A City of Churches: A Glimpse at Lynchburg's Churches

A City of Churches: A Glimpse at Lynchburg's Churches

Throughout Lynchburg can be found various churches of different sects and times. Downtown, there are churches that date back to the 1800’s and are beautiful architectural pieces. Court Street United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, and Holy Cross Catholic Church are just the beginning. 

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Lynchburg Letters from Confederate General Raleigh Edward Colston (1825-1896)

Lynchburg Letters from Confederate General Raleigh Edward Colston (1825-1896)

While his military performance is met with mixed reviews of success and challenges, his letters to his family including his wife, Louisa, and daughters, Lou and Mary, are, at times, sharply honest but also personal, kind, and nostalgic for a time gone by. 

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Court Street Baptist Church

Court Street Baptist Church

Court Street Baptist Church is located at 517 Court Street and is considered the “mother church” of all African American Baptist churches within Lynchburg. Originally known as the African Baptist Church, the Court Street Baptist Church congregation dates its beginnings to 1815 while worshiping at the First Baptist Church. 

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Confederate General Robert Rodes

Confederate General Robert Rodes

Robert Emmett Rodes was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1829. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1848 where he studied civil engineering. He also taught at his alma mater as an assistant professor until 1851 and left when a promotion he desired was given to Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. After leaving the Virginia Military Institute, Rodes went on to become the chief engineer for the Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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The Federal Transient Bureau Fire of 1934

The Federal Transient Bureau Fire of 1934

On March 24th 1934, twenty-two men died due to a fire at the Federal Transient Bureau building in downtown Lynchburg. The Federal Transient Bureau opened its doors to the poor and homeless on December 18th, 1933 in a two story building on the corner of Twelfth and Church Streets. Its purpose was to feed and house occupants during the Great Depression and on the morning of the fire, one- hundred and ninety men were using the facility.

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Lynchburg’s First Playground, Part I

Lynchburg’s First Playground, Part I

In a year filled with momentous events, 1914 witnessed World War I’s beginning, Babe Ruth’s first major league baseball game, the establishment of the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Reserve System, the first transcontinental telephone line in the United States, and the debut of red and green traffic lights. In the midst of these changes, Lynchburg jumped in on a new idea that was only beginning to gain traction in America: public recreation. With the launch of the Association of Playgrounds 

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