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Estates and Consignments, a treasure hunter’s dream

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photo by The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg

I’m looking for a new home. Come get me at Estate & Consignments

 

Located on 12th Street between Main and Commerce

Located on 12th Street between Main and Commerce

Estate and Consignments is always looking for a good home for one of their many treasures.  Let’s face it, we are all going to die and when we do, what happens to all our stuff.  When the children leave the nest and it is time to downsize we also have that same problem, what are we going to do with all the stuff that won’t fit into the new place.  Estate and Consignments is one of two companies in downtown Lynchburg that purchases these estates and then they try to find kind loving homes for these items.

An antique oak shaving stand.

An antique oak shaving stand.

You need to frequent Estate and Consignments regularly since they bring in one or two estates each week so you will never know what you will find there from week to week.  Prices are much lower that you would find if buying the stuff new and part of the fun is finding that treasure that you can’t live without.  If you are looking for a junk shop this isn’t the place.  Most items are in really great shape or gently worn.  From time to time you will find antiques.  There is usually a dozen sets of china and dining room suites as well as bedroom suites.

A number of our guests have visited Estate and Consignments and have walked away with some great pieces.  If you happen to be visiting Lynchburg and are staying with us (The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast), we have been known to store some large pieces until transportation can be arranged.  We happened to be there after the first of the year and fell in love with this antique sleigh (below), but unfortunately we don’t have a place to display it….Do you?

A great antique sleigh

A great antique sleigh

Estate and Consignments is located in a huge warehouse located at 139 12th Street in downtown Lynchburg between Main Street and Commerce Street.  Their phone number is:  (434) 528-3667.  They are open seven days a week!  Below is a photo of their warehouse (interior) and a couple of other pieces that caught my eye.

Warehouse full of treasures!

Warehouse full of treasures!

One of many dining rooms

One of many dining rooms

You need to see all this stuff!

You need to see all this stuff!

We will be featuring a different downtown merchant on our blog every 6-8 weeks so keep reading as we have some fantastic shops with more and more opening all the time.  It is very exciting to be in Lynchburg as the downtown area is becoming a destination, much as it was from the 1800’s through the 1960’s.

 

Santa has come to Town!

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The Lynchburg Museum is proud to announce the “Santa has come to town!”

The museum has recently acquired the mechanical Santa that once greeter shoppers to the downtown Leggett’s Department Store.  The 5 foot tall Santa would watch over the shoppers from a display at the store’s entrance.  The mechanized figure could turn and wave to the shoppers while his reindeer bobbed up and down as though in flight (quite a feat for store figures in the 50’s & 60’s.)

Santa can be viewed until January 31, 2014 at the Lynchburg Museum, in downtown Lynchburg, VA, at 901 Court Street.  Museum hours are Monday – Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4.  Entrance fees run between $3.00-$6.00.  Entrance fees are waived on First Fridays between 5:00-8:00 pm.

A Poplar Forest Christmas

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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s retreat just outside Lynchburg, Virginia, will host a holiday open house on Sunday, December 15, 2013 between 10:00  am until 4:00 pm.

Visitors to this octagonal house will see the house as it might have been decorated for Jefferson’s holiday guests.  Evergreen, holly and mountain laurel garlands will grace the railings and banisters, mantels and picture frames.  Rosemary and lavender will scent the rooms.  The natural materials used as the decorations are all found on the grounds, just as they would have been in Jefferson’s day.  The boxwoods shown in the above photo were removed about 3 months ago so that the front of the property can be restored to the way it looked in Jefferson’s time.

In addition to touring the home there will be early 19th century dance presentations by the Regency of Virginia, traditional candle-making demonstrations and the preparation of traditional recipes on an open kitchen hearth.

Admission to the open house is free with a donation of a nonperishable food item for Lynchburg’s Daily Bread of the Bedford Humane Society.  A special discount, 20%, will be offered on items sold in the gift shop throughout the month of December.

Here’s a fact that many people don’t know:  The Watts family built what is now The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Descendants of R. T. Watts were the last private owners of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.  If you are traveling to the area to see Poplar Forest and need a place to stay you can make reservations at their original home, now a bed and breakfast.

