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Crawford Farm Ghost Tour

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Crawford Farm Ghost Tour

Based on true ghost stories and legends, the Crawford Farm Ghost Tour will take you on an intimate journey onto the actual property of one of the most feared and twisted families of the late 19th century.  The true story of love, loss and one man’s willingness to blur the borders between life and death have haunted generations.

After losing his beloved wife during the birth of their second child, an old Civil War veteran, Elijah Crawford, turned to the dark arts to find her.  His obsession to find his lost love turned south and a string of tragedies began to fall upon the farm, as one by one those close to him started experiencing horrific life changing (and some life ending) events.  The land was cursed and casts a dark shadow even today.

Recently voted one of the Top 30 scariest grounds in the nation by the National Registry of Haunted Places, The Crawford Farm is a historic landmark in Appomattox, Virginia.  Set in the ghostly woods of the farm, this guided tour is in its seventh year and is produced and conducted by Wolfbane Productions.

Whether you are a paranormal expert of Halloween aficionado, The Crawford Farm Ghost Tour will thrill and chill you.  Tour dates are October 19-21, 2017.  Tours start at 7:30 pm and run until 11:00 pm.  Tours are approximately 30 minutes.  Tickets are sold at the door for $10.  Tickets are sold first come, first served, starting at 6:30 pm each evening.  Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking through the woods.  Tours are not recommended for children under 12.

**Information taken from the Wolfbane Productions web site.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is located 20-25 minutes from Appomattox.  After a scary Ghost Tour come back and relax here.  Click for reservations.

Poplar Forest Parkway Trail System

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Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Have you heard that Thomas Jefferson‘s Poplar Forest is in the process of designing a new entrance, parkway and trail system on the grounds?

The trail system will be implemented in phases and when complete will provide six miles of trails that will traverse the majority of Poplar Forest’s 600 acres.  The trails will range from wide paved surfaces to rugged hiking trails to simple mown paths along the perimeters of the fields.

The first phase of the parkway constructions will include two accessible primary trails.  The first trail will parallel the parkway, allowing visitors to park at a small trailhead at the new front entrance and walk to Jefferson’s retreat house.  The path will cross through different landscapes highlighting the original plantation fields, old road traces and the site of the Prize Barn where enslaved workers packed tobacco for market.

When the parkway opens to traffic, the current single-lane entrance will be converted into the second primary trail, leading walkers down the tree-lined road established by the Hutters in the mid- to late-19th century.

The trail system will highlight historic and archaeological sites and unique environmental features of the property.  You will be able to see stands of tulip poplars trees dating to the late 1800s and black gum trees that are over 200 years old.  Vernal pools  are found along the way.  These seasonal wetland areas are home to a variety of unique plant and animal species, including rare species of salamander and other amphibians that would otherwise be prey to fish in larger bodies of water.

On Saturday, October 7, 2017 Poplar Forest will conduct an archaeology behind-the-scenes tour of this latest project.  Archaeologists will lead participants on a 90-minute walking tour of the Poplar Forest Parkway.  Be one of the first guests to get a glimpse of this exciting trail system.  Comfortable shoes are necessary.  In addition to the tour you will have access to the Poplar Forest Archaeology lab and the retreat home of Thomas Jefferson.  Tours begin at either 11 am or 2 pm.  Reservations are required, as limited space is available.  Regular admission fees apply.  Call 434.525.1806 for more information or visit www.poplarforest.org/events.

If you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA you are about a 20-minute drive to Poplar Forest.  Let us know which tour you are attending and we will make sure you enjoy your delicious 4-course breakfast before you go walking.  Mike and I will see you there!

**information for this blog post taken from the Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest magazine.

 

Presbyterian Cemetery

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An angel in mourning at the Presbyterian Cemetery

The Presbyterian Cemetery was founded in 1823 when six elders of the Presbyterian church purchased two acres from Edward Lynch, son of John Lynch (Lynchburg City founder).  Today the cemetery contains about 25 acres.  It is an independent cemetery that has been in continuous operation since it began.  About 15,000 graves are contained on the property.

Acorns and Oak Leaves typically indicates the grave of a soldier.

Over 213 Confederate soldiers are buried here, making it one of the largest Lynchburg-area Confederate burial sites.  Others resting in the cemetery include members of the military from generals to privates, merchants, doctors, lawyers, educators, businessmen, artists and ministers.  A few of the noteworthy individuals are Dr. James Brown, 1824–the first burial, Brig. Gen. Samuel Garland, Jr. 1862 and Emma Serena Dillard Stovall, 1980–noted painter Queena Stovall.

The architecture of sculptures, headstones, monuments and art reflect the European cultures of Ireland, Scotland and Germany, as many of the original people buried here were from these countries.  Some of the sculptures look Gothic, Georgian or Celtic depending when they were placed in the Cemetery.  Some stones are made of marble while others are granite.  Intricate colors of gray, pink and black can be found throughout the Cemetery.  One of the most dramatic stones is a weeping angel bending over in grief.  The angel’s companion is nearby, another angel standing holding a trumpet to signal rapture.

