Prior to the Civil War, Lynchburg, also know as the City of Seven Hills, was a bustling little city on the James River. Several railroad lines passed through the city as well as the city’s canal system made Lynchburg a transportation hub in its day. Being a transportation hub made it easy for the tobacco farmers, lumber barons and factory owners to transport their products to market. As the anti-slavery movement started gaining momentum the economy of Lynchburg was changing from agricultural to manufacturing. The riverfront and downtown saw massive tobacco warehouses, often four or more stories tall taking up the better part of a city block, as well as huge brick factories and foundries supporting the local economy. The population of Lynchburg was approximately 6,853 and enjoyed a good standard of living. Local doctors working from their store front offices made house calls to keep the population healthy as there were no hospitals in town.
When the Civil War broke out, Lynchburg’s population dropped by about a quarter as many of the able-bodied men enlisted in the Confederate Army. Those that remained behind ran the factories and worked the fields. Train loads of food, clothing, ammunition and supplies left the docks and trains of Lynchburg. As war raged on, the boxcars returned to Lynchburg full of wounded soldiers, both Union and Confederate. Prior to the Civil War, the wounded were treated on the battlefield. Due to the extensive network of railroads throughout the South, the wounded during the Civil War were transported to hospital cities. Lynchburg went from a city with no hospitals to a city with 32 hospitals. 19 of the huge tobacco barns were converted to hospitals as were other factories and warehouses. The few doctors that were in Lynchburg were assisted by the remaining townspeople, mostly women, who oversaw the care and treatment of the wounded. At any given time during the Civil War, the hospitals were treating 3,000-4,000 soldiers. Unfortunately, many of them never made it back to the battlefield or home as we didn’t have the lifesaving technologies we have today.
Today, only two of these tobacco warehouses stand and soon there may be only one. Over the decades most of them were torn down. The Miller Building, circa 1845, on Dunbar Street was a tobacco warehouse which operated as a hospital and morgue during the Civil War. For the last several years it has been vacant and as water leaked through the roof the building became unstable. Last week a four story section of the exterior wall collapsed. The owners of the building would love to save this part of history but have indicated they don’t have the financial resources to restore the building and may be forced to tear it down if they can’t figure out a way to save it.
Lynchburg and the surrounding area if full of history. On your next visit to the area plan on staying at the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in downtown Lynchburg. The home was built by Richard Thomas (R. T.) Watts who served in the Civil War. R. T.’s horse was shot out from under him near Fredericksburg, Virginia during the battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. He was captured and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp in Delaware. After the war he returned to Lynchburg and built this fine home. Rather than just visiting historical sites, plan on spending the night in one of them. For reservations call: 434-846-1388 or visit our website: http://www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com
Statistical information for this blog was taken from “A Prototype of a Confederate Hospital Center in Lynchburg Virginia” by Peter Houck.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA is proud to announce that we have been chosen as a “Top 10 B & B in the US” of BedandBreakfast.com in the best of BedandBreakfast.com awards.
The Carriage House Inn is recognized as tops in the country providing the best travel experience, hospitality and customer service, according to the seventh annual Best of BedandBreakfast.com awards, 2011-2012.
Award winners are selected based on the quaility and quantity of the traveler reviews from the past year on BedandBreakfast.com, as well as the quality of the inns’ photos, listing descriptions and overall online customer experience on BedandBreakfast.com.
“The Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award winners, including The Carriage House Inn, really exemplify the special experience that travelers expect from staying in a bed and breakfast,” says Martin Slagter, vice president of HomeAway, Inc, which owns BedandBreakfast.com. “Take one look at The Carriage House Inn’s reviews and you’ll see guests who share stellar accolades for its accommodations, breakfasts, amenities and outstanding hospitality and service.”
Is it time for you to discover why we have been honored to recieve this special award? Call us at 434.846.1388 or visit our web site at www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com. We look forward to welcoming you as you travel to/through Lynchburg or as a close to home getaway for the locals.
This event began in Arlington National Cemetery in 2005. The original purpose was to remember and honor the memory of veterans buried in the older section of the Cemetery, which was receiving fewer visitors each year. When a picture was placed on the internet of rows upon rows of snow-covered tombstones and green wreaths decorated with red bows, the idea went viral around the country and there was interest in duplicating the ceremony. Last year the event was held in more than 500 U.S. locations and 24 off-shore sites.
Old City Cemetery has over 2,200 veterans, representing every war from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War. In 2010 the DAR placed 717 wreaths, the fourth largest number in Virginia, with Arlington Cemetery being the largest.
