The Museum of the Confederacy Appomattox is now open!
Visitors to the museum start and end their tour in the main exhibit area with the museums crown jewel: the sword worn by Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the Army of Northen Virginia’s ceremonial surrender on April 12, 1865.
Touring the museum will take about two hours. During this time you will experience exhibits that include: the story of secession and the beginning of the Civil War, Confederate flags, soilders of the war, slavery and the important part it played in the Civil War, war correspondence, five important battle campaigns, the Appomattox surrender and Reconstruction and life after the war. You will not want to miss the Wall of Faces, an interactive feature, that shows pictures of people who lived during the Civil War-era and includes biographies about them.
Located at 159 Horseshoe Road, Appomattox, VA the museum is open daily between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission fees apply.
You will want to combine your visit to the museum with a visit to Appomattox Courthouse National Park, located just a few miles away.
The state flag of each state that belonged to the Confederacy fly at the entrance of the museum as well as the American flag which represents the re-unification of the North and South.
Located about a 25-minute drive to Appomattox, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, VA is a great spot to stay while exploring the area and it’s Civil War sites, museums and points of interest. Call 434.846.1388 to make your reservation or visit our web site at www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com.
April 21-28, 2012 is Historic Garden Week in Virginia. On Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Lynchburg, Virginia is proud to host visitors to our city and locals to our Garden Day Tour.
Sponsored by The Lynchburg Garden Club and the Hillside Garden Club this year’s tour includes admission to 6 locations: The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at 404 Cabell Street, 301 Cabell Street, Point of Honor at 112 Cabell Street, 4935 Mountain Laurel Drive, 4924 Mountain Laurel Drive (all in Lynchburg) and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest at 1542 Bateman Bridge Road in Forest.
The houses and gardens will be open for touring between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. You may visit the properties in any order. Contact the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce at 434.847.1811 for information about purchasing tickets, in advance, to this day of nature and heritage. Tickets may be purchased at each location on Garden Day.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast has limited availability should you wish to stay the night before or after the tour. Call us at 434.846.1388 to inquire about your luxurious accomodations while celebrating Historic Garden Week in Virginia.
The Old City Cemetery, Lynchurg, Viginia’s most visited tourist site, is a nature-lovers paradise. The daffodils throughout the cemetery are just about finished blooming, due to our extremely mild winter and early spring. The pictures included with this blog are from several grave sites throughout the cemetery. Some daffoldils grace actual gravestones and plots, others are blooming where surely there is a grave below but the grave marker has long since disintegrated.
Established in 1806 Old City Cemetery is one of the oldest public cemeteries in the United States that has been in continuous use since its founding. Approximately 20,000 people are buried here, including over 2,200 Confederate soilders from 14 states.
Located at 401 Taylor Street the cemetery grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The visitor center is open daily between 11-3, or by appointment. The five museums on the property can be accessed during the hours the cemetery is open through the use of prerecorded taped messages.
Visit soon to catch the last glimpse of the daffodils. Be on the lookout for our upcoming blog posts about other events and announcements of things to see in the cemetery in the months ahead. The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast will be offering various specials and packages throughout the year which will include special events at the cemetery. Call us at 434.846.1388, keep reviewing our blog or visit our website at www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com for more details.
Were you a fan of the Looney Toons as a kid? Did you root for the Road Runner or Wiley E. Coyote? Maybe Bugs Bunny was your favorite.
Lynchburg College’s latest exhibit at the Daura Gallery is more pop culture than fine art. “What’s Up Doc? Chuck Jones and the Animation Art of Looney Toons” features animation and limited-edition engravings of characters from the iconic cartoon series. The exhibit shows the development of your favorite characters through hand-painted animation cels.
The Daura Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9 am until 4 pm. This exhibit runs through April, 15, 2012. For more information you can call 434.544.8343.
Visit, explore, enjoy and reminisce. We had fun, you will too!
This past Saturday the Academy of Fine Arts presented it’s third annual “Empty Bowls” event .
Empty Bowl events take place all over the country and always benefit hunger programs.
Our Empty Bowls event supports the Daily Bread. Located in downtown Lynchburg, VA, the Daily Bread was founded in 1982 to help those in need by providing one meal at a time. 365 days a year they serve lunch between 10:50-12:20 to approximately 160 guests. Their mission is to “provide a free, nutritous meal every single day of the year” through donations of food, cash and time by volunteers.
The Academy of Fine Arts conducts bowl making sessions in it’s pottery studio each January and February. Individuals, groups, co-workers, clubs and organizations come together to learn how to craft a bowl from clay. Then in early March the bowls are sold (you get to take yours home) after being filled with delicious soups accompanied by fresh-made breads and desserts at the Empty Bowls event. Participating restaurants this year included Market on Main, Bedford Avenue Meats, Lorraine Bakery, Catalano’s Delicatessen among others. All proceeds from this event benefit the Daily Bread in it’s mission to feed Lynchburg’s hungry.
If you would like to participate in 2013, by contributing a bowl or just eating delicious soup in a hand-made bowl please visit The Academy of Fine Arts web site at www.AcademyFineArts.com for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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