Thomas Jefferson and the Poplar Forest Plantation

Poplar Forest is a plantation and plantation house in Forest, Bedford County, Virginia. Thomas Jefferson designed the plantation and used the property as a private retreat and a revenue-generating plantation. Jefferson inherited the property in 1773 and began designing and working on the plantation in 1806. While Jefferson is the most famous individual associated with […]

The Old City Cemetery Rose Garden

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Old City Cemetery is home to the largest public collection of heirloom roses in the Commonwealth of Virginia. There are over 425 different varieties planted throughout the grounds, representing all classes, habits, colors and fragrances of antique roses, or “Old Garden Roses”. Our rose collection consists mostly of “Old Garden Roses”, and also includes roses […]

The Appomattox Court House and Battlefield

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Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is comprised of many of the village’s original historic structures, along with several reconstructed buildings on approximately 1,700 acres in rural Virginia. The Wilmer McLean home, where the surrender was signed, is open to the public.  A driving tour and several trails cover the battlefield. It was eight days […]

Historic Sites Located In Lynchburg Virginia

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Lynchburg is full of history, and even as the City marches ever forward into the future, it is important to remember where we’ve come from. One particularly formative time in Lynchburg history was the Civil War, during which time both Confederate and Union forces played an active role in the history of the area. Here’s […]

When Tobacco Was King of Lynchburg Virginia

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There are multiple species of tobacco, which is in the same botanical family as eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, and chili peppers. Nicotinia rustica and Nicotiana tabacum were domesticated in the Andes of Peru and Ecuador, and migrated north with the help of Native American farmers. Tobacco is not native to Virginia, but it was being grown in North America by […]

The Sandusky House and Wildflower Fields

Sandusky is a federal style home built in 1808 by Charles Johnston. Today, the home is open as a historic house museum and is currently under ongoing restoration to the 1864 period when the home was used as Union Headquarters by General David Hunter. Historic Sandusky is operated by the Historic Sandusky foundation in partnership […]

The Historic Old City Cemetery of Lynchburg Virginia

The Old City Cemetery, established in 1806, is one of the oldest public cemeteries in the United States still in use today. Mayors and other prominent civic leaders, along with the city’s indigent and “strangers,” are among the estimated 18,000 people buried here. Two thirds of those interred here are of African descent, both enslaved […]

Guides to Historic Districts & Markers of Lynchburg

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Looking for something to get you out of the house, your kids learning and everyone getting exercise? Lynchburg Historical Foundation will mail you the Guide to the Historic Districts of Lynchburg, VA and/or the Historic Markers of Lynchburg. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about Lynchburg’s rich history and architectural legacy. This is a […]

Greenstone: A Lynchburg Legacy

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A brief look at one of the defining and unique features of the architectural history of Lynchburg. In June of 1969, the Virginia Greenstone Corporation shuttered its doors and thus ended the quarrying and use of this unique and beautiful building material. Although forms of greenstone are found in other locations, none with characteristics and […]