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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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Anne Spencer House and Garden

Internationally acclaimed poet who was part of the Harlem Renaissance, Anne Spencer was the only black woman and the only Virginian included in the Norton Anthology of Modern American and British Poetry. On the beautiful grounds is Spencer's writing cottage "Edan Kraal." Many dignitaries have visited the house and gardens ...

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Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Just twenty miles east of Lynchburg, The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park commemorates the heroic acts which took place in April of 1865 in this, the original village, to bring about the end of the Civil War. The walking tour allows you to see all buildings which are original ...

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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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Civil War Trails

Lynchburg is home to an impressive twelve sites on the Civil War Trails. Enjoy discovering Lynchburg as you follow these historic markers from downtown, to midtown and beyond. Sandusky 757 Sandusky Drive, Lynchburg VA 24502  434-832-0162  Road map  This 1808 Federal-style home was taken over by  Gen. David Hunter and used as Union headquarters ...

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Civil War Walking Tour

Starting at the Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House, wind your way through Lynchburg's central business district and modern Downtown which lies between you and the James River. Lynchburg was the second wealthiest city in America just prior to the War with a population around 7,000 including about 2,700 ...

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Fort Early

Named in honor of Jubal Early, Fort Early was a Civil War earthworks that anchored the outer defense line during the Battle of Lynchburg. Interpretive maps and displays showing both the inner and outer defenses are located on the grounds. The museum will be open the first Sunday of each ...

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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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Jones Memorial Library

Jones Memorial Library specializes in genealogy and local history. Although its primary focus is on the central Virginia area, the collection includes a wide variety of materials covering the State of Virginia as well as the surrounding states, including county histories and court records, family histories and genealogies, general works ...

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Lynchburg’s Visitor Guide now viewable online for FREE!

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