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Brew Ridge Trail

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Brew Ridge Tour Bus at the Virginia Distillery.

The Brew Ridge Trail has been “open for business” since 2008.  Have you experienced it yet?  If not, the next few weeks will be a perfect time.  The weather will start to cool, the leaves will start to turn, various fairs and festivals will be found, and the beer tastings will be delicious.

The safest way to enjoy our wineries, distilleries, breweries and ciders.

The Brew Ridge Trail is a self-guided visit to 6 breweries in Central Virginia.  You can visit any brewery, in any order, during their regular business hours.  All of the Brew Ridge Trail locations can be found on their website www.brewridgetrail.com, along with directions.  Download the map, plot your trip and hit the road.

The breweries work together to promote the trail, collaborate on unique and varied beers, present special events at the breweries and share ideas and promotions that benefit them all.  Tastings and samples are offered at each location for a variety of lagers and stouts, along with seasonal and/or monthly specials.  Hours of operation vary according to the time of year and day of the week–check out their websites or give them a call.

The breweries currently on the trail are:

  • Blue Mountain Barrel House, bluemountainbarrel.com, 434.263.4002
  • Blue Mountain Brewery, bluemountainbrewery.com, 540.456.8020
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Company, dbbrewingcompany.com, 434.361.1001
  • South Street Brewery, southstreetbrewery.com, 434.293.6550
  • Starr Hill Brewery, starrhill.com, 434.823.5671
  • Wild Wolf Brewing Company, wildwolfbeer.com, 434.361.0088

If you would like to enjoy the tastings without the hassle of driving Brew Ridge Tours may be just the thing for you.  Operating out of Lynchburg they let you do the tasting and they do the driving.  Their tour pick-up locations are in Forest at Bräuburgers and in downtown Lynchburg at The Water Dog.

Tours include:

  • All Inclusive Daily Tour:  lunch, beer/cider flights, swag, 32 oz. take-home crowler/grumbler
  • 4 Hop Tour:  Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10-6, Saturday, 4-midnight, all inclusive
  • Sunday Short Hop:  Sunday, 11-5, all inclusive
  • Night Flight:  7-11:30, beer flight at brewery of the night included
  • Lunch Hop:  Tuesday & Thursday, 11-3, lunch & beer flight included
  • Private Tours:  personalized private tour arranged upon request, call for details

For guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we will drive you to/pick you up at The Water Dog.  Responsible drinking is appreciated by all.

For more information about any of the above breweries or tours contact the vendor involved.  Enjoy!

Presbyterian Cemetery

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An angel in mourning at the Presbyterian Cemetery

The Presbyterian Cemetery was founded in 1823 when six elders of the Presbyterian church purchased two acres from Edward Lynch, son of John Lynch (Lynchburg City founder).  Today the cemetery contains about 25 acres.  It is an independent cemetery that has been in continuous operation since it began.  About 15,000 graves are contained on the property.

Acorns and Oak Leaves typically indicates the grave of a soldier.

Over 213 Confederate soldiers are buried here, making it one of the largest Lynchburg-area Confederate burial sites.  Others resting in the cemetery include members of the military from generals to privates, merchants, doctors, lawyers, educators, businessmen, artists and ministers.  A few of the noteworthy individuals are Dr. James Brown, 1824–the first burial, Brig. Gen. Samuel Garland, Jr. 1862 and Emma Serena Dillard Stovall, 1980–noted painter Queena Stovall.

The architecture of sculptures, headstones, monuments and art reflect the European cultures of Ireland, Scotland and Germany, as many of the original people buried here were from these countries.  Some of the sculptures look Gothic, Georgian or Celtic depending when they were placed in the Cemetery.  Some stones are made of marble while others are granite.  Intricate colors of gray, pink and black can be found throughout the Cemetery.  One of the most dramatic stones is a weeping angel bending over in grief.  The angel’s companion is nearby, another angel standing holding a trumpet to signal rapture.

Common symbols found throughout the cemetery on the monuments and tombstones are: various flowers-lilies, roses, oak leaves and ivy, lambs-signifying the grave of a child, urns-often draped with a mourning cloth refer to the soul, snapped or broken branches-a life cut short, doves-peace or messenger of God, a circle-eternal life, angels-a guide to heaven and the morning glory-resurrection.

The Presbyterian Cemetery is located at 2020 Grace Street in Lynchburg, VA.  It is open from dawn until dusk.  The office is open Monday-Thursday between 9:30 until 2:30.  They can be reached at 434.845.0551 or through their email PC1823@msn.com.  Their web site is www.presbyteriancemeteryva.com.

