Lynchburg Journals

On the Road to Lynchburg

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An October 2005 trip to Lynchburg by zabelle

Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial Photo, Brookneal, Virginia More Photos
Quote: We covered a lot of ground on the road from Charlotteville to Lynchburg. This is an area rich in history.

On the Road to Lynchburg

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Overview

Downtown Photo, Lynchburg, Virginia
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We left Charlottesville after our wonderful breakfast at the Dinesmore House B&B and headed in the general direction of Lynchburg. I had no concrete plans but I had several thoughts about what we should try to see along the way.The first place we stopped was Walton’s Mountain. Well if I am truthful I will admit that Walton’s Mountain does not really exist but rather was a place that Earl Hamner invented based on his recollection of growing up in a small town in Virginia. Schuyler is that small town. Don’t come expecting to find Ike and Cora’s store you will be both disappointed and delighted. I leave you to visit and figure out which.Leaving Schuyler proved to be a l...Read More

Norvell-Otey House

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Hotel

Norvell-Otey House Photo, Lynchburg, Virginia
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Located in historic downtown Lynchburg the Norvell-Otey House has been lovingly restored by Jen and her son Jim. It is filled with beautiful antiques and yet manages not to be stuffy. This is more like going to grandma’s house, if your grandmother has wonderful taste and isn’t shy about showing it. Jim was here to welcome us when we arrived and he gave us the basic tour and showed us to our room. When we were settled, he offered refreshments and I welcomed a glass of fresh ice tea. While we were chatting in the parlor, Jen arrived. She has that easy charm that so typifies the South. Within minutes we found that we had a great deal in common. Al had to remind us that he hadn’t eaten since breakfast to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 20, 2007

Norvell-Otey House
1020 Federal Street
Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
(877) 320-1020

Depot Grill

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Restaurant

Depot Grill Photo, Lynchburg, Virginia
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Located in a former N&W Depot this restaurant has a unique location and an eclectic menu. Just as we got out of our car a loud screeching startled us. The parking lot has signs all over it warning about live tracks, and they aren’t kidding. Right before our eyes a huge freight train was barreling along. I never realized how much noise they make. Inside the first thing you notice is the large bar followed by the unique booths made from church pews. Right away you see that this is not your typical restaurant. The walls are all brick and above there are exposed pipes. It is sophisticated and rustic at the same time. One thing I noticed was the brick walls made the sounds inside magnify so...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 20, 2007

Depot Grill
10 9th Street
Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
(434) 846-4464

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

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Attraction

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Photo, Forest, Virginia
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This was Thomas Jefferson’s vacation home, where he came to escape from the hordes who felt that they could visit him at Monticello, where he could rest and have family time with his grandchildren, where he could truly be a private citizen.Construction began on Poplar Forest in 1806. He had already owned the land for over 30 years. What he envisioned and created was a classical villa in the ideal of Palladio but the final result is a combination of ancient, Renaissance, Palladian, eighteenth century French with a peppering of British and American elements. Jefferson was in his sixties and a seasoned architect by the time he designed this house and his maturity is evident in the melding of the de...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2007

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, Virginia 24551
(434) 525-1806

Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial

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Attraction | "Red Hill"

Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial Photo, Brookneal, Virginia
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It takes real determination to visit Red Hill. Every five miles for at least twenty minutes I said to Al ‘What was wrong with this man, was he anti social.’ Shortly after we left Appomattox Court House we started seeing signs for Red Hill. I give them a lot of credit for a superior advertisement campaign. We followed those signs through every back road in Virginia and about half way through I was ready to give up but I am very glad that we persevered. It is by the way 26 miles. We arrived at 4:15pm and the property is scheduled to close at 5pm. The woman in charge told us to go ahead and watch the 15-minute video and to visit the museum and she would keep the buildings open until we had vi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2007

Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial
1250 Red Hill Rd
Brookneal, Virginia 24528
(800) 514-7463

Walton's Mountain Museum

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Attraction

Walton's Mountain Museum Photo, Schuyler, Virginia
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Schyler was a company town, Alberene Soapstone Company was the main employer and at one time Earl Hamner Sr. was an employee. Today it is a town of about 400 people nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When Earl Hamner created the Walton family, he based the characters on members of his own family. He condensed eight children into seven by combining two of his brothers into Ben but the rest are if not named the same are a rough representation. Fans of the show had a hard time separating fact from fiction. After the show ended people would come to Schyler looking for Walton’s Mountain and for Ike and Cora’s store. Well there isn’t a Walton’s Mountain or "the" general store...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2007

Walton's Mountain Museum
6484 Rockfish River Road
Schuyler, Virginia 22969
(434) 831-2000

Old City Cemetery

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Attraction

Old City Cemetery Photo, Lynchburg, Virginia
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Would you be surprised to know that the reason I came to Lynchburg was to visit Old City Cemetery? In all honesty I have written about quite a few cemeteries in my time and most of them were all about who was buried there. Visiting this cemetery had nothing to do with that at all. It was more about the customs associated with burial and traditions that we came here to learn about.The first stop was the Hearse House Caretakers Museum. This is dedicated to the men who were responsible for the care and upkeep of the City Cemetery. The first caretaker was appointed by the city of Lynchburg to take care of the Confederate section in 1866. Between 1866 and 1934 there were 12 sexton/caretakers who ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2008

Old City Cemetery
401 Taylor Street
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
(434) 847-1465

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