire people to celebrate the past, envision the future, and share the Lake Junaluska experience.

On June 25, 1913, after 5 years of planning and development, Lake Junaluska hosted its first event. At the time, Lake Junaluska consisted of Stuart Auditorium, which was an open-air structure with a dirt-covered floor, a manmade lake, and a small number of homes.

Over 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 Lake Junaluska Centennial Homecoming will encourage participants to:

  • Celebrate the Past: We will remember great moments in Lake Junaluska’s history. There will be opportunities to learn, hear, and share stories about the Lake Junaluska experience.
  • Envision the Future: The Lake Junaluska Centennial is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to plan for and invest in our future, ensuring that future generations can experience Lake Junaluska.
  • Share the Experience: Through Homecoming Week, we will share the Lake Junaluska experience with others, encouraging regular and new visitors alike to become part of Lake Junaluska’s history.
Visit the Centennial Website for an updated events schedule