The Old City cemetery, in Lynchburg, VA, was established in 1806. It has been in continuous operation since it’s founding, making it one of the oldest public cemeteries in the US. Nearly 20,000 people are buried here. They include political, religious and cultural leaders, veterans of every major American war from the Revolution to Vietnam and over 2,200 Confederate soldiers. Three-quarters of those buried are African American (both free and enslaved) and more than one-third are infants and children under the age of four.
In addition to the graves honoring the dead are several buildings/museums, exhibits/monuments, gardens and special horticultural areas. In 2016 The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast’s blog is going to feature a special section of the Old City Cemetery throughout the year.
January we are highlighting the Pest House Museum Medical Center.
Located directly across the street from the Cemetery Center the 1840’s white frame building was the medical office of Dr. John Jay Terrell. It was moved here from his farm, Rock Castle Farm in Campbell County, in 1987. He used this office to treat patients for 40 years. Once restored it now combines his medical office with an example of a Pest House, to explain the medical science of the 1800’s.
Dr. Terrell’s Office contains his operating table, “poison chest,” “asthma chair,” and some of his instruments. A 1860’s hypodermic needle, clinical thermometer and chloroform mask along with his surgical kit are on display. Medical treatments often killed patients in the 1800’s, before their ailments would have. Dr. Terrell implemented washing hands and instruments between patients and the use of sand or sawdust on the floors to cut down on the spread of germs and bacteria. Simple things we do today and expect to be done today. These reforms enacted by Dr. Terrell reduced the Pest House mortality rate from 50 percent to 5 percent.
The Lynchburg Pest House was originally located near Fourth and Wise Streets, beside the early cemetery boundary where most of the patients would be buried. Used to quarantine Lynchburg residents in the 1800’s who contracted contagious diseases such as smallpox or measles the standards of cleanliness and medical care were virtually non-existent. Dr. Terrell deplored the conditions and volunteered to assume the responsibility of improving conditions for both the residents of Lynchburg and the Confederate soldiers who spent time there in quarantine. In the Pest House you will see examples of the straw pallets placed on the floor, that has been covered with sand. The use of sand made it easier to clean away debris and hazardous waste. The interior walls have been painted black to save the patients eyes, as smallpox affects the eyes and light. The garden just outside the Pest House contains various herbs and plants that Dr. Terrell would use when making salves, tinctures and remedies for his patients.
You can tour the Old City Cemetery daily between dawn until dusk. The various buildings and museums are not generally open to the public. You have access to them through placards, large windows and doors and recorded descriptions of the buildings and what they contain. The Cemetery Center is open daily between 11 until 3, or by appointment. For more information about the cemetery, tours, events, burial records or visiting the cemetery contact them at 434.847.1465 or www.gravegarden.org
You are cordially invited to join the Diamond Hill Historical Society for a tour of five seasonally-decorated homes in the Diamond Hill Historic District. The home tour will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015 between 1:00 until 4:30 p.m.
Diamond Hill was the third of Lynchburg’s original seven hills to be developed and became Lynchburg’s first historic district in 1978. Located on the edge of downtown Lynchburg, between Church and Grace Streets Diamond Hill is comprised of a variety of architectural styles including Queen Anne, Georgian Revival, Italianate, Gothic and Colonial revival.
Homes open for the tour include: 1216 Clay Street, 1407 Harrison Street, 401 Washington Street, 503 Washington Street, and 609 Washington Street. These homes were built between 1850 and 1919. Varying in style, size and lot design they will give tour attendees an educational sense of this historic District.
Tickets can be purchased at the Lynchburg Visitor Center or at Givens Books. Tickets will be available on the day of the tourat the corner of Madison and Washington Streets. Each ticket is $20.00.
Mark your calendar to attend the YWCA of Central Virginia’s inaugural Design House. Located at 3128 Rivermont Avenue, the house will be open Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, December 13. During this time the house will be open between 10-6 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Sundays it will be open between 12-4.
A Preview Gala will be held on Friday, November 20 between 6:30 until 9:30. At the gala you will be able to meet the designers and be among the first to see the Design House, in all of it’s glory! A catered reception will delight your taste buds and the rooms will delight your senses. Tickets for the preview gala are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance.
