“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Point of Beginning

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By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2011
1. Point of Beginning Marker
Inscription. In October, 1786, the General Assembly approved that 45 acres of land belonging to John Lynch be laid off in half-acre lots to establish a town by the name of Lynchburg. The original trustees Charles Brooks, Jesse Burton, John Callaway, John Clarke, Adam Clement, Achilles Douglas, Charles Lynch, William Martin, Micajah Moorman, Joseph Stratton, designated a spot near here as the beginning point for all surveys.
Erected 1986 by the Lynchburg Committee, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, for the city's bicentennial, October 16, 1986.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Society of Colonial Dames of America marker series.
Location. 37° 24.9′ N, 79° 8.532′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of 9th Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling west on 9th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lynchburg VA 24504, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lynchburg History (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carter Glass
Point of Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2011
2. Point of Beginning Marker
(about 400 feet away); Lynchburg (about 400 feet away); Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the Spanish American War (about 500 feet away); Mr. Elder’s Rose Garden (about 600 feet away); Civil War Lynchburg (about 600 feet away); Lynchburg Confederate Soldiers Monument (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
Also see . . .  The History of Lynchburg, Virginia, An Overview. “In the mid-1750's, the colonial village of New London in central Virginia was an important trading center, however, it was difficult to reach from northern towns (such as Charlottesville) due to the necessity of fording the Fluvanna (now James) River, which passed twelve miles north of the village. John Lynch, son of land-owner Charles Lynch and Quaker Sarah Clark Lynch, decided to remedy this problem, and in 1757, established a ferry service on the James a few hundred yards upstream from the ford, on property owned by his father. The ferry service remained profitable for many years, and by the end of the American Revolution, the village at Lynch’s Ferry had itself become an important center of trade. Lynch saw the possibilities of establishing a town on the hill overlooking the ferry site, and in late 1784 petitioned the General Assembly of Virginia for a town charter.” (Submitted on August 25, 2011.) 
Categories. Political Subdivisions
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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