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Bawdy Ladies Tour at Old City Cemetery

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Old City Cemetery

Grave at Old City Cemetery

Every other year the Old City Cemetery, in Lynchburg, VA, conducts it’s Bawdy Ladies of the 19th Century Tour.  This year’s tour will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 between 3:00-4:00 PM.

What is a Bawdy Ladies tour?  Historian Nancy Weiland will lead a tour of the cemetery grounds to the graves of some of Lynchburg’s “sporting ladies” of Buzzard’s roost and Fourth Street.  Stories describing the lives and lore of the ladies and their madams will highlight life in Lynchburg’s more savory neighborhoods and houses.  This is not a ghost walk, but rather a tour of the cemetery from a different perspective, describing some of it’s more colorful “inhabitants”.

Buzzard’s Roost is the area between Jefferson Street (Lynch street back then) and Commerce Street in the downtown section of Lynchburg.  This area once full of bars bordellos and gambling houses thrived as a hub of commerce, especially during the war when it was said many of these ladies operated as spies as are said to pass secrets.

These “sporting houses” as they were called in Lynchburg were often run by women, both white and free women of color.  As downtown industries expanded in the early 1900’s they pushed these business out of the downtown area to the red light district on Fourth Street in the Tinbridge Hill Neighborhood.

Many of the “sporting ladies” or working girls as we call them today often climbed the social ladder and became prominent citizens as they married politicians, police chiefs, mayors and other prominent citizens.  It is said that they helped bail the City of Lynchburg out of financial difficulties by donating money to a church who then in turn donated it to the City since the City refused to take their money directly.  Likewise a wealthy madam gave a small private college in Roanoke  a large endowment and the college.  During the tour in the Old City Cemetery you will hear stories of how these ladies, some of whom became very wealthy, lived and their contributions to the area.

This walking tour is free of charge, over uneven ground plus up and down hills and begins at the Old City Cemetery Gate House, located at 401 Taylor Street, or about two miles from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Advance tickets are not required.  For more information contact the cemetery office at 434.847.1465.  We will see you there!

Learning in the Vineyard at Lazy Days Winery

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Lazy Days Winery, Amherst VA

Lazy Days Winery

Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery, located just north of Lynchburg, VA in Amherst County, is conducting it’s “Learning in the Vineyard” tour on Saturday, September 6, 2014.  Starting at 10:00 AM the educational tour will be led by Marianne Fitzhugh, Lazy Days vineyard manager.  Walk the vineyard where you will learn the process of growing grapes.  The wine making process will be described and then you’ll be able to taste Lazy Days delicious wines.  Known for their Petit Verdot, Viognier and Merlot wines you will be tempted to purchase a bottle or case of your favorites.

Lazy Days Winery tasting room

Tasting Room at Lazy Days Winery

The Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery is situated on a unique tract of land that overlooks the mountains to the west and takes advantage of the old Amherst Livestock Pavilion that has been converted into a rustic but comfortable tasting room and event venue.  In fact, Sangria Saturday, featuring Jason Frye, follows at 1:00 until 5:00 PM.

Details concerning the vineyard tour are as follows:

  • starting time 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM
  • features include the educational tour, box lunch, private wine tasting and souvenir glass
  • advance reservation are required
  • cost is $30.00 per adult, over 21 years of age

Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery is located at 1351 N. Amherst Highway, approximately 3.5 miles north of the town of Amherst.  For more information call 434.381.6088.

Come stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for two nights (including September 6th) and one of your “Learning in the Vineyard” tickets is complimentary.  Call us at 434.846.1388, mention this special package and we’ll see you in early September.

Point of Honor, 112 Cabell Street

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Point of Honor

Point of Honor, the home of Dr.  George Cabell

Point of Honor stands on a tract of land cleared from the wilderness where Monacan Indians once camped, and where some 19th century Virginia’s most remarkable citizens lived.

