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Market at Main, Lynchburg, VA

Market at Main is located at 904 Main Street

Located in the heart of downtown Lynchburg is Market at Main.  This restaurant is the only place in the downtown district where you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner!  While the food is by no means gourmet, I consider it good comfort food.  I have had the fried chicken, meatloaf and pork chops as well as most of their sandwiches, and fried shrimp.  I love the atmosphere.  Located at 904 Main Street the building has an interesting history.  Built in 1886, the original tin ceiling is 25 feet tall!  The first occupants of the building was Joseph Cohn’s Son’s Clothiers.  In 1912 the party wall with 902 Main Street was removed and F. W. Woolworth and Company moved in where they had lunch counter which is the inspiration for today’s lunch counter.  From 1933-1968 it was Kresge’s Department Store.  In 1968 Reveco moved into 904 Main Street and from 1968-2007 it was a CVS.  After extensive restoration and renovations Market at Main opened it’s doors in 2009.  Originally they only served breakfast and lunch but a little more than a year ago they started serving dinner as well.

Comfort food at Market at Main

Fried Shrimp at Market at Main

The initial concept was to bring back the lunch counter and set up some booths in half the store and sell a limited amount of groceries in the other half to all those people moving into the new downtown lofts.  As the restaurant started getting busier and busier the “market” side got smaller and smaller.  The “market” was a victim of the restaurant’s success.

The owner, Rodney Taylor worked as the County Administrator for Amherst County.  In 1993 he and his brother-in-law needed additional space for High Peak Sportswear so he purchased a property up the street in the same block.  That lead to years of frustration–there was no place in the downtown area where you could get a great cheeseburger.  Wanting to fill that void he tried to get restaurateurs from Charlottesvile or Roanoke to come to the downtown area and open up a place to fill that niche.  A couple years later Rodney sold his interest in High Peak to develop some downtown loft apartments. and when “Chopper” (Ralph Wilson) started the restoration process of 904 Main Street Rodney decided that this was the place that could serve great cheese burgers!  When they opened in 2009 there wasn’t anywhere in the downtown area that served breakfast and most places were closed on weekends so they made a conscious decision to be open on weekends and serve breakfast and lunch. Market at Main is truly a family business,  Currently two of Rodney’s three daughters work there and his wife, a school teacher, is there lending a hand on those especially busy days.

There are many dining options at Market at Main.  If you want to see a busy kitchen, sit at the counter, especially at dinner time or Sunday morning.  If you prefer something a little more intimate they have a couple of booths or there are tables that can accommodate a party of two or ten or more. On those hot summer days, stop in for a cold and refreshing milk shake!

Market at Main doesn’t take reservations so if you show up at the height of dinner or on Sunday morning don’t be surprised if you have to wait.  The food usually comes out quickly and the staff is friendly.  Prices are reasonable.  If you live in the Lynchburg area, don’t be surprised if you bump into someone you know as this is one of the more popular casual dining spots in town.  Guest of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have often commented about the great atmosphere, friendly staff, reasonable prices and good food.  I hate to admit this, but I have eaten there dozens of times and I have never ordered a cheeseburger .  I guess the next time I’m downtown, I will be ordering one!  Rodney–I hope it is as good as you say it is!

 

 

Jefferson Heritage Trail

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Map of the Jefferson Heritage Trail

The Jefferson Heritage Trail Map

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, is proud to announce it’s affiliation with the Jefferson Heritage Trail.

The Jefferson Heritage Trail is a group of businesses, museums and attractions along the Route 29 South corridor between Charlottesville and Lynchburg.  Thomas Jefferson lived and traveled between Monticello and his retreat, Poplar Forest.  The Jefferson Heritage Trail honors his legacy while introducing both locals and visitors to Virginia to various experiences in this region.  Explore wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, museums, attractions,  bed and breakfasts and restaurants.  Learn about regional music, art, theater, history, nature and events.

The Jefferson Heritage Trail Coupon Book is now available at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, free of charge to our guests that request the book. Valued at more than $500, the Coupon Book offers specials at most of the members of the Jefferson Heritage Trail.  At The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we are offering a Tuesdays are FREE! special.  Stay three (3) consecutive nights, one of them being a Tuesday and Tuesday is FREE.  Reservations must be made in advance by calling 434.846.1388.  You must mention this coupon when making your reservation.  Coupon cannot be combined with any other special, coupon or discount.  This special is valid through Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

Come and discover all there is to do on the Jefferson Heritage Trail and travel the route Thomas Jefferson would have taken from his home in Charlottesville to Popular Forest near Lynchburg.

Cabell Street Row Houses

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Cabell Street Row Houses, Lynchburg, VA

Cabell Street Row Houses, circa 1899

In 1899 the Cabell Street Row Houses were built on Cabell Street.

The 600 block of Cabell Street was originally owned by Judge William Daniel, Jr. and remained in the Daniel family until 1881.  The owners of the property with the longest tenure after the Daniels were Dennis and Annie Morrison, who owned the lot for almost 60 years from 1883 until 1942.  Dennis Morrison was a merchant on Main Street and officer of the Lynchburg Diamond Ice Company.

The Morrison’s built the six row houses but never lived in any of them.  They kept them as rental properties for decades.  Tenants in the early 1900’s were primarily tradesmen and railroad workers.  In 1900 the last house in the row (623) was home to the pastor of the Cabell Street Baptist Church.

