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Ride train No. 611

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Train No. 611

Ride the newly restored J Class steam locomotive, featuring Train No. 611

Built in Roanoke in 1950, the J Class train was the most powerful steam locomotive ever built and arguably the best looking train ever built.  Norfolk and Western only built 14 J Class passenger locomotives and train No. 611 was retired in 1959 and was housed in Roanoke’s Transportation Museum until 1981 when it was towed to Birmingham Alabama to be revitalized, the same year Norfolk Western merged with Southern Railway to become Norfolk Southern.  Train No. 611 was used to pull excursions until 1994 when it was again retired and returned to the museum where train enthusiasts from around the word visited train No. 611.  After years of fundraising the museum again decided to undertake a massive restoration costing about $3.5 million. Last year the train was towed to North Carolina for the restoration and now that the restoration is complete, Train No. 611 will be hauling passengers on a very limited basis.

611 Train

N & W Engine No. 611

On Sunday June 14, 2015 you can ride the newly restored J Class steam locomotive, Train No. 611 from Lynchburg to Petersburg.  The train will depart at about 7:30am and will arrive in Petersburg at 12:30.  About 2:30 the train will be returning to Lynchburg where it will arrive about 6:30pm.. Tickets are going fast.

Call The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at 434-846-1388 for a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride this famous steam powered locomotive.  With your two night stay you will receive two deluxe coach tickets (subject to availability).  Note:  Because tickets are non-refundable and going fast, you will be charged in full  when the reservation is made and the reservation is NON-REFUNDABLE.  Cost for this package is $775.00 and includes two room nights in the mansion, two deluxe coach tickets (upgrades may be available for an additional costs) and a to-go breakfast on June 14 to take on the train.  Taxes and gratuities are in addition to this cost.  Sorry gift certificates cannot be used to book this package and this cannot be combined with any other special or discount..

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, call today to book your trip.  A portion of each room night will be donated to the “Fire Up 611” campaign to help pay for the restorations of Train No. 611.

 

 

 

Storming of Thunder Ridge-2015

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Storming of Thunder Ridge

Storming of Thunder Ridge (2014)

On May 17th riders from around the country will descend on Lynchburg for the 6th Annual Storming of Thunder Ridge.a fully supported bike ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The Storming of Thunder Ridge is a fund-raiser to benefit the YMCA of Central Virginia.  There are bike rides for everyone, starting at 27, 45, 75 and 100 mile options.   Thunder Ridge is a gradual but very challenging 13 mile climb to the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, topping out at 3,932 ft.

View their video..

For more information and to register for this event please check their website:    http://stormingofthunderridge.org/.

Sorry, this year, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast does not have any rooms available as we sold out due to college graduations but riders can camp out at the Jamerson YMCA in Lynchburg which is the starting and ending point of this ride.  Check the website above for more information.

The scenery is beautiful this time of year and you will be riding before the dog days of summer.

150th Anniversary of Appomattox Court House

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The McLean House at Appomattox Courthouse is where Lee surrendered to Grant to end the Civil War

The McLean House at Appomattox Courthouse is where Lee surrendered to Grant to end the Civil War

The Sesquicentennial (150) celebration begins tomorrow!  Both the National Park Service and the town of Appomattox are ready for the onslaught of guests from around the world, intent on experiencing this once in a lifetime event.  Have you planned out your next 5 days?

As a follow-up to last week’s blog post below you will find some additional highlights of the events, lectures, programs, real-time re-enactments and educational activities taking place between Wednesday, April 8 until Sunday, April 12, 2015.  Remember, a complimentary shuttle bus service will be running between Lynchburg and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park.  Once at the park a separate shuttle will take you to the individual venues.  For those guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast a shuttle bus pick-up location is within an easy walk.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday: an author’s tent with writers of historical books who will answer your questions, have books to purchase and will help you get a feel for the significance of April 9, 1865.

  • Each day there will be Parole Pass Printing demonstrations
  • Each day you’ll find Wet-plate Photography exhibits in the park
  • Friday, April 10, 2 different guest speakers at Appomattox County High School
  • Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12, real-time Stacking of Arms Ceremonies
  • Extended hours at The Museum of the Confederacy each day
  • Special lectures and exhibits at The Museum of the Confederacy each day
  • Cavalry and Horse Artillery Encampment at the Appomattox Center for Business and Commerce each day
  • United States Colored Troops Encampment at Carver Price Legacy Museum each day

The dates, times and locations of these events, programs and special activities plus many more can be found on the found on the following websites:

  • www.appomattox1865foundation.org
  • www.nps.gov/apco
  • www.appomattox150th.com

Need lodging?  Give us a call at 434.846.1388  or check on-line to see if we have had any cancellations.

Appomattox Courthouse Sesquicentennial

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Appomattox Court House

Appomattox Court House (reproduction)

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, between April 8 to 12, 2015, at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park and throughout Appomattox, Virginia.

Beginning at 9:00am on Wednesday, April 8 and ending at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 12, 2015 a variety of special programs, lectures, activities and events will be held at the National Park and at various locations within the town and county of Appomattox, Virginia.

