Lynchburg, the city of seven hills is a magnificent place to live, work and play, which is one of the reasons we moved here. But what really sold us on Lynchburg was the home we purchased. It just has character that you can’t find in a new home. I was always in love with Victorian architecture and for years we looked for the perfect home. In 2003 while searching the internet for old homes we found a listing in Lynchburg. I must admit I had no idea where Lynchburg was or what was there, but we made the road trip and fell in love with the city. The old buildings that lined the downtown streets, the historic districts full of architecture that today’s builders can’t replicate and the people.sold us on the city. Once we got here we learned about all the historic sites, the outdoor activities, the history, the vineyards and of course I had to learn the hard way about our fabulous medical facilities. That was 10 years ago and it has been a great 10 years! We live in the downtown area and it is great to be able to walk to restaurants, plays, the community market and much more.
On a recent walk through downtown I had my camera and started taking photos of the architectural elements on some of the old buildings. You would be surprised how much there is to see and amazed at the craftsmanship that went into the facades more than 100 years ago. After walking up and down those streets for 10 years I realized that I, like many of us have blinders on and we oftentimes don’t slow down and see or appreciate the surroundings so I thought it would be a great idea to have a scavenger hunt. This will be an architectural scavenger hunt. I will provide photos of an architectural element and you will need to let me know by address (or name of the building) where it is. All photos will be in downtown Lynchburg. Hopefully this will get you out of your cars and cause you to slow down and enjoy the treasures that survived all these years. We are going to kick this off the middle of September, hopefully the weather will be nicer and we will announce the grand prize then. But in the mean time I wanted to give you a taste of what is coming. As you walk the streets from the riverfront up to Court and Clay Streets you will appreciate why Lynchburg is known as the City of Seven Hills. Can you name what buildings that are represented in this blog post?
For the purpose of this post, downtown Lynchburg runs from the James River to Clay Street and from 5th Street to 12th Street. Good luck and happy hunting.
PS Rome, Italy is also known as the City of Seven Hills. In case you haven’t figured this out, these photos are of downtown churches. I thought it would only be appropriate to start with churches. I would guess that there are more churches in Lynchburg than there are in Rome.
On Sunday, July 14th between 3:00-4:00 PM, at the Bicentennial Chapel on the Old City Cemetery grounds in Lynchburg a special concert will be performed.
The Soulsters from the Hill, based out of Diamond Hill Baptist Church, will present a free and informal music performance of late 19th and early 20th-century Negro spirituals in the style of Fisk Jubilee Singers. The majority of the songs are performed almost exclusively a cappella.
The original Jubilee Singers introduced “slave songs” to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American tradition known today as Negro spirituals. “Slave songs” provided information, inspiration and hope to slaves. The songs represented survival.
Although this concert is free, reservations are required. Please contact Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg VA at 434.847.1465. For directions visit their web site at www.gravegarden.org.
If you would like to visit Lynchburg for the weekend stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. We promise we won’t sing for you, either with music or a cappella!
Lynchburg Restaurant Week was such a hit, in it’s inaugural year, that it is returning in 2013 between June 22-29, 2013. Restaurant Week invites the local community and those visiting our city, while staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, to experience some of Central Virginia’s delicious local fare.
Featuring 22 local, independently-owned restaurants offering 26 special “price fixed” dinner menus, this week of wining and dining also benefits Meals on Wheels of Lynchburg through a portion of the sponsorship proceeds given to the local non-profit.
As an added feature this year menus will feature a “100-Mile Meal” logo. This logo represents the conscientious effort made by the local restaurant owners and chefs to source ingredients from within a 100-mile radius of Lynchburg. Some of these ingredients include herbs, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy.
Restaurants this year can be found throughout downtown Lynchburg, Boonsboro, the Wards Road and Graves Mill Road area and other great dining pockets found in the greater Lynchburg area.
For more information about which restaurants are participating, menu selections, hours and for the chance to win a gift card to one of the 22 participating restaurants visit www.LynchburgRestaurantWeek.com. You’ll be glad you did!
In honor of National Donut Day, Old City Cemetery is giving out free donuts on Friday, June 7th at the Stapleton Station House (located on the cemetery grounds.)
What is National Donut Day? National Donut Day was first celebrated in Chicago in 1938 as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from WWI and to raise money and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.
During World War I, starting in 1917, approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers fighting on the front lines in France. The young soldiers were faced with physical and emotional peril while fighting. To ease some of the stress two female Salvation army officers came up with the idea to comfort the soldiers with good home cooking. As they had very limited supplies they decided to use their limited ingredients to fry delicious doughnuts, using helmets as the frying vessel, for the soldiers.
