Falwell, the founder of LU and Thomas Road Baptist Church, died May 15 at the age of 73. He is buried on the lawn of the former Carter Glass mansion where his office was located at the time of his death.
When completed, the burial garden will contain an eternal flame, a fountain and sidewalks leading to Falwell’s grave. Burial spaces will be available for other Falwell family members. The garden will be surrounded by two large block retaining walls, which will be faced with stone matching the mansion’s exterior walls.
The garden will be oval shaped and will cover an area of about 120 feet by 80 feet.
Even before the garden was built, the gravesite had several hundred visitors each week. “
Dad, through 51 years of ministry, loved people with the love of Christ every day,” said the Rev. Jonathan Falwell, Falwell’s youngest son and TRBC’s senior pastor. “He served Christ for many years. Because of that, he made an impact on millions of people’s lives around the world. I think this garden will provide an opportunity for people to come and honor him. I think the impact he had on people is still being felt and still making a difference.”
The burial garden will provide a quiet oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the LU campus.
Jerry Falwell Jr., LU’s new chancellor, takes note of the garden’s beautiful surroundings.
“The burial garden was positioned so it would provide a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the City of Lynchburg (Va.) to the west,” he said.