Lynchburg is a city with a rich and interesting history. Nestled in the picturesque foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and set beside the James River, Lynchburg has lots to do and see. There are historic sites, theater, fine dining and fun activities for the adventurous.
Thomas Jefferson was one of Lynchburg’s most famous visitors and part-time residents. Jefferson left his mark on Lynchburg, having built his beautiful retreat, Poplar Forest, outside the city. Poplar Forest is open to the public and worth a visit.
Visit the Lynchburg Museum which has exhibits that trace the city’s rich history, back to the time when the Monacan Indians roamed the region. History buffs can also visit the home of the black poetess Ann Spencer, who lived in Lynchburg. Her cottage, Edankraal, has a collection of her memorabilia.
Up on Taylor Street is the Old City Cemetery, a Virginia Historic Landmark. The cemetery is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Five revolutionary war soldiers are buried there. The cemetery also has a separate Confederate section where around 2,000 confederate soldiers were buried. You can take visit Appomattox Court House National Historical Park which is 20 miles from Lynchburg. Take a walking tour and visit the McLean House where General Lee and General Grant drafted and signed the terms of surrender that brought about the end of the Civil War.
If you’d like to explore the great outdoors, there are 80 miles of trails for hiking and biking. Take a scenic drive, play golf or go fishing. If you’d prefer you can go horseriding at the Serene Creek Run Riding Center, or have fun bowling at the Fort Hill Bowling Center.
Lynchburg has a thriving art community and several galleries. Visit the Academy Center for the Arts, or the Art Box, or stop by the Electric Company Artists Co op and Art Gallery. There’s the Decoy Room on Main Street, which sells a variety of hunting decoys. The Decoy Room also sells bird carvings done by local artists.
If you’d like to check out the local events, there is something for everyone. There’s a regular Saturday Farmers Market. Every month there’s a Family Fun Night at Amazement Square. Barter Theater has regular productions. There’s opera and live bands performing gigs. Every other Saturday night The Kegney Brothers hold the Kegney-oke. Every full moon the Good Karma Tea Company hosts a free Full Moon Tea.
Downtown Lynchburg has coffee shops, salads, juice bars, gift shops and more. Spend an afternoon wandering round, and dine out at one of the many restaurants.
A little further afield is Natural Bridge of Virginia, a stone archway 20 storeys high and 100 ft wide. Also at Natural Bridge are the Toy Museum Natural Bridge, the Natural Bridge Zoo and the Natural Bridge Wax Museum. Visit the Butterflies at the Bridge, an indoor garden where butterflies are kept in a climate controlled environment. Natural Bridge also has the Enchanted Castle Studios.