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“To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade”

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Virginia and the American Slave Trade

The American Slave Trade

The Lynchburg Museum is currently showcasing a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia entitled “To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade.”

The centerpiece of the exhibit is a painting by Eyre Crowe, a British artist, called “Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond, Virginia,” painted in 1861, it depicts the moments just before a slave auction is held in Richmond in 1861.  Crowe’s three paintings (reproduced on panels for the traveling exhibit) show different aspects of the domestic slave trade that began in the early 1800’s.  “After the Sale: Slaves Going South” (1865) documents what came next for the slaves.

The first African slaves came to Virginia in 1619, when the tobacco industry was booming.  By the 1800’s Virginia wasn’t growing as much tobacco leaving more slaves than work.  Some slave owners began selling their slaves (about 600,000–the largest forced migration in U.S. history) to those in the Deep South (“sold South”) where the slaves would help meet the demand for cotton labor.  Richmond became a “slave-collecting and re-sale center,” the largest slave-trading center in the Upper South.  It is estimated that in 1857 the slave trade in Richmond was $4 million dollars (more than $440 million today.)  The slaves sold were transported by ship, rail or overland in groups that often numbered over 300 people.  The end of the journey was often New Orleans, the largest slave-trading city in the U.S.

In addition to the panels the exhibit showcases slave history items from the Lynchburg Museum collection–the deeds of manumission from John Lynch giving his slaves their freedom in 1782, items found during archaeological digs where the homes of Thomas Jefferson’s slaves at Poplar Forest were located, and a letter from a slave to Elijah Fletcher, father of Indiana Fletcher who founded Sweet Briar College.

You can view this exhibit at the Lynchburg Museum, 901 Court Street, until March 6, 2016.  The Museum is open Monday through Saturday between 10 until 4 and Sunday between noon until 4.  Admission to the Museum is free.

An African American genealogy workshop and lecture will be held at the Community Room of the Lynchburg Public Library on February 19 at 2 pm.  This workshop and lecture are being sponsored by the Legacy Museum of African American History.

The Lynchburg Museum is a short distance (walking distance) to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  

 

Lynchburg Museum Quilt Exhibit

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The Lynchburg Museum currently has an exhibit displaying 20 quilts made between 1802 and 2010.

Quilting in America started as a necessity.  Quilts were used as bed coverings or hung over doors or windows to keep the cold out.  Early quilts were usually either plain or whole quilts (three pieces of solid materials quilted together like a sandwich) or patchwork quilts (using various scraps of fabric).  Applique quilts became popular in the mid-1800’s as the availability of more materials allowed “show” quilts to be sewn, not just “utility” quilts. Quilt making became an expression of artistry and skill.  Grandmothers and mothers made applique quilts for their children or grand children.  These were often passed down from one generation to the next.

Quilting bees were an important social activity, as women and girls came together to work on a collective quilt or an individual one.  While quilting they shared stories of their lives and taught essential skills to the girls.

The quilts on display are a combination of historic and modern pieces.  The 1869 crib quilt is of particular note.

The Lynchburg Museum is located at 901 Court Street.  It is open Monday-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4.  Their phone number is 434.455.6226.  The museum is free to all visitors.

The 1855 Greek revival Court House is one of Lynchburg, Virginia’s most recognizable buildings.  It features a prominent temple façade supported by four massive Doric columns.  The building remained in continuous use as a court house between May 1865 until December 1974.  It opened as the Lynchburg Museum in 1977.

The guest rooms in the mansion, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, are all covered with quilts.  Kathy’s mother made the quilts we use today.  When you are staying with us be sure to ask to see all of the quilts, we are very proud of them.

Diamond Hill Historic Home Tour

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Lynchburg historic district

Tour 5 homes in Diamond Hill

You are cordially invited to join the Diamond Hill Historical Society for a tour of five seasonally-decorated homes in the Diamond Hill Historic District.  The home tour will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015 between 1:00 until 4:30 p.m.

Diamond Hill Home

Harrison Street Home

Diamond Hill was the third of Lynchburg’s original seven hills to be developed and became Lynchburg’s first historic district in 1978.  Located on the edge of downtown Lynchburg, between Church and Grace Streets Diamond Hill is comprised of a variety of architectural styles including Queen Anne, Georgian Revival, Italianate, Gothic and Colonial revival.

Homes open for the tour include: 1216 Clay Street, 1407 Harrison Street, 401 Washington Street, 503 Washington Street, and 609 Washington Street.  These homes were built between 1850 and 1919.  Varying in style, size and lot design they will give tour attendees an educational sense of this historic District.

Tickets can be purchased at the Lynchburg Visitor Center or at Givens Books.  Tickets will be available on the day of the tourat the corner of Madison and Washington Streets. Each ticket is $20.00.

Lynchburg Design House 2015

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YWCA Design House

The Lynchburg Design House for 2015

Mark your calendar to attend the YWCA of Central Virginia’s inaugural Design House.  Located at 3128 Rivermont Avenue, the house will be open Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, December 13.  During this time the house will be open between 10-6 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Sundays it will be open between 12-4.

