Lynchburg was established by charter in 1786 at the site of Lynch’s Ferry on the James River. It was a center of commerce and manufacturing in the 19th Century. Transportation facilities included the James River and Kanawha Canal and, later, four railroads. In the American Civil War, Lynchburg was approached within one mile by the Union forces of General David Hunter as he drove south from the Shenandoah Valley. Hunter was driven back by the forces of Confederate General Jubal Early on June 18, 1864.
Thomas Jefferson’s crowning architectural achievement, Monticello, located in nearby Charlottesville (one hour north of Lynchburg) is a delightful destination. Another fascinating creation of our third President is Poplar Forest, located just outside Lynchburg. Poplar Forest was Jefferson’s personal country retreat.
The Appomattox Court House National Park is the site in which the treaty was signed that ended the War Between the States and began the unification of our great nation. The historic city of Appomattox is just 30 minutes away.
The charming and historic town of Lexington, Virginia, is only 45 minutes from Lynchburg and is the home of Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute.