“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Central Business District in Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Lynchburg History

Court Street and Monument Terrace

Lynchburg History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
1. Lynchburg History Marker
Inscription.  This area became known as Court House Hill when the first courthouse was built here in 1813. The district contains a variety of architectural styles and notable churches, as well as the city’s 1855 Old Court House, now the Lynchburg Museum. There are four active courts nearby: Federal, Circuit, General District, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations.

The Confederate statue to your left was dedicated in 1900 and has a time capsule embedded in its base. Inside the capsule are Civil War-related artifacts, such as Confederate currency, photographs of local veterans, hair from Traveller (Gen. Robert E. Lee’s horse), and casualty lists.

Monument Terrace, the series of 132 steps and 10 landings before you, was completed in 1925 and links Court Street with Church Street. Monument Terrace was designed by Aubrey Chesterman as a memorial to Lynchburg’s World War I casualties; several other military service memorials have been placed here over the years. At the foot of the hill is the James River and the Langley Fountain, located where Lynch’s Ferry was established in 1757. Across the river is Madison Heights, in Amherst County.

Court Street & Monument Terrace image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
2. Court Street & Monument Terrace
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 and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWar, World I. In addition, it is included in the Time Capsules series list.
Location. 37° 24.83′ N, 79° 8.64′ W. Marker is in the Central Business District in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Court Street and Ninth Street, on the right when traveling west on Court Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Court Street, 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. Lynchburg Confederate Soldiers Monument (here, next to this marker); Lynchburg
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(a few steps from this marker); Mr. Elder’s Rose Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the Spanish American War (within shouting distance of this marker); John Lynch (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lynchburg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carter Glass (about 300 feet away); Samuel D. Rockenbach (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Central Business District.
More about this marker. On the lower left are photos of "Monument Terrace site, ca. 1870" Courtesy Lynchburg Museum Systemand "Monument Terrace, ca. 1925" Courtesy

On the lower right is an image of "Court Street looking north from the museum" 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.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 543 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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