Dr. George Cabell, Sr., began construction of the mansion in 1806 and was completed in 1815.  The sophisticated, but irregular shaped two-story, Federal-style mansion is constructed of stuccoed brick.  The façade is comprised of a three-bay center section flanked by two octagonal ended projections.  Features include matched polygonal bay windows and flanking doorways with arched fanlights, which reflected the era’s fondness for shapes beyond simple rectangles and squares, rich, vivid colors and great windows to enjoy the vista of the historic James River.

Born in 1776, Dr. George Cabell, Sr. attended Hampden-Sydney Academy and completed his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania.  He was a friend and personal physician to Patrick Henry and a frequent correspondent with his neighbor, Thomas Jefferson.

Kitchen at Point of Honor

Cooking demonstration at Point of Honor

Point of Honor  passed form the Cabell family when Dr. Cabell’s son William and his wife, Eliza Daniel Cabell, both died in 1830.  Her father, Judge William Daniel, Sr. inherited the mansion and left it to his son, Judge William Daniel, Jr. in 1839.  In 1928 the property was purchased and given to the city and used as a rec-center and in 1968 the home was acquired and restoration work was started to bring the home back to the way it looked when Dr. Cabell owned the property and in 1977 the home was opened to the public as Point of Honor.

Up until the City of Lynchburg annexed this parcel of land in 1870 the land Point of Honor sits on and the rest of the Daniels Hill neighborhood was located in Campbell County.  Since duels were illegal in the City of Lynchburg legends have it that duels fought for honor took place on the grounds of Point of Honor, which was outside the city limits, on the hillside overlooking the James River, thus giving this landmark its name.

About this time the once sprawling plantation of 737 acres was subdivided into building lots.  The main road, Cabell Street, which connected downtown Lynchburg to what is now Rivermont Avenue was the main road that ran through the neighborhood and was named after Dr. Cabell.

Blacksmith at Point of Honor

Blacksmith demonstration at Point of Honor

Today you can visit Point of Honor as it is operated by the Lynchburg Museum System as a house museum.  Throughout the year seasonal programs and activities are presented on the grounds.  These programs include cooking demonstrations prepared in the reconstructed open hearths and brick ovens of a plantation kitchen.  Each October, usually on Columbus Day weekend, the museum celebrates “Day at the Point” where admission if free and guest get to see people in period clothing demonstrating life’s activities of the 1800’s.  The property is decorated with period appropriate decorations in December.  While visiting Point of Honor you can purchase a ticket that will allow you access to the Lynchburg Museum on Court Street (in the old court house).

Point of Honor is located three blocks from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and is a must see during your visit to Lynchburg.  It is open 7 days a week and guests get a guided tour of the main level mansion.  There is also an exhibit on medicine during the early 1800’s.

Point of Honor is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday from Noon-4:00pm. They can be reached by phone at:  434.455.6226.

American Visions: The Wilderness and the West Screening

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The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College has begun presenting an 8-part series on American art.  This series combines an account of American life and serves as a tribute to American art.  Filmed in 100 locations around the country by Robert Hughes, a Time Magazine art critic, Hughes has applied his wit and imagination to the problem of revealing how art records and preserves both points of view and ways of life.

The series, entitled American Visions-The Epic History of Art in America, is being presented each Monday, between June 9th through July 28th, at the Maier Museum of Art, located at 1 Quinlan Street in Lynchburg, VA.  All sessions begin at 1:00 pm and last until 2:00 pm.  Admission is free.

On Monday, June 16th the documentary looks at America’s majestic landscapes.  Traveling from Yellowstone to the Hudson Valley the artists explored include John James Audubon, Albert Bierstadt, Frederick Church, Thomas Cole and Frederick Remington.  Hughes compares and contrasts the conflicting impulses to worship the land and to conquer it and to create a myth of the West while the frontier was closing.

Other sessions to be held are described on the Maier Museum website at maiermuseum.org.

Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day at the National D-Day Memorial

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D-Day Memorial

The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA

The National D-Day Memorial, in Bedford, VA, expects 10,000-15,000 visitors for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 2014.  Sadly this event could be the last large gathering of area D-Day veterans, as the youngest are now in their early 90’s.

