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.
The Lynchburg Historic Foundation Annual Tour of Homes will take place Sunday, September 27, 2015 between 1:00-4:30 PM. The tour this year will be in the Federal Hill Historic District.
Federal Hill was Lynchburg, Virginia’s first residential suburb. Annexed in 1852 many of the district’s earliest houses were built in the 1820’s. Federal Hill developed slowly. This slow development allowed it to consist of a variety of architectural styles. You will find Federal, French Second Empire, Georgian Revival and Queen Anne styles. Areas at opposite ends of Federal Street make-up distinctive sub-districts, owing to topography.
Federal Hill is one of the smallest and most compact historic districts in Lynchburg. 67 structures plus 25 outbuildings comprise the district. Frame vernacular dwellings make up the majority of the structures. 25% of the dwellings are brick. 85% of the homes have some type of front porch. Federal Hill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
There will be four homes open to tour on the 27th:
1121 Harrison Street, built in 1876. This brick, French Second Empire sits high on a hill with excellent views of downtown Lynchburg. Designed by Robert Burkholder it has its original Mansard roof, built of Virginia slate.
1014 Harrison Street, built in 1878. A unique turret is one of the special features of this brick home. Also designed by Robert Burkholder it was built for a prominet tobacconist.
1115 Federal Street, built in 1890. This home was also built by a tobacconist in a transition between a Queen Anne and First Colonial revival style.
1012 Federal Street, built in 1910. This frame home overlooks downtown Lynchburg from it’s large deck. This Colonial Revival has kept many of its original fixtures and all of its character.
Tickets for the tour are $20.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Lynchburg Visitor Center, lynchburgtickets.com or by calling the Historic Foundation Office at 434.528.5353. The annual tour is always a huge success for the Historic Foundation and serves as it’s major fund raiser.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast and we’ll let you enjoy our historic home. Call 434.846.1388 to discuss package details. We look forward to welcoming you to Lynchburg.
A reconstructed Water Bearer statue was unveiled at the official opening of Lower Bluff Walk last week. Lower Bluff Walk is part of the city’s emphasis of a pedestrian walkway where residents and visitors of Lynchburg can stroll, gather, enjoy food and music and take in the sweeping views of the James River.
The historic, seven-foot tall, approximately 300-400 pounds, zinc statue was put on display at the Lynchburg city reservoir, at the corner of Clay and Seventh Streets in 1883. The original Water Bearer was purchased from a catalog for $500.00 was the first public art in the city. and was to commemorate the opening of the city reservoir in 1829, after a dam was placed across the James River and a canal leading from the dam to the water wheel-powered pump station that supplied the water to the reservoir was completed. The female figure, perhaps Egyptian, stood balanced on one foot with a large jug of water on her left shoulder. By 2012 the Water Bearer lay broken in many pieces. Stress fractures were found on the ankles after standing more than 130 years.
The statue’s reconstruction and its cost were hurdles the Lynchburg Historic Foundation were willing to tackle in order to bring a part of Lynchburg’s art history back to life. After successfully raising $40,000 for the restoration project the real work began.
After carefully examining the original zinc water bearer it was decided that it couldn’t be repaired so the Foundation hired an artist to re-create the original statue using the original pieces as molds for the new bronze statue. The artist from Alexandria, VA, who taught himself to sculpt,decided he would recast it in bronze, calling bronze “a forever metal”.
Working almost exclusively for 24 months, on this project, Ken Faraoni used a technique called “lost- wax casting”. He created about 30 molds backed with plaster and poured casting wax into them. Once he cleaned up the wax he took the pieces to Colorado where they were put together and a ceramic shell was created around the wax. Liquid bronze was poured into the wax. Once the bronze had cooled the ceramic pieces were hit with a hammer and the bronze recasting was left behind. After smoothing out the recasting, a painstaking procedure, the final polishing was completed followed by a few coats of lacquer. The statue was now ready to be displayed.
On a pleasantly warm, sunny day the recreated Water Bearer was unveiled to a large crowd of onlookers, who gasped when the beautifully recasted Water Bearer sculpture was revealed. The statue is now a landmark of the work that the city of Lynchburg has accomplished in it’s revitalization and guides the way to the future of downtown. Take the time to walk along Lower Bluff Walk. Stop in one of the delicious restaurants for a meal or beverage. Or just sit on a park bench and enjoy the view of Riverfront Park and the James River.
The Water Bearer is a pleasant walk from the Carriage House Inn B & B. And once at the statue you can wander through downtown or onto Percival’s Island or the Blackwater Creek Trail.
The Lynchburg Community Market opened in 1783. The third oldest farmer’s market in the country, it has played a role in the development, growth and revitalization of downtown.
The first Market was located on Water Street (now known as Ninth Street). It was an open-air market that served as the central gathering place for the city. In 1814 the Market was rebuilt in the center of Water Street. It served as the town square for the city, with city-wide notices and speakers throughout the day and evening hours.
In 1872 the Market was enlarged and rebuilt on Main Street between 11th and 12th Streets. It had enclosed spaces and an auditorium on site. Today, after many changes in building style and location, the Community Market is located at the corner of Main and 12th Streets–1219 Main Street.
The Lynchburg Community Market offers the best of local produce, arts, baked goods and unique eateries. Farmers can be found on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Located primarily outside of the market they travel up to 100 miles to sell their produce (fruits or vegetables), pastured meats, eggs, artisan cheeses, and flowers or plants. Artisan food vendors also visit the Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are located both outside and inside the Market. Offering locally produced baked goods, jams & jellies, honey, syrups, grains and oils. Inside the Market is the cooperative artist space where crafters and Artists sell their handmade creations, some inspired by our region of Virginia. You may find hand-thrown pottery, jewelry, goats milk soaps, local photography, paintings and art made from natural Virginia stone. Breakfast and lunch is served at several on-site restaurants.
Special events take place at the Market throughout the year. Cooking demonstrations, live music at the market, food truck rodeos, food and wine tastings, conferring with a Master Gardener about plant or yard issues and demonstrations by the Heritage Crafters and Artists.
The Lynchburg Community Market is open Tuesday through Saturday between 7:00 until 2:00, year round. The Farmer’s Market is open Wednesday between 10:00 until 2:00, with Green Market Wednesdays during the months of May through November. Saturday the Farmer’s Market is open between 7:00 until 2:00, all year round. The Heritage Crafters Gallery and Artist Alley are open Tuesday through Friday between 9:00 until 2:00. On Saturdays they are open between 7:00 until 2:00. If you have any questions the Market can be reached at 434.455.4485.
When planning our breakfast menus at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we oftentimes visit the Lynchburg Community Market to purchase local, fresh and in season fruits or vegetables. Even though we have a significant garden in our backyard, supplementing what we grow with items from local farms, orchards, bakeries and flower vendors helps keep our breakfast items exciting and delicious. Many of our guests visit the Market and head home with a bag or two of goodies.
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.
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.
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.
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