A special venue in more ways than one
The Carter Hall Conference Center is truly one-of-a-kind. As an overnight meeting and retreat venue, we offer 1 large and 5 smaller meeting spaces, 24 luxurious guest rooms, and an exceptionally dedicated staff. We provide a private, comfortable, and historic setting that’s perfect for any event.
Carter Hall is an absolutely beautiful venue for a retreat. The facilities and grounds are truly exceptional. The staff was wonderful to work with. Any concerns that we had about not being able to afford Carter Hall were addressed and we able to hold an affordable retreat that was nonetheless very upscale and private. We cannot wait to go back!
My group had a fabulous time at Carter Hall. Everyone raved about the food and spent most of their down time relaxing and socializing on the back porch. Thank you for all the hard work that went into making this meeting run so smoothly.
Our church group was thrilled to discover the very elegant Carter Hall Estate. We held our annual retreat here and it was the perfect setting. The staff was a delight to work with, going above and beyond to accommodate our needs. We loved the meeting space, the beautifully decorated sleeping rooms, and the delicious meals. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather which allowed us to enjoy a Friday night barbeque out on the veranda, followed by a campfire later that evening. We cannot wait to return.
I hesitate to write this review as it will give away a great secret! This is an incredible venue: serene landscape, terrific staff, outstanding food, and comfortable, private rooms, and all affordable. We will be back!
A Magnificent Historic Landmark in the Shenandoah Valley
Carter Hall has long been on the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized as a significant property in the Shenandoah Valley. Project HOPE was gifted with this property in the late 1970s. We take the custodial responsibilities associated with owning and maintaining a historic property seriously. We partner with the Clark County Historical Association historian to include their expertise in major decisions regarding maintenance and improvement projects that could affect the appearance of the property. Similarly, we’ve partnered with the Garden Club of Virginia to explore the historic origins of the gardens of Carter Hall. We have received an award for the restoration work that was done to the front portico of Carter Hall.
A Brief History
Carter Hall is an 18th Century estate located on 80 breathtaking acres in the peaceful town of Millwood, Virginia. Completed in 1797, Carter Hall was founded by Nathaniel Burwell, who was deeded 5,000 acres by his great-grandfather Robert “King” Carter. Following the American Revolution, Nathaniel rode by horseback the 175 miles to this magnificent spot in the Shenandoah Valley, and built a self-sufficient plantation as his new home.
About 75 years after Nathaniel made his historic ride and shortly after the State of Virginia voted itself out of the Union in April of 1861, troops from both the Union and Confederate armies spent time camped out on the grounds of Carter Hall. November of 1862 found Stonewall Jackson and Jeb Stuart sharing breakfast in the frosty early dawn hours.
Fast forward to the late 1920’s – a time which found the last Burwell descendant selling Carter Hall to Gerard Lambert, the business entrepreneur who made “Listerine” a household name. Mr. Lambert renovated much of the interior and exterior of the great house, marking Carter Hall as one of the most modern homes in the area, with electricity, indoor plumbing and running water.
Soon after the outbreak of WWII, a member of President Roosevelt’s staff requested that the President be allowed to use Carter Hall as the Summer White House. Unfortunately, Roosevelt’s health situation called for a higher elevation and the current Camp David was built in the Maryland mountains for this purpose.
In 1974 Dr. and Mrs. Walsh, founders of international NGO Project HOPE, were seeking out a property to become the international home base. They were invited to consider Carter Hall and the surrounding acreage. Once through the front gates, the property drew them in with its beauty and serenity. Dr. Walsh envisioned the setting as a center for hosting historic health-related meetings with global impact. Construction on the Administration Building was completed and the staff moved into its new facilities in Spring of 1979. Since 2001, Carter Hall began offering its facilities exclusively to external, like-minded groups for conferences with an element of training and/or education.