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Christ Episcopal Church-215 Cabell Street

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Christ Episcopal Church, Lynchburg Virginia

Interior of Christ Episcopal Church today

This post is a continuation of posts about the homes/businesses that were built in Daniels Hill during the 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Christ Episcopal Church was built in 1870 as one of four satellite chapels to serve Grace Memorial Episcopal Church.  Built in a simple Gothic style, the arched windows of the former nave and chancel are still visible.  The building has a stepped gable roof of standing seam metal and brick siding (5-course American bond) with a brick and stone foundation.  According to insurance maps a two-story brick tower stood on the front of the building and a small one-story wing was on the rear, neither of which are present today.

By 1898 its use as a church was abandoned and it was no longer used as a place of worship.  In 1900, the property came into possession of William H. Baldcock, a grocer; and the firm of Baldcock & Thornhill, Grocers occupied the building.  In 1902 a two-story storefront, that is on the building today, was constructed.

In 1913 Baldcock sold the property to Macie White, wife of grocer James White.  The structure continued to serve as a grocery store until sometime between 1920 and 1925 when it became the Cabell Street mission for the Salvation Army.

In 1950 the Standard Notion Company began using the structure as a warehouse.  In 1954 Macie White left the property to her daughter, Estelle White McDaniel.

Christ Episcopal Church

View of Christ Episcopal Church interior from balcony.

The McDaniels continued to operate the Standard Notion Company through 1960.  Then, after years of neglect the current owner’s purchased the building.  They contemplated converting it to a residence but later decided to finish the space into an event venue for smallish (50-70) events such as weddings, showers, corporate events, etc.  The brick balcony on the front of the building and iron staircase were added by the current owners.  They installed new hardwood flooring and cleaned up the walls leaving the exposed brick and the remains of some of the old plaster. Work on the project has stalled but the hopes are that it will soon be operational and that once again people will be able to use and enjoy what was once Christ Episcopal Church.

Christ Episcopal Church is just one block from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast so if you are in need of a larger event space than we can hanlde let us know and we will see if this venue is available.  Of course we would be happy to address your overnight needs.

 

Bawdy Ladies Tour at Old City Cemetery

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Old City Cemetery

Grave at Old City Cemetery

Every other year the Old City Cemetery, in Lynchburg, VA, conducts it’s Bawdy Ladies of the 19th Century Tour.  This year’s tour will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 between 3:00-4:00 PM.

What is a Bawdy Ladies tour?  Historian Nancy Weiland will lead a tour of the cemetery grounds to the graves of some of Lynchburg’s “sporting ladies” of Buzzard’s roost and Fourth Street.  Stories describing the lives and lore of the ladies and their madams will highlight life in Lynchburg’s more savory neighborhoods and houses.  This is not a ghost walk, but rather a tour of the cemetery from a different perspective, describing some of it’s more colorful “inhabitants”.

Buzzard’s Roost is the area between Jefferson Street (Lynch street back then) and Commerce Street in the downtown section of Lynchburg.  This area once full of bars bordellos and gambling houses thrived as a hub of commerce, especially during the war when it was said many of these ladies operated as spies as are said to pass secrets.

These “sporting houses” as they were called in Lynchburg were often run by women, both white and free women of color.  As downtown industries expanded in the early 1900’s they pushed these business out of the downtown area to the red light district on Fourth Street in the Tinbridge Hill Neighborhood.

Many of the “sporting ladies” or working girls as we call them today often climbed the social ladder and became prominent citizens as they married politicians, police chiefs, mayors and other prominent citizens.  It is said that they helped bail the City of Lynchburg out of financial difficulties by donating money to a church who then in turn donated it to the City since the City refused to take their money directly.  Likewise a wealthy madam gave a small private college in Roanoke  a large endowment and the college.  During the tour in the Old City Cemetery you will hear stories of how these ladies, some of whom became very wealthy, lived and their contributions to the area.

This walking tour is free of charge, over uneven ground plus up and down hills and begins at the Old City Cemetery Gate House, located at 401 Taylor Street, or about two miles from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Advance tickets are not required.  For more information contact the cemetery office at 434.847.1465.  We will see you there!

