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Historic Homes Tour 2017

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One of the homes on the 2017 Historic Homes Tour

Once again the Lynchburg Historical Foundation is hosting a tour of homes.  You will be able to tour four homes on Woodland Avenue on Sunday, September 24 between 1:00 until 4:40 pm.  Tickets are $20 and are available at the Lynchburg Visitor Center or the Lynchburg Historical Foundation office.  For more information contact the foundation at 434.528.5353.

The four homes on the tour include:

106 Woodland Avenue:  known as the Wells House it was built in 1912.  Robert Gordon Bailey purchased the lot and built the home for his new bride.  She was a student at Randolph-Macon  Woman’s College.  During their days of courting they often would sit upon this hill and gaze at Peaks of Otter.  Olive told Robert “if I ever build a house, I’d like to build it right here.”  Designed by McLaughlin & Johnson architects it incorporates many Colonial Revival elements.

221 Woodland Avenue:  built in 1910, the Sackett House, was the second or third house built on Woodland Avenue.  When designing the house, Mrs. Sackett included many designs from her family home on Federal Street.  These include the twin mantles in the living and dining rooms, the elliptical and side lights at the front door and the front staircase and banisters.

231 Woodland Avenue:  known as the McLaughlin House, this American foursquare was built in 1925.  Traditional foursquare floorplan features include the columns across the large front porch, symmetrical placement of windows and doors and an easy-flowing floorplan.

2017 Historic Homes Tour

324 Woodland Avenue:  the Torrance House was built in 1915 on land that was part of the city’s annexation of land in 1908.  This residence has had the fewest owners of any house on Woodland Avenue, only two.  This two-story stucco house has a hip roof, a masonry porch and brick patio.  The original entrance included an arched entrance with a cathedral door.

This year’s tour will be an easy and delightful walk on a beautiful street in Lynchburg that was once far removed for the downtown area and city center.

Peaches and Cream Muffins

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Peaches and Cream Muffins

Peaches and Cream Muffins

Sweet, delectable peaches are on the orchard trees in and around the Lynchburg, Virginia area.  Have you been to Saunders Brothers Nursery, Orchard and Farm Market or Gross’ Orchards?  They have a multitude of peaches, in all varieties, available to purchase.  If you’re lucky you may be able to pick your own.  Once you get your bushel bring the peaches home and make this easy peaches and cream muffin. The muffin is somewhere between a biscuit and a muffin in taste.  Surprise your family or invite some friends and neighbors to share in your bounty.

Ingredients:

  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 peaches, peeled, sliced and cut into ¼-inch pieces (about 16 ounces)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Coat cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, butter, sour cream, sugar and vanilla.  Gently fold in the peaches.
  3. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.  Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes.  Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Turn out onto a serving platter and serve immediately or transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, before storing.

Helpful Hints:

  • You must use self-rising flour, as this recipe does not include any leavening agents.
  • The amount of peaches may change, due to the size of the peaches you have purchased.
  • I used muffin cup liners, which eliminated the need to spray the muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray.
  • These muffins are not sweet.  They are tasty, but not sweet.  We think their consistency, when baked, is a blend of muffin/biscuit.

Bootleggers

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Bootleggers on Bluffwalk in Lynchburg

Located on Lynchburg, Virginia’s Bluffwalk, at 50 13th Street, you will find Bootleggers.  One of the newest restaurant in downtown it’s nickname is “Burgers, Bourbon and Beer.”  What else do you need to know?

The menu features a variety of American dishes along with specialty drinks.  Starters include Spicy Black Angus Chili, Truffle and Parmesan Fries, Beer Steamed Mussels and Cilantro-Grilled Wild Mushroom Saté.  Specialty burgers are made from Australian Wagyu beef.  They include Port Wine Blue Cheese-bacon, blue cheese, port caramelized onions & spicy pear chutney, Run for the Border-jalapeño jack cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, crunchy onion ring & cilantro mayonnaise and Truffle Love-port caramelized onions, goat cheese, truffle oil, spinach salad & truffle relish.  Burgers and sandwiches can add classic condiments, cheeses, extras such as roasted wild mushrooms, fried egg or an avocado fan or a sauce such as garlic jam, horseradish mustard, red wine demiglaze or bbq.  Sandwiches, soups and various chop’t salads are offered for those looking for a lighter meal.  More than 30 different bourbons, a large selection of craft beers and “adult” milkshakes, malts or floats are offered from the bar.  Their desserts feature a deep fried Oreo cookie.

Beer and a Burger – a great combination at Bootleggers

Open Monday through Wednesday between 4:00 until 10:00, Thursday and Friday between 4:00 until 11:00, Saturday 11:00 until 11:00 and Sunday 11:00 until 9:00.  They can be reached at 434.333.4271 or eat@bootleggersburger.com

As with all of downtown Lynchburg’s restaurants they are within an easy walk from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  So if you are looking for lunch (doubtful after you have eaten our four-course breakfast), an afternoon snack or drinks and dinner this new spot may be for you.