It’s that time again….the Downtown Loft Tour in historic Lynchburg, VA.
This benefit tour supports the Free Clinic of Central Virginia. Marking it’s 14th anniversary, this years tour may be the most exciting yet! Featuring several brand “new” loft buildings you will be able to experience several great buildings for the first time. One “new” loft building will be Factory 88, located at 320 12th Street. Originally the Ford and Winfree Tobacco Factory, it is thought to have been built in 1850 and features various one-bedroom floorplans on three floors. Other loft buildings will be announced, as we get closer to April 28th.
Several loft buildings from last year will be featuring different loft units. These include The Gish Flats, Imperial Tobacco Lofts and the Piedmont Flour Mill Lofts. The Piedmont Flour Mill was built in the 1870’s. The silos, on Washington Street, were built after 1910. There are plans to convert the silos into loft apartments also. All milling ceased at the Piedmont Flour Mill in 1987.
The tour takes place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 between 10 until 4. This is a self-guided tour. You can choose to visit any or all of the lofts, in any order. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the tour. Will-call tickets plus a tour map and brochure will be available for pick-up at the Free Clinic, 1016 Main Street, starting at 9:00 a.m. on the 28th. For more information call 434.847.5866, ext. 23 or visit www.freeclinicva.org.
Guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast will be able to access the tour by walking down Cabell Street into downtown Lynchburg. Mike and I will look for you as we tour each unique and interesting loft.
On February, 25, 2018 the Legacy Museum will be presenting an afternoon of celebration in honor of Black History Month. This event is celebrated annually. Created in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, he was the son of freed slaves from Virginia who became one of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard University.
Today Black History Month is celebrated during the month of February, in the United States. African American History is a complex and amazing story which dates back to 1619, when the first slaves arrived from the west coast of Africa. The celebration includes stories of courage, cruelty, hope, fear, ignorance and cowardice, all of which helped shape our nation’s past. In addition, the program will highlight historical insights and information that explain the importance of observing this special month. At the conclusion of the program a traditional soul food “Sunday Supper” will be available for those in attendance.
The program and supper will take place at The Miller Center, 301 Grove Street, Lynchburg, VA between the hours of 4 until 6 p.m. 434.455.5858. The Miller Center was completed in 1911. Originally it served as Miller Park Elementary School. The program will take place in the Theater Room number 205. The second floor theater space once served as the auditorium for the elementary school.
Contact The Legacy Museum, 434.845.3455 for more information or to acquire tickets to the Sunday Supper. The program is free and open to the public.
On Saturday, February 10, 2018 Lynchburg, Virginia’s Academy Center for the Arts will be hosing the 6th Annual Sonnets and Chocolates fundraiser. Presented by Endstation Theatre Company this event raises money for Endstation’s 2018 summer season.
What is Sonnets and Chocolate? It is a unique date night that allows you to spend time with someone you love sipping wine, enjoying a delicious dinner, eating chocolate, mingling with others who enjoy the arts, especially the theatre arts and raising money for a theatre company that entertains those who live in the greater Lynchburg area all summer long. This year will feature a live auction that includes fantastic items, performances by some of the local actors and culminates in a vacation package to St. Thomas for 7-days and 6-nights!
The event is hosted in the Academy of Fine Arts Warehouse Theatre, located at the corner of 5th and Commerce Streets in downtown Lynchburg, VA between 6:00-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and must be purchased in advance. Call 434.226.0686 or email email@example.com.
Thomas Jefferson’s retreat, Poplar Forest, located just west of Lynchburg, Virginia in Forest is hosting Candlelight Tours during the month of December. The architectural masterpiece has been meticulously restored to reflect daily life in the mid-19th century. During December you will have an opportunity to see this wonderful house bathed in candlelight and decorated for the holidays. The tour offers you an intimate look at what Thomas Jefferson’s and his family’s evenings might have looked like. Docents will entertain tour guests with anecdotes gathered from Jefferson’s diaries and letters.
The tour schedule is as follows:
- Friday & Saturday, December 15 and 16 at 5:30 and 6:30 pm
Reservations are required. Tickets are $20.00 per person and can be purchased by calling the Museum Shop at 434.534.8120.
Poplar Forest is open 10:00-5:00 most of the year for guided tours. Self-guided tours are arranged on weekends from mid-January until mid-March between the hours of 10:00-4:00.
Poplar Forest is located at 1542 Bateman Ridge Road, Forest, VA 24551. They can be reached at 434.525.1806. Their website is www.poplarforest.org.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is located about 20 minutes from Poplar Forest. The last private owners of Poplar Forest are direct descendants of RT Watts, the gentleman who built our home and bed and breakfast. Mike and I will look for you on a tour. Or better yet come stay with us and enjoy two Watts houses!
The second annual Gilded Christmas will again be held at historic Avenel, in the heart of the city of Bedford, Virginia, Saturday, December 9, 2017 between 6:00-8:30 pm . This centerpiece of social, cultural and political life in Bedford, for over 150 years, is typically open by appointment only.
The stately mansion was constructed in 1838 by William M. Burwell and his wife, Frances Steptoe Burwell. The Burwell family occupied the mansion until 1906, when it was purchased by J.W. Ballard. The mansion remained in the Ballard family until 1985 when it was purchased by the Avenel Foundation. The Avenal Foundation was formed to rescue, restore, preserve and protect this unique landmark.
During the Gilded Christmas event guests will step back in time and enjoy beautiful Avenel decorated for the holidays, as in the mid-1800’s. Guests will enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres from the past and present, cocktails, entertainment and music. Tickets are $40.00 per person. They are available at the Bedford Welcome Center or online at www.lynchburgtickets.com.
For more information vist their website www.historicavenel.com
“Christmas: A Season of Giving” will be the theme of the open house to be held at Avoca, in Altavista, VA, this year. The dates for the tours are: December 2 & 3 and December 9 & 10, 2017. Tours will take place between the hours of 11 until 5 on Saturdays and between 1 until 5 on Sundays. Tickets will be available in the museum gift shop on the days of the event. Ticket prices are $5 per adult and $2 per child.
Avoca is the principle architectural landmark in the town of AltaVista, Virginia. This country Victorian house was constructed in 1901, after the original and second dwellings were destroyed by fire in 1879 and 1900. The house is a commissioned work by J.M.B. Lewis, of Lynchburg, VA. This house is a grand example of the Queen Anne-style. Turrets, leaded glass, grand staircases, magnificent mantles and more are shown off in this lovely house. Each room in the mansion will be decorated as in the way homes would have been decorated for Christmas in Victorian times.
As you tour the house the collection, displays, programs and interpretations are planned to take into account the cultural and natural history of the region.
Avoca was originally the private residence of Colonel Charles Lynch (1736-1796). Charles Lynch’s elder brother was John Lynch, who established Lynchburg. Charles established his home here in 1755 as part of a land grant from King George II to his father, in 1740, and called it Green Level. Col. Lynch was a planter, politician and American revolutionary who headed an irregular court in Virginia to punish Loyalist supporters of the British during the American Revolutionary War. The property was passed down through the Lynch family until it was deeded to the Town of AltaVista in 1981 as a memorial to the Lynch family. At that time the property consisted of the main house, brick kitchen, smokehouse, milk house, farm office and approximately 10 acres.
Avoca is located at 1514 Main Street, Altavista, VA 24517. For more information contact the museum at 434.369.1076 or visit their website www.avocamuseum.org.
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