It’s that time again, time to meet some of the ghosts of Lynchburg during their annual ghost walk in historic Lynchburg.
This years Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg walk will be held in the historic district known as Federal Hill. Federal Hill became Lynchburg’s first residential suburb, until it was annexed in 1814 and again in 1819 when it became part of the town’s jurisdiction. One of the smallest and most compact historic districts the houses range in styles from Federal, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival and Queen Anne, plus a few Second Empire.
Federal Street defines the center of this district. Because of the topography some of the streets have never opened or surprisingly dead-end at a bluff or cliff and are picked back up a block or two away at a higher or lower elevation.
Federal Hill has always been a popular residential area. Close enough to downtown for the residents to easily access shops, businesses and restaurants. Closer still to the churches that line Court Street for Sunday worship.
The tour will be held on October 20, 21 and 22, 2016, starting at 6:30 pm. Tours begin about every 20 minutes. Tickets will be sold each evening starting at 6:00 pm, with a limited number of tickets each evening. Tickets are $10 each. There will not be any rain dates. This tour is primarily on sidewalks and streets, but there will be uneven areas and walking up and down hills. The tour will start and end at 1101 Federal Street, which is also the place to purchase tickets.
Even if you have toured this neighborhood before the stories vary from year to year. We will see you there!
The event is put on by the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and is sponsored by Whitten Funeral Home. If you are from out of town and need a place to stay after touring the haunted streets, give us a call. We would be happy to put you up for the evening at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
The 7th Annual Festy experience will take place in Nelson County, VA October 7 thru 9, 2016, Columbus Day Weekend.
This year’s unique, family friendly, fun festival will be set up at the Nelson County Preserve. Located on 350+ acres there will be plenty of space for the stages, music, outdoor activities, camping (in various formats), food and drink vendors and much more.
Music has always been the mainstay of the Festy Experience, but the Experience is much more. Talented well-known musicians along with obscure newcomers will be featured throughout the 3 days. Included this year are the Infamous Stringdusters, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lee Ann Womack, Sam Bush Band, Steep Canyon Rangers and many, many more.
In addition to the music you will find plenty of outdoor activities to participate in: Disc Golf, ultimate frisbee, kickball, soccer, volleyball, a rock climbing wall, guided nature tours, trail runs, hosted bike rides, yoga and the 21st Annual Blue Ridge Burn–5K/10K run.
If you are visiting for the day or the weekend there will be a variety of food and drink vendors, including an on-site café near the camping area. For those staying at the Preserve there will be unlimited showers available this year.
Tickets range in price and accessibility:
- Day-Tripper Weekend Festival Pass: $100 per person–access to festival only
- Day-Tripper Single Day Pass: $40 per person, per day–access to festival only
- Camping Weekend Festival Pass: $150 per person–access to festival, campground and showers
The Nelson County Preserve is located about 37 miles from Lynchburg, just north of Colleen. Those attendees not wanting to “rough it” may choose to stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
For more detailed information visit www.thefesty.com or call 434.220.4000. It’s been a fun event in the past and we can assume it will be a fun event again this year.
On Sunday, September 25th, between 3:00-4:00 pm the Old City Cemetery will host it’s Bawdy Ladies of Lynchburg tour.
Lynchburg’s Bawdy ladies have been part of Lynchburg’s history since the very beginning of Lynchburg. Between 1805 until 1910 census and court records state there were at least 535 ladies of ill repute living and working in Lynchburg, VA.
In early Lynchburg the houses of ill repute were primarily located on Jefferson Street, Commerce Street (then known as Lynch Street), Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Streets. This area was known as Buzzard’ s Roost. Along with the bordellos there were plenty of bars and gambling houses found in this area of the city.
During the Civil War many of these “ladies” worked in the Confederate hospitals as nurses, cooks and laundresses. Many of these same “ladies” contributed monetarily to the cause. Some acted as spies and were said to pass along secrets learned from soldiers they were tending to in the hospitals.
Do you know how the term hooker came to be attributed to ladies of ill repute? During the Civil War (1861-1865) many women became camp followers in Joseph Hooker’s Union Army brigade. These women, primarily from Washington, D.C. brothels, became known as “Hooker’s Division” or “Hooker’s Brigade”.
After the war, in the early 1900’s, the “sporting houses” (as the houses of ill repute were called in Lynchburg) moved to Monroe, Jackson and Fourth Streets. This area was now known as “The Hill”. Between 1907 until 1910 there were at least 31 sporting houses in this area. The Hill was active until the mid-60’s. The last Madam of Fourth Street, Tootsie Clay, was arrested in 1964. She was sent out of town instead of to jail due to her declining health. Interestingly enough we have had a guest at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, from the Tidewater area, who’s father used to travel to Lynchburg, by train, in the late 50′ and early 60’s to visit the sporting houses. Not sure why the father shared this information with his son, but it does substantiate the fact that Lynchburg was well-known for it’s sporting ladies.
This years’ walking tour will again by led by Nancy Weiland. Her interest and research into the Bawdy Ladies of Lynchburg began in 1982. She will be guiding the tour group throughout the cemetery, over uneven ground and up and down hills on Sunday the 25th. Meet at the Old City Cemetery Gate by 3:00 pm, located at 401 Taylor Street. This tour is free, advance reservations are not required. Questions should be directed to the cemetery office, 434.847.1465.
