WW II and 404 Cabell Street
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.
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