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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lynchburg, Virginia

Clickable Map of Lynchburg, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lynchburg Ind. City, VA (235) Amherst County, VA (40) Bedford County, VA (43) Campbell County, VA (22)  Lynchburg(235) Lynchburg (235)  AmherstCounty(40) Amherst County (40)  BedfordCounty(43) Bedford County (43)  CampbellCounty(22) Campbell County (22)
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1Virginia, Lynchburg — "Col'd" Gravestones
Scattered throughout the Monroe Street side of the cemetery are at least six gravestones, dating from the 1850's and 1860's, bearing the inscription "col'd" after the name. These stones, indicating a "colored" person, are extraordinary because they . . . Map (db m179735) HM
2Virginia, Lynchburg — 14-States Confederate Monument
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3Virginia, Lynchburg — 1858 Map of Old City Cemetery
This map was drawn by John Caruthers in 1858, for the Diuguid Undertakers business, and was paid for by City Council. Although the grid system was not adhered to with any regularity, the large sections for specific racial or class groups (e.g. . . . Map (db m179650) HM
4Virginia, Lynchburg — 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Placed in memory of the brave soldiers of the 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry "Bloody Buckeye Boys in Blue" Who gave their lives during the Battle of Lynchburg June 17-18, 1864 to preserve the Union 1st Lieutenant George B. Stroup • D . . . Map (db m54375) HM
5Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-19 — Abram Frederick Biggers and Biggers School
Abram Frederick Biggers (1838 - 1879), a lawyer by profession, was appointed the first superintendent of the Lynchburg and Campbell County schools in 1870. As a part of his effort to build a strong system, Biggers toured northern states to study . . . Map (db m54467) HM
6Virginia, Lynchburg — African Burial CustomsPresented by the Old City Cemetery
When African slaves came to America, they brought their culture with them, including their own languages, foods, styles of dress, and burial customs. This exhibit shows a few of the West African burial and funeral traditions practiced during the . . . Map (db m179784) HM
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7Virginia, Lynchburg — Agnes and Lizzie Langley
According to Court and City Directory records, mother and daughter, Agnes (1789-1874) and Lizzie (1833-1891) Langley ran a "Sporting House" on Commerce Street during the 19th century. Later, Lynchburg's "Red Light District" of World War II fame was . . . Map (db m156588) HM
8Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-16 — Allen Weir Freeman, M.D.7 Jan. 1881 - 3 July 1954
Born at 416 Main Street, Allen W. Freeman, brother of editor and historian Douglas Southall Freeman, was a pioneer in public health administration and education. He was educated at the University of Richmond and the Johns Hopkins University School . . . Map (db m54457) HM
9Virginia, Lynchburg — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (R)
Gamma Iota Omega, Lynchburg, VA Omicron Sigma, University of Lynchburg In memory of ΑΚΑ Founder Miss Marjorie Hill Teacher, Morgan College, Lynchburg Campus 1908-1909 Map (db m179839) HM
10Virginia, Lynchburg — Amelia Elizabeth Perry
Amelia Elizabeth Perry (1857-1932) was one of the first Negro teachers in the Lynchburg Public School system. She was first appointed in 1881 and was principal of the Polk Street School for 20 of her 33 years of service. Among her many . . . Map (db m179734) HM
11Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-30 — Amelia Perry Pride’s Dorchester Home
Near this spot stood a small frame house known as Dorchester Home or Old Folks Home for impoverished former slave women. Established in 1897 by Hampton Institute graduate and Lynchburg public school principal Amelia Perry Pride (1857-1932), it . . . Map (db m89914) HM
12Virginia, Lynchburg — Ancient Sugar Maple Tree
This ancient sugar maple tree had to be cut down in December 2003. It was estimated to be 120 years old, probably planted in the 1880's by Colonel Kirkwood Otey, a disabled Confederate veteran, and his wife Lucy Norvell Otey. The Oteys planted . . . Map (db m179775) HM
13Virginia, Lynchburg — Anne SpencerWomen of Virginia Historic Trail
Virginia's premier Black lyric poet who was a central figure in the cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance, Anne Spencer gained national respect through her dedication to her writing and to the cause of cultural enlightenment for Black . . . Map (db m179851) HM
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14Virginia, Lynchburg — Anne Spencer and Her Garden
