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“Nat Turner’s Bones: Reassembling an American Rebel” a lecture

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Nat Turner’s revolt

Lynchburg, Virginia’s Jones Memorial Library is hosting a lecture on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm.  This lecture will discuss the archaeological search for the remains of a Virginia slave, Nat Turner.

Who was Nat Turner?  Born on October 2, 1800, in South Hampton County, Virginia, Nat Turner made history as the leader of one of the bloodiest slave revolts in America.  He was born on the Virginia plantation of Benjamin Turner, who allowed him to be instructed in reading, writing and religion.  As a small child Nat was thought to have a special talent because he could describe things that happened before he was born.  He was deeply religious and spent much of his time reading the Bible, praying and fasting.  As he grew older he believed he received messages from God through visions and signs in nature.  In 2016, his story was told in the movie, Birth of a Nation.

Nat Turner

Nat Turner in the movie Birth of a Nation in 2016

In 1825 Nat had a vision of a bloody conflict between black and white spirits.  Three years later he had another.  In 1831 Nat interpreted a solar eclipse as a sign that it was time to rise up.  He recruited several other slaves to join his cause.  On August 21, 1831 Nat and his supporters began their revolt against white slave owners with the killing of the Travis family.  He gathered more supporters, growing to a group of over 50 slaves, as he and his men continued their violent killing spree through the county.  Nat fled and hid in the woods.  While he was hiding white mobs took their revenge on the blacks in Southampton County, killing between 150-200 slaves.  Nat was captured and tried.  Although he pled not guilty he was sentenced to death by hanging, which was carried out on November 11, 1831.

The rebellion was one of the bloodiest and most effective in American history.  The incident put fear in the heart of southerners, especially Virginians, ending the organized emancipation movement in that region.  Southern states enacted even harsher laws against slaves instead.  Nat’s actions added fuel to the abolitionist movement in the north.  The rebellion is said to have expedited the coming of the Civil War.

Here are 10 things you may want to know about Nat Turner as shown on the History Chanel.

The lecture will be conducted by Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz.  He will discuss the life of Nat Turner, the rebellion and the search for Nat Turner’s remains.  This lecture is free and open to the public.  It will take place at Jones Memorial Library, 2311 Memorial Avenue, on the second floor, at 5:00 pm.  For more information contact the library staff at 434.846.0501.

 

Every Day is Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day special all month long

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Every day, during the month of February, is Valentine’s Day at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA.  So just what does that mean?

It means you can take advantage of our Valentine’s Celebration packages any day during the month of February.  We have several packages to choose from, based upon the amount of time you’d like to spend together and your budget.  We have listed two of our packages below, but  today, others can be found on our web site at,:  www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com/Packages.  If you don’t see a package that you like, give us a call and tell us what you want and we will make it happen.  It could be as simple as dinner and a movie or a massage or flowers or balloons. to a tour of a winery, cidery or distillery or a simple stay away from the rat race with you and your special someone.

One Night Love Affair.

Ideal for those who have only one day to celebrate, our delightful mini-getaway celebration will show your sweetie they are loved.  Package includes: your room of choice (in the mansion), our delicious 4-course breakfast, a rose in bud vase, 6 chocolate dipped strawberries and a chilled bottle of Prosecco.  This celebratory package is the cost of your room plus $75.00.  You must mention this package when booking your reservation, at least 48 hours in advance.

Romantic Rendezvous:

For those of you who would like to escape for a two night getaway this package is one that might interest you.  You and your loved one will enjoy a two-night stay in your room of choice (in the mansion), our delicious 4-course breakfast each morning, one dozen roses in a vase, a chilled bottle of Prosecco, a box of hand-made truffles and a handcrafted stained glass heart, along with a $100.00 gift certificate to one of our downtown restaurants.  This romantic package is the cost of your room plus $250.00.  You must mention this package when booking your reservation, at least 48 hours in advance.  Restaurant reservations are subject to availability.

 Call us during this month of love at, 434.846.1388 to book your stay and we will take care of the rest.

Fine print:  Rooms can be upgraded to a room in the carriage house for an additional $25.00 per night.  Taxes are in addition to package price.  Cannot be used with a gift certificate, voucher, or combined with any other packages or specials.

