The Neighborhood at a Glance 

Franklin Hill is one of the most clearly defined hills in Lynchburg. Bounded by the Lynchburg Expressway to the north and the James River to the east, Florida Avenue makes up its southern border and Fishing Creek defines the west. It is believed the hill was named after Benjamin Franklin. 

Grace Street is one of the main thoroughfares in the neighborhood and was once the Campbell County Turnpike, now Route 501. A number of the streets in this neighborhood are named after trees including Pine, Walnut, Poplar, Hazel, Maple Cherry, and Gum. Lots were sold in Franklin Hill starting in the 1820s but the topography and a lawsuit over some lots hindered development until the 20th century.

 
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Presbyterian Cemetery 

The most well known landmark in the neighborhood is Presbyterian Cemetery, founded in 1824 and home to many intricate and artistic tombstones. Burials include folk artist Queena Stovall, Confederate Generals Garland and Rodes, and members of early Lynchburg families.  

Tombstone, Presbyterian Cemetery Presbyterian Cemetery was founded in 1824 because the elders of the Presbyterian church did not believe the public burial ground (Old City Cemetery) was properly taken care of. From its original two acres, the cemetery now encompasses more than twenty acres.  

Tombstone, Presbyterian Cemetery
Presbyterian Cemetery was founded in 1824 because the elders of the Presbyterian church did not believe the public burial ground (Old City Cemetery) was properly taken care of. From its original two acres, the cemetery now encompasses more than twenty acres.
 

Emma Serena “Queena” Stovall is buried in Presbyterian Cemetery, she did not begin here painting career until the age of 62. Known as Grandma Moses of Virginia, her works depict blacks and whites in rural settings.

Emma Serena “Queena” Stovall is buried in Presbyterian Cemetery, she did not begin here painting career until the age of 62. Known as Grandma Moses of Virginia, her works depict blacks and whites in rural settings.