[The marker features a photograph with the following caption:] Edward and Anne Spencer were photographed in the 1940's beside this pond. Note the corner of the bench and the birdhouse in the background.Map (db m179853) HM
15Virginia, Lynchburg — Anne Spencer Home and EdankraalLiterary Landmarks Register — Friends of Libraries U.S.A. —
From 1903-1975, Anne Spencer's home and garden inspired poetry demonstrating keen insight into the human soul, a high regard for individualism, a determined insistence on equality, and a love of nature.Map (db m179847) HM
16Virginia, Lynchburg — Anne Spencer House
Home of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Bannister Spencer from 1903 until her death in 1975. Local historic district designated by the City of LynchburgMap (db m179845) HM
17Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-59 — Augustus Nathaniel Lushington, VMD(ca. 1861-1939)
Dr. Augustus Lushington, veterinarian, practiced in Lynchburg for nearly four decades. A native of Trinidad, he attended Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania, where in 1897 he became one of the first Black men in the U.S. to earn a . . . Map (db m179840) HM
18Virginia, Lynchburg — Battle of Lynchburg Memorial Arch
Memorial arch erected June 1924 by the Old Dominion Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy commemorating the Battle of Lynchburg which took place June 18, 1864 at this point on the line of defences facing the Old Salem Turnpike.Map (db m179632) HM WM
19Virginia, Lynchburg — Blind Billy
Blind Billy (died 1856) was a beloved street musician. He led parades and played for balls and parties in the private homes of Lynchburg citizens. "He could render his notes as sharp as would made a soldier do or die…or so soft and sweet as to . . . Map (db m179677) HM
20Virginia, Lynchburg — Bransford VawterLynchburg's First Poet — 1815-1838 —
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21Virginia, Lynchburg — Bransford Vawter (1815-1838)Lynchburg's First Poet
Within the massive stone wall enclosure in the far southeastern corner is the grave of Bransford Vawner. His home is still standing at 409 Polk Street, a half-block from here. "He was elegant in appearance, graceful in manner and brilliant in . . . Map (db m179666) HM
22Virginia, Lynchburg — Brick Tomb
This unique gravemarker is one of only two barrel-vaulted brick tombs in the Cemetery. The vault is filled with dirt, and the true grave is several feet below ground level. The identity of the person buried here is unknown. Based on the tomb's . . . Map (db m179760) HM
23Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-28 — C.W. Seay(1900-1982)
Clarence William “Dick” Seay, who lived here, was principal of Dunbar High School, Lynchburg’s secondary school for African Americans. A pioneer in the struggle for equal opportunities for blacks, for 30 years Seay shaped Dunbar High . . . Map (db m74016) HM
24Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-29 — Camp Davis
Camp Davis, a Civil War mustering ground for Confederate troops from Virginia under the command of Col. Jubal A. Early, once occupied this area. At least 130 Southern soldiers died at the camp's own Pratt Hospital and were buried in . . . Map (db m89912) HM
25Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-12 — Carter Glass
Born January 4, 1858, in a house which stood on this site. Newspaper publisher; member of the State Senate and delegate to the State Constitutional Convention of 1901–1902; member of the United States House of Representatives, 1902-1918, and . . . Map (db m46506) HM
26Virginia, Lynchburg — Carter Glass House
Carter Glass House has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the history of the United States of America 1977 National Park Service United . . . Map (db m179605) HM
27Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-43 — Cary DeVall Langhorne (1837-1948)
Lynchburg native Cary D. Langhorne spent his early years here. A surgeon in the U.S. Navy, he was wounded in the Philippine-American War (1899-1902). During the Mexican Revolution, the U.S. government disputed the legitimacy of Mexican Pres. . . . Map (db m179546) HM
28Virginia, Lynchburg — Cemetery Caretakers
The first official caretaker of the cemetery was hired by the City of Lynchburg in 1866. He was paid $100 a year, and was only responsible for the care of the Confederate section. Over the years the role of the caretaker expanded to include . . . Map (db m74093) HM
29Virginia, Lynchburg — Chapel and Columbarium
This chapel was modeled after the 1880 Ivy Chapel Union Church in Bedford County. Most of the construction materials and furnishings were salvaged from the demolition of the c. 1870 Hermon Methodist Church at Oakville in Appomattox County. The bell . . . Map (db m74040) HM
30Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-23 — Chauncey E. Spencer, Sr.
Chauncey E. Spencer, Sr., aviation pioneer and Civil Rights activist was born in Lynchburg on 5 Nov. 1906, the son of poet Anne Spencer. He moved to Chicago and by 1934 began pursuing his pilot's license. As a charter member of the National Airmen's . . . Map (db m74010) HM
31Virginia, Lynchburg — K-146 — Chestnut Hill
Nearby stood Chestnut Hill, the home of Charles Lynch, Sr. He was the father of John Lynch, the founder of Lynchburg, and of Charles Lynch, Jr., a Revolutionary officer. Charles Lynch, Sr., died in 1753 and is believed to be buried at Chestnut Hill. . . . Map (db m54402) HM
32Virginia, Lynchburg — Civil War in LynchburgPrisoner-of-War Camp
This was the site of a Confederate training camp and Union prisoner-of-war camp during the Civil War. Before Virginia seceded from the Union in April 1861, the population of Lynchburg doubled with the influx of soldiers from other parts of the . . . Map (db m155526) HM
33Virginia, Lynchburg — Civil War LynchburgSupplying Lee’s Army — Battle of Lynchburg —
Established in 1786, Lynchburg was a thriving commercial center famous for its tobacco and manufacturing industries when Fort Sumter, South Carolina was bombarded in April 1861 and the Civil War began. Lynchburg’s Fair Grounds and Camp Davis . . . Map (db m155503) HM
34Virginia, Lynchburg — College Hill Reservoir Water Pitcher
The cast-iron pitcher was made by Glamorgan foundry of Lynchburg and given to the city in October 1890 for use at the College Hill Reservoir. Shortly after installation, the local newspaper praised the pitcher as “a handsome and striking . . . Map (db m74068) HM
35Virginia, Lynchburg — Confederate Smallpox Memorial
In memory of the Confederate Soldiers who died of smallpox in the hospitals of Lynchburg during the War between the States. C. S. A.Map (db m156559) WM
36Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-18 — Court Street Baptist Church
The congregation was organized in 1843, when Lynchburg’s African American Baptists were separated from First Baptist Church. The new African Baptist Church of Lynchburg met in a converted theater. It was demolished in 1879, after the deaths of . . . Map (db m46591) HM
37Virginia, Lynchburg — Court Street Baptist Church Tragedy
On October 16, 1876, a tragic “false alarm” panic at the old Court Street Baptist Church resulted in the deaths of eight people attending a wedding reception there. One of these young women, Maria Wilson, age 17, is buried nearby. . . . Map (db m74055) HM
38Virginia, Lynchburg — Crippled Corps and V.M.I. Cadets Form Inner Defenses in Old City CemeteryBattle of Lynchburg, June 18, 1864
A week before the city of Lynchburg was to be invaded by 18,000 Union troops, the city lay vulnerable, unprotected by Confederate forces. Brigadier General Francis T. Nicholls, a double amputee, who had recovered in a Lynchburg hospital, . . . Map (db m74052) HM
39Virginia, Lynchburg — Daniel Butler
Daniel Butler (1874-1942) was a "scholar, orator, poet, politician and a leader of his people." In 1898 he staged a very colorful campaign on the Republican ticket for the 6th District Congressional seat, but lost to Major Peter J. Otey. He also . . . Map (db m179742) HM
40Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-5 — Defense Works
On the crest of the hill just to the south was a redoubt forming part of the defenses thrown up by General D. H. Hill, June, 1864. These works were held by General Imboden's cavalry. A military road was constructed to connect this point with Fort . . . Map (db m54445) HM
41Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-40 — Desmond Thomas Doss(1919-2006)
Lynchburg native Desmond T. Doss grew up nearby in the Fairview Heights neighborhood. A member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and a pacifist, Doss was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II but refused to bear arms. Though officially . . . Map (db m179858) HM
42Virginia, Lynchburg — Diamond HillLocal historic district designated by City of Lynchburg
This popular residential area had its beginnings in the early 19th Century and was annexed into the city in 1870. It gained prominence around the beginning of the 20th Century with the construction of many large homes in Victorian, Georgian and . . . Map (db m179547) HM
43Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-7 — Diamond Hill Baptist Church
Diamond Hill Baptist Church was established in 1872, seven years after slavery was abolished. The current church, a Gothic Revival–style building, was completed in 1886. Under the pastorate and leadership of the Rev. Dr. Virgil A. Wood from . . . Map (db m74006) HM
