The Garden Club of Virginia is proud to welcome you to Historic Garden Week, April 23-30, 2016. This year 30 tours have been organized and hosted by 47 Garden Club of Virginia member clubs. Nearly 250 private homes, gardens and historic sites will be open throughout the state. You might tour just the homes and gardens in your town, a nearby town or you might travel across the state touring various areas and locales to explore more of Virginia.
Garden Day in Lynchburg, VA., hosted by the Lynchburg Garden Club and Hillside Garden Club, will be held on Tuesday, April 26 between 10 until 6. This year’s tour, a walking tour, will highlight five private homes located on or just off of Peakland Place, in the Boonsboro section of Lynchburg. The houses, all built in the 1920’s and 1930’s and their gardens vary in size and formality. Some of the homes have had extensive renovations or restoration work done. Others are virtually unchanged from their original grandeur. The gardens are also varied, some have had years of history while others are in their infancy.
In addition to touring the homes and gardens five special activities, lectures and demonstrations will be taking place along Peakland Place. Between 10 until 2 a lecture on the variety and care of hybrid boxwoods will take place at 3908 Peakland Place. At 11 and again at noon a lecture on growing grapes will be held at 3890 Peakland Place. Growing, harvesting and using lavender will be discussed at 3850 Peakland Place at 1 and again at 2. 3840 Peakland Place will host two lectures about raising bees, at 3 and at 4. Between 11 until 4 Blenheim Vineyard will host a wine tasting at Oakwood Country Club.
Local food trucks will be parked along Peakland Place to serve you sweets or savories throughout the day.
In addition to the homes and gardens along Peakland Place various historic sites will be open to those who have purchased a Garden Day tour ticket. These include Anne Spencer House and Garden, Miller-Claytor House and Garden, Old City Cemetery, Point of Honor, Sweet Briar House and Garden and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.
Tour tickets can be purchased at various locations throughout Lynchburg prior to the 26th or at Oakwood Country Club on the day of the tour. Full tour tickets are $30, single site tickets are $10 and tickets purchased in advance are $25.
The photos were taken here, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast over the past couple of years. Enjoy!
The Lynchburg Art Club is hosting their first annual “Paint Out Lynchburg” starting on Friday, April 29 and ending Sunday, May 1, 2016.
What is a “Paint Out?” This “open air” painting festival is reminiscent of late 19th century French Impressionist painters, such as Monet and Manet, combining their love of nature and creativity when painting out of doors.
Downtown Lynchburg and its historic districts are known for its architecture, gardens, the James River and more. You set up your easel and paints and become inspired by our unique city. Using acrylic, oil, pastels or watercolors you will be able to paint at Old City Cemetery, in downtown Lynchburg and at Point of Honor.
Old City Cemetery has 27 acres in which you can set up on Friday, April 29th. Ancient trees, antique roses (which should be blooming!), various gardens, a fish pond and five historic museums provide many painting options.
Downtown Lynchburg will host the painters on Saturday, April 30th. Paint the Academy Theatre, The Allied Arts Building, The Krise Building, any of the tobacco warehouses that now are loft apartments or even the Texas Inn.
On Sunday, May 1st Point of Honor will offer the painters panoramic views of downtown and the James River or the historic mansion and cooking kitchen,
In addition to you painting there will be demonstrations, a quick paint competition and a juried art show that will showcase the paintings at the Academy of Fine Arts between May 6th and May 22, 2016, More than $1500 in cash prizes will be awarded.
Registration is now open. You may select a 3 day package or an individual day of painting. A three day painting package is $40. Day painting fees are as follows: Friday $15, Saturday $15 and Sunday $10. Checks should be made out to the Lynchburg Art Club, 1011 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24504. For more information contact the Lynchburg Art Club at 434.528.9434.
The above images in this blog are by members of the Lynchburg Art Club, but you don’t have to be a member to participate in the Paint Out.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, 2-night minimum, and we will provide you with a boxed lunch on Saturday. Call us at 434.846.1388 to select your room and make your reservation. Or come stay with us during the gallery exhibit and enjoy all of the paintings completed during this three day event.
The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society will be hosting a tour of various mills and mill sites found in Amherst County, VA. Wear comfortable shoes as there will be hiking to some of the mill sites.
The Mill Tour will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016. A car pool group will meet at the Amherst County Museum (154 South Main Street) at 9:00, sharp. The tour is being led by Chris Anderson, known as “Mr. Mills”. Mill sites will include Amherst Mill–the only continuously operating mill in Central Virginia, two Campbell Mills, Pedlar Mill, Valley View Mill, Myers Mill, the Miller’s House and Stapleton Mill. Some of these mill sites are standing, others are in ruins. The tour will conclude about 1:00. Bring a bagged lunch, snack and a drink to eat in the car while traveling between mills.
To get on the tour list please call the Amherst Museum, 434.946.9068. In the event of rain, the Mill Tour will take place on April 16th.