 

Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats

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Mrs. Joys, Lynchburg, VA

A treat from Mrs. Joy’s

It’s finally here, open and a huge success–Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats!

Tarsha Joyner, aka Mrs. Joy, became a Lynchburg, VA celebrity in November 2015 when she took home the top prize on Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge” special.  Long before the airing of that episode Tarsha had already gained a large and loyal following for her booth at the Lynchburg Community Market, where she sold treats of various shapes, sizes and goodness beginning in 2012.

Lynchburg Virginia, Mrs. Joy's

Mrs. Joy’s almost too good to eat.

The shop took almost a year to build, but the time allowed Tarsha to design the shop exactly as she always pictured it.  Bright accent walls, a checkered floor in shades of butterscotch yellow, light bulbs encased in whisk fixtures above the bar, tables at the front of the shop and seats in the back.  Her plan is to rent the lounge space, located in the back section near the terrace level and breakfast bar area,  She plans on offering decorating classes which will focus on cookies and cupcakes.  A painting with chocolate class is in the works.  Mrs. Joy’s will offer standard menu items with two kinds of cookies, one of which will always be chocolate chip, along with other staples like caramels, brownies and doughnuts.  Special surprises will be offered on a rotating schedule and will include whoopee pies, macarons, and “hot chocolate on a stick.”  When we have visited there have been cases filled with Black Forest cupcakes with cherry and vanilla frosting, ginger and lemon macarons filled with buttercream and lemon curd, peanut-butter glazed yeast doughnuts and apple pie pockets filled with Granny Smith apples, plus maple-bacon caramels.

Mrs. Joy's

Mrs. Joy’s, Downtown Lynchburg

Located at 1008 Commerce Street the hours of operation are Monday through Friday between 9:00-6:00 and Saturday from 8:00-9:00.  The website is www.mrsjoys.com

A word to the wise, if you are on the hunt for your favorite delicious bakery item get there early!  There are times items are sold out by 10:00, with a line out of the door waiting to get in.

Don’t worry about the calories,  Mrs. Joy’s is walking distance from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast so you can indulge on these treats then burn off the calories by walking back to the Bed and Breakfast.

Old City Cemetery Art Exhibit

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Painting of the Chapel at Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery-Painting of The Chapel

Westminster Canterbury is proud to be hosting a special exhibit of original art of the Old City Cemetery, all by local artists, until January 26, 2017.  This exhibit is placed throughout the Westminster Canterbury complex, ask at the front registration desk and they can direct you to the correct rooms and hallways throughout the two buildings.

The exhibit is comprised of approximately 25 pieces of art.  The art work featured are paintings, pastels, pencil drawings, two dimensional art and a quilt.  When seen together all of the pieces of art tell the story of the Southern Memorial Association and it’s association with Old City Cemetery.  They were created and combined to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Southern Memorial Association in 2016.

Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery Artwork

In 1866 the Ladies Memorial Association was founded to beautify and protect the Confederate graves found in the Old City Cemetery.  Between 1904 and 1915 the LMA purchased and installed over 2,000 individual marble headstones for the Confederate graves.  During the time period of 1918 until 1931 they erected several monuments and structures in the Confederate Section, such as the entrance archway, “Speaker’s Belvedere” and the Veteran’s bench.  In 1981 this association became known as the Southern Memorial Association.  Although originally charged with the mission of protecting and preserving the Confederate section of the cemetery the “new” organization gradually assumed responsibility for the preservation of the entire Cemetery.  Today the Southern Memorial Association is tasked with the management and maintenance of the cemetery.

On January 17, 2017 Ted Delany, Associate Director of the Old City Cemetery, will present an illustrated lecture at Westminster Canterbury.  The lecture will describe the various pieces of art, using the actual art, slides and descriptions from the artists to tell the interesting and unique story of the Cemetery and the Southern Memorial  Association.  The lecture will begin at 7:00 pm, the front desk will be able to direct you too the appropriate room.

Historic Churches of Lynchburg

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Historic Churches of Lynchburg

Historic Churches of Lynchburg

On Saturday, December, between 10 until 2, the Interfaith Outreach Association will be hosting the Downtown Lynchburg Historic Church Open House.  Nine churches, within a 5 block area of downtown Lynchburg, VA, will be open for tours.  In addition to touring the churches each church will be presenting musical performances throughout the tour time as well as a silent auction.