44Virginia, Lynchburg — Q6-17 — Douglas Southall Freeman
Born at 416 Main Street on 16 May 1886, the son of a Confederate veteran, Douglas Southall Freeman moved with his family to Richmond three years later. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 1904 and earned a doctorate from Johns Hopkins . . . Map (db m54455) HM
45Virginia, Lynchburg — Dr. Phillip F. Morris1853 - 1923
Pastor of Court Street Baptist Church, 1883-1896 Led the Split Congregation and Founded Eighth Street Baptist Church, 1898-1911 First President of Virginia Theological Seminary and College, 1888-1890 Dr. . . . Map (db m179672) HM
46Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-27 — Dr. Robert Walter Johnson(1899-1971)
The desegregation of tennis was due in large part to the efforts of Dr. R. Walter “Whirlwind” Johnson. The first African American to earn staff privileges at Lynchburg General Hospital, he also worked to overcome barriers keeping young . . . Map (db m74015) HM
47Virginia, Lynchburg — Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court
Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court is registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark by the Virginia Historic Resources Board and placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the . . . Map (db m74033) HM
48Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-32 — Dr. Robert Withers Morgan(1844–1904)
Dental innovator Dr. Robert W. Morgan lived here. Troubled by the lack of dental care for soldiers while he served in the Confederate army, he studied dentistry after the war. During the 1880s he formulated dental hygiene products including . . . Map (db m104398) HM
49Virginia, Lynchburg — Dunbar High School1923–1970 — Motto: Looking Forward Not Backward —
“We love Old Dunbar best of all, the ideals for which she stands: We are her sons and daughters true and we try to bring her fame . . . ” —Alma Mater The successful school and its community are inseparable. The school . . . Map (db m104426) HM
50Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-53 — Edward Christian Glass (1852-1931)
E.C. Glass became superintendent of Lynchburg's public school system in 1879, at the age of 26, and served for nearly 53 years. He established, and for 18 years oversaw, a summer teachers' institute that trained thousands of teachers from Virginia . . . Map (db m179643) HM
51Virginia, Lynchburg — Eleanor Custis Lewis Carter
In memory of Eleanor Custis Lewis Carter 1800-1845 wife of Henry Brown Jr. and wife of John H. Patteson M.D. great-niece of George WashingtonMap (db m156590) HM
52Virginia, Lynchburg — Elizabeth Gavino Hubert Lushington
Elizabeth Gavino Hubert Lushington (1873-1929) was born in Antigua and came to the United States as a ward of Bishop Hubert, a minister of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church in New York City. In 1890 she married Augustus Nathaniel . . . Map (db m179740) HM
53Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-56 — Elizabeth Langhorne Lewis(1851-1946)
The home of Elizabeth Lewis, one of the most influential women’s suffrage activists in Virginia, stood here. As a Vice President of the Equal Suffrage League (ESL) of Virginia, she organized local leagues, gave speeches, and lobbied elected . . . Map (db m208963) HM
54Virginia, Lynchburg — European Immigrants
Buried throughout the cemetery are hundreds of European immigrants who came to Lynchburg and the surrounding counties, ca. 1820-1920. They sailed to America seeking economic opportunity and refuge from war and famine, from countries including . . . Map (db m179732) HM
55Virginia, Lynchburg — Federal Hill
Lynchburg's first residential suburb became part of the city by annexation in 1814 and 1819. Houses within the neighborhood's nine block area represent over a hundred years of architectural styles that include Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, . . . Map (db m54416) HM
56Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-44 — Federal Transient Bureau Fire
The deadliest fire in Lynchburg history occurred here at a Federal Transient Bureau shelter on 24 March 1934. The Bureau, opened by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration as part of the New Deal, housed out-of-work men passing through town . . . Map (db m136321) HM
57Virginia, Lynchburg — Fink Deck TrussNational Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark American Society of Civil Engineers Founded 1852 Fink Deck Truss Designated 1979Map (db m182846) HM