This group of six dwelling units is typical of many speculative townhouse developments built in the growing cities after the Civil War.  The urban renewal movement had been the cause for destruction of great quantities of such buildings during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

This group of row houses’ architectural style is Italianate with 7-course American bond brick construction.  The houses have a total of 18 bays, with 6 one-story tall, one-bay-wide porches and have a prominent wood cornice which rises above the roof as a parapet.  Entering through the front door, 13 foot ceilings and large windows throughout the house give the appearance of grandeur of other fine homes in Lynchburg.  The kitchen is located in the back of the house on the ground level.  The dining room is located in the front of the house on the midlevel.  Spacious but economical seems to have been the plan of the developers.

When the Cabell Street Row Houses were redeveloped in the 1980’s restrictive covenants were put into the deeds prohibiting them from being rental properties so the once tenant occupied row houses are now all owner occupied.

This post is one of a series of posts about properties around The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast which are located in the Daniel’s Hill Historic District.

Fresh Fruit Tart

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Our fresh fruit tart recipe is a bed and breakfast favorite

Easy to make Fresh Fruit Tart

This is a great time of year to make our fresh fruit tart because you can buy, grwo or pick lots of fresh fruits.  There is no right or wrong way to make this when it comes to choosing fruits.  Use what you like or what is fresh then be creative with the design.  We have served our fresh fruit tart as a breakfast fruit course, for desert for an evening dinner or we have taken it to a pot-luck dinner engagement.  It is versatile and colorful and always gets lots of comments.  It is also super easy to make, especially if you cheat like we do and use a refrigerated pie crust.  If you are a great baker then make your own crust, but if you don’t have the time to make the crust this is an easy alternative.  We hope you enjoy this colorful treat that can be made year round, but is especially good when the fruit is fresh.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box

Filling:

  • 2/3 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1 box (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix

Topping:

  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  • 2 kiwifruit, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 450°F.  Make pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell, using a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom.  Bake 9-11 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

2.  In medium bowl, mix filling ingredients with wire whisk until well blended.  Pour into cooled baked shell.  Arrange strawberries, kiwifruit and blueberries on filling.

3.  In small microwavable bowl, microwave marmalade uncovered on High 5-10 seconds or until melted.  Brush over fruit.  Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set before serving.  Cover and refrigerate any remaining tart.

Serves 6-8.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast posts one recipe per month on our blog so keep checking to see our latest recipes.  Once they are posted we add them to our recipe page on our website so if you are looking for something special we would suggest checking our website where all our recipes are categorized.  The recipe page is:  www.thecarriagehouseinnbandb.com/ recipes.  We currently have over 40 recipes listed, most, like our fresh fruit tart are breakfast recipes but not always.  The orange marmalade that is brushed onto the fruit adds a little gloss.  You can’t screw this one up and if you are having a party it makes a great dish and is a great conversation piece.  Put it on the table whole and slice it in front of your guests!

Visiting Lynchburg?  Call The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast to book your room.  With back to school, parents weekends, wine festivals and soon the fall leave colors, we will be booking our rooms so don’t miss out and plan early.  Call 434.846.1388 NOW to make your reservation or book online.

Migraine Miracle

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Migraine Miracle

Kathy Bedsworth completes course on treating migraines known as Migraine Miracle

Kathy Bedsworth, Owner/Innkeeper of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia, is proud to announce she has successfully completed training in the Miracle Migraine® Cold Stone Therapy for Migraine Headaches. This unique massage technique utilizes massage therapy techniques, concentrating on specific headache trigger points, combined with specific essential oils applied to the face and pulse points, along with the use of specifically designed and crafted cold marble stones placed at strategic areas to reduce inflammation of blood vessels.

Migraine Miracle

Don’t suffer migraine pain!

What causes a migraine?  It is thought migraines are caused by inappropriate activation of a pain warning system.  This system stays on and continuously repeats.  Migraines are typically triggered by stress or anxiety, hormonal changes or imbalances, food allergies and environmental agitation.  Migraines typically feature a headache on only one side of the head and pulsating or throbbing pain that generally lasts four to 72 hours.  For a headache to be classified as a migraine, the pain must be severe enough to limit or impair normal activity.

Migraine Miracle® uses cold marble stones to increase stimulation to the body, decrease in pain and

decrease in inflammation.  These stones are places on various trigger points located on the face and neck.  Aromatherapy is an integral part of the Migraine Miracle®.  Our sense of smell is the strongest sense we have.  The Migraine Miracle® proprietary blends actually alter a headache physiologically by calming the brain. Migraine pain is the worst kind of headache pain.  As massage therapists we love to take away our clients’ pain and make them feel that blissful spa experience.

Migraine Miracle treats Migraine headaches

Treat Migraine Headaches

Massage, cold stones and aromatherapy all work well by themselves.  When combined, these modalities are even more effective. The Carriage House Inn Massage and BodyWorks Studio is now offering the Migraine Miracle®.  Each 45-minute treatment begins with the client selecting their aromatherapy oil followed by a series of relaxing breathing techniques and the wrapping of the clients’ feet in warm cloths.  The treatment contains a variety of headache trigger point release techniques along with placing the selected aromatherapy oil directly on various points of the face and neck.  Cold marble stones are placed on the face and neck.

A short resting period follows after which time you should feel some relief from your headache and after which more relief should follow.  A Miracle Migraine® session can be done as often as needed, even repeated over several consecutive days.  Each Miracle Migraine® treatment is $75.00.  Call Kathy at 434.846.1388 to schedule your appointment, either as you feel a migraine coming on or once it has occurred.

 

 

 

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.