Mistletoe Market

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Santa and Mrs. Clause posing with mother and child at the Mistletoe Market

Santa and Mrs. Clause posing with mother and child at the Mistletoe Market

Once again this year downtown Lynchburg, Virginia’s Community Market (one of the oldest, continuously operating markets in the country) is presenting it’s annual Mistletoe Market.

Free Carriage Rides leaving the Misitletoe Market in the Community Market Parking Lot

Carriage Ride leaving the Mistletoe Market in the Community Market Parking Lot

Saturday December 7th, 14th and 21st between the hours of 7:00 am until 3:00 pm the Community Market will be filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and holiday greenery, unique, handcrafted gifts, food and beverage tastings, family activities, carriage rides through downtown (starting at 10:00 am, $2.00 per person,) Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Grinch will be stopping by.

Get your wreaths, trees and other greenery at this years MIstletoe Market

Get your wreaths, trees and other greenery at this years Mistletoe Market

Get a head start on your holiday shopping by supporting your local businesses, vendors, crafters, farmers and others who greatly appreciate your support all year long.  We’ll see you there!

Enjoy the holiday season.  Kathy and Mike with The Grinch.

Enjoy the holiday season. Kathy and Mike with The Grinch.

Kathy and I want to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and hope that next year will be a great year for you.  Of course if your travels bring you to Lynchburg give us a call, we would love for you to enjoy The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast as your home away from home.

 

Monument Terrace

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Monument Terrace at night

Monument Terrace at night

It’s only fitting to write about Monument Terrace on Veteran’ Day.  Everyday, Monument Terrace pays tribute to those Lynchburg residents who gave their lives defending our freedoms.  Today, November 11th, Veterans Day there will be a ceremony at the foot of Monument Terrace allowing us reflect on the freedoms we enjoy and the costs of those freedoms.

There wasn’t always a Monument Terrace; originally it was a dirt path that connected Court House Hill (site of the original court house, now the Lynchburg Museum) to what is now 9th Street.  In 1882 August Forsberg designed stone steps, a plaza and a fountain to be placed at the base (now Church and 9th Street).  In 1883 five volunteer fireman lost their lives and statue of a fireman was placed on top of a fountain with water pouring from the nozzle of his hose.  That  statue stood there until 1924.

Today’s Monument Terrace was completed in 1925 and it was intended to be a monument to those who fought and lost their lives in the first World War (1917-1918).  Since then other monuments have been constructed to honor those local heroes from other wars.  There are 132 steps taking you from Church Street to Court Street.  Along the way there are 10 landings and 11 markers and monuments along the terrace.  Eight of the markers are devoted to military service and three commemorate civic milestones.  Today there are monuments to honor those who lost their lives in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  Additionally there is a POW-MIA Monument and a Purple Heart Monument.

Friday gathering to show support for our troops

Friday gathering to show support for our troops

In addition to these monuments, every Friday since 2001 from noon-1:00 a group of citizens gather at the foot of Monument Terrace to demonstrate openly their support for the men and women who serve the United States in its military services.

In the event you are unable to visit Monument Terrace I have posted a few photos below of some of the monuments.

Vietnam Memorial at Monument Terrace

Vietnam Memorial at Monument Terrace

I started with the Vietnam Memorial because I wanted to honor those troops who were not well respected when they returned from the war.

The Korean War Memorial at Monument Terrace

The Korean War Memorial at Monument Terrace

The Korean War is the forgotten war.  Lynchburg like lots of towns and cities across this nation lost troops in this far off place.

A tribute to the veterans of the First World War.

A tribute to the veterans of the First World War.

It was only after we had World War II that this memorial was called a memorial to those who died in World War I.  Let’s hope we never see another World War!  This monument is at the foot of Monument Terrace at the intersection of 9th Street and Church Street.

 

World War II Memorial

World War II Memorial

World War II Memorial--part 2

World War II Memorial–part 2

A tribute to “The Greatest Generation.”  Unfortunately the memorial had to be on two different walls due to the high number of causalities.  The National D-Day Memorial is just 20 minutes west of Lynchburg and is also a must see to those who fought on the Beaches of Normandy towards the end of World War II.