58Virginia, Lynchburg — Fort EarlyThe Confederate Center — Battle of Lynchburg —
Following the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg in July 1863, Lynchburg’s citizens became concerned about the lack of defenses around the city. Gen. Francis Nicholls, post commander, prepared a series of earthen redoubts and trenches at strategic . . . Map (db m155538) HM
59Virginia, Lynchburg — Q–6-1 — Fort Early
Named for Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early, this roughly square earthen redoubt served as a part of the outer line of defense for Lynchburg in June 1864. Fort Early and the outer fortifications were constructed to provide additional protection . . . Map (db m3602) HM
60Virginia, Lynchburg — Fort McCauslandThe Confederate Right Flank — Battle of Lynchburg —
To your right, Confederates built an earthen redoubt in 1864 to defend the strategic Virginia & Tennessee Railroad trestle over Ivy Creek. The six-gun battery of the Botetourt Artillery manned the redoubt and a position on the other side of Forest . . . Map (db m3924) HM
61Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-2 — Fort McCausland
The fort on the hill here was constructed by General J.A. Early to protect the approach to Lynchburg from the west. Union cavalry skirmished with the Confederates along the road immediately west of the fort. The Unionists, driven back by General . . . Map (db m3600) HM
62Virginia, Lynchburg — Four Little Boys
Close by is a row of four matching tombstones for the sons of J.L. and Susan Marks: "Willie", "Guy", "Johnnie", and "Jimmie", who died during the years 1867 to 1877. It was not unusual for whole families of children to be lost to the ravages of . . . Map (db m179651) HM
63Virginia, Lynchburg — Genealogy of Lynchburg's Railroads
Virginia & Tennessee 1848 + Southside 1850 🠒 Atlantic, Mississippi & Ohio 1870 🠒 Norfolk & Western Railroad 1881 Norfolk & Western Railroad 1881 + . . . Map (db m179824) HM
64Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-33 — Georgia Weston Morgan(1869–1951)
Artist and educator Georgia Morgan studied painting at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and at the Académie Julian in Paris. She was a co-founder of the Lynchburg Civic Art League in 1932 and helped establish the city’s Federal Art Gallery, a . . . Map (db m104411) HM
65Virginia, Lynchburg — Glanders
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66Virginia, Lynchburg — Grave of John Lynch
Founder of Lynchburg, who was the proprietor of lands upon which the city is built and for whom the city is named. A zealous Quaker, benevolent gentleman and promoter of whatever advanced the general good of his community. Born 1740 . . . Map (db m54418) HM
67Virginia, Lynchburg — Gravemarkers in the Old City CemeteryLynchburg, Virginia
A Project Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy and the Southern Memorial Association Special thanks to the following people, who contributed to the research and design of this exhibit: James Deetz • . . . Map (db m74094) HM
68Virginia, Lynchburg — Gravestone Carvers in the Old City Cemetery
The dates beneath each carver’s name represent the span of his gravestones in the cemetery. The Fieldstone Carver First Gravestone Carver in Lynchburg 1811-1849 The fieldstone carver is the oldest professional carver of . . . Map (db m74095) HM
69Virginia, Lynchburg — Gravestone Style & Material
These "seriation" graphs show which gravestone styles and materials were most popular in a given decade in the Lynchburg City Cemetery. The graphs also suggest how gravestone fashion and public tastes have changed over time, since the . . . Map (db m179785) HM
70Virginia, Lynchburg — Gregory Willis Hayes1862 - 1906
Educator, Orator Race Leader. President of Virginia Theological Seminary & College 1891 - 1906
"I have done the best I could." "The educated Negro must be judged as other educated men are—on his merit and . . . Map (db m179857) HM
71Virginia, Lynchburg — Hearse House & Caretakers' Museum
This museum tells the story of the care of the cemetery's grounds and gravemarkers over the past 200 years. On display is an elegant horse-drawn hearse used by Lynchburg's W.D. Diuguid Funeral Directors in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. A simple . . . Map (db m74037) HM
72Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-58 — Helen McGehee
