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Bawdy Ladies of Lynchburg, Virginia

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Bawdy Ladies

Graves at Old City Cemetery–Bawdy Ladies Tour

On Sunday, September 25th, between 3:00-4:00 pm the Old City Cemetery will host it’s Bawdy Ladies of Lynchburg tour.

Lynchburg’s Bawdy ladies have been part of Lynchburg’s history since the very beginning of Lynchburg.  Between 1805 until 1910 census and court records state there were at least 535 ladies of ill repute living and working in Lynchburg, VA.

In early Lynchburg the houses of ill repute were primarily located on Jefferson Street, Commerce Street (then known as Lynch Street), Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Streets.  This area was known as Buzzard’ s Roost.  Along with the bordellos there were plenty of bars and gambling houses found in this area of the city.

During the Civil War many of these “ladies” worked in the Confederate hospitals as nurses, cooks and laundresses.  Many of these same “ladies” contributed monetarily to the cause.  Some acted as spies and were said to pass along secrets learned from soldiers they were tending to in the hospitals.

Do you know how the term hooker came to be attributed to ladies of ill repute?  During the Civil War (1861-1865) many women became camp followers in Joseph Hooker’s Union Army brigade.  These women, primarily from Washington, D.C. brothels, became known as “Hooker’s Division” or “Hooker’s Brigade”.

After the war, in the early 1900’s, the “sporting houses” (as the houses of ill repute were called in Lynchburg) moved to Monroe, Jackson and Fourth Streets.  This area was now known as “The Hill”.  Between 1907 until 1910 there were at least 31 sporting houses in this area.  The Hill was active until the mid-60’s.  The last Madam of Fourth Street, Tootsie Clay, was arrested in 1964.  She was sent out of town instead of to jail due to her declining health.  Interestingly enough we have had a guest at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, from the Tidewater area, who’s father used to travel to Lynchburg, by train, in the late 50′ and early 60’s to visit the sporting houses.  Not sure why the father shared this information with his son, but it does substantiate the fact that Lynchburg was well-known for it’s sporting ladies.

This years’ walking tour will again by led by Nancy Weiland.  Her interest and research into the Bawdy Ladies of Lynchburg began in 1982.  She will be guiding the tour group throughout the cemetery, over uneven ground and up and down hills on Sunday the 25th.  Meet at the Old City Cemetery Gate by 3:00 pm, located at 401 Taylor Street.  This tour is free, advance reservations are not required.  Questions should be directed to the cemetery office, 434.847.1465.

Even if you have attended a Bawdy Ladies tour in the past it is worth your time to attend again this year.  Each year different ladies are discussed and their lives explained.  Mike and I always find it interesting how many of the ladies became prominent citizens of Lynchburg once they retired from the sporting life.  They married former mayors, police chiefs and local politicians.  If you stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we will be touring along with you.

Get Downtown 2016!

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Band at previous Get Downtown

Band at previous Get Downtown

Lynchburg, Virginia’s Get Downtown will be celebrating it’s 8th anniversary on Friday, September 9th.

What is Get DowntownLynchburg’s Main Street celebration highlighting it’s restaurants, stores and shops, galleries and so much more.

This street festival is held on and around Main Street, between 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  You will find all types of activities, vendors, artisans and artists, food tastings, theatrical performances, scavenger hunts, a kids’ zone at the Lynchburg Community Market, music on three stages, a dunk tank and in general a fun, family-friendly evening.

Musicians include: Paris Jones, Tony Camm and the MG Allstars, the Cabell Street Collective, Hemingway, The Dundies, DJ Ed and Band and The Beat.  Keys for the Hill City will be played at their three downtown locations by people attending the festival or perhaps by semi-professionals–always fun to hear.  On the Academy of Arts stage the Academy Center of the Arts youth theater group will perform, along with Dance Lynchburg, The Listening, Randolph College and Wolfbane Productions.

Street performance at previous Get Downtown

Street performance at previous Get Downtown

Not ready for the evening to end?  Between the hours of 8:30 – 12:00 you can Stay Downtown.  More fun will be had at The Glasshouse where Jenny and the B-Side Rockers will be performing.  R*A will be hosting a block party.  The Academy Center of the Arts will be showing Saturday Night Fever at 9:00 pm.  Other locations in downtown Lynchburg will be adding to the Stay Downtown activities, so keep you eyes open.