Between April until October the Cemetery, typically, holds a public tour the first Sunday of each month beginning at 2:00 pm.  Each tour presents a different aspect of the cemetery such as graves found here, cemetery architecture, mourning traditions and how Victorian life and influences in the Cemetery.  These tours last about one hour.  The cost of attending is $5.00 per person.

An urn draped with a mourning cloth was prevalent in the 1800’s. The circle represents eternity which is also the symbol of today’s wedding band.

Vector Space

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Costume design by a student at Vector Space

Vector Space, 402 Fifth Street, Lynchburg, VA is now open and helping it’s members who are interested in science, technology, engineering, art and math collaborate, invent, discover and build things that interest them.  Access to materials, equipment, tools and instruction help students, hobbyists and professionals hone their craft, share their knowledge and learn new things.  The focus of Vector Space is the connection between personal interests and academic learning of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.  The classes, workshops and projects inspire members to share knowledge, learn from each other and mentor others.  Each hands-on lesson is taught by local experts and professionals: professors, engineers, graphic designers, woodworkers, computer scientists and more.

Woodworking shop at Vector Space

So how does this work?  Members pay a monthly fee of $60, or $40 for students, and in return get discounts on classes, access to the space 24/7, tools and equipment, basic materials and storage space.  Access to the space includes the computer and electronics lab, the textile room, the 3D printer, the lounge, classroom and conference room.  You must pass a tool safety course before you are given access to the woodworking and metalworking tools.

All workshops and projects are open to the public and do not require membership to attend.  Participating in a project allows you to be lead by a coach through immersive and ambitious projects.  Teammates work closely together as they learn the skills necessary to solve the problem they have been given.  Currently the next project offered will be building a computer from scratch.  10 high school students will build a computer, learning about them as they go along.  This class will begin on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Workshops last between 3-5 hours and teach specific skills such as programming, 3D printing, leather bookbinding, screen printing, metalworking and sewing.  Upcoming workshops can be found at vector-space.org/workshops.

Each first Friday of the month offers a chance for you to visit between 5:00 until 8:00 pm.  Tour the space, talk with members, look at the things the members are doing and building.  You can also visit during an event on the calendar.  Or if those times are not convenient for you email them at info@vector-space.org to arrange a private tour.

Emerald-Stone Grille

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Emerald-Stone Grille, Lynchburgs newest restaurant.

The Emerald-Stone Grille is tucked away in an old warehouse at 1001 Jefferson Street in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia and is the areas newest multi-cuisine dining experience.  Additionally it is one of the few restaurants in downtown that is open for lunch.  Emerald-Stone Grill featurs seasonal specialiteis and exceptional meat choices making this a complete dining experience for special occasions such as date night or a family meal.

Combining American, Southern and European recipes and styles there is sure to be something on the menu that interest you.

Starters include:  Irish Egg Rolls (made with corned beef and fennel-braised cabbage), pimento cheese fritters, Rappahannock fried oysters that have been marinated in buttermilk and dredged in Woodson Mill cornmeal, and emerald wings.

A selection of salads and soups include: pear & blue salad with bosc pear and Maytag blue cheese, or she crab soup.

Entrees are where this restaurant shines.  You may select from their extensive entrée selections or from the grille selections.  Entrée selections include: Shepard’s pie made with beef tenderloin, low country style shrimp and grits, pork tenderloin utilizing Virginia tenderloin, duck and pasta–house-made pappardelle tossed with duck confit or roasted vegetable risotto.  From the grille you may select rack of lamb, hanger steak or their specialty the tomahawk–a 36-ounce bone-in beef ribeye seared and basted to order, served whole or carved for you personally by the chef.

Add to any of these delicious choices a selection of sides and if you still have room dessert!  They are known for their Guiness and sorghum chocolate cake, a dark and rich, yummy chocolate cake served with fresh whipped cream.

If you’re thirsty you can choose a signature cocktail, a “bubbles” cocktail, wine by the glass or bottle, a bottle of beer or one of their 10 beers on tap.  Needless to say you will not go home hungry.

Open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 until 12:00 midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 until 2:00 AM.  For reservations their number is 434.439.4906, of if you are staying with us at the bed and breakfast we’re happy to make that call, as we send them a lot of business and sometimes have better luck securing a reservation.

Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have found this restaurant to be an easy walk.