Lynchburg, Virginia had been a major transportation hub (for the railroads) for the past hundred years when World War II broke out. After the attack on Pearl Harbor tens of thousands of men enlisted to help defend our country and the railroads played a major role in transporting the troops to the various ports where transport ships delivered them to their various assignments. During those years thousands of our soldiers, sailors, marines and merchant marines passed through Lynchburg on their way to fight or on their way home from the war.
Mary Watts, daughter of R.T. and Emma Watts, who had the home built shortly after the Civil War, sells the home to Lena Fore in 1928. Lena was a single lady and business person who saw a need during the war and for several years after the war to provide temporary lodging for people who were passing through Lynchburg so she opened her home up as the Cabell and D Street Tourist Home. The photo above was on the reverse of her business card (above). A tourist home was essentially a bed and breakfast before that term was coined. It was a place where a traveler could rest and unwind before resuming their travels and during the four years of the war it is estimated that over 1,000 members of our armed forces stayed at the Cabell and D Street Tourist home.
If you happened to be passing through Lynchburg during WW II and you stayed with Lena at the Cabell and D Street Tourist home we would like to invite you back for a return visit. In return for sharing any stories or photos you may have about your stay we will honor the rate you paid back in the 1940′s which we estimate to be $4.50 per day.
By the late 1950′s Lena became ill and her sister was appointed as her legal guardian In 1961 her sister had the home sold at public auction for $8,100.00. Mr. Johnson, a retired postman who delivered mail to the Daniel’s Hill neighborhood, converted the home into four apartments The carriage house was his workshop. The back part of the property was a large garden. After Mr. Johnson sold the property it went through a number of owners until 2003 when we purchased the home. About 3 years into our restoration we decided to do what Lena did 60 years earlier and open our home up to visitors passing through or visiting the Lynchburg area.
Today the huge trees that were on the property are gone but we still have the “Deluxe Accommodations with Private Baths” and we are “Away from the Noise” and of course we are still only 4 blocks to Main Street and all the shops and restaurants you will find there. Our phone number now has an area code plus four more numbers so give us a call at 434.846.1388 or book on-line from our website at www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com.
If you have been following our blogs you know by now that The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast tries to come up with a signature dish each month that is representative of the time of the year, season or uses a food item that is seasonal. Not much grows in Lynchburg in January but oranges are in season this time of year so we set out to use oranges in January’s breakfast. We started by altering our Ultimate Buttermilk Pancake recipe by changing the milk (not the buttermilk) to orange juice and adding about a tablespoon of orange zest to the batter. The altered recipe is below.
- 3 Cups all-purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons of granulated sugar (white)
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 Cups buttermilk-room temperature
- 3 eggs-room temperature
- 1/2 fresh orange juice-room temperature
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
Sift the dry ingredients together in one bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt). In a second bowl whisk together the wet ingredients (buttermilk, eggs, orange juice, orange zest and melted butter). Keep the two mixtures separate until you are ready to make the pancakes.
Heat a griddle or frying pan to medium heat.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix using a fork or wooden spoon. Mix until just blended together (it will be lumpy). Do NOT over blend the mixture. Using a scoop (I use an ice cream scoop) pour the batter onto the griddle or frying pan. Brown on both sides and serve with Orange Raspberry Syrup (below). This recipe should serve twelve people. If you are making them in batches you can preheat the oven to 200 degrees and store the cooked pancakes in the oven on the shelf until you have cooked all of them and are ready to serve them (will keep well in the oven for 30-45 minutes).
Orange Raspberry Syrup
The orange raspberry syrup adds a sweet and tangy taste and will wake up your taste buds – a great way to start your morning.
- 3 cups fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (white sugar)
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup rinsed and dried raspberries
Make a simple syrup by combining the orange juice, sugar and orange zest in a saucepan. Bring to a full boil stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the mixture to a low boil, in the uncovered saucepan, let it reduce by half (20-30 minutes). Add the butter and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Add the corn starch and stir continuously until dissolved and you have s syrup-like consistency. Add the raspberries and remove from the heat. Let it cool slightly (about 10 minutes) before serving.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg VA, is participating in the “Better Way to Stay” campaign’s FREE Gas promotion. Book your room(s) between April 1st and August 15th, 2011, stay at least two consecutive nights and receive $25.00 for gas money! Stay three consecutive nights and receive $35.00 for gas money! You must mention this special FREE GAS promotion when booking your reservation. This FREE GAS promotion cannot be combined with any other special, discount, voucher or promotion. While in Lynchburg visit our historic sites, nearby wineries, hiking/biking trails, indulge in a massage or body treatment in our on-site massage and bodyworks studio or just relax on our wraparound front porch while reading a good book. Visit our web site www.TheCarriageHouseInnBnabdB.com, choose your room and call to book your reservation 434.846.1388–remember to mention this special. We’ll see you soon.
After searching for a Victorian home to restore for over 6 years the house at 404 Cabell Street in Lynchburg found Mike and Kathy!
Driving down from Northern Virginia for a tour of the house they didn’t make it up the staircase after seeing the main level before Kathy said “let’s go to the office and write it up.” One month later it was theirs!
We invite you to come for a stay and see all the wonderful restoration work we have done on the property for you relaxation and enjoyment.
We look forward to meeting you!
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