Lynchburg, Virginia is a literary lover’s dream! Here, you can discover the old stomping grounds of notable historical authors as well as visit unique bookstores filled with classic novels and best sellers. If you are planning an educationally-themed trip to Lynchburg, make sure to visit these local locations.

 Anne Spencer’s Home and Gardens

 Anne Spencer was an internationally-acclaimed poet and civil rights activist whose poems were instrumental during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920’s. The biggest inspiration for her literary works was her garden. Located on Pierce Street, Anne Spencer’s home and meticulously-restored gardens stand as a testament to the impact of her poetic contributions. Now, you can learn more about her life and work by touring her home and gardens. The garden is free to tour, and her home is available to tour by appointment.  

Givens Bookstore

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Given Books and Little Dickens Bookstore

 This whimsical store is full of literary charm! Located on Lakeside Drive, Givens Books and Little Dickens Bookstore serves as an outlet for books, toys and educational supplies. Their new books section features titles from national and local authors, ranging from children’s books to New York Times Best Sellers. They also have a dedicated section to used books—which is perfect for old book lovers! In this two story section, you may find books that date back to as early as the 1800’s! After you select the book of your choice, head over to their in-house cafe, The Drowsy Poet, for some delicious coffee, teas, lattes, milkshakes and homemade sandwiches!


Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

 Thomas Jefferson once said, “I cannot live without books”. This proved true, as he would go on to own over 6,000 books during his lifetime. He also authored 10 texts, most notably, The Declaration of Independence. Today, his literary legacy lives on through the institution and homes he left behind. Poplar Forest served as Jefferson’s serene retreat home after the famed Monticello turned more into a “virtual hotel” in his eyes. Today, you can tour this iconic founding fathers retreat—as well as his private study!

White Hart

White Hart Cafe

 This cafe has a latte and a book waiting just for you! Located on Main Street, White Hart Cafe is a local coffee hub for downtown residents and visitors. They offer a wide selection of drinks as well as a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. But, what makes this a go-to spot for local literary enthusiasts is its selection of great books! So whether you borrow from their collection or bring your own, White Hart Cafe is a ambient, quaint place to curl up with your favorite drink and book of your choice!

This scholarly, local community is ideal for those who desire to learn! For directions or more information on any of these sites, be sure to visit our Things To Do page.