Have you heard that Thomas Jefferson‘s Poplar Forest is in the process of designing a new entrance, parkway and trail system on the grounds?
The trail system will be implemented in phases and when complete will provide six miles of trails that will traverse the majority of Poplar Forest’s 600 acres. The trails will range from wide paved surfaces to rugged hiking trails to simple mown paths along the perimeters of the fields.
The first phase of the parkway constructions will include two accessible primary trails. The first trail will parallel the parkway, allowing visitors to park at a small trailhead at the new front entrance and walk to Jefferson’s retreat house. The path will cross through different landscapes highlighting the original plantation fields, old road traces and the site of the Prize Barn where enslaved workers packed tobacco for market.
When the parkway opens to traffic, the current single-lane entrance will be converted into the second primary trail, leading walkers down the tree-lined road established by the Hutters in the mid- to late-19th century.
The trail system will highlight historic and archaeological sites and unique environmental features of the property. You will be able to see stands of tulip poplars trees dating to the late 1800s and black gum trees that are over 200 years old. Vernal pools are found along the way. These seasonal wetland areas are home to a variety of unique plant and animal species, including rare species of salamander and other amphibians that would otherwise be prey to fish in larger bodies of water.
On Saturday, October 7, 2017 Poplar Forest will conduct an archaeology behind-the-scenes tour of this latest project. Archaeologists will lead participants on a 90-minute walking tour of the Poplar Forest Parkway. Be one of the first guests to get a glimpse of this exciting trail system. Comfortable shoes are necessary. In addition to the tour you will have access to the Poplar Forest Archaeology lab and the retreat home of Thomas Jefferson. Tours begin at either 11 am or 2 pm. Reservations are required, as limited space is available. Regular admission fees apply. Call 434.525.1806 for more information or visit www.poplarforest.org/events.
If you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA you are about a 20-minute drive to Poplar Forest. Let us know which tour you are attending and we will make sure you enjoy your delicious 4-course breakfast before you go walking. Mike and I will see you there!
**information for this blog post taken from the Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest magazine.
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, butter, sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Gently fold in the peaches.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 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.
- 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!
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.
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.
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