Even if you have attended a Bawdy Ladies tour in the past it is worth your time to attend again this year. Each year different ladies are discussed and their lives explained. Mike and I always find it interesting how many of the ladies became prominent citizens of Lynchburg once they retired from the sporting life. They married former mayors, police chiefs and local politicians. If you stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we will be touring along with you.
Lynchburg, Virginia’s Get Downtown will be celebrating it’s 8th anniversary on Friday, September 9th.
What is Get Downtown? Lynchburg’s Main Street celebration highlighting it’s restaurants, stores and shops, galleries and so much more.
This street festival is held on and around Main Street, between 6:00 – 9:00 pm. You will find all types of activities, vendors, artisans and artists, food tastings, theatrical performances, scavenger hunts, a kids’ zone at the Lynchburg Community Market, music on three stages, a dunk tank and in general a fun, family-friendly evening.
Musicians include: Paris Jones, Tony Camm and the MG Allstars, the Cabell Street Collective, Hemingway, The Dundies, DJ Ed and Band and The Beat. Keys for the Hill City will be played at their three downtown locations by people attending the festival or perhaps by semi-professionals–always fun to hear. On the Academy of Arts stage the Academy Center of the Arts youth theater group will perform, along with Dance Lynchburg, The Listening, Randolph College and Wolfbane Productions.
Not ready for the evening to end? Between the hours of 8:30 – 12:00 you can Stay Downtown. More fun will be had at The Glasshouse where Jenny and the B-Side Rockers will be performing. R*A will be hosting a block party. The Academy Center of the Arts will be showing Saturday Night Fever at 9:00 pm. Other locations in downtown Lynchburg will be adding to the Stay Downtown activities, so keep you eyes open.
A shuttle will run from the James River Conference Center to downtown, in 20 minute loops. Between 5:45 – 9:30 pm you can park your car and be delivered to the fun (as parking is extremely limited and scarce in downtown this evening).
So wear your comfortable walking shoes and enjoy a stroll up and down Main Street while observing or participating in all of the activities. For more information visit www.getdowntownlynchburgva.com. We’ll see you there!
Are you a “Trekie”? Did you love to watch the television show? What about the movies, all 12 of them? Then the exhibit, Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary, at Riverviews Artspace this Friday, September 2nd is for you.
A display of Star Trek uniforms and other memorabilia will be exhibited in Riverviews G9 Conference Room between 5:30 until 8:00 pm. Visit www.riverviews.net, 434.847.7277, for more information and directions.
On Saturday, September 3rd at 3:30 plan to attend a discussion, led by members of the local chapter of Starfleet, the USS Heimdel organization, about the movies made in the Star Trek franchise. Stay to watch the first of the 12 movies that will be shown between the 3rd and the 11th, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). It will start at 4:00 pm in the Rosel Schewel Movie Theatre.
The remaining movies will be shown as follows:
- Saturday, September 3rd, 8:00 pm – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
- Sunday, September 4th, 4:00 pm – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
- Sunday, September 4th, 8:00 pm – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
- Monday, September 5th, 7:00 pm – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
- Tuesday, September 6th, 7:00 pm – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
- Wednesday, September 7th, 7:30 pm – Star Trek Generations (1994)
- Thursday, September 8th, 7:00 pm – Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
- Friday, September 9th, 7:00 pm – Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
- Saturday, September 10th, 4:00 pm – Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
- Saturday, September 10th, 7:00 pm – Star Trek: Reboot (2009)
- Sunday, September 11th, 4:00 pm – Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Enjoy the movie marathon!
Less than 20 miles east of Lynchburg, VA you will find DeVault Family Vineyards. Founded in 2000 by Terry and Sharon, when Terry purchased the 32-acre property that allowed Terry to return to his farming roots, the vineyard is a family dream come true. The family has spent eight years perfecting the art of grape cultivation and have shaped the land into a stunning, serene landscape that you enjoy when visiting the vineyard. The tasting room was added in 2009 to allow guests a rustic, but comfortable place to sample the various wines and enjoy the view of the rolling vineyard. In addition to the tasting room you can enjoy an indoor swimming pool, tennis court, volleyball and basketball courts, and a stocked fishing pond. Or bring along a picnic blanket and wander through the vineyard until you find just the right spot to enjoy your DeVault wine.
DeVault Family Vineyards produces seven varieties of wines. There are three reds: a sweet red table wine, a dry red, which is a complex bouquet of blackberry, gala apples and a touch of spice plus an oaked Norton. Two whites are available: a sweet white table wine and a dry white with a light, fruity nose. Two blends complete the inventory: their watermelon wine and a semi-sweet blended blush. The red and white table wines make a delicious Sangria, delightful on a warm sunny day in Central Virginia.
Are you looking for something to do? Saturday, July 2nd DeVault Family Vineyards will be hosting their 6th Annual Watermelon Festival! Between the hours of 3:00 pm until 11:00 pm you can enjoy a variety of food vendors, five additional wineries, a local micro-brewery, arts, crafts and other vendors selling unique hand-made wares, six bands performing on two stages, a magician, pony rides and a talent show. There will be something for everyone! Tickets go on sale June 22nd or you may purchase them at the gate (at an increased price). Ticket prices are as follows: Adult $15, age 13-20 plus designated driver $10, kids 7-13 $5. Visit the DeVault Family Vineyards website, firstname.lastname@example.org, to purchase your tickets in advance.
DeVault Family Vineyards are located one-half mile off Route 460 in Concord, VA. 247 Station Lane, Concord, VA. 434.993.0722 or email@example.com. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday between 11 until 6, after May 1st. Other hours may be available with prior scheduling.
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