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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.

 

Historic Homes Tour 2017

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One of the homes on the 2017 Historic Homes Tour

Once again the Lynchburg Historical Foundation is hosting a tour of homes.  You will be able to tour four homes on Woodland Avenue on Sunday, September 24 between 1:00 until 4:40 pm.  Tickets are $20 and are available at the Lynchburg Visitor Center or the Lynchburg Historical Foundation office.  For more information contact the foundation at 434.528.5353.

The four homes on the tour include:

106 Woodland Avenue:  known as the Wells House it was built in 1912.  Robert Gordon Bailey purchased the lot and built the home for his new bride.  She was a student at Randolph-Macon  Woman’s College.  During their days of courting they often would sit upon this hill and gaze at Peaks of Otter.  Olive told Robert “if I ever build a house, I’d like to build it right here.”  Designed by McLaughlin & Johnson architects it incorporates many Colonial Revival elements.

221 Woodland Avenue:  built in 1910, the Sackett House, was the second or third house built on Woodland Avenue.  When designing the house, Mrs. Sackett included many designs from her family home on Federal Street.  These include the twin mantles in the living and dining rooms, the elliptical and side lights at the front door and the front staircase and banisters.

231 Woodland Avenue:  known as the McLaughlin House, this American foursquare was built in 1925.  Traditional foursquare floorplan features include the columns across the large front porch, symmetrical placement of windows and doors and an easy-flowing floorplan.

2017 Historic Homes Tour

324 Woodland Avenue:  the Torrance House was built in 1915 on land that was part of the city’s annexation of land in 1908.  This residence has had the fewest owners of any house on Woodland Avenue, only two.  This two-story stucco house has a hip roof, a masonry porch and brick patio.  The original entrance included an arched entrance with a cathedral door.

This year’s tour will be an easy and delightful walk on a beautiful street in Lynchburg that was once far removed for the downtown area and city center.

Brew Ridge Trail

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Brew Ridge Tour Bus at the Virginia Distillery.

The Brew Ridge Trail has been “open for business” since 2008.  Have you experienced it yet?  If not, the next few weeks will be a perfect time.  The weather will start to cool, the leaves will start to turn, various fairs and festivals will be found, and the beer tastings will be delicious.

The safest way to enjoy our wineries, distilleries, breweries and ciders.

The Brew Ridge Trail is a self-guided visit to 6 breweries in Central Virginia.  You can visit any brewery, in any order, during their regular business hours.  All of the Brew Ridge Trail locations can be found on their website www.brewridgetrail.com, along with directions.  Download the map, plot your trip and hit the road.

The breweries work together to promote the trail, collaborate on unique and varied beers, present special events at the breweries and share ideas and promotions that benefit them all.  Tastings and samples are offered at each location for a variety of lagers and stouts, along with seasonal and/or monthly specials.  Hours of operation vary according to the time of year and day of the week–check out their websites or give them a call.

The breweries currently on the trail are:

  • Blue Mountain Barrel House, bluemountainbarrel.com, 434.263.4002
  • Blue Mountain Brewery, bluemountainbrewery.com, 540.456.8020
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Company, dbbrewingcompany.com, 434.361.1001
  • South Street Brewery, southstreetbrewery.com, 434.293.6550
  • Starr Hill Brewery, starrhill.com, 434.823.5671
  • Wild Wolf Brewing Company, wildwolfbeer.com, 434.361.0088

If you would like to enjoy the tastings without the hassle of driving Brew Ridge Tours may be just the thing for you.  Operating out of Lynchburg they let you do the tasting and they do the driving.  Their tour pick-up locations are in Forest at Bräuburgers and in downtown Lynchburg at The Water Dog.

Tours include:

  • All Inclusive Daily Tour:  lunch, beer/cider flights, swag, 32 oz. take-home crowler/grumbler
  • 4 Hop Tour:  Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10-6, Saturday, 4-midnight, all inclusive
  • Sunday Short Hop:  Sunday, 11-5, all inclusive
  • Night Flight:  7-11:30, beer flight at brewery of the night included
  • Lunch Hop:  Tuesday & Thursday, 11-3, lunch & beer flight included
  • Private Tours:  personalized private tour arranged upon request, call for details

For guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we will drive you to/pick you up at The Water Dog.  Responsible drinking is appreciated by all.

For more information about any of the above breweries or tours contact the vendor involved.  Enjoy!

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.

Vector Space

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Costume design by a student at Vector Space

Vector Space, 402 Fifth Street, Lynchburg, VA is now open and helping it’s members who are interested in science, technology, engineering, art and math collaborate, invent, discover and build things that interest them.  Access to materials, equipment, tools and instruction help students, hobbyists and professionals hone their craft, share their knowledge and learn new things.  The focus of Vector Space is the connection between personal interests and academic learning of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.  The classes, workshops and projects inspire members to share knowledge, learn from each other and mentor others.  Each hands-on lesson is taught by local experts and professionals: professors, engineers, graphic designers, woodworkers, computer scientists and more.

Woodworking shop at Vector Space

So how does this work?  Members pay a monthly fee of $60, or $40 for students, and in return get discounts on classes, access to the space 24/7, tools and equipment, basic materials and storage space.  Access to the space includes the computer and electronics lab, the textile room, the 3D printer, the lounge, classroom and conference room.  You must pass a tool safety course before you are given access to the woodworking and metalworking tools.

All workshops and projects are open to the public and do not require membership to attend.  Participating in a project allows you to be lead by a coach through immersive and ambitious projects.  Teammates work closely together as they learn the skills necessary to solve the problem they have been given.  Currently the next project offered will be building a computer from scratch.  10 high school students will build a computer, learning about them as they go along.  This class will begin on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Workshops last between 3-5 hours and teach specific skills such as programming, 3D printing, leather bookbinding, screen printing, metalworking and sewing.  Upcoming workshops can be found at vector-space.org/workshops.

Each first Friday of the month offers a chance for you to visit between 5:00 until 8:00 pm.  Tour the space, talk with members, look at the things the members are doing and building.  You can also visit during an event on the calendar.  Or if those times are not convenient for you email them at info@vector-space.org to arrange a private tour.