Smith Mountain Lake has a number of attractions to offer its residents, from spectacular mountain vistas to fabulous water sports and everything in between. One of the Lake’s lesser-known characteristics, however, may be its skilled local artisans. A number of gifted artists call the Lake their home, and now thanks to the Rucker House Mercantile, their work can be seen together at one location. The Rucker House, located at 4969 Rucker Road in Moneta is now featuring Artisans on the Lawn, a showcase of local talent held at the Mercantile the first Saturday of every month from April through December.
The Rucker House Mercantile is itself a recent addition to the Lake and has been in operation as a gift shop since December 2005. Karen Dillon of the Roanoke Times has written an excellent article on the Mercantile, published on April 28th, 2006. Readers interested in learning more about the history of the historic Rucker House building should definitely peruse her article. The Mercantile can be reached at 540-297-4122 for more information. And don’t forget to come down to the Mercantile every first Saturday to support our local artists!