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Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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TTN Lynchburg

Flag of United States  , Virginia
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 The city of Lynchburg is home to over 70,000 people today and is also home to five colleges and universities.  At the time of the Civil War the economy of Lynchburg was tied to the production and transportation of tobacco.  This included the canals and railroads along with  the architecture that comes along with wealth.  In fact, Lynchburg was the second wealthiest city per capital in the nation, second only to New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Interestingly, New Bedford is the city that Augusta, Georgia was trying to emulate by building it's canal.

During the Civil War, Lynchburg was a major Confederate hospital center with over 30 buildings, including the tobacco warehouses, being turned into makeshift hospitals and care centers.  The transportation system that was in place because of tobacco also made Lynchburg a supply hub during the war.  The Lynchburg Museum, housed in the Old Court House does a good job covering Lynchburg's history.  It's location on top of Monument Terrace also provides a good overview to the historic downtown along with the James River. 

Other points of interest in Lynchburg include two cemeteries.  The Spring Hill Cemetery, founded in 1854, is the final resting place of Confederate General Jubal Early, who resided in Lynchburg following the war.  Of even more interest is the Old City Cemetery, founded in 1806.  This cemetery is the resting place for over 2,200 Southern soldiers from 14 states who died in Lynchburg's military hospitals during the Civil War.  This cemetery also contains a marked, self guided walk and four museums.  It is a very peaceful, beautiful place that is also used for weddings!! 

One final historic site is Point of Honor.  This Federal style mansion was completed in 1815.  It was home to Dr. George Cabell - friend and physician to the patriot Patrick Henry.  The home has quite the history, including being used as the Court of Appeals from 1846 through the Civil War.  It is open for tours, with a combo ticket available from the Lynchburg Museum.  We chose not to tour, this time! 

Lynchburg has several other Civil War sites.  They are covered in a very nifty brochure titled 'Civil War history & sites'. We hope to get to them in the next week or so.  If we do I will certainly share them with you, so check back! 

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