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Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lynchburg, VA offers a wealth of activities and leisure for all. Whether you are in search of family fun, an outdoor experience, or a lesson in history, it can be found in our Central Virginia location. It's safe to say that Lynchburg offers something exciting to everyone.

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Avoca Museum

Just a short forty minute drive south of Lynchburg, Avoca, the principal architectural landmark of the Town of Altavista, is an American Queen Anne-style house, designed by architect J.M.B. Lewis and built in 1901. Designated a Virginia Historic Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Avoca is ...

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Booker T. Washington National Monument

Located approximately sixty miles southwest of Lynchburg near Smith Mountain Lake, this site is maintained by the National Park Service. Washington, the founder of the Tuskegee Institute, was an orator, author and presidential advisor.

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Historic District Walking Tour

By foot or by car, Lynchburg’s seven historic districts are a must see. These prosperous neighborhoods sprang up in Lynchburg during the 19th Century when tobacco tycoons, doctors, and attorneys made Lynchburg the wealthiest city in the nation for its size. The impressive Queen Ann and Federal style mansions offer both ...

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Historic Sandusky

Historic Sandusky, built in 1808, is one of the Lynchburg area's first homes to display the architectural details and refinements characteristic of Federal style mansions. Taken over and used as Union headquarters during the Battle of Lynchburg, the home is now the site of the Historic Sandusky Museum and Civil ...

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McLean House – Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Twenty miles east of Lynchburg, here on April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, bringing an end to the Civil War. The war cost more American lives than World War I and II and the Korean War combined. The McLean House and the surrounding ...

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Miller Claytor House

The sole surviving pre-18th century townhouse is where Thomas Jefferson allegedly proved to the owner that  garden tomatoes were not poisonous by eating one. The home was dismantled in 1936 and rebuilt at Riverside Park, where the garden was also restored . Interpreters relate lifestyles of the 18th century.

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Patrick Henry’s Red Hill Estate

A forty-five minute drive south of Lynchburg, nearby Red Hill is the last home of American patriot Patrick Henry. Best known for his five terms as governor of Virginia and his “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, Henry and some of his 17 children are buried on site at Red ...

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Point of Honor

Visit Point of Honor and discover the charm and surroundings of life in the early 1800's. A tour of this remarkable Federal style home, with its classic architecture and rich furnishings, echoes true grace and southern hospitality. The recreated hearth kitchen offers insight into the adventure and struggle of daily ...

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The Battle of Lynchburg Driving Tour

An enjoyable and educational driving tour facilitated by CD and narrated by renowned Civil War authority James Robertson, Jr. The route encompasses eight sites critical to the events of June 17-18, 1864, each hosting informative historic and interpretive markers. Tapes or CDs and maps for the tour are available at ...

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Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Just a short twenty minute drive to the west of Lynchburg, Poplar Forest is Thomas Jefferson's secluded retreat, now a National Historic Landmark. A mature and innovative architectural masterpiece, Jefferson designed the octagonal house at Poplar Forest during his second term as President of the United States. Jefferson sojourned to ...

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