Like eleven other communities in Virginia, Bedford provided a company of solders (Company A) to the 29th Infantry Division when the National Guard’s 116th Infantry Regiment was activated on February 3, 1941.  Transported by the British Navy’s 551st Assault Flotilla, Company A of the 116th Infantry Regiment landed on Omaha Beach in the first wave of the First Infantry Division’s Task Force O.  By day’s end, nineteen of the company’s Bedford soldiers were dead.  Bedford’s population in 1944 was about 3,200.  Proportionally, this community suffered the nation’s severest D-Day losses.

Since its dedication in June 6, 2001, the Memorial has attracted more than 1.3 million visitors.  The Memorial exists in tribute to the valor, fidelity and sacrifice of the Allied Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Located on a consecrated 88-acre site the Memorial  has four major components that represent the sweep of D-Day from the early planning and preparation for it, through the Channel crossing and landing in France, to the Allied victory and consolidation on the beaches and beyond Normandy into the landscape of postwar Europe.  Visitors experience a moving array of small memorials, displays, sculptures and statuary, plaques and tributes.

The Memorial is open between 10:00 am through 5:00 pm daily, except on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving.  Visitors can either take a shuttle-cart tour with a guide or a self-guided walking tour.  Admission fees apply.  Visit the D-Day Memorial Website for a list of activities during the 70th year anniversary celebration.  While visiting the D-Day Memorial be sure to visit downtown Bedford as many of the stores will be displaying posters from WW II in their store windows, much like they would have in the 1940s.

Guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for a minimum of three days, June 6, 2014 being one of the days, will be charged for only your Friday and Saturday night stay ( stay for 3 nights, pay for 2).  Call us at 434.846.1388, mention the D-Day Memorial special and book your room.

For more information about the story of the men from Bedford who took participated in the D-Day invasion read The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw.

Storming of Thunder Ridge

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The Storming of Thunder Ridge Lynchburg, Virginia’s only local, fully-supported road cycling event will take place on May 18, 2014.  This fund-raiser, benefiting the YMCA of Central Virginia, is an enjoyable road cycling experience with the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop.  Riders select from a route of 27, 45, 75 or 100 miles.

The 27 Miler and the 45 Miler Curtis Loop take place along flat country roads and then some hills in scenic Bedford County.  The 45 Miler includes a challenging 4 mile stretch with four hills to scale.  The good thing is after you go up you get to come down.

For those cyclists who have been training for months you might “enjoy” either the 75 Miler or the Century Miler (100 miles).  Each of these routes starts through the flats then rolling hills of Bedford County but they each wind their way on a 13-mile ascent to Thunder Ridge, the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.  Once you get to Thunder Ridge take awhile to rest, relax and enjoy the fabulous views.  The trip down the mountain will be a welcome relief.  While riding through Goode you’ll experience the Sausage Grinder and the Nemesis–just to test your legs a bit further.

Along all of the routes there are rest stops with water and energy snacks to refuel you and of course, shady spots to rest.

All start/finish lines are at the Jamerson Family YMCA in Wyndhurst.  Riders can take advantage of the Y’s amenities: shower facilities, whirlpool and swimming pool.  Just bring your swimsuit and your own towels plus a lock for your belongings. The post-celebration will include plenty of food, music, prizes and camaraderie among the riders who have completed their routes and serve as the cheering section for the riders behind you.

The start time for the 75 and 100 Miler is 7:30 AM.  The 27 and 45 Milers starts at 8:30 AM.  A cut-off time of 2:30 PM awaits the 100 Miler riders, at mile 62 or rest stop 5.

Those guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast will be provided an energizing “breakfast to go”  which will allow you to sleep as long as possible but to get your morning nutrients and energy reved.  Call us at 434.846.1388 to discuss room availability and our Storming of Thunder Ridge package.  This package includes a therapeutic deep tissue LaStone Massage which will relax and re-energize your muscles after they have been tested to their limit.  Best of luck to all of the riders!

For more detailed event information, registration material and any event updates visit www.stormingofthunderridge.org.