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Cabinet Makers Along the James River

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The James River runs through the heart of Virginia’s, and Lynchburg’s, history.  During the 1700’s cabinet makers and furniture makers lived and made their wares along the James River.  Recently, newly rediscovered work of colonial Richmond cabinetmakers George Donald and Thomas Arbuthnot has been studied by curators from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.

The Lynchburg Museum is proud to share it’s exhibits on significant James River objects from the 1700’s and 1800’s.  The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts will present a lecture discussing the new research and discoveries contained in their collection in Winston-Salem, NC.  The lecture and tour, of exhibits found in our museum, will take place on Saturday, May 23rd at 3:00 pm at the Lynchburg Museum located at 901 Court Street in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  The exhibit tour and lecture are free for Museum members or $10.00 for non-members.  For further information call 434.455.6226.

Monument Terrace, a rally to support our troops

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Monument Terrace

699th rally at Monument Terrace in support of the troops.

Monument Terrace

699 weeks!

On Friday May 8, 2015 a group of former military men and women along with their families will be holding their weekly rally at the foot of Monument Terrace showing their support for our military.  What is significant about this date is it represents the 700th consecutive Friday that these men and women have been here.  Taking liberty with the Post Office’s motto one could say, Neither snow nor rain nor heat keeps these individuals from showing support to our troops by attending this weekly rally.  Today, May 1st it was a chilly and rainy day when this photo was taken.  Today’s rally was number 699.

Think about it, 700 consecutive weeks, that’s almost 14 years and they have been out there during the dog days of summer as well as the coldest and snowy days of winter.  They have had to brave wind and rain and every conceivable type of weather over these 700 weeks.

The rally at Monument Terrace started at the first Gulf War and no one ever envisioned that it would last this long.  In fact, it was supposed to end at the end of the first Gulf War, but then it was decided that there should never be an end to showing support for our troops so it continues today.

Monument Terrace

Monument Terrace, Lynchburg, VA

I am urging everyone to head downtown to the foot of Monument Terrace (Church Street and 9th Street) this Friday, May 8, 2015 from noon to 1:00pm to show their support for our troops.  If you can’t stay, at least make a point to drive by and honk to show support for our troops.

The group that holds the weekly rally has a Facebook Page that I recommend everyone Like.

The inspiring rise of Monument Terrace commemorates Lynchburg citizens who fought and died in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and present day. At the base on Church Street stands the iconic doughboy statue. Many other sculptures and markers line the 139 steps and terraces all the way to the top, where a statue of a Confederate soldier stands.  Across the street at the top of Monument Terrace is the old Court House which is now a museum..

When planning a trip to Lynchburg and your stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, plan on visiting Monument Terrace and if you are here on a Friday, make sure you visit between noon and 1:00pm.

 

 

 

 

W.D. Adams House-210 Cabell Street

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210 Cabell Street Home

W.D. Adams House is located at 210 Cabell Street

As part of our series on historic homes in Daniels Hill, this month we are featuring the home located at 210 Cabell Street which was built for William Duval Adams in 1875.  He lived there until his death in 1906.  His wife, Victorine, occupied the home until 1917, when she moved to Princeton Circle which was in the more fashionable Rivermont area.  R.C Burkholder (who also designed 404 Cabell Street, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, and 203 Cabell Street, Burkholder’s personal residence) was the architect.  W.D. Adams and his brothers were Lynchburg business men and industrialists with interests in lumber (Adams Brothers & Payne Lumber Yard) and building supplies (Chilhowie brick).

Ostensibly an Italian villa, with its requisite intersecting rectangles, a tower and a veranda, it owes allegiance to many other styles as well.  Capping the tower is a modified mansard, whose two roof slopes are interrupted at their junction by a prominent cornice, while the decoration of the overhanging main gable of the façade is Stick-style.  This home is situated on a double lot complete with a barn-like building.,  This out building, which probably predates the house, and based upon its location on an original alley from Point of Honor, may have been part of the original Cabell estate.  An etched glass “WDA’ monogramed window can be found in the front door.

The interior of the house contains some of the original wide beam heart pine floors, tall windows and original millwork.  It has six fireplaces, some with their 19th century surrounds. and mantles.  The sunroom, adjoining the front parlor, is a great spot for reading or completing handiwork, such as embroidery.  You can imagine Victorine spending time in this room due to the great light found there.

If you love the charm and character of older homes, then Lynchburg is definitely a place you want to visit.  In addition to the Historic Daniels Hill neighborhood there are 6 other historic districts.  To make your reservation to visit Lynchburg call The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at 434-846-1388 or book on-line.

The Horner House-315 Cabell Street

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The Horner House--317 Cabell Street

315 Cabell Street-The Horner House

This post is another in a series of post about the historic homes on Cabell Street.  This post is about the Hroner House built at 315 Cabell Street.   This Greek Revival house was built on a 2-acre lot in 1848 by James E. Horner and his wife Anne Eliza.  The home was constructed using a two-story, two room plan with a center hallway along with an English basement, two chimneys and two porches, one on each floor.  The chimney on the right side of the home was removed during the restoration that took place around 2005.  The house had a 2,000 square foot addition, to the rear of the structure, added by it’s second owner, Isaac Adams.  While constructing the addition Adams enhanced the front entry hall by laying down decorative inlaid oak flooring.  He also added wood detailing around the windows and corner key door frames.  All seven fireplaces had ornate mantels added.  He expanded the width of the front porch to the full length of the house.

According to popular legend the Queen Anne style house, located today at 317 Cabell Street (to the left of The Horner House, was built for the Adams daughter when she married. The original lot was later subdivided giving the property at 317 Cabell Street it’s own legal address. Originally the electric and plumbing systems ran from 315 into 317.

From the back porch of this house is one of the most captivating views of downtown Lynchburg.

Many of our guests visit Lynchburg to view or study the architecture of the 17th Century.  The city is rich with architectural jewels in its 7 historic districts.  .

 

The Dawson House-301 Cabell Street

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301 Cabell Street

The Dawson House at 301 Cabell Street

This frame house was built in 1873 by Renny and Mary Dawson.  It was one of the first houses constructed during the building boom on Daniel’s Hill following its annexation to the city in 1870.  Mr. Dawson owned a tobacco box factory located nearby in the Upper basin (present-day site of Griffin Pipe).

The house is typical of the Victorian era but displays a number of architectural refinements that point to a knowledgeable architect or builder.  Although the Cabell Street front is only two bays wide, the façade is divided into two equal planes that stand at right angles to each other.  Both bays are covered by gables adorned with vergeboards with carved trim.

The tiny front porch occupied the space formed by the re-entrant of the façade.  Embellished with octagonal columns and pilasters the porch is polygonal in plan.  The unusually located front door-almost hidden from Cabell Street-comes into view as you approach the front porch.  This door and all of the windows are topped by shallow rectangular pediments.

Among the noteworthy architectural features of the interior are the original curved wooden handrail of the staircase and the fireplace mantels found in each room.

The Daniels Hill neighborhood is on the National Historic Register and the neighborhood has many homes of historic significance.  The neighborhood was established when the plantation, once owned by Dr. George Cabell, was carved up into lots and sold to individuals as the City of Lynchburg was growing.

 

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.