The participating historic churches of Lynchburg are:

  • Court Street Baptist
  • Court Street United Methodist
  • First Unitarianimg_8146-1
  • First Baptist
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal
  • Holy Cross Catholic
  • Diamond Hill Baptist
  • Eighth Street Baptist
  • Jackson Street United Methodist
Historic Churches

Historic Churches

Some interesting facts about a few of the churches on tour follow:

Court Street Baptist: was organized in 1843.  It holds the distinction of being the “mother church” of all Black Baptist Churches in Lynchburg.  The renowned architect R.C. Burkholder designed this church. Its spire is the tallest object on the downtown skyline, 167 feet above ground level.  The copper ball on the top of the spire is 9 1/2 feet in circumference.

Court Street United Methodist: was organized in 1849.  This church is considered the “mother church of Methodism” in Lynchburg.  Known for its music, the second pipe organ in Lynchburg was installed in 1866.  A Midday Music Series is performed from May through September with area organists and instrumentalists as well as guest organists from other cites and states.

St. Paul’s Episcopal:  St. Paul’s crèche and angels memorialize and honor loved ones.  From Advent until the Epiphany they are remembered in the prayers of the Parish.  Children of the Parish add a small stone or some moss to help in the creation of the crèche scene.  At the beginning of Advent the precipio are atop the columns throughout the nave.  Each week they make their way to the manger.  On Christmas Eve a child carries the baby Jesus as part of the procession and places him in the manger.

Diamond Hill Baptist:  founded in 1872.  The late Rev. Haywood Robinson, Jr. was the longest tenured Pastor having served this house of Zion for 36 years, from July 1964 until his retirement in 2000.  Close relationship with Virginia Seminary (currently the Virginia University of Lynchburg) many ministers have been ordained here.

Historic Churches

img_2064-1Eighth Street Baptist:  grew out of Church Street Baptist.  Dedicated in 1899.  The interior is reflective of the worship practices of the late nineteenth century Protestant congregations.  It is an auditorium church with sloping floors and carved pews facing a shallow chancel.

Tickets to the tour can be purchased via cash or check at the Lynchburg Visitor Center, Depot Grille, Boonsboro Pok-E-Joes, Aylor’s Farm Store or the Outreach Association Office at 701 Clay Street.  Adult tickets are $20.00.  For more information contact the association at 434.846.6098.

All proceeds form the tour benefit the Outreach Association programs.  These include Emergency Assistance, Emergency Heating Assistance for the Elderly, Furniture and Furnishings for abused women, Interfaith Building and Vision Information Programs.

Lynchburg Design House 2016

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Lynchburg Design House

Lynchburg Design House, 2016

Again this year the YWCA is going to showcase local designers, contractors, vendors and small businesses in the YWCA Lynchburg Design House.  The designers and contractors will be redesigning and redecorating rooms, using their skills and the latest design techniques, to transform an ordinary house into an extraordinary one.  Each designer or contractor will utilize paint, fabric, furniture and accessories for a total makeover.  You, as a guest visitor, will be able to see the work and vision of these talented people.  You will see color choices and color schemes, furniture choices and placement along with rugs, artwork and accessories to make the room shine.  Almost everything in the house is for sale!

In addition to touring the magnificent house this year’s special events include a fashion show, a mother-daughter tea and a bridal show.  A preview party provides an opportunity to meet all of the participating designers who will be showing off their room and their work.  In addition to the special events there will be an on-site boutique and Christmas shop, sponsored by the Farm Basket.

All of the proceeds from this event, put on solely by volunteers, directly supports the YWCA mission and programs, with special attention to the Domestic Violence Prevention Center.

This year’s house is located at 1418 Harrison Street, in Diamond Hill.  Known as the Kean-Jackson House it was built in 1855.  The style is Gothic Revival.  R. G. H. Kean was the head of the Bureau of War for the Confederacy and was married to Thomas Jefferson’s great grand-daughter.

The Design House will be open Saturday, November 12 through Sunday, December 4, at various times Thursdays through Sundays.  The special events will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  The house is also available for community groups for events of their own.

For more information contact Caroline Hudson at 434.847.7751 or info@lynchburgdesignhouse.com.