What is a Design House? Sixteen interior designers from across Central Virginia have been assigned a room of the house. The designer will bring their skills, design styles and techniques, paint, fabric, furniture and accessories for a total, special room makeover. This unique home tour allows visitors to experience the spectacular work and vision of the area’s designers and to gather ideas and inspiration for their own homes. Almost everything in the house will be “for sale”, plus an on-site boutique and Christmas shop, with fabulous items showcasing the best of the latest in home design and accessories, will be open to visitors.
Throughout the Design House tour days there will be a variety of seminars presented. The $45 ticket allows you to enter the Design House as often as you like and the ability to attend one or all of the seminars. The seminars currently range from decorating ideas, remodeling and even holiday drinks. Seminar dates and times can be found at LynchburgDesignHouse.com.
All proceeds from this event–put on solely by volunteers–will directly support the YWCA programs, including the Domestic Violence Prevention Center. This center includes two 24/7 domestic violence shelters, a domestic violence hotline, specially trained court advocates, support groups for women and children, emergency transportation, community education and the Children’s Visitation Center. The YWCA of Central Virginia serves the state between Lynchburg to Danville to Southside, more than 4,400 square miles and a population of more than 410,000.
Visit this historic property filled with wonderful design ideas and help a great cause at the same time.
Tickets may be purchased through LynchburgTickets.com, or at the Farm Basket or Persian Rugs and More, or at the Design House any day of the tours. Ticket prices are: $20 per person for a one time visit, $45 for a multiple day ticket.
For more information visit www.LynchburgDesignHouse.com
Are you ready to get your Diva on? Do you own a tiara? A feather boa? Would you like to be treated “royally” for an evening? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you need to head to downtown Lynchburg for it’s annual “Diva Crawl”
Friday, November 20, between 4:00 until 11:00 pm things will be happening!
Start the night off at the Lynchburg Community Market. There you will receive a goodie bag (available to the first 350 Divas) and a list of participating businesses. Hop on the GLTC trolley for a free ride around town. You will be able to get off and back on at various stops so that you will able to shop, peruse, and enjoy the local stores, shops, restaurants and galleries.
Beginning at 8:00 the Downtown Diva Crawl Official After Party will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Ballroom. DJ Ed and Tony Cam will be headlining the entertainment for the evening. For just a small admission, $5.00, you will have a fun and exciting evening. Snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available.
So don’t hesitate to have a great time in downtown Lynchburg, it’s always a fun evening. See you there! And, oh by the way, there may be a few guy divas there as well!
To avoid the long check-in lines get there early! If you and your diva friends want to make this a special weekend, why not stay at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and make it a girls weekend. Leave the kids, husband/boyfriend at home and reconnect with your gal-pals. For reservations call: 434-846-1388.
In downtown Lynchburg, VA, at 1118 Main Street, you will find Kegney Brothers Pub. In the style of a true public house, in Ireland, the interior of Kegney Brothers, the menu and the drink selections hark back to the original Kegney Brothers Saloon which opened in 1879 at 405 12th Street.
The pub exudes charm, comfort and good times. The interior space is constructed from reclaimed architectural salvage material. Edison-style pendant lights and bulbs evoke an old timey feel. Old photographs, handed down by family members, show the original saloon location, pictures of saloon patrons, the original liquor license, a Kegney whiskey label. A showcase contains family heirlooms from the original pub.
Kegney Brothers offers pub seating, a comfortable dining room or a patio overlooking the James River. The menu includes classic pub fare, including dishes from Ireland and England like fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage. An express lunch menu is available between 11 until 2 which offers burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups along with the standards. The pub and dining menu is available Monday through Sunday between 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM. An after hours menu is offered after 10:00 PM until closing.
The pub serves a variety of Irish whiskeys, Highland single malt scotches, American bourbons and whiskeys along with a long list of drafts, bottles and canned beer from Virginia, the United States and the U.K.
Between the hours of 4:00-6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, special food and drink offerings are highlighted during happy hour. Talented local musicians are hosted regularly throughout the year especially on weekend evenings (see the live music and events tab on their web site).
For more information about Lynchburg’s newest dining and drinking spot visit their web site at kegneybrothers.com or call them at 434.616.6691. Have fun and enjoy Lynchburg’s newest, but old, hang out! Guests of the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have enjoyed having a “watering hole” close enough to walk to.
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