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Civil War hospital to be razed

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The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg Virginia

Miller Tobacco Warehouse circa 1845 in Lynchburg Virginia

Prior to the Civil War, Lynchburg, also know as the City of Seven Hills, was a bustling little city on the James River.  Several railroad lines passed through the city as well as the city’s canal system made Lynchburg a transportation hub in its day.  Being a transportation hub made it easy for the tobacco farmers, lumber barons and factory owners to transport their products to market.  As the anti-slavery movement started gaining momentum the economy of Lynchburg was changing from agricultural to manufacturing.  The riverfront and downtown saw massive tobacco warehouses, often four or more stories tall taking up the better part of a city block, as well as huge brick factories and foundries supporting the local economy.  The population of Lynchburg was approximately 6,853 and enjoyed a good standard of living.  Local doctors working from their store front offices made house calls to keep the population healthy as there were no hospitals in town.

Photo by The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, Virginia

Used as a Civil War Hospital and Morgue

When the Civil War broke out, Lynchburg’s population dropped by about a quarter as many of the able-bodied men enlisted in the Confederate Army.  Those that remained behind ran the factories and worked the fields.  Train loads of food, clothing, ammunition and supplies left the docks and trains of Lynchburg.  As war raged on, the boxcars returned to Lynchburg full of wounded soldiers, both Union and Confederate.  Prior to the Civil War, the wounded were treated on the battlefield.  Due to the extensive network of railroads throughout the South, the wounded during the Civil War were transported to hospital cities.  Lynchburg went from a city with no hospitals to a city with 32 hospitals.  19 of the huge tobacco barns were converted to hospitals as were other factories and warehouses.  The few doctors that were in Lynchburg were assisted by the remaining townspeople, mostly women, who oversaw the care and treatment of the wounded.  At any given time during the Civil War, the hospitals were treating 3,000-4,000 soldiers.  Unfortunately, many of them never made it back to the battlefield or home as we didn’t have the lifesaving technologies we have today.

Photo by The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg Virginia

Rear wall collapsed on a Civil War Hospital in Lynchburg Virginia

Today, only two of these tobacco warehouses stand and soon there may be only one.  Over the decades most of them were torn down.  The Miller Building, circa 1845, on Dunbar Street was a tobacco warehouse which operated as a hospital and morgue during the Civil War.  For the last several years it has been vacant and as water leaked through the roof the building became unstable.  Last week a four story section of the exterior wall collapsed.  The owners of the building would love to save this part of history but have indicated they don’t have the financial resources to restore the building and may be forced to tear it down if they can’t figure out a way to save it.

Lynchburg and the surrounding area if full of history.  On your next visit to the area plan on staying at the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in downtown Lynchburg.  The home was built by Richard Thomas (R. T.) Watts who served in the Civil War.  R. T.’s horse was shot out from under him near Fredericksburg, Virginia  during the battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse.  He was captured and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp in Delaware.  After the war he returned to Lynchburg and built this fine home.  Rather than just visiting historical sites, plan on spending the night in one of them.  For reservations call:  434-846-1388 or visit our website:  http://www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com

 

 

Statistical information for this blog was taken from “A Prototype of a Confederate Hospital Center in Lynchburg Virginia” by Peter Houck.

“One Night Love Affair”

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Everyday in February is Valentine’s Day at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg VA!

Visit and celebrate a “One Night Love Affair” anytime during February with your special someone.  Enjoy a one night stay in your choice of rooms, our delicious 4-course champagne breakfast, a rose in bud vase, 6 chocolate dipped strawberries and a chilled bottle of Prosecco.  Cost of room of choice for one night ($179-$219) plus $75.00.

You must mention this package add-on when booking your stay, call us at 434.846.1388.  A delightful mini-getaway to show your special someone they are loved.

Fine print:  reservation must be booked at least 48 hours prior to your arrival date.  Package add-on cannot be combined with any other offer, special, voucher or discount.  Call for details.

Top 10!!

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The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA is proud to announce that we have been chosen as a “Top 10 B & B in the US” of BedandBreakfast.com in the best of BedandBreakfast.com awards.

The Carriage House Inn is recognized as tops in the country providing the best travel experience, hospitality and customer service, according to the seventh annual Best of BedandBreakfast.com awards, 2011-2012.