Learning in the Vineyard at Lazy Days Winery

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Lazy Days Winery, Amherst VA

Lazy Days Winery

Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery, located just north of Lynchburg, VA in Amherst County, is conducting it’s “Learning in the Vineyard” tour on Saturday, September 6, 2014.  Starting at 10:00 AM the educational tour will be led by Marianne Fitzhugh, Lazy Days vineyard manager.  Walk the vineyard where you will learn the process of growing grapes.  The wine making process will be described and then you’ll be able to taste Lazy Days delicious wines.  Known for their Petit Verdot, Viognier and Merlot wines you will be tempted to purchase a bottle or case of your favorites.

Lazy Days Winery tasting room

Tasting Room at Lazy Days Winery

The Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery is situated on a unique tract of land that overlooks the mountains to the west and takes advantage of the old Amherst Livestock Pavilion that has been converted into a rustic but comfortable tasting room and event venue.  In fact, Sangria Saturday, featuring Jason Frye, follows at 1:00 until 5:00 PM.

Details concerning the vineyard tour are as follows:

  • starting time 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM
  • features include the educational tour, box lunch, private wine tasting and souvenir glass
  • advance reservation are required
  • cost is $30.00 per adult, over 21 years of age

Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery is located at 1351 N. Amherst Highway, approximately 3.5 miles north of the town of Amherst.  For more information call 434.381.6088.

Come stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for two nights (including September 6th) and one of your “Learning in the Vineyard” tickets is complimentary.  Call us at 434.846.1388, mention this special package and we’ll see you in early September.

Chilled Peach Soup

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Peach Soup at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg

Chilled Peach Soup, a summertime favorite

The peaches this summer are fresh and ready for picking at the farms just north of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast or at the Lynchburg Community Market.  If possible we like to use local, fresh fruits and vegetables, when preparing our 4-course legendary breakfasts.  We serve our Chilled Peach Soup as our fruit course.  During the warmer summer months, having a bowl of our chilled peach soup is very refreshing.  The recipe for our chilled peach soup couldn’t be any easier (its only 4 ingredients!), so go to your local farmer’s market or fruit stand by the road, get some peaches and enjoy this refreshing soup–for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup plain vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a blender.  Blend for approximately 1 minute, or until well combined and smooth.  If mixture seems too thick add a bit more orange juice.  Chill for at least 1 hour.  Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh mint leaf or a sprinkling of nutmeg.  You can substitute plain yogurt for Greek yogurt to make it a little more healthy.

Peach Smoothie–A bonus recipe:

For a great twist, our chilled peach soup can become a great smoothie.  After peeling and removing he pit, slice the peaches into 6-8 pieces and place in the freezer for an hour or more.  Using the ingredients and directions above, blend until smooth, pour into a chilled glass and enjoy.  This is especially great on those hot summer afternoons.  It is also a great way to get fruit into your diet, and who doesn’t love a good smoothie!

Unfortunately, not everyone lives near a farm or farmer’s market.  While we have never used frozen peaches for chilled peach soup, I don’t see any reason that wouldn’t work.  At the local big box store you can purchase a bag of frozen peaches at a reasonable price.  To make the soup thaw the peaches for 20-30 minutes and follow the instructions above.  I wouldn’t recommend using canned peaches because of all the sugar that is added in the canning process and any leaching of chemicals from the can..

Serves 2.

To aid our customers, we publish our recipes in our blog and then we move them to our bed and breakfast recipe page on our web site.  Just click the link and you have access to dozens of recipes that are separated by categories.