A Preview Gala will be held on Friday, November 20 between 6:30 until 9:30.  At the gala you will be able to meet the designers and be among the first to see the Design House, in all of it’s glory!  A catered reception will delight your taste buds and the rooms will delight your senses.  Tickets for the preview gala are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance.

What is a Design House?  Sixteen interior designers from across Central Virginia have been assigned a room of the house.  The designer will bring their skills, design styles and techniques, paint, fabric, furniture and accessories for a total, special room makeover.  This unique home tour allows visitors to experience the spectacular work and vision of the area’s designers and to gather ideas and inspiration for their own homes.  Almost everything in the house will be “for sale”, plus an on-site boutique and Christmas shop, with fabulous items showcasing the best of the latest in home design and accessories, will be open to visitors.

Throughout the Design House tour days there will be a variety of seminars presented.  The $45 ticket allows you to enter the Design House as often as you like and the ability to attend one or all of the seminars.  The seminars currently range from decorating ideas, remodeling and even holiday drinks.  Seminar dates and times can be found at LynchburgDesignHouse.com.

All proceeds from this event–put on solely by volunteers–will directly support the YWCA programs, including the Domestic Violence Prevention Center.  This center includes two 24/7 domestic violence shelters, a domestic violence hotline, specially trained court advocates, support groups for women and children, emergency transportation, community education and the Children’s Visitation Center.  The YWCA of Central Virginia serves the state between Lynchburg to Danville to Southside, more than 4,400 square miles and a population of more than 410,000.

Visit this historic property filled with wonderful design ideas and help a great cause at the same time.

Tickets may be purchased through LynchburgTickets.com, or at the Farm Basket or Persian Rugs and More, or at the Design House any day of the tours.  Ticket prices are: $20 per person for a one time visit, $45 for a multiple day ticket.

For more information visit www.LynchburgDesignHouse.com

Diva Crawl in Downtown Lynchburg

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Diva Crawl

Divas getting their necklaces and sashes

Are you ready to get your Diva on?  Do you own a tiara?  A feather boa?  Would you like to be treated “royally” for an evening?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you need to head to downtown Lynchburg for it’s annual “Diva Crawl”

Friday, November 20, between 4:00 until 11:00 pm things will be happening!

Diva Crawl

Diva Crawl Check-in Line

Start the night off at the Lynchburg Community Market.  There you will receive a goodie bag (available to the first 350 Divas) and a list of participating businesses.  Hop on the GLTC trolley for a free ride around town.  You will be able to get off and back on at various stops so that you will able to shop, peruse, and enjoy the local stores, shops, restaurants and galleries.

Beginning at 8:00 the Downtown Diva Crawl Official After Party will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Ballroom.  DJ Ed and Tony Cam will be headlining the entertainment for the evening.  For just a small admission, $5.00, you will have a fun and exciting evening.  Snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

So don’t hesitate to have a great time in downtown Lynchburg, it’s always a fun evening.  See you there!  And, oh by the way, there may be a few guy divas there as well!

To avoid the long check-in lines get there early!  If you and your diva friends want to make this a special weekend, why not stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and make it a girls weekend.  Leave the kids, husband/boyfriend at home and reconnect with your gal-pals.  For reservations call:  434-846-1388.

Ghost Walk–Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg Virginia

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Ghost walk will be in the Garland Hills Historic District

Ghost walk will be in the Garland Hills Historic District

October 22, 23 & 24, 2015, in the Garland Hill Historic District of Lynchburg, VA, the annual Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg Walk will take place.  Each year the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and one of Lynchburg’s historic districts collaborate to present a Ghost Walk.  Guides, dressed in period costumes, will escort you through Garland Hill and relate stories of various ghost sightings and happenings in many of the fine historic homes found in Garland Hill.

The first ghost walk tour begins at 6:30 PM each evening, with several more tours offered each evening in about 20 minute intervals.  Tickets go on sale at 6:00 PM each evening in Garland Hill, right off of 5th Street (look for the signs) at 300 Harrison Street.  Tickets cost $10.00 per person and can be purchased the evening you wish to take the walking tour or, for groups of 10 or more, in advance through the Historical Foundation.  The Ghost Walk covers uneven ground, at dusk or in the dark, so bring along a flashlight.  There are no rain dates.

Garland Hill is one of Lynchburg’s more distinctive and well-preserved historic neighborhoods.  Much of the land that comprises Garland Hill was originally part of the farm owned by John Lynch.  Garland Hill was fully incorporated into the city in 1870.  During the mid-19th century, the area was so populated with Garland family members that the hill took the family name.  Madison Street was among the first residential streets in the city to be paved in brick in 1895 (along with Court Street and Cabell Street–where The Carriage House Inn Bed & breakfast is located).  Much of the original curbing, as well as flagstone and brick walks, along with original brick paving remain.

There are 70 structures and approximately 15 outbuildings, including carriage houses, in Garland Hill.  Garland Hill contains the largest percentage of Queen Anne style homes in Lynchburg.  Greek Revival and Classical Revival make up the remaining majority of house styles.  Original lots were an entire block in size.

Garland Hill was designated a Lynchburg Historic District in 1978 and is listed as a Virginia Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.