As part of “First Friday,” the Lynchburg Museum at 901 Court Street will have extended hours on Friday, February 2nd from 5p.m. until 8p.m. This month, the Museum will display artifacts recovered from the James River and Kanawha Canal discovered during the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project in 2014. Admission to the Museum is FREE.
The CSO project corridor encompasses over four city blocks in between Jefferson Street and the James River from north of 9th Street to south of 13th Street. The area related to the canal most directly affected by the project includes the 9th Street Bridge and the partially filled in canal underneath it. The James River and Kanawha Canal operated in Lynchburg from 1840 until 1877. Items on display recovered from the canal include an assortment of soda, beer, and liquor bottles, medical bottles, ink bottles, and ceramic artifacts.