A real-time program featured on Wednesday the 8th, starting at 3:30 until7:30, will include a lecture and presentation on the Battle.

The Opening Ceremony will take place at the National Park between 11:00-12:30 on Thursday, the 9th.  Between 2:00-3:00 Lee will surrender to Grant at the McLean House within the National Park grounds.  Lee will leave the McLean House between 3:00-3:30, another real-time event.

On Friday, the 10th, Lee and Grant will meet, the Commissioner’s Meeting will be re-enacted, the Confederate Cavalry will surrender and the first Stacking of Arms will take place.  Friday evening, starting at 6:30, a special program the “Footsteps to Freedom” Memorial Ceremony (accompanied by spiritual music) will take place within the National Park.  4500 luminaries will be arranged along a country road to symbolize the slaves living in or near Appomattox when the war ended.

Saturday, the 11th and Sunday the 12th have various lectures, events and programs, held at numerous sites within the National Park, the City of Appomattox or the Museum of the Confederacy.  The last Stacking of Arms Ceremony will take place on Sunday at 1:00.

Directions, times, locations and more information can be found at the following websites.

  •     www.appomattox1865foundation.org
  •      www.nps.gov/apco
  •      www.appomattox150th.com

Complimentary shuttle buses will run throughout the day between Lynchburg and Appomattox.  Parking will be extremely limited.  Separate shuttle buses will take you to the Sesquicentennial venues in the National Park and Appomattox.  Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn will be able to walk to one of the shuttle bus stops to Appomattox Court House.

 

Cold Weather Hiking

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Cold Weather Hiking

Cold weather hiking

Each season in the Lynchburg, VA area offers something unique to hikers & walkers.  Spring offers brilliant colors breaking through after the cold winter, summer offers lush greenery, fall offers a beautiful show as leaves start to change and winter-early spring offers magical things. But in the winter we have some marvelous ice sculptures for those who are hearty  enough to do some cold weather hiking.  Since spring is almost here these cold weather hiking features will soon be disappearing.

Trees are vacant of leaves allowing your eyes to see views hidden when the leaves are present.  One of winter’s most dazzling works of art, and perhaps it’s most spectacular, is ice.  Small formations crunch underneath your feet as you gain elevation, when hiking in the mountains.  Mossy boulders and rock formations grow “teeth” as their summer drips are frozen in time.

Silent scenes present themselves throughout most late winter-early spring hikes.  Look up and you may catch the silent flight of an owl or hawk.  Walk through bare trees and imagine them as the remnants of buildings in a town long lost.  Silence can be empowering, relaxing and rejuvenating.  Sometimes it’s good to get away from the computers, phones and other hand-held devices and just enjoy being.

Lynchburg has a hidden treasure in it’s hiking trail system.  The trails of Blackwater Creek offer a variety of landscapes, water views, wildlife and space to reflect, see ice sculptures post 1/6/15.  Just north of Lynchbrug is Crabtree Falls.  We posted about Crabtree Falls on 7/17/12, a strenuous hike any time of the year, winter offers special sites, sounds and things to experience.  High Bridge State Park in Farmville, posted 9/11/12, follows an old railroad bed so is relatively flat.  Walk to the bridge and be treated to the seemingly endless views in every direction.  For those true hikers that want a bit more of a challenge Falling Water Cascades Loop, posted 8/28/13, Flat Top Mountain and Sharp Top, in the Peaks of Otter just outside of Bedford, will challenge you and charm you at the same time.

When done hiking return to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We’ll have hot coffee or cocoa waiting for you along with some homemade chocolate chip cookies.  And if you have hiked especially strenuously we can serve you our signature Peppermint Pattie Hot Cocoa, it’ll warm you up inside and out!  Our on-site massage and BodyWorks Studio offers a variety of massages, so tired and sore muscles should not be an issue after an invigorating day.  Don’t delay, book your room now for the last of our cold weather hikes or get here in time to see the beauty of spring happen.

Old City Cemetery-All Hallows Eve Service

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Old City Cemetery Chapel

Chapel at Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA

Old City Cemetery is presenting a service in their chapel on October 31st from 5:30-6:30 p. m.  This All Hallows Eve Service will be preformed by local  Episcopal clergy and will be based on legitimate bible passages that have been chosen for their Hallowed theme.  The service is non denominational and is open to the public and promises to be positive and uplifting.

On All Hallows Eve many Christian denominations encourage abstinence from meat.  In the Northern Hemisphere Halloween comes in the wake of the yearly apple harvest.  Candy, caramel or taffy apples are common Halloween treats.

There is no charge to attend this event which will be held in the Cemetery Chapel at the Old City Cemetery which is located at 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA  24501.  For more information call the Cemetery office at 434.847.1465 or visit their website, www.gravegarden.org.

Unlike the candlelight tours of the grounds of Old City Cemetery, this event while educational will not be talking about the residents.  There are events throughout the year so check their website on a regular basis.  Guest of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast find the Old City Cemetery to be an interesting place to visit so if you haven’t been there you won’t want to miss this opportunity to become acquainted with on of the City’s most interesting spots.