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.
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.
The Lynchburg Art Club is hosting their first annual “Paint Out Lynchburg” starting on Friday, April 29 and ending Sunday, May 1, 2016.
What is a “Paint Out?” This “open air” painting festival is reminiscent of late 19th century French Impressionist painters, such as Monet and Manet, combining their love of nature and creativity when painting out of doors.
Downtown Lynchburg and its historic districts are known for its architecture, gardens, the James River and more. You set up your easel and paints and become inspired by our unique city. Using acrylic, oil, pastels or watercolors you will be able to paint at Old City Cemetery, in downtown Lynchburg and at Point of Honor.
Old City Cemetery has 27 acres in which you can set up on Friday, April 29th. Ancient trees, antique roses (which should be blooming!), various gardens, a fish pond and five historic museums provide many painting options.
Downtown Lynchburg will host the painters on Saturday, April 30th. Paint the Academy Theatre, The Allied Arts Building, The Krise Building, any of the tobacco warehouses that now are loft apartments or even the Texas Inn.
On Sunday, May 1st Point of Honor will offer the painters panoramic views of downtown and the James River or the historic mansion and cooking kitchen,
In addition to you painting there will be demonstrations, a quick paint competition and a juried art show that will showcase the paintings at the Academy of Fine Arts between May 6th and May 22, 2016, More than $1500 in cash prizes will be awarded.
Registration is now open. You may select a 3 day package or an individual day of painting. A three day painting package is $40. Day painting fees are as follows: Friday $15, Saturday $15 and Sunday $10. Checks should be made out to the Lynchburg Art Club, 1011 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24504. For more information contact the Lynchburg Art Club at 434.528.9434.
The above images in this blog are by members of the Lynchburg Art Club, but you don’t have to be a member to participate in the Paint Out.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, 2-night minimum, and we will provide you with a boxed lunch on Saturday. Call us at 434.846.1388 to select your room and make your reservation. Or come stay with us during the gallery exhibit and enjoy all of the paintings completed during this three day event.
The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society will be hosting a tour of various mills and mill sites found in Amherst County, VA. Wear comfortable shoes as there will be hiking to some of the mill sites.
The Mill Tour will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016. A car pool group will meet at the Amherst County Museum (154 South Main Street) at 9:00, sharp. The tour is being led by Chris Anderson, known as “Mr. Mills”. Mill sites will include Amherst Mill–the only continuously operating mill in Central Virginia, two Campbell Mills, Pedlar Mill, Valley View Mill, Myers Mill, the Miller’s House and Stapleton Mill. Some of these mill sites are standing, others are in ruins. The tour will conclude about 1:00. Bring a bagged lunch, snack and a drink to eat in the car while traveling between mills.
To get on the tour list please call the Amherst Museum, 434.946.9068. In the event of rain, the Mill Tour will take place on April 16th.
“The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to discover, collect and preserve objects related to the history and genealogy of Amherst County, VA.” The society conducts lectures, tours, exhibits, workshops and more throughout the year. To join the society call the museum 434.946.9068 or visit their website www.amherstcountymuseum.org.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for 2-or more nights, the weekend of April 8 & 9, 2016 and we will provide you your bagged lunch. Call us 434,846.1388 to discuss room availability and rates.
Following in our series of things to see and do at Lynchbrug, Virginia’s Old City Cemetery, this month we are featuring it’s Hearse House and Caretaker’s Museum.
The Hearse House and Caretakers Museum depicts the history of the burial and grave marking customs practiced in Lynchburg between 1866 until 1954. It also shows the story of the cemetery’s maintenance, or lack thereof, during it’s 210 year long existence.
Included in this museum is an original, turn-of-the-century hearse from the Diuguid Funeral Home. Diuguid has been in business in Lynchburg since 1817, and is considered Lynchburg’s oldest “institution.”. They are the second oldest funeral home in Virginia. This hearse would have been used to carry a casket to one of the private cemeteries in Lynchburg. Pulled by a team of horses, white horses pulled the hearse for children and black horses for adults.