A shuttle will run from the James River Conference Center to downtown, in 20 minute loops.  Between 5:45 – 9:30 pm you can park your car and be delivered to the fun (as parking is extremely limited and scarce in downtown this evening).

So wear your comfortable walking shoes and enjoy a stroll up and down Main Street while observing or participating in all of the activities.  For more information visit www.getdowntownlynchburgva.com.  We’ll see you there!

Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration!

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Celebrating 50 years.  See the exhibit at Riverviews

Celebrating 50 years. See the exhibit at Riverviews

Are you a “Trekie”?  Did you love to watch the television show?  What about the movies, all 12 of them?  Then the exhibit, Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary, at Riverviews Artspace this Friday, September 2nd is for you.

A display of Star Trek uniforms and other memorabilia will be exhibited in Riverviews G9 Conference Room between 5:30 until 8:00 pm.  Visit www.riverviews.net, 434.847.7277, for more information and directions.

On Saturday, September 3rd at 3:30 plan to attend a discussion, led by members of the local chapter of Starfleet, the USS Heimdel organization, about the movies made in the Star Trek franchise.  Stay to watch the first of the 12 movies that will be shown between the 3rd and the 11th, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).  It will start at 4:00 pm in the Rosel Schewel Movie Theatre.

The remaining movies will be shown as follows:

  • Saturday, September 3rd, 8:00 pm – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Sunday, September 4th, 4:00 pm – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
  • Sunday, September 4th, 8:00 pm – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
  • Monday, September 5th, 7:00 pm – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • Tuesday, September 6th, 7:00 pm – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  • Wednesday, September 7th, 7:30 pm – Star Trek Generations (1994)
  • Thursday, September 8th, 7:00 pm – Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  • Friday, September 9th, 7:00 pm – Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
  • Saturday, September 10th, 4:00 pm – Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
  • Saturday, September 10th, 7:00 pm – Star Trek: Reboot (2009)
  • Sunday, September 11th, 4:00 pm – Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Enjoy the movie marathon!

 

DeVault Family Vineyards

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Devault Family Vineyards

Watermelon Festival at DeVault  Family Vineyards

Less than 20 miles east of Lynchburg, VA you will find DeVault Family Vineyards.  Founded in 2000 by Terry and Sharon, when Terry purchased the 32-acre property that allowed Terry to return to his farming roots, the vineyard is a family dream come true.  The family has spent eight years perfecting the art of grape cultivation and have shaped the land into a stunning, serene landscape that you enjoy when visiting the vineyard.  The tasting room was added in 2009 to allow guests a rustic, but comfortable place to sample the various wines and enjoy the view of the rolling vineyard. In addition to the tasting room you can enjoy an indoor swimming pool, tennis court, volleyball and basketball courts, and a stocked fishing pond.  Or bring along a picnic blanket and wander through the vineyard until you find just the right spot to enjoy your DeVault wine.

DeVault Family Vineyards

DeVault Family Vineyards

DeVault Family Vineyards produces seven varieties of wines.  There are three reds: a sweet red table wine, a dry red, which is a complex bouquet of blackberry, gala apples and a touch of spice plus an oaked Norton.  Two whites are available: a sweet white table wine and a dry white with a light, fruity nose.  Two blends complete the inventory: their watermelon wine and a semi-sweet blended blush.  The red and white table wines make a delicious Sangria, delightful on a warm sunny day in Central Virginia.

Are you looking for something to do?  Saturday, July 2nd DeVault Family Vineyards will be hosting their 6th Annual Watermelon Festival!  Between the hours of 3:00 pm until 11:00 pm you can enjoy a variety of food vendors, five additional wineries, a local micro-brewery, arts, crafts and other vendors selling unique hand-made wares, six bands performing on two stages, a magician, pony rides and a talent show.  There will be something for everyone!  Tickets go on sale June 22nd or you may purchase them at the gate (at an increased price).  Ticket prices are as follows: Adult $15, age 13-20 plus designated driver $10, kids 7-13 $5.  Visit the DeVault Family Vineyards website, devaultvineyards@hotmail.com, to purchase your tickets in advance.