Helen McGehee was an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and teacher. From the 1940s until 1970, she was a leading performer in the Martha Graham Dance Company, which revolutionized American modern dance. Having studied Greek and Latin . . . Map (db m179615) HM
73Virginia, Lynchburg — Henry Holdcroft Norvell
Nearby is interred the remains of a Revolutionary War Soldier Henry Holdcroft Norvell Born Jan. 1759 - Died Feb. 20, 1847 Sergeant, 1st. Virginia Infantry Regt.Map (db m179668) HM WM
74Virginia, Lynchburg — Hermon Methodist ChurchAppomattox County, Virginia — c.1870-1969 —
Hermon Methodist Church was established in c.1870 in Appomattox County, Virginia. The church was named for the biblical Mount Hermon. It was located east of Route 24 on what is now property of the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. A . . . Map (db m74064) HM
75Virginia, Lynchburg — History of the Stapleton Station
1898 Station built by Chesapeake & Ohio Railway for $366.59, based on C&O “Standard Station No. 2” design. 1929 C&O Railway made the Station a non-agency station (without an agent) and discontinued its telegraph office. . . . Map (db m74076) HM
76Virginia, Lynchburg — Horse Drawn Road Grader
This is an American Big Winner No. 31 grader built around 1880 by American Road Machine Company in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. It is a horse drawn grader that was pulled by a team of four or more horses. It was used to build and maintain early . . . Map (db m179648) HM
77Virginia, Lynchburg — Hull of the Packet Boat Marshall
Famous canal boat of the James River and Kanawha Company, which conveyed the body of Stonewall Jackson from Lynchburg to Lexington, May 13, 1863Map (db m54372) HM
78Virginia, Lynchburg — In Memory of Lucy Kirkwood Scott Hotchkiss1904 - 2001 — A Member of the Southern Memorial Association For Forty Years —
Acer saccharin "Sugar Maple" Great-granddaughter of Lucy Mina Norvell Otey Granddaughter of Colonel Kirkwood Otey, CSA and Lucy Dabney Norvell Otey President of the Southern Memorial Association, . . . Map (db m179774) HM WM
79Virginia, Lynchburg — In Memory of Sawney Early, Malinda Speece, and Their Descendants
This plaque is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Sawney Early, Sr., and Malinda Speece, two noble souls who bravely endured the horrific hardships of slavery. Our prayer is that the sins of the past may never be repeated, as we remember those . . . Map (db m179739) HM
80Virginia, Lynchburg — In Tribute to Anne Bethel Spencer1882 - 1975
Noted poet, distinguished Virginian, pioneer civilian and beloved educatorMap (db m179848) HM
81Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-9 — Inner Defences
Near here ran the line of inner defences located by Gen. D. H. Hill, June, 1864. He had been sent from Petersburg by Gen. Beauregard to assist Gen. Breckinridge then in command. On Gen. Early’s arrival, troops were moved to the outer work.Map (db m15539) HM
82Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-3 — Inner Defenses1864
Here ran the Inner Line of Lynchburg defenses thrown up by General D. H. Hill in June, 1864. General John C. Breckinridge, confronting General Hunter in the Shenandoah Valley, made a forced march to forestall Hunter. Hill constructed a shallow line . . . Map (db m156360) HM
83Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-8 — Inner Defenses
Here, facing west, ran the inner defenses of the city, located by General D. H. Hill. They were constructed by convalescents and home guards. General Early, after an inspection of the system, moved most of the men to the outer works well to the . . . Map (db m54452) HM
84Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-7 — Inner Defenses 1864
A line of shallow entrenchments extended from near this point along the crest of the hill to the east. These works were occupied by the cadets of the Virginia Military Institute, who had marched here with General Breckinridge after the Institute at . . . Map (db m54450) HM
85Virginia, Lynchburg — Iron Fencing
This cast-iron fence, now surrounding the Earley Memorial Shrub Garden, originally enclosed College Hill Reservoir, located only a few blocks away on Park Ave. It was installed there in 1878 when the city had outgrown the old Clay Street Reservoir. . . . Map (db m74066) HM
86Virginia, Lynchburg — Israel Snead (1780-1844)
Buried midway across the graveyard to the west is Israel Snead, who served as a Tobacco Inspector in the town of Lynchburg from 1815-1839. At this time in Virginia, 90% of tobacco was inspected in Richmond, Petersburg, or Lynchburg. He worked at . . . Map (db m179683) HM