A horse-drawn wagon, made by Thornhill Wagonworks, is also found here. It too was used as a hearse, along with being used by the cemetery’s groundskeepers to haul their equipment and workers.
When the cemetery opened in 1806 families took care of their own grave sites or plots. The cemetery hired it’s first official caretaker in 1866. He was paid $100 per year and was only responsible for the care of the Confederate Section. Originally, and until about 1954, the caretakers lived “on-sire” or on Taylor or Wise Streets. As time passed their duties were expanded to include: digging graves and the maintenance of the entire cemetery. As some of you know, the cemetery became over-grown and in much disrepair until about 1981 when the future of the cemetery was passed onto four women who renamed the association tending to the cemetery the Southern Memorial Association. They began the arduous task of clearing dead trees, brush and overgrown weeds and plants to discover unique gravestones, walls, paths and more. What you see today is testament to their hard work, that continues today, for over 20 years.
Take the time to linger at this museum and imagine life in Lynchburg in the mid- to late-1800’s. Next month we will feature the Mourning Museum, to tie into the history of burial and their customs.
The Old City Cemetery is located at 401 Taylor Street. The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. The Cemetery Center is open Monday through Saturday between 10 until 3 and Sundays between 1 until 5, April through December.
The Old City cemetery, in Lynchburg, VA, was established in 1806. It has been in continuous operation since it’s founding, making it one of the oldest public cemeteries in the US. Nearly 20,000 people are buried here. They include political, religious and cultural leaders, veterans of every major American war from the Revolution to Vietnam and over 2,200 Confederate soldiers. Three-quarters of those buried are African American (both free and enslaved) and more than one-third are infants and children under the age of four.
In addition to the graves honoring the dead are several buildings/museums, exhibits/monuments, gardens and special horticultural areas. In 2016 The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast’s blog is going to feature a special section of the Old City Cemetery throughout the year.
January we are highlighting the Pest House Museum Medical Center.
Located directly across the street from the Cemetery Center the 1840’s white frame building was the medical office of Dr. John Jay Terrell. It was moved here from his farm, Rock Castle Farm in Campbell County, in 1987. He used this office to treat patients for 40 years. Once restored it now combines his medical office with an example of a Pest House, to explain the medical science of the 1800’s.
Dr. Terrell’s Office contains his operating table, “poison chest,” “asthma chair,” and some of his instruments. A 1860’s hypodermic needle, clinical thermometer and chloroform mask along with his surgical kit are on display. Medical treatments often killed patients in the 1800’s, before their ailments would have. Dr. Terrell implemented washing hands and instruments between patients and the use of sand or sawdust on the floors to cut down on the spread of germs and bacteria. Simple things we do today and expect to be done today. These reforms enacted by Dr. Terrell reduced the Pest House mortality rate from 50 percent to 5 percent.
The Lynchburg Pest House was originally located near Fourth and Wise Streets, beside the early cemetery boundary where most of the patients would be buried. Used to quarantine Lynchburg residents in the 1800’s who contracted contagious diseases such as smallpox or measles the standards of cleanliness and medical care were virtually non-existent. Dr. Terrell deplored the conditions and volunteered to assume the responsibility of improving conditions for both the residents of Lynchburg and the Confederate soldiers who spent time there in quarantine. In the Pest House you will see examples of the straw pallets placed on the floor, that has been covered with sand. The use of sand made it easier to clean away debris and hazardous waste. The interior walls have been painted black to save the patients eyes, as smallpox affects the eyes and light. The garden just outside the Pest House contains various herbs and plants that Dr. Terrell would use when making salves, tinctures and remedies for his patients.
You can tour the Old City Cemetery daily between dawn until dusk. The various buildings and museums are not generally open to the public. You have access to them through placards, large windows and doors and recorded descriptions of the buildings and what they contain. The Cemetery Center is open daily between 11 until 3, or by appointment. For more information about the cemetery, tours, events, burial records or visiting the cemetery contact them at 434.847.1465 or www.gravegarden.org
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.
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