The public is invited to this year’s ceremony. Beginning at noon the ceremony will begin with a flyover by a member of the Civil Air Patrol, followed by the arrival of seven special military wreaths accompanied by veterans in a motorcycle escort. Following a brief ceremony with DAR and community leaders everyone will be invited to help lay wreaths. Kathy, Mike and guests of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast will be assisting in this year’s ceremony to honor those who have fought for our freedoms and gave the ultimate sacrifice. We look forward to seeing you there.
**Cemetery gates will be closed to through traffic when the ceremony begins promptly at Noon.
Northern Virginia Magazine, September 2011 (pages 46 and 47), has selected us as one of the best places to “get away, get together, and get romantic” on the east coast (New York to North Carolina)!
“Custom romance” is available for you and your loved one at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. We personalize guest packages to fit your needs and wants which elevates your stay to a must-visit for lovers. Choose from champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, flowers or balloons. Be a bit more active and choose from hiking or biking trips on Lynchburg’s 14 miles of trails, tasting wines at over 17 wineries located within an hour of the bed and breakfast, tour museums and historic homes or Civil War sites, kayak or canoe the James River or go antiquing for treasures. Totally relax on our wrap-around front porch or in our parlour just talking, reading and enjoying quiet time together away from the daily stresses of work and family. Or take advantage of our on-site massage and body works studio and be pampered and relaxed to a deeper level.
Each guest room has it’s own ambiance and special features, call us and we can assist you in selecting the one that’s right for you. We’ll help you plan your stay, make dinner suggestions and reservations and allow you to have a romantic getaway that fits your personality. And of course each morning you will be treated to our legendary four-course breakfast, featuring our signature recipe of the month one morning. Experience the past by staying in our circa 1878 mansion or circa 1910 carriage house.
Call us at 434.846.1388 to start your getaway. Visit our web site and learn about all we have to offer, www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com We look forward to your visit!
Kathy & Mike
Lynchburg celebrated its third annual “Get Downtown” Celebration this past week. Main Street was closed to vehicular traffic and students and residents alike came to see street performers, listen to some great music and taste the food of our great downtown restaurants.
The number of people that turned out was impressive!
In the crowd was our councilman Cesar Johnson who just happens to be the Vice Mayor. I frankly don’t know what a vice mayor does, but I assume he is working on bring more “vice” into our city.———-Cesar, I warned you that I would be posting something in our blog about you.
Of course there were so many people the best way to get a clear view of the celebrations was to put on your stilts.
If walking around wasn’t your thing you could skate, but be careful, Lynchburg has a roller derby team and the gals were out in force trying to show other skaters they aren’t just another group of pretty faces.
Urs, the chef and owner of Main Street Eatery took over the sidewalk in front of his restaurant and fired up the grill and you know whatever he cooks is great.
Susan Stoner, owner of the Corset Corner, helps a customer. If you need lingerie, this is the place to shop!
With so many people wandering down Main Street, you know someone has to be clowning around!
If you wanted some culture there was even music for you.
There is so much to see and do downtown that Tony Cam, manager at the Holiday Inn couldn’t contain himself and broke out in song…You have to hear and see this YouTube Video, “Get Downtown.”
If you missed the celebration it will be back next September, but you don’t need to wait until then. As Tony says….Get Downtown.
One of the reasons we purchased The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast our home was because of the rebirth of the downtown area. It is a great place that is within walking distance. Our guests love the charm and character of our restaurants and the food has always been great. While there is so much to see and do in and around Lynchburg, Virginia a trip downtown is a must, don’t wait until next years celebration, Get Downtown!
As the first “green lodging” in Lynchburg, Virginia, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast makes taking care of our earth a priority. We recycle rain run-off from our roofs into a 2000-gallon buried sistern the the backyard and into rain barrels located around the house. This water is used to water our organic vegetable, fruit, herb and lavender garden throughout the summer months.
The Lynchburg Community Market, one of the oldest continuously operating community markets in the country, is offering a Rain Barrel Workshop on Saturday August 13, 2011 between 1-3pm. This workshop will teach you how to save your rain water, make and operate your own rain barrel and the importance of rain gardens.
The cost of this workshop is $65.00 and includes: the lecture, the barrel with hardware and instruction. Advance registration is required, call 434.846.1388 and we will make the arrangements.
Come stay with us during this workshop weekend and we will credit you $65.00 toward your room rate plus show you how we have incorporated saving rain water into our daily lives. Visit our web site www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com, choose your room, then call 434.846.1388 to make your reservation. This special cannot be combined with any other special, discount, voucher or package. Reservations must be made by August 5th, in order to participate in the workshop.
Thank you for helping conserve our natural resources and for becoming “green!”
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