Lynchburg, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has had a prosperous history, serving as a center of trade, the home of numerous notable personages, and the site of the official end of the Civil War. Visit Appomattox Court House, where Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant. The house and gardens of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer, the landmarked Old City Cemetery and Thomas Jefferson's retreat at Poplar Forest are also open for tours.
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4.5 based on 244 reviews
Amazement Square is Central Virginia's first multidisciplinary, hands-on children's museum! Climb, slide and discover as you make your way through four floors of exciting, interactive exhibits, activities and programs. Visitors of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can explore global and regional topics, the arts and humanities, science and health-related themes, as well as expand their creativity.
Absolutely the best place in town for kids. Maybe the best anywhere. Lots of hands on experiences and games for all ages. The kids will stay all day and beg to come back.
4.5 based on 113 reviews
Starting just two blocks from town, you can walk about a mile and a half to the other end of Percival's Island in the middle of the James River and have no idea that you are that close to the city. The main trail is paved, but there is a trail that goes off to the side for a half mile or so and then comes back to the main trail. When we took that trail, we saw a nursing fawn on the trail less than 50 feet in front of us.
The walk is shaded the entire length of the island, so it is reasonably comfortable, even on a hot day, which it was the day we walked it.
Afterwards, we had lunch at Waterstone Pizza, the top rated restaurant in Lynchburg, which was just a block from the trail.
4.5 based on 214 reviews
The Old City Cemetery, established in 1806, is one of the oldest public cemeteries in the United States still in use today. Mayors and other prominent civic leaders, along with the city's indigent and "strangers," are among the estimated 18,000 people buried here. Two thirds of those interred here are of African descent, both enslaved and free. The cemetery's Confederate section contains the graves of more than 2,200 soldiers from 14 states. Museums on the property interpret the diverse history of this rehabilitated graveyard and its inhabitants. Today, Old City Cemetery is the most visited historic site in the City of Lynchburg and is Central Virginia's most unique public garden. It is a Virginia Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.
Great history in an old well taken care of cemetery. Even has swings to keep kids occupied lots of old monuments back to the civil war
4.5 based on 101 reviews
Point of Honor, the elegant Federal-style home built by Dr. George Cabell in 1815. Point of Honor is furnished with period antiques, and the grounds contain a recreated plantation kitchen, gardens, and the Carriage House Gift Shop.
It is just your average house tour. Not exactly. It is an amazing site. It has many stories. Elizabeth was the tour guide, and she did an excellent tour. Worth seeing.Thank You for visiting! Very glad you enjoyed your tour and hopefully you'll make a return visit!
4.5 based on 80 reviews
The Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House consists of the Court Room Gallery, the history of Lynchburg from the First People to the 21st century, and four other specialized galleries including: Art & Artisans, Piedmont Pride, Lynchburg Life, and An Oranment on the Hill.The First Friday of each month the Museum is open for free from 5pm to 8pm and each month is a different topic relating to Lynchburg history.
We (two adults and one kid) had some extra time on a Saturday and decided to visit this museum prior to attending an event in Lynchburg. What a surprise! The museum is in what was once a courthouse. There are several themes in the facility...MoreThank You for visiting the Lynchburg Museum! We hope you enjoyed the event you came to town for! We hope you'll make a return visit to us, and Lynchburg.
4.5 based on 68 reviews
A truly unique year round outdoor ski venue. The slope is challenging and fun.
The lodge is outstanding. A great view of Liberty University awaits visitors. This is a nice spot to spend a little time relaxing and enjoying the spectacular views even if not participating in sporting activities.
