Lynchburg, the city of seven hills is a magnificent place to live, work and play, which is one of the reasons we moved here. But what really sold us on Lynchburg was the home we purchased. It just has character that you can’t find in a new home. I was always in love with Victorian architecture and for years we looked for the perfect home. In 2003 while searching the internet for old homes we found a listing in Lynchburg. I must admit I had no idea where Lynchburg was or what was there, but we made the road trip and fell in love with the city. The old buildings that lined the downtown streets, the historic districts full of architecture that today’s builders can’t replicate and the people.sold us on the city. Once we got here we learned about all the historic sites, the outdoor activities, the history, the vineyards and of course I had to learn the hard way about our fabulous medical facilities. That was 10 years ago and it has been a great 10 years! We live in the downtown area and it is great to be able to walk to restaurants, plays, the community market and much more.
On a recent walk through downtown I had my camera and started taking photos of the architectural elements on some of the old buildings. You would be surprised how much there is to see and amazed at the craftsmanship that went into the facades more than 100 years ago. After walking up and down those streets for 10 years I realized that I, like many of us have blinders on and we oftentimes don’t slow down and see or appreciate the surroundings so I thought it would be a great idea to have a scavenger hunt. This will be an architectural scavenger hunt. I will provide photos of an architectural element and you will need to let me know by address (or name of the building) where it is. All photos will be in downtown Lynchburg. Hopefully this will get you out of your cars and cause you to slow down and enjoy the treasures that survived all these years. We are going to kick this off the middle of September, hopefully the weather will be nicer and we will announce the grand prize then. But in the mean time I wanted to give you a taste of what is coming. As you walk the streets from the riverfront up to Court and Clay Streets you will appreciate why Lynchburg is known as the City of Seven Hills. Can you name what buildings that are represented in this blog post?
For the purpose of this post, downtown Lynchburg runs from the James River to Clay Street and from 5th Street to 12th Street. Good luck and happy hunting.
PS Rome, Italy is also known as the City of Seven Hills. In case you haven’t figured this out, these photos are of downtown churches. I thought it would only be appropriate to start with churches. I would guess that there are more churches in Lynchburg than there are in Rome.
On Sunday, July 14th between 3:00-4:00 PM, at the Bicentennial Chapel on the Old City Cemetery grounds in Lynchburg a special concert will be performed.
The Soulsters from the Hill, based out of Diamond Hill Baptist Church, will present a free and informal music performance of late 19th and early 20th-century Negro spirituals in the style of Fisk Jubilee Singers. The majority of the songs are performed almost exclusively a cappella.
The original Jubilee Singers introduced “slave songs” to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American tradition known today as Negro spirituals. “Slave songs” provided information, inspiration and hope to slaves. The songs represented survival.
Although this concert is free, reservations are required. Please contact Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg VA at 434.847.1465. For directions visit their web site at www.gravegarden.org.
If you would like to visit Lynchburg for the weekend stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. We promise we won’t sing for you, either with music or a cappella!
When serving our legendary 4-course breakfast at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg VA, we alternate a sweet morning with a savory morning. Thus, this month’s recipe showcases fresh spinach (from our garden), fresh eggs and cream (from the farm up the road) as it gets our guests ready for their day of outdoor activities i.e. hiking, biking, tubing or kayaking the James River. Exploring historic sites i.e. Point of Honor, the National D-Day Memorial or Appomattox Courthouse National Park. Indulging in wine tastings at one of 20 wineries within a half-hour drive. Or just relaxing on the wraparound porch or patio with fish pond.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Spray 4 6-ounce ramekins with cooking spray.
- Arrange spinach leaves, loosely, in ramekin, making a “nest” of spinach. You need the spinach to fill the ramekin but enough space to allow the cream and eggs to cook into the “nest” without over flowing the ramekin. Place ramekins on foil covered baking sheet.
- In separate bowl break two large eggs. Lightly salt and pepper. Gently pour eggs into spinach “nest.”
- Add about 1-2 tablespoons cream to the spinach & eggs. Top with freshly shaved parmesan cheese, to taste
- Bake in oven about 20 minutes, or until egg whites are set and yolks are semi-firm. Carefully remove from oven and serve, in ramekin.
- Remember to warn guests that the ramekin is HOT and not to hold the ramekin when eating contents
- We serve this dish with hash brown sweet potatoes and roasted asparagus and tomatoes along with a corn muffin.
Enjoy in your own kitchen or visit us and request this breakfast dish when you make your reservation at 434.846.1388.
To celebrate summer our signature dish for the month of June is Blueberry Bread Pudding (or overnight blueberry French toast.) Blueberries are an abundant summer fruit, are good for your health and memory and can be featured in recipes covering all courses of a meal from appetizers, salads, breads, main dishes and desserts. We like to make this recipe when serving a full house at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast since it makes a large portion and must be prepared the night before, leaving time in the morning for last minute dishes. We have only made this using fresh blueberries, but we may experiment with other sturdy berries or even frozen berries. Enjoy!