87Virginia, Lynchburg — Ivy Chapel Union ChurchBedford County, Virginia — 1880-c.1950 —
Ivy Chapel Union Church was built in I880 on Coffee Road in Bedford County, Virginia. The chapel was named for nearby Ivy Creek. It was known as a “union church” because it served as a house of worship for Baptist, Methodist, and . . . Map (db m74065) HM
88Virginia, Lynchburg — Jackson Street United Methodist ChurchOldest African-American Methodist Church in Lynchburg — African American Heritage Trail of Central Virginia —
Jackson Street United Methodist Church is Lynchburg's oldest African-American Methodist church and the City's second oldest independent black congregation. It was organized shortly after the Civil War, drawing its membership from the "colored . . . Map (db m179842) HM
89Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-13 — Jacob E. Yoder
Jacob Eschbach Yoder (22 Feb. 1838-15 Apr. 1905), reared a Mennonite in Pennsylvania, came to Lynchburg after the Civil War to teach former slaves in the Freedmen's Bureau's Camp Davis School. Following Reconstruction, Yoder served as supervising . . . Map (db m74007) HM
90Virginia, Lynchburg — James River Suicide1891
In the far corner of the cemetery near the exit is a small gravemarker inscribed "Unknown White Man Drowned in James River June 1, 1891" "About noon… a wretched and emaciated stranger apparently in the last stages of consumption, ended his . . . Map (db m179663) HM
91Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-47 — James Rives Childs(1893-1987)
Diplomat and author J. Rives Childs lived here in his youth. During World War I, he served in the U.S. Army as a code breaker in France. After working for the American Relief Administration in the Balkans and the Soviet Union, he began a 30-year . . . Map (db m179611) HM
92Virginia, Lynchburg — Jane Owens (d. 1835)
In the Owens family enclosure towards the East are buried Jane and Owen Owens. They lived in the Miller-Claytor House when it was on the corner of 8th and Church Streets. Here they established the first circulating library in Lynchburg, making . . . Map (db m179676) HM
93Virginia, Lynchburg — Jennie Hicks(1880-1964)
These eloquent words appeared in an editorial in the Lynchburg News at the time of her death:
"A superior cook, perfect in serving dinner for special occasions, and a laundress who did exquisite work, comparable to a . . . Map (db m179755) HM
94Virginia, Lynchburg — John and Rachel Kinkle
John (1810-1889) and Rachel (1836-1885) were mulattoes who had been born slaves in Virginia. Sold by their original master to pay debts, they were purchased by an Episcopal minister who married them and baptized their children. The minister freed . . . Map (db m179737) HM
95Virginia, Lynchburg — Q-6-54 — John Chilembwe(ca. 1871-1915)
John Chilembwe was the leader, in 1915, of the first major African uprising against colonial authorities in the British Protectorate of Nyasaland (Malawi). Chilembwe had come to Lynchburg in 1897 to study at Virginia Seminary under its president, . . . Map (db m179856) HM
96Virginia, Lynchburg — K-142 — John Daniel’s Home
This Federal-style mansion was built by John Marshall Warwick in 1826. It was the birthplace of John Warwick Daniel, grandson of the builder, whose father was Judge William Daniel, resident of nearby Point of Honor. John W. Daniel was known as the . . . Map (db m86231) HM
97Virginia, Lynchburg — John Lynch
The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution erects this tablet to the memory of John Lynch The Founder of Lynchburg. Incorporated 1786Map (db m156585) HM
98Virginia, Lynchburg — John Warwick Daniel
(west face) John Warwick Daniel • Born in Lynchburg, September 5, 1842 • Died in Lynchburg, June 29, 1910 • Foremost and best loved Virginian of his time. (north face) Major in the Army of Northern Virginia, and for twenty-four . . . Map (db m57288) HM
99Virginia, Lynchburg — Joseph Parker
Joseph Parker was a Confederate veteran of the Civil War. He was one of the original enlistees in the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, better known as Mosby's Partisan Rangers. It was John Singleton Mosby, most trusted scout of Confederate . . . Map (db m179675) HM
100Virginia, Lynchburg — Josiah Holbrook
Josiah Holbrook was the founder of the Lyceum Movement in America. He died as a result of a fall into Blackwater Creek while on a geological excursion. Assembling in haste, the only mourners were the schoolboys who had been his faithful . . . Map (db m179685) HM

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