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Old City Cemetery-The Chapel, Columbarium & Scatter Garden

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Old City Cemetery Chapel

Chapel and Columbarium at Old City Cemetery

Last January we started our series about Lynchburg, Virginia’s Old City Cemetery.  We have highlighted it’s buildings and museums, events and activities and what a treasure this unique spot is to Lynchburg.  This post will be our last in this series, but don’t fret, as special events or activities are hosted at Old City Cemetery we will feature them so that you might participate.

The Chapel is the Cemetery’s newest museum.  Completed in 2006 to mark the bicentenary of the Cemetery this unique and beautiful chapel is the perfect setting for weddings, memorial services, recitals, lectures and other special occasions.  The chapel honors religious leaders buried at the Old City Cemetery since 1806.  The building is modeled after two Central Virginia chapels.  Ivy Chapel Union Church has been replicated on the Cemetery grounds using almost all of it’s building materials from the Hermon Methodist Church in Appomattox, which was dismantled and transported to Lynchburg.  The pews, pulpit, piano, preacher’s chair and attendance bowl had been left in the decaying Hermon Methodist Church.  They are now safely housed in the Chapel.  Original light fixtures were reproduced.  A bell tower was added to the building.  The bell was especially cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, who had cast both the Liberty Bell and Big Ben.

On the lower level of the Chapel is the Columbarium.  Providing 288 niches and twelve crypts this very special room is a comfort to many who have a beautiful place to visit with their loved ones.  The focal point of the Columbarium is the terracotta “Peace” medallion set into the stone arch, a floor constructed of historic brick pavers from old sidewalks in inner-city Lynchburg and hand-rubbed German beech niche covers.  Both niches and crypts are available to the general public.

Adjacent to the Chapel and Columbarium you will find the Scatter Garden.  Since 1996 the scattering of cremated remains has been permitted in the natural dell that adjoins the Butterfly Garden and Lotus Pond.  When a beloved pet has died the ashes may be scattered within a garden setting on the bluff overlooking the Lotus Pond, Chapel and dovecote.

To learn more about the fees associated with the use of the Chapel and any of the various final resting places for loved ones please contact the Cemetery Office at 434.847.1465.  These locations are open daily from dawn to dusk, as are all of the Cemetery grounds.

Carbonara Frittata

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Carbonara Frittata

Carbonara Frittata

As most of you are aware The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast serves a 4-course breakfast each morning to our guests.  We alternate between a sweet entrée and a savory entrée, for a bit of variety and to appeal to both palates.  For February 2017 we are featuring a unique frittata, Carbonara Frittata.  What is a frittata?  It’s a quiche without the crust, making it an ideal menu item for those guests who are gluten-free.  This filling and delicious dish hits all of the right notes.  Prepare it for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even dinner.  It’s sure to please.

Carbonara Frittata served with toast and an apple-cabbage slaw

Ingredients:

  • salt
  • 1/4-1/3 pound spaghetti (regular or glutten free)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 lb. pancetta or guanciale, finely chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup each grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and Pecorino Romano cheeses
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • fresh basil leaves mixed with baby arugula

Directions:

  1. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 425°
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.  Salt the water, add the pasta and cook until a few minutes shy of al dente, about 6 minutes; drain.
  3. In an ovenproof skillet, heat the oil, three turns of the pan, over medium-high heat.  Add the pancetta and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, about 2 minutes.  Add the garlic and pepper and stir until aromatic, about a minute.  Mix in the pasta; season with salt.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cheeses and milk.  Pour over the pasta, shaking the pan to settle the egg mixture into the pasta.  Baked until puffed and cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Serve frittata hot or at room temperature, topped with small handfuls of the herbs and greens.

Serves 4-6.

 

“Nat Turner’s Bones: Reassembling an American Rebel” a lecture

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Nat Turner’s revolt

Lynchburg, Virginia’s Jones Memorial Library is hosting a lecture on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm.  This lecture will discuss the archaeological search for the remains of a Virginia slave, Nat Turner.

Who was Nat Turner?  Born on October 2, 1800, in South Hampton County, Virginia, Nat Turner made history as the leader of one of the bloodiest slave revolts in America.  He was born on the Virginia plantation of Benjamin Turner, who allowed him to be instructed in reading, writing and religion.  As a small child Nat was thought to have a special talent because he could describe things that happened before he was born.  He was deeply religious and spent much of his time reading the Bible, praying and fasting.  As he grew older he believed he received messages from God through visions and signs in nature.  In 2016, his story was told in the movie, Birth of a Nation.

Nat Turner

Nat Turner in the movie Birth of a Nation in 2016

In 1825 Nat had a vision of a bloody conflict between black and white spirits.  Three years later he had another.  In 1831 Nat interpreted a solar eclipse as a sign that it was time to rise up.  He recruited several other slaves to join his cause.  On August 21, 1831 Nat and his supporters began their revolt against white slave owners with the killing of the Travis family.  He gathered more supporters, growing to a group of over 50 slaves, as he and his men continued their violent killing spree through the county.  Nat fled and hid in the woods.  While he was hiding white mobs took their revenge on the blacks in Southampton County, killing between 150-200 slaves.  Nat was captured and tried.  Although he pled not guilty he was sentenced to death by hanging, which was carried out on November 11, 1831.

The rebellion was one of the bloodiest and most effective in American history.  The incident put fear in the heart of southerners, especially Virginians, ending the organized emancipation movement in that region.  Southern states enacted even harsher laws against slaves instead.  Nat’s actions added fuel to the abolitionist movement in the north.  The rebellion is said to have expedited the coming of the Civil War.