A memorial to those who fought in the Spanish American War.

A memorial to those who fought in the Spanish American War.

Unfortunately, The Spanish American War is just a foot note in many history books.  Monument Terrace pays tribute to those Americans that fought in this war.

A memorial to those who served in the American Civil War.

A memorial to those who served in the American Civil War.

For those of you who haven’t visited the Lynchburg area, we are only 20 minutes from Appomattox Courthouse where the country was reunited almost 149 years ago.  It is worth the trip to visit this national park.

Purple Heart Monument

Purple Heart Monument

IMG_9869.1The origin of the Purple Heart Medal dates back to the American Revolution.  The medal that is used today is given to those wounded or killed in time of war and was established in 1932.  Unfortunately, it is estimated that  more than 1.7 million medals have been given out since 1932.

Tribute to the POW and MIA.

Tribute to the POW and MIA.

This monument is to honor those that were held as a Prisoner of War (POW) or those that never returned from the war, Missing in Action (MIA).

I hope that all of us takes a moment to remember our Armed Forces, both current and past.  Veteran’s Day is more than just a day off or a time to go shopping at the mall.  If you have a reason to visit Central Virginia, I would hope you carve out time to  visit Monument Terrace, The Old City Cemetery, The National D-Day Memorial, Appomattox Courthouse and the Museum of the Confederacy.  There are many other interesting places to visit and things to do, but on this Veteran’s Day lets focus on these venues.  Today at 10:30am there will be a ceremony at the base of Monument Terrace.  Church Street will be closed during the event.

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the fall colors by hot air balloon

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Hot air balloon is being filled.

Hot air balloon is being filled.

See the fall colors by air in a hot air balloon!  The Lynchburg area is a colorful area in the fall. The brilliant fall colors can be seen while driving the windy mountain roads, hiking the many trails trails, kayaking down the James River, strolling the paved walking paths of the Blackwater Creek Trail system or by air in a hot air balloon.

Almost ready for flight

Almost ready for flight

Kathy and I took such a trip last winter.  While it was too late to see the fall colors we enjoyed the peacefulness of floating above the trees, seeing the deer run through the forest and the quietness of flight (except when the gas valve was opened to keep the hot air balloon afloat).  If you would like to indulge yourself and do something very special then consider booking your flight on your next visit to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  The company that offers hot air balloon flights is Freedom Flights (click their name to be linked to their website where you can book a flight or purchase a gift certificate).

What you need to know about taking a hot air balloon ride is that Freedom Flights will cancel the flight if the winds are too high or if the weather is too bad.  Obviously they are concerned with your safety so check the weather forecast before you book your flight.  Currently they are running a $50.00 off per person special through November 10, 2013 so don’t delay in purchasing your tickets or gift certificate.  The other interesting thing is that you will never know what you will see on these trips.  The wind takes you where it wants to so each trip is different.

Lynchburg hot air balloon

Our reflection as we floated over a pond

If soaring above the tree tops in a hot air balloon is not for you then there are plenty of other opportunities to enjoy the fall colors.  Here are links to a couple of hikes that we have taken that should be spectacular when the fall colors are at their peak.

High Bridge Trail is a park on an old rail road line.  This is a very flat and easy walk where you will walk over a very long bridge and see the fall colors from above.

Crabtree Falls is a moderate hike through the woods and up a mountain along water falls.  This takes you on a nice drive where you will also see lots of colors.  Don’t forget to stop at Woodson’s Mill and Bold Rock Hard Cider when you go to Crabtree Falls.

Falling Water Cascades is an easy walk.  You will be driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway and will see some great colors.

Disclaimer:  The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast or the innkeepers have NO affiliation with this or any other hot air balloon company.  For insurance purposes we are unable to recommend this company, however we had a great time when we went on our hot air balloon trip and would do it again,  Call us at 434-846-1388 to book your reservation at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and if you would like a balloon trip, click on the above link to purchase your tickets.