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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.