“The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to discover, collect and preserve objects related to the history and genealogy of Amherst County, VA.” The society conducts lectures, tours, exhibits, workshops and more throughout the year. To join the society call the museum 434.946.9068 or visit their website www.amherstcountymuseum.org.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for 2-or more nights, the weekend of April 8 & 9, 2016 and we will provide you your bagged lunch. Call us 434,846.1388 to discuss room availability and rates.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation is pleased to announce that the Norfolk & Western J 611 steam passenger locomotive will have another run.
The powerful and sleek Class J passenger locomotives were designed and built in Roanoke, VA in 1950 by the Norfolk & Western Railway. They were known as the finest steam passenger locomotives in the world.
The first trip in 2016 will be hosted by the North Carolina Transportation Museum. Using the Norfolk Southern rails it will run on Saturday, April 9 from Spencer, NC to Lynchburg, VA and return, on The Virginian.
On May 7 and 8 the 611, The Powhatan Arrow, will return to Roanoke to run half-day excursions from Roanoke to Lynchburg and back, following the Blue Ridge grade.
Seating options on all of the excursions include coach, first class and dome cars. A dining car and observation car will also be available.
Last year, June 14, 2015, we traveled on the 611 between Lynchburg and Petersburg (see blog post dated June 1, 2015.) The train ride was something to experience along with the scenery between the two stops. Last year all seats sold out in record time, so if you’re interested in this unique train trip make your reservation early.
For more information contact the Virginia Museum of Transportation at 540.342.5670 or click here for the schedule and costs. It’s a mode of travel like none other.
The Renaissance Theatre, in downtown Lynchburg, VA, is presenting the hilarious, side-splitting musical comedy spoof of Gone With the Wind, entitled “I’ll Never Be Hungry Again.”
Named after Scarlett O’Hara’s famous declaration and line in the movie this play follows David, a black graduate student, who discovers Gone With the Wind is required reading for his Southern lit class at the University of Michigan. As many students do, David puts off reading the book until the night before a test only to realize the book has more than 1,000 pages! He attempts to speed read the book, but falls asleep where he finds himself on the plantation home of Starlett–not Scarlett–O’Hara, trapped as a character int he book he has come to despise.
The small black box atmosphere at Renaissance Theatre is the perfect backdrop for this musical. An extremely fast-paced production plus over-the-top costumes and exaggerated sound effects keeps the actors and audience enthralled and involved in the story line. Mike and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This play will be performed on February 26, 27 and 28 plus March 3, 4 and 5, 2016 at Renaissance Theatre. Located at 1022 Commerce Street parking can usually be found on the street or in the parking lot just across from the theatre. Tickets can be purchased at etix.com or by calling 434.845.4427. But don’t delay, previous shows were all sellouts!
Staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast while to enjoy this delightful, yet thought provoking play, we will serve you a southern-style breakfast of Shrimp and Grits if you’d like. Just request this special breakfast entree’ when calling 434.846.1388 to book your reservation.
The centerpiece of the exhibit is a painting by Eyre Crowe, a British artist, called “Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond, Virginia,” painted in 1861, it depicts the moments just before a slave auction is held in Richmond in 1861. Crowe’s three paintings (reproduced on panels for the traveling exhibit) show different aspects of the domestic slave trade that began in the early 1800’s. “After the Sale: Slaves Going South” (1865) documents what came next for the slaves.
The first African slaves came to Virginia in 1619, when the tobacco industry was booming. By the 1800’s Virginia wasn’t growing as much tobacco leaving more slaves than work. Some slave owners began selling their slaves (about 600,000–the largest forced migration in U.S. history) to those in the Deep South (“sold South”) where the slaves would help meet the demand for cotton labor. Richmond became a “slave-collecting and re-sale center,” the largest slave-trading center in the Upper South. It is estimated that in 1857 the slave trade in Richmond was $4 million dollars (more than $440 million today.) The slaves sold were transported by ship, rail or overland in groups that often numbered over 300 people. The end of the journey was often New Orleans, the largest slave-trading city in the U.S.
In addition to the panels the exhibit showcases slave history items from the Lynchburg Museum collection–the deeds of manumission from John Lynch giving his slaves their freedom in 1782, items found during archaeological digs where the homes of Thomas Jefferson’s slaves at Poplar Forest were located, and a letter from a slave to Elijah Fletcher, father of Indiana Fletcher who founded Sweet Briar College.
You can view this exhibit at the Lynchburg Museum, 901 Court Street, until March 6, 2016. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday between 10 until 4 and Sunday between noon until 4. Admission to the Museum is free.
An African American genealogy workshop and lecture will be held at the Community Room of the Lynchburg Public Library on February 19 at 2 pm. This workshop and lecture are being sponsored by the Legacy Museum of African American History.
The Lynchburg Museum is a short distance (walking distance) to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
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