Point of Honor, 112 Cabell Street
Point of Honor stands on a tract of land cleared from the wilderness where Monacan Indians once camped, and where some 19th century Virginia’s most remarkable citizens lived.
Dr. George Cabell, Sr., began construction of the mansion in 1806 and was completed in 1815. The sophisticated, but irregular shaped two-story, Federal-style mansion is constructed of stuccoed brick. The façade is comprised of a three-bay center section flanked by two octagonal ended projections. Features include matched polygonal bay windows and flanking doorways with arched fanlights, which reflected the era’s fondness for shapes beyond simple rectangles and squares, rich, vivid colors and great windows to enjoy the vista of the historic James River.
Born in 1776, Dr. George Cabell, Sr. attended Hampden-Sydney Academy and completed his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a friend and personal physician to Patrick Henry and a frequent correspondent with his neighbor, Thomas Jefferson.
Point of Honor passed form the Cabell family when Dr. Cabell’s son William and his wife, Eliza Daniel Cabell, both died in 1830. Her father, Judge William Daniel, Sr. inherited the mansion and left it to his son, Judge William Daniel, Jr. in 1839. In 1928 the property was purchased and given to the city and used as a rec-center and in 1968 the home was acquired and restoration work was started to bring the home back to the way it looked when Dr. Cabell owned the property and in 1977 the home was opened to the public as Point of Honor.
Up until the City of Lynchburg annexed this parcel of land in 1870 the land Point of Honor sits on and the rest of the Daniels Hill neighborhood was located in Campbell County. Since duels were illegal in the City of Lynchburg legends have it that duels fought for honor took place on the grounds of Point of Honor, which was outside the city limits, on the hillside overlooking the James River, thus giving this landmark its name.
About this time the once sprawling plantation of 737 acres was subdivided into building lots. The main road, Cabell Street, which connected downtown Lynchburg to what is now Rivermont Avenue was the main road that ran through the neighborhood and was named after Dr. Cabell.
Today you can visit Point of Honor as it is operated by the Lynchburg Museum System as a house museum. Throughout the year seasonal programs and activities are presented on the grounds. These programs include cooking demonstrations prepared in the reconstructed open hearths and brick ovens of a plantation kitchen. Each October, usually on Columbus Day weekend, the museum celebrates “Day at the Point” where admission if free and guest get to see people in period clothing demonstrating life’s activities of the 1800’s. The property is decorated with period appropriate decorations in December. While visiting Point of Honor you can purchase a ticket that will allow you access to the Lynchburg Museum on Court Street (in the old court house).
Point of Honor is located three blocks from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and is a must see during your visit to Lynchburg. It is open 7 days a week and guests get a guided tour of the main level mansion. There is also an exhibit on medicine during the early 1800’s.
Point of Honor is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday from Noon-4:00pm. They can be reached by phone at: 434.455.6226.
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