Market at Main

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Market at Main, Lynchburg, VA

Market at Main is located at 904 Main Street

Located in the heart of downtown Lynchburg is Market at Main.  This restaurant is the only place in the downtown district where you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner!  While the food is by no means gourmet, I consider it good comfort food.  I have had the fried chicken, meatloaf and pork chops as well as most of their sandwiches, and fried shrimp.  I love the atmosphere.  Located at 904 Main Street the building has an interesting history.  Built in 1886, the original tin ceiling is 25 feet tall!  The first occupants of the building was Joseph Cohn’s Son’s Clothiers.  In 1912 the party wall with 902 Main Street was removed and F. W. Woolworth and Company moved in where they had lunch counter which is the inspiration for today’s lunch counter.  From 1933-1968 it was Kresge’s Department Store.  In 1968 Reveco moved into 904 Main Street and from 1968-2007 it was a CVS.  After extensive restoration and renovations Market at Main opened it’s doors in 2009.  Originally they only served breakfast and lunch but a little more than a year ago they started serving dinner as well.

Comfort food at Market at Main

Fried Shrimp at Market at Main

The initial concept was to bring back the lunch counter and set up some booths in half the store and sell a limited amount of groceries in the other half to all those people moving into the new downtown lofts.  As the restaurant started getting busier and busier the “market” side got smaller and smaller.  The “market” was a victim of the restaurant’s success.

The owner, Rodney Taylor worked as the County Administrator for Amherst County.  In 1993 he and his brother-in-law needed additional space for High Peak Sportswear so he purchased a property up the street in the same block.  That lead to years of frustration–there was no place in the downtown area where you could get a great cheeseburger.  Wanting to fill that void he tried to get restaurateurs from Charlottesvile or Roanoke to come to the downtown area and open up a place to fill that niche.  A couple years later Rodney sold his interest in High Peak to develop some downtown loft apartments. and when “Chopper” (Ralph Wilson) started the restoration process of 904 Main Street Rodney decided that this was the place that could serve great cheese burgers!  When they opened in 2009 there wasn’t anywhere in the downtown area that served breakfast and most places were closed on weekends so they made a conscious decision to be open on weekends and serve breakfast and lunch. Market at Main is truly a family business,  Currently two of Rodney’s three daughters work there and his wife, a school teacher, is there lending a hand on those especially busy days.

There are many dining options at Market at Main.  If you want to see a busy kitchen, sit at the counter, especially at dinner time or Sunday morning.  If you prefer something a little more intimate they have a couple of booths or there are tables that can accommodate a party of two or ten or more. On those hot summer days, stop in for a cold and refreshing milk shake!

Market at Main doesn’t take reservations so if you show up at the height of dinner or on Sunday morning don’t be surprised if you have to wait.  The food usually comes out quickly and the staff is friendly.  Prices are reasonable.  If you live in the Lynchburg area, don’t be surprised if you bump into someone you know as this is one of the more popular casual dining spots in town.  Guest of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have often commented about the great atmosphere, friendly staff, reasonable prices and good food.  I hate to admit this, but I have eaten there dozens of times and I have never ordered a cheeseburger .  I guess the next time I’m downtown, I will be ordering one!  Rodney–I hope it is as good as you say it is!

 

 

Jefferson Heritage Trail

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Map of the Jefferson Heritage Trail

The Jefferson Heritage Trail Map

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, is proud to announce it’s affiliation with the Jefferson Heritage Trail.

The Jefferson Heritage Trail is a group of businesses, museums and attractions along the Route 29 South corridor between Charlottesville and Lynchburg.  Thomas Jefferson lived and traveled between Monticello and his retreat, Poplar Forest.  The Jefferson Heritage Trail honors his legacy while introducing both locals and visitors to Virginia to various experiences in this region.  Explore wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, museums, attractions,  bed and breakfasts and restaurants.  Learn about regional music, art, theater, history, nature and events.

The Jefferson Heritage Trail Coupon Book is now available at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, free of charge to our guests that request the book. Valued at more than $500, the Coupon Book offers specials at most of the members of the Jefferson Heritage Trail.  At The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we are offering a Tuesdays are FREE! special.  Stay three (3) consecutive nights, one of them being a Tuesday and Tuesday is FREE.  Reservations must be made in advance by calling 434.846.1388.  You must mention this coupon when making your reservation.  Coupon cannot be combined with any other special, coupon or discount.  This special is valid through Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

Come and discover all there is to do on the Jefferson Heritage Trail and travel the route Thomas Jefferson would have taken from his home in Charlottesville to Popular Forest near Lynchburg.