5 based on 25 reviews
The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College houses an outstanding collection of American art, chiefly paintings, works on paper, and photographs dating from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Located on the Randolph campus and open to visitors year-round, the Museum serves both the academic community and the general public and offers changing exhibitions, rotating displays of the College’s permanent collection, and educational programs. THE COLLECTION: The Collection’s strengths lie in American Impressionism and in early 20th-century Realism. The Collection in general features excellent works illustrating the evolution of American art from the early 19th century to the present day. Among the artists represented are Mary Cassatt, Thomas Cole, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gilbert Stuart, and Andrew Wyeth. PROJECT Y: In 1951, the National Gallery of Art (or the NGA) chose the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College as the site of a secret art storage facility in the event of a national emergency. In the face of nuclear threat posed by the Soviet Union, this specially-designed structure would safeguard the nation’s art treasures. In exchange for its ownership, the College agreed to maintain and insure the facility, making it available for emergency storage for a total of 50 years. Given the code name “Project Y,” construction was supervised by NGA staff. Simply called “the art gallery” by the R-MWC community, the facility was dedicated on December 11th, 1952. Though Project Y was never used by the NGA, the gallery remained listed as a viable emergency location until 1979. A 1983 endowment established by the Pauline and Sarah Maier Scholarship Fund created the museum that stands today. The Maier Museum of Art carries the spirit of its original purpose, housing a collection of art for the education and enjoyment of future generations.
The Maier Museum on the campus of Randolph College has an exceptional collection for an art museum of its size and location. From its inception Classes and Alumna have donated high quality works of art...Thomas Hart Benton and William Merritt Chase to name a few. If you are an art lover visiting Lynchburg it is a must.
4.5 based on 19 reviews
I REALLY miss this place!! I have lived all over the world (army brat) and this is the best trail for walking and jogging that I have ever found. It has a bit of everything and is super peaceful and picturesque. I don't live in Virginia any more, but I still compare every trail I find to this one. When you go in the springtime, you can smell wild jasmine at certain places. The Awareness Garden is beautiful also. It can be hard to find parking at popular times on the weekend, but it's well worth it when you do.
4.5 based on 24 reviews
Sandusky is a federal style home built in 1808 by Charles Johnston. Today, the home is open as a historic house museum and is currently under ongoing restoration to the 1864 period when the home was used as Union Headquarters by General David Hunter. Historic Sandusky is operated by the Historic Sandusky foundation in partnership with Lynchburg College.
Sandusky is compose of two structures: a mansion & visitor center/museum.
The mansion was built in 1808 by Charles Johnson. The mansion went through three owners before the civil war. During the Battle of Lynchburg, June 17-18, 1864, Sandusky was occupied by Union Gen. David Hunter with two staff officers that became US presidents-Rutherford Hayes & William McKinley. Also the mansion was used as an union hospital.
In 2000 the last Hunter owner sold Sandusky to the Historic Sandusky Foundation to preserve & interpret Sandusky's history.
My tour guide was Kelly. Since I was the only visitor, she was able to take her time, detailing the mansion's history, all family members & owners. Only half of the first floor is available for viewing, with all rooms getting the detail treatment. The tour lasted about 40 minutes, what a group tour would last I have no idea. The mansion is red brick, with the surrounding grounds with surrounding grounds well taken care of. On the grounds are two info stands-Sandusky's Headquarters & Lynchburg ' Early & Hunter'.
The museum is small only one large room. Here are a few weapons, about a field hospital during the Battle of Lynchburg, civil war medicine, 'Lynchburg Citizen Soldier's. A complete museum visit probably will last 30 minutes at most if a visitor takes the time to view & read all.
I was more interested in the museum before arriving than the mansion, however Kelly's detailed tour changed my thinking. She was able to answer all questions. There might be only two or three original mansion items, all the rest are time period, close the mansion's early period. Photography is allowed, however NO flash. The upstairs is currently under restoration.
Any person with an interest in early & mid-1800's life style, furniture & architecture would enjoy a visit. Even with only a 40 minute mansion tour & a 25 museum visit-my museum stop lasted about 45 minutes-a tour of both is recommended.
4.5 based on 19 reviews
This may be the way Anne would have wanted it. People young and old of all races and creeds reading poetry, and even belly dancing in her garden. Many thanks to Anne's granddaughter and the rest of the board for putting on the fun event.
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