“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

Commerce Street and Horseford Road

Lynchburg History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
1. Lynchburg History Marker
Inscription.  Horseford Road is named for the nearby ford that Virginia Indians and early settlers used to cross the James River. During the 19th century, this area was home to tobacco factories, flour mills, and iron foundries. The large red brick building to your left rear on Main Street was built in 1880 as the Bowman-Moore Tobacco Factory. Although smoking tobacco was manufactured and marketed here, much of Lynchburg’s tobacco was processed into chewing tobacco. In these factories, stems were removed from tobacco leaves, flavorings were added, and the product was pressed into plugs or twists to be sold. In the 19th century, Lynchburg had more than forty-five tobacco factories, and the smell of tobacco permeated the city.

The land along the river was known as the Lower Basin. Boats on the James River and Kanawha Canal docked there between 1840 and 1880. The F.B. Deane, Jr., and Son Foundry, located along the canal, made a variety of munitions for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Craddock-Terry Shoe Company also operated a plant nearby. In recent years, the former manufacturing and commercial buildings have been adapted for use as antique
Commerce St & Horseford Rd image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
2. Commerce St & Horseford Rd
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shops, retail stores, and loft apartments.

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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 37° 24.659′ N, 79° 8.301′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Commerce Street and Horseford Road, on the left when traveling south on Commerce Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lynchburg VA 24504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lucile Barrow Turner (within shouting distance of this marker); Diamond Hill
Commerce and Barrow Streets image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
3. Commerce and Barrow Streets
Barrow Street, on the right, goes down to the waterfront. Commerce street is on the left. The marker is in the center of the photograph behind the in profile and obscured by the grey sign.
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Luke Jordan, Blues Pioneer (about 500 feet away); Cary DeVall Langhorne (1837-1948) (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (about 700 feet away); Federal Transient Bureau Fire (about 800 feet away); Lucado House (1902) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Percival's Island Overlook (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo of "Packet boats on the James River and Kanawha Canal" Courtesy Lynchburg Museum System

In the center is a photo of the "Cutting room, Southland Shoe Factory" Courtesy Lynchburg Museum System

On the right are images of a "Piedmont Mills poster" Courtesy Lynchburg Museum System and a "Tobacco Advertisment" Courtesy Lynchburg Museum System
Also see . . .
1. Lynchburg Museum System. (Submitted on April 15, 2012.)
2. Lynchburg History. Historic photos & maps of Lynchburg, VA (Submitted on April 15, 2012.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 667 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on June 16, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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May. 24, 2022