May 2017 First Friday

As part of “First Friday,” the Lynchburg Museum at 901 Court Street will have extended hours on Friday, May 5th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This month, the Museum will exhibit materials related to the soap box derby races that occurred in the 1950s and 1960s. Admission to the Museum is FREE. 

Beginning in 1949 and running into the mid-1960s an annual soap box derby race was held in Lynchburg along Bedford Avenue. The race began at the intersection of Rivermont Avenue near the Lexington Apartments and concluded near the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Hollins Mill Road. Typically one hundred racers competed in the event which drew thousands of spectators. The winner of the Lynchburg race went on to compete in the national championships at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Soap box derby racing became a national sport in 1934 and the competition still takes place today. 

Objects on display include soap box derby cars, uniforms, awards, and photograms. All materials will remain on display throughout the weekend. The Museum is open Saturday 10a.m.-4p.m. and Sunday noon-4p.m.