Award winners are selected based on the quaility and quantity of the traveler reviews from the past year on BedandBreakfast.com, as well as the quality of the inns’ photos, listing descriptions and overall online customer experience on BedandBreakfast.com.

“The Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award winners, including The Carriage House Inn, really exemplify the special experience that travelers expect from staying in a bed and breakfast,” says Martin Slagter, vice president of HomeAway, Inc, which owns BedandBreakfast.com.  “Take one look at The Carriage House Inn’s reviews and you’ll see guests who share stellar accolades for its accommodations, breakfasts, amenities and outstanding hospitality and service.”

Is it time for you to discover why we have been honored to recieve this special award?  Call us at 434.846.1388 or visit our web site at www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com.  We look forward to welcoming you as you travel to/through Lynchburg or as a close to home getaway for the locals.

Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe

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The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg Virginia, proudly presents it’s signature recipe for the month of January.  Filled with antioxidants but at the same time decadently delicious this breakfast is good for you and a treat!

Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large sweet potato, roasted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

 

Candied Pecans: recipe follows
Toasted Coconut: recipe follows

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and baking powder.  Separate eggs.  Beat egg whites until foamy and soft peaks form.In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg yolks and melted butter.  Gently fold egg whites into wet mixture.  Add wet mixture to the dry.  Peel and mash sweet potato, in a separate bowl, add honey, cinnamon and nutmeg, mix well.  Gently fold sweet potato mixture into the pancake batter.  Let batter stand at least 1 hour (or you can make it a day ahead).

Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat.  Add batter by the ladleful and cook the pancakes, in batches, until golden brown on each side.  Serve immediately garnished with candied pecans and toasted coconut.

Candied Pecans:

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

 

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add all ingredients and cook until the pecans are lightly browned and caramelized, about 8 minutes.  Remove from heat, cool, store in an airtight container.

Toasted Coconut

  • 1 cup sweetened coconut

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread coconut onto sheet pan, with sides.  Place in oven for about 3-4 minutes, turn coconut.  Return to oven for additional 3-4 minutes, watching carefully so coconut does not burn.  Coconut will be lightly browned.  Store in airtight container.

Makes 24  3  1/2-inch pancakes.

We hope you enjoy this recipe from the kitchen of Lynchburg’s award winning bed and breakfast, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Our last guest that had this said it was the best pancake she ever had!  If you hate to cook breakfast give us a call and reserve a room.  We would love to serve you our legendary breakfast each morning of your stay.

Gingerbread Waffles

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The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is please to share our signature breakfast entree, for the month of December, Gingerbread Waffles.  Served with a Spiced Pear & Cranberry Compote this dish is reminiscent of December tastes and scents.  This is a great recipe to surprise your family with on Christmas morning!

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup root beer (can use a regular beer if desired)
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and cloves in a large bowl.  Mix together molasses, root beer, beaten egg and oil in a medium bowl.  Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, adding additional root beer if necessary.  Place  waffle batter into preheated, greased waffle iron, per manufacturer instructions.  Serve with Spiced Pears & Cranberry Compote (recipe follows.)  Makes 4 Belgian waffles.

Spiced Pears & Cranberry Compote

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 pears, peeled, sliced and cut into large pieces
  • dash of ground cinnamon, cloves & ginger

Place orange juice,  pear pieces, spices and cranberries into a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer and continue heating until cranberries burst (about 2-3 minutes.)  Add maple syrup and let simmer another two minutes.    Keep warm until waffles are ready for serving.

 

“Dancing with Strings and Christmas Things”

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The Academy of Fine Arts in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia is proud to offer a delightful holiday extravaganza.

“Dancing with Strings and Christmas Things” features exquisite dancers, fine musicians and Cantate’s angelic voices that will grace the Academy stage during this holiday season.  Two shows will be offered this season: Saturday, December 17th at 7:30pm or Sunday, December 18th at 2:00pm.  Ticket prices range between $13.00-$22.00 plus service fees.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for two nights, including either December 17th or 18th, 2011 and your tickets will be complimentary.  One morning during your stay you will enjoy our signature dish for December, Gingerbread Waffles with Pears.  Call us at 434.846.1388 to book your room, reserve your tickets and delight in a fabulous breakfast each morning.

Fine Print:  You must mention the “Dancing with Strings” package when booking your reservation.  Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.  This package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, package or voucher.