These women nicknamed “Doughnut Lassies” or “Doughnut Girls” served many of their treats and coffee to grateful soldiers serving in trenches throughout the battle fields. The doughnuts became an instant hit and was brought back to America by the “doughboys.”
Between the hours of 11 AM and 1 PM the Stapleton Station House Museum (the train station) will be held open to showcase items and memorabilia from World War ! and to serve you a donut. For more information or directions to the Old City Cemetery visit their web site at www.gravegarden.org.
And for those of you staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, VA we will be serving donut holes, as one of our courses served during our 4-course breakfast, on Friday, June 7th.
It’s hard to believe that 45 years ago Virginia adopted it’s famous slogan, Virginia is for Lovers. That slogan was inducted into the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame on September 21, 2009! Today Virginia has it’s own “Love” sign. Our LOVE Lynchburg is downtown on the James River Heritage Trail at the entrance to Percival Islands Trail just above the James River. Each letter represents an activity that takes place on the trail. On the “L” are cutouts of foot prints representing walking and jogging that take place on the trail. The “O” is covered with bicycle wheels (in the hill city as Lynchburg is known as, the trail is relatively flat and is a great place to bike). The “V” has two canoe paddles a favorite activity around here is canoeing on the James River.. Finally the “E” is dotted with 98 skateboard wheels.
Guests, staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast LOVE Lynchburg! They often take advantage of the trail system that has an entrance at the foot of our street. Joggers often jog the trail and downtown you can rent a bike and ride the trails. There is a skateboard park downtown behind Amazement Square for the more adventurous and if you want to see Lynchburg by water you can rent a canoe, kayak or tub at the James River Float Company.
Other guests LOVE Lynchburg because of its history and they visit our historical sights such as Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Point of Honor, The National D-Day Memorial, Appomattox Courthouse or the other numerous historical points of interest. Other guests LOVE Lynchburg because we are close to over 45 different wineries! For those who LOVE architecture wandering through our historic districts is a must. If you are a “foodie” then you will LOVE Lynchburg’s downtown restaurants! For the art LOVErs we have a vibrant arts community. Visit on the first Friday of the month and see more than a dozen galleries open or don’t forget to check out our dance theaters the opera, symphony or our numerous play houses!
One guest that has stayed at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast numerous times said she loves to come here because there is so much to see and do but she also said that sometimes you just want to get away from the rat race and do nothing. She LOVEs to sit and read a book on our porch or next to the patio or be pampered in our massage and body works studio.
What is your LOVE? Chances are you will discover it in Lynchburg so call The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at 434.846.1388 and see why we LOVE Lynchburg. Chances are you too will LOVE Lynchburg!
Antique Roses in Lynchburg are in bloom in the Old City Cemetery! Each year Old City Cemetery gives the public the opportunity to purchase antique roses that are grown on the grounds. This is a great opportunity for you to add to your collection. If you don’t have a yard but enjoy roses, April and May is the perfect time wander the grounds and enjoy the roses that are in bloom. The antique rose collection was planted in 1986 along the 500 foot remains of the 1860′s old brick wall. The 60 varieties were chosen to represent the history of the rose from the mid 1500′s through the 19th century. These roses came from around the country as well as Canada and include plants that were donated by local gardeners. Additionally there are numerous other varieties of antique roses throughout the rest of the 26 acre cemetery. All are botanically labeled at the site. If you are visiting Lynchburg or you live here, take time out of your schedule to stop and smell the roses.
The Old City Cemetery is located at 401 Taylor Street and is just 5 minutes away from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. They are open daily and can be reached by calling 434-847-1465. This year, the cemetery is holding its 13th annual Antique Rose Festival May 17th from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Cemetery “rosarians”–rose experts will lead guided tours at 10:00am and noon. In addition there will be planting demonstrations and tips on how to care for rose beds throughout the day.
Please note that there is some degree of speculation as to the true identity of certain antique roses and the Cemetery welcomes expert opinions and enjoys the rediscovery of the mystery of these garden treasures.
The grounds of The Old City Cemetery has over a thousand plants, trees, flowers that are marked. There is something blooming in the Spring, Summer and Fall, not to mention the great fall colors, especially in the Confederate burial section. No wonder this is Lynchburg’s most visited site.
Starting next month every Saturday morning throughout the summer there is a free walking tour of the cemetery. Wear comfortable shoes as the tour includes walking over uneven ground. One of the cemetery employees will lead the tour.
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