As part of “First Friday,” the Lynchburg Museum at 901 Court Street will have extended hours on Friday, April 7th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This month, the Museum will exhibit materials related to Lynchburg doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies with an emphasis on the time period 1840-1950. Admission to the Museum is FREE.
Before the Civil War, doctors in Lynchburg usually traveled to the home to see patients. Hospitals were associated with the poor, dirty conditions, and death. During the Civil War, Lynchburg became a major Confederate hospital center with over 20 hospitals in the city. In the postwar period, the image of hospitals changed for the better and they were run by private organizations like the Marshall Lodge Memorial Hospital on Grace Street, created by the Masons. Lynchburg got its first public hospital when Lynchburg General opened in 1912 on the corner of Federal Street and Hollins Mill Road.
Objects on display include photos, medical instruments, Dr. Walter Johnson’s receipt books, a scrapbook, and a ca. 1880 microscope. Items of special interest include medical tools from the 1850s and the 1940s. All materials will remain on display throughout the weekend. The Museum is open Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m.