“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)

Lynchburg History

Main and Fifth Streets

Lynchburg History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
1. Lynchburg History Marker
Inscription. Fifth Street was known as Ferry Road early in the 1800s. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Southall Freeman was born nearby in 1886. By the mid-20th century, thirty African American-owned businesses lined Fifth Street, the center of black life in Lynchburg before integration. They included a theater, funeral homes, nightclubs, and restaurants.

Old City Cemetery, at Fifth and Taylor Streets, was established in 1806 and is one of the oldest public cemeteries still in use in the United States. The cemetery has more than 20,000 graves, including those of more than 2,200 Confederate soldiers. The Legacy Museum of African American History is adjacent to the cemetery and preserves local African American history and culture.

Daniel’s Hill was originally part of Dr. George Cabell’s plantation, Point of Honor, which was later owned by the Daniel family. Point of Honor and the Daniel’s Hill neighborhood are visible to your left front. This historic district reflects a variety of architectural styles including Federal, Italianate, and Queen Anne.

The Garland Hill Historic District just off Fifth Street graces one of Lynchburg’s original seven hills. Early residents built lavish homes there with newly acquired wealth from the tobacco and shoe industries.

Rivermont, begun in 1890, was Lynchburg’s first
Main & Fifth Streets image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
2. Main & Fifth Streets
planned community. Rivermont Bridge, completed in 1891, was then considered an engineering marvel. A streetcar line was soon added to the neighborhood to connect the new residential areas and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with downtown.

Lynchburg is a city rich in the history of Virginia and the nation. As with any city, some of our sites and buildings that reflect that history have changed over the centuries since Lynchburg’s origins in the 1750s. You can see for yourself the city’s historic places and how they have changed or remained intact. Just let the map guide you to the many historical markers that are located downtown. Enjoy learning about Lynchburg!

The Lynchburg History marker program is a partnership of the City of Lynchburg Museum System, Dept. of Communication & Marketing and Dept. of Parks & Recreation, discoverlynchburg, Lynchburg Historical Foundation, and Lynch’s Landing
Erected 2011 by The Lynchburg History Marker Program.
Location. 37° 25.082′ N, 79° 8.7′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is on Main Street near Fifth Street (Virginia Route 153), on the right when traveling west. 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. Allen Weir Freeman, M.D. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Douglas Southall Freeman (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (about 400 feet away); Court Street Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); Abram Frederick Biggers and Biggers School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Point of Honor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Latham's Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Daniel’s Home (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
More about this marker. On the lower left is an image of the "Confederate Section" - Courtesy Old City Cemetery

In the center is a photo of a "Lynchburg streetcar" - Courtesy

On the lower right is an image of the "Bridge to Rivermont" - Courtesy Lynchburg Museum System
Also see . . .
1. Lynchburg Museum System. (Submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Lynchburg History. Historic photos & maps of Lynchburg, VA (Submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 418 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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