DeVault Family Vineyards are located one-half mile off Route 460 in Concord, VA.  247 Station Lane, Concord, VA. 434.993.0722 or devaultvineyards@hotmail.com.  Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday between 11 until 6, after May 1st.  Other hours may be available with prior scheduling.

Blue Angles visit Lynchburg

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The Blue Angles to visit Lynchburg

The Lynchburg Regional Airport will host the 2016 Lynchburg Regional Airshow the weekend of May 21 & 22.  Once again this year the US Navy Blue Angels will be the featured, premiere performers.  America’s longest serving flight demonstration squadron will be performing at 34 locations in the United States this year.  The Blue Angels were formed in 1946 and is made up of both Navy and Marine aviators.  2016 is their 70th anniversary!

Blue Angles

See the Blue Angles @ The Lynchburg Air Show

In addition to the Blue Angels the performer lineup includes other aerial performers, more than 15 static displays, vendors and those who love flying and airplanes.

A few of the aerial performers include

  • The Aeroshell Aerobic Tea
  • The US Navy Leap Frogs-an all volunteer team of active-duty personnel from Naval Special Warfare (including Navy Seals) who comprise the US Navy Parachute Tea
  • The de Havilland DH 100 Vampire-a British jet fighter that was entered into service with the Royal Air Force in 1945.  The Vampire was the first fighter jet to be powered by a single engine, to cross the Atlantic and to land on an aircraft carrier.  It was used as a front-line fighter until 1953. The RAF retired this fighter jet in 1966.

The theme of this year’s airshow is “A Salute to Service”.  This theme was selected to honor those who serve to protect our country and communities, specifically our military and first responders.  A portion of ticket sales will be donated to support these individuals.

Tickets can be purchased at www.lynchburgairshow.com.  General admission tickets are currently $25, children (6-12) $8, and VIP tickets $125.  Tickets can be purchased on site the days of the show at $35 each.  Tickets are valid either Saturday or Sunday and include parking.  Gates open each day at 9:00 AM and the show will conclude by 5:00 PM.

Guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast can request a box lunch, should you not want to purchase food at the airshow.  Just let us know at least 72 hours in advance of your reservation.  Call us, 434.846.1388 to discuss room availability.  We attended the show during it’s last visit to Lynchburg, 2011, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Antique Rose Festival

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Antique Rose

Mme Isaac Perriere Introduced: 1881 Class: Bourbon

Old City Cemetery, in Lynchburg, VA, is hosting the 21st Annual Antique Rose Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8, 2016.

The Antique Rose collection was planted in 1986 on both sides of the 800 foot remains of the 1860’s old brick wall.  The 60 varieties planted here are representative of rose history from before 1581 thrrought the 19th century.  The roses chosen include the full range of classes and colors exhibited by these ancestors of modern day roses.  The original plants were gathered from across the United States and Canada, including local gardens.

Antique Rose

Jessica’s Rose early 20th century

The “mother roses” have been grown locally.  They are cut and rooted by local volunteers, who take care of them throughout the year.  These cuttings, showcasing about 120 varieties of roses this year, will be for sale on both May 7 & 8.  Prices will be dependent upon the size of the rose plant.  Old City Cemetery is also selling some perennial off-shoots this year.  Some of the perennials will be clematis, snowball, deutzia and rosemary plants.

The roses and perennials will be sold starting on Friday, May 6th at 5:00 pm.  The sales continue until Sunday, May 8th at 5:00 pm.

On Sunday, May 8th at 3:00 the Mother’s Day Rose Walk will take place.  This walking tour of the roses growing along the brick wall will describe and explain the history of these roses.  Some will be in bloom, while others will be in bud.  The walking tour should delight your senses!

For more information you can contact Old City Cemetery at 434.847.1465 or visit www.gravegarden.org.

The pictures of the roses, found in this blog post, were taken by Mike Bedsworth during last year’s rose festival.