- 12 slices white bread, cubed (1 inch cubes)
- 8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 12 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons corn starch
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 Tablespoon butter
Bread Pudding Preparation:
Arrange 1/2 bread cubes in a well-greased 13X9 baking dish.
Sprinkle cream cheese cubes and blueberries evenly over bread cubes.
Top with remaining bread cubes.
Mix together eggs, maple syrup, milk and cream.
Pour over bread cubes, compressing bread cubes to absorb egg mixture. Cover pan with foil. Let chill in refrigerator overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove blueberry bread pudding from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes then bake covered with foil at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue cooking for another 30 minutes or until fluffy and golden brown. Let sit 5 minutes before slicing. Top with Blueberry Sauce. Serves 8-12.
Blueberry Sauce Preparation:
Cook water, sugar and cornstarch, over low heat, until thickened. Stir in blueberries and simmer 10 minutes. Add butter and stir until melted. Serve over Bread Pudding. Can be made ahead. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.
Lynchburg Restaurant Week was such a hit, in it’s inaugural year, that it is returning in 2013 between June 22-29, 2013. Restaurant Week invites the local community and those visiting our city, while staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, to experience some of Central Virginia’s delicious local fare.
Featuring 22 local, independently-owned restaurants offering 26 special “price fixed” dinner menus, this week of wining and dining also benefits Meals on Wheels of Lynchburg through a portion of the sponsorship proceeds given to the local non-profit.
As an added feature this year menus will feature a “100-Mile Meal” logo. This logo represents the conscientious effort made by the local restaurant owners and chefs to source ingredients from within a 100-mile radius of Lynchburg. Some of these ingredients include herbs, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy.
Restaurants this year can be found throughout downtown Lynchburg, Boonsboro, the Wards Road and Graves Mill Road area and other great dining pockets found in the greater Lynchburg area.
For more information about which restaurants are participating, menu selections, hours and for the chance to win a gift card to one of the 22 participating restaurants visit www.LynchburgRestaurantWeek.com. You’ll be glad you did!
It’s hard to imagine Americans being held as a Prisoner of War in America, but there was once an instance in our history where this actually occurred, during the Civil War. Most of us probably never think about this but during the Civil War Lynchburg housed thousands of Prisoners of War. In 1862, the current site of E. C. Glass High School, was known as the fairgrounds. During this period it was a large military encampment that quartered Confederate troops on their way to various battlefields earlier in the war. In June of 1862 (about 150 years ago) the city of Lynchburg had thousands of Union POW’s arrive in the city as trainloads of prisoners, who were captured by General Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley, were taken to the Fair Grounds. Below are copies of articles that were reprinted from The Daily Virginian which recently appeared in the News and Advance. The photo above shows what a tent during the Civil War would have looked like. These tents are on the grounds of E. C. Glass High School, which can be seen in the background. The Virginia State Flag would not have been flying during the War.
June 12, 1862
“A large number of Yankee prisoners variously estimated at from 3,000 to 3,500 who were taken by Jackson some weeks since, arrived here yesterday, and were escorted to the Fair Grounds. The poor [demons] looked jaded and dirty, whilst some of them were actually bare footed. …though they came into our country upon a hostile mission and deserved death on the battlefield, there was much in their woebegone appearance to excite our sympathy. They are prisoners in an enemy’s country and that is enough to repress any undue manifestation of exultation over them, and to excite emotions of humanity towards them; but if it were not, the fact that many of our own brave country men are similarly circumstanced should …awaken feelings of pity for our …foes.”
June 13, 1862
“Our Yankee Guests—The prisoners of whom we spoke yesterday are encamped near the Fair Ground, and will, we understand, remain there several days. We indulged in conservation with a number of them yesterday and found them exceedingly insolent. They seem to presume upon their condition as prisoners, to offer insult to those who would reason with them calmly about the folly and wickedness of their invasion of our territory … We saw not a man who talked otherwise or seemed disposed to admit that we have any right of self government. They say that we will be compelled to submit to their overwhelming numbers … We are sorry to say that we left them with a more decided repugnance for the whole race than we had previously.”
June 13, 1862
“We are not in favor of treating our enemies who are helpless prisoners in our hands, with either inhumanity or indecorum … And yet it becomes us not to act in such a manner as to lead our enemies to suppose they are welcome amongst us, or that our people have any sympathy for their cause. … They should not be feted and entertained at private houses, as we understand was the case with the Yankee officers who were here a few nights ago. If Northern men amongst us … would indicate to the public, their sympathy for the cause represented by the prisoners of, they could not adapt any means that would more effectually accomplish that object, than by acting in the manner aforesaid … it is obviously proper that the community should know whether there are any amongst us who have Northern proclivities…”
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