Common symbols found throughout the cemetery on the monuments and tombstones are: various flowers-lilies, roses, oak leaves and ivy, lambs-signifying the grave of a child, urns-often draped with a mourning cloth refer to the soul, snapped or broken branches-a life cut short, doves-peace or messenger of God, a circle-eternal life, angels-a guide to heaven and the morning glory-resurrection.

The Presbyterian Cemetery is located at 2020 Grace Street in Lynchburg, VA.  It is open from dawn until dusk.  The office is open Monday-Thursday between 9:30 until 2:30.  They can be reached at 434.845.0551 or through their email PC1823@msn.com.  Their web site is www.presbyteriancemeteryva.com.

Between April until October the Cemetery, typically, holds a public tour the first Sunday of each month beginning at 2:00 pm.  Each tour presents a different aspect of the cemetery such as graves found here, cemetery architecture, mourning traditions and how Victorian life and influences in the Cemetery.  These tours last about one hour.  The cost of attending is $5.00 per person.

An urn draped with a mourning cloth was prevalent in the 1800’s. The circle represents eternity which is also the symbol of today’s wedding band.

The 32nd Annual James River Batteau Festival

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Batteau Festival 2017

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 11:00 am, the batteau will push off from Percival’s Island with the booming of a cannon.

The James River Batteau Festival is an 8-day event featuring authentic replicas of the sleek, shallow-draft merchant boats that were used starting in 1747 for commercial navigation.  The original batteau were an adaptation of the Indian dugout canoes.  In 1775 Anthony and Benjamin Rucker, from Amherst County, invented a new type of batteau made of sawn lumber and designed specifically for the shallow, swift waters of the James River.  Thomas Jefferson was present for the launching of the first Rucker batteau.  Within a few years 500 batteau were traveling down the James River with canned tobacco, flour, iron, apple brandy to Richmond and towns along the way.  On the return trip they carried books, millstones, harpsicords and agricultural lime.  The stories of the boatmen are legendary.

The festival is a unique folklife festival uniting the communities along the 120 miles of the James River between Lynchburg and Richmond.  Considered a highway in the 1700’s, the James River was crucial to the settlement of Central Virginia.  Many of the boatmen and women keep the boats as authentic as possible.  They dress in period clothing, meals include organic vegetables and the meals are prepared on the boat.

Each night is spent in a different town along the river.  Most of the towns welcome the participants with a fair-like atmosphere, including music, games, food trucks, maybe fireworks and in general, a very warm welcome. The first night will be spent at Galt’s Mill in Stapleton.  Wednesday evening will find the crews in Scottsville.  Scottsville is one of the favorite stops along the James River as it is a “real city” (population 575) with the chance for a shower and a meal cooked in a restaurant.  Saturday finds everyone at Maiden’s Landing in Richmond.

For an interesting morning on the river head to Percival’s Island between 9:00-1:00 on the 17th.  You will be entertained, amused and learn about this unique form of river running.

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day 10K Run

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Lace up your shoes for the 10K run this weekend.

The Lynchburg Road Runners Club is hosting the Memorial Day 10K and 2 Mile Walk on Monday, May 29, 2017.  The event begins at 8:00 AM at the Depot Grille, 27 9th Street in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  Using the Blackwater Creek Bikeway the event takes place mostly on a flat, paved path–out and back to the Depot Grille.

Event details are as follows:

10K     $30     price increases 5/27 to $35

2 Mile Walk     $20     price increases 5/27 to $25

Packets and t-shirts (if available) can be picked up on Friday, May 26, between 12-6 and Saturday, May 27, between 12-5 at Riverside Runners.  On Race Day they will be available between 7-7:30 at the Depot Grille.

Registration is on-line only.  Visit https://runsignup.com to register or for more information.

Good luck!

Lynchburg Food Fest

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First Annual Food Fest will feature all types of food

The first annual Lynchburg Food Fest is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Riverfront Park in Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  The “foodies” of Lynchburg will be rejoicing as they sample their way through the best of Lynchburg’s local cuisine and drink during the hours of 11 AM until 5PM.

Experience the tastes of over 50 local restaurants, food trucks, artisan food vendors, catering companies, breweries, cideries, wineries and more.  At the food vendors you will be able to try samples or select full menu items.  The 9 breweries and wineries, along with the cideries and Virginia Distillery Company will be offering tastes.

Food vendors participating include:  Taco Shark, The Water Dog, Cheesy Rider, Altus Chocolate, The Frosty Penguin, Sourdough Pizza Company, Marilyn’s Creamery and many more.  The drink vendors include:  Apocalypse Ale Works, Loose Shoe Brewing Company, Blue Mountain Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery, Goose Island, Devils Backbone, Bold Rock Cider, DeVault Vineyard and more.

The event is family-friendly and will offer a “kids zone” featuring bouncy castles, a temporary tattoo station, photo opportunities and more fun activities planned throughout the day.  Live music will be presented all day.  If you bike to the event you can save $1 off your admission ticket.  Bike parking will be provided by Ride Solutions and Greater Lynchburg Offroad Cyclists.

Admission is $5 with kids 12 and under free.  Food tastings range between $1-$3.

For more information visit foodfest@downtownlynchburg.com.