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Lynchburg, The City of Seven Hills

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IMG_8661.1Lynchburg, the city of seven hills is a magnificent place to live, work and IMG_8673.1 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.IMG_8722.1

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 IMG_8771.1those 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 willIMG_8679.1 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.