Here are 10 things you may want to know about Nat Turner as shown on the History Chanel.

The lecture will be conducted by Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz.  He will discuss the life of Nat Turner, the rebellion and the search for Nat Turner’s remains.  This lecture is free and open to the public.  It will take place at Jones Memorial Library, 2311 Memorial Avenue, on the second floor, at 5:00 pm.  For more information contact the library staff at 434.846.0501.

 

Every Day is Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day special all month long

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Every day, during the month of February, is Valentine’s Day at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA.  So just what does that mean?

It means you can take advantage of our Valentine’s Celebration packages any day during the month of February.  We have several packages to choose from, based upon the amount of time you’d like to spend together and your budget.  We have listed two of our packages below, but  today, others can be found on our web site at,:  www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com/Packages.  If you don’t see a package that you like, give us a call and tell us what you want and we will make it happen.  It could be as simple as dinner and a movie or a massage or flowers or balloons. to a tour of a winery, cidery or distillery or a simple stay away from the rat race with you and your special someone.

One Night Love Affair.

Ideal for those who have only one day to celebrate, our delightful mini-getaway celebration will show your sweetie they are loved.  Package includes: your room of choice (in the mansion), our delicious 4-course breakfast, a rose in bud vase, 6 chocolate dipped strawberries and a chilled bottle of Prosecco.  This celebratory package is the cost of your room plus $75.00.  You must mention this package when booking your reservation, at least 48 hours in advance.

Romantic Rendezvous:

For those of you who would like to escape for a two night getaway this package is one that might interest you.  You and your loved one will enjoy a two-night stay in your room of choice (in the mansion), our delicious 4-course breakfast each morning, one dozen roses in a vase, a chilled bottle of Prosecco, a box of hand-made truffles and a handcrafted stained glass heart, along with a $100.00 gift certificate to one of our downtown restaurants.  This romantic package is the cost of your room plus $250.00.  You must mention this package when booking your reservation, at least 48 hours in advance.  Restaurant reservations are subject to availability.

 Call us during this month of love at, 434.846.1388 to book your stay and we will take care of the rest.

Fine print:  Rooms can be upgraded to a room in the carriage house for an additional $25.00 per night.  Taxes are in addition to package price.  Cannot be used with a gift certificate, voucher, or combined with any other packages or specials.

 

Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats

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Mrs. Joys, Lynchburg, VA

A treat from Mrs. Joy’s

It’s finally here, open and a huge success–Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats!

Tarsha Joyner, aka Mrs. Joy, became a Lynchburg, VA celebrity in November 2015 when she took home the top prize on Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge” special.  Long before the airing of that episode Tarsha had already gained a large and loyal following for her booth at the Lynchburg Community Market, where she sold treats of various shapes, sizes and goodness beginning in 2012.

Lynchburg Virginia, Mrs. Joy's

Mrs. Joy’s almost too good to eat.

The shop took almost a year to build, but the time allowed Tarsha to design the shop exactly as she always pictured it.  Bright accent walls, a checkered floor in shades of butterscotch yellow, light bulbs encased in whisk fixtures above the bar, tables at the front of the shop and seats in the back.  Her plan is to rent the lounge space, located in the back section near the terrace level and breakfast bar area,  She plans on offering decorating classes which will focus on cookies and cupcakes.  A painting with chocolate class is in the works.  Mrs. Joy’s will offer standard menu items with two kinds of cookies, one of which will always be chocolate chip, along with other staples like caramels, brownies and doughnuts.  Special surprises will be offered on a rotating schedule and will include whoopee pies, macarons, and “hot chocolate on a stick.”  When we have visited there have been cases filled with Black Forest cupcakes with cherry and vanilla frosting, ginger and lemon macarons filled with buttercream and lemon curd, peanut-butter glazed yeast doughnuts and apple pie pockets filled with Granny Smith apples, plus maple-bacon caramels.

Mrs. Joy's

Mrs. Joy’s, Downtown Lynchburg

Located at 1008 Commerce Street the hours of operation are Monday through Friday between 9:00-6:00 and Saturday from 8:00-9:00.  The website is www.mrsjoys.com

A word to the wise, if you are on the hunt for your favorite delicious bakery item get there early!  There are times items are sold out by 10:00, with a line out of the door waiting to get in.

Don’t worry about the calories,  Mrs. Joy’s is walking distance from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast so you can indulge on these treats then burn off the calories by walking back to the Bed and Breakfast.

Italian Soup

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Italian Soup

Italian Soup–A great meal on a cold winter day.

Italian Soup.  A great meal for a cold winter’s day.

Each month The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast posts a recipe for past guests, future guests and just interested people who might be looking for something “new” to cook for their family.  Most moths we feature a dish we have served at the breakfast table.  This month we are featuring soup–it’s now winter, it’s cold outside and soup is a warming, cozy meal that is easy to prepare, tastes good and fills you up!  We hope you will enjoy this recipe.  In addition, this one is simple easy and is cooked in a crock-pot.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans beef broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano, undrained
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15.5-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 9-ounce package fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, over medium heat, brown ground beef until no longer pink, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks; drain off fat.

In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker combine browned meat, water, broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, paprika, fennel seeds, black pepper, salt and crushed red pepper.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5-6 hours or on high heat setting 2 1/2-3 hours.

Add cannellini beans, kidney beans and macaroni to slow cooker.  Continue cooking fo 30-60 minutes on either setting, or until macaroni is cooked al-dente.

Stir spinach into soup just before serving.

Top each serving with Parmesan cheese.

Makes 8 servings.