DAY OF BLUE AND GRAY

Central Virginia was ground zero for the Civil War. As our country was reeling from the lingering conflict, critical meetings and war-weary heroes were zeroing in on the Lynchburg region, about to bring an end to the bloodiest chapter in our nation’s history. This tour takes to the historic sites and portrays the crucial role it played in bringing peace to the nation.

Begin your day at the Lynchburg Museum in the restored Old Courthouse high atop Monument Terrace. There you'll discover 200 years of history on display with exhibits on Lynchburg's role as a Civil War supply depot with the second largest hospital center in the state.

Next, stop in the Lynchburg Visitor Center for a copy of the Battle of Lynchburg Driving Tour which includes the Old City Cemetery & Arboretum: The Confederate Section contains the graves of over 2200 soldiers from 14 states. Informational tablets explain Lynchburg’s role as a hospital center during the Civil War, and a kiosk lists names and locations of all those buried there. The Pest House Medical Museum depicts conditions in Lynchburg’s House of Pestilence during the Civil War. Fort Early: Fort Early, one of the four earthworks anchoring the Outer Defense Line, stands as a reminder of the valiant men who defended Lynchburg. Historic Sandusky: Visit the house that was taken over and used as Union headquarters for Major Gen. David Hunter during the Battle of Lynchburg.

Take a lunch break at one of the many eateries in historic downtown Lynchburg, or take a box lunch to the gardens of the Old City Cemetery & Arboretum.

After lunch, head 20 minutes east to Appomattox, 'where our nation reunited', and the Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park. It was here on April 9, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, leading to the end of the American Civil War. Tour the Museum of the Confederacy and see artifacts, photographs, and documents from a collection in two exhibits that tell the stories of the Civil War.

After a great day of touring the region’s role during the Civil War, return to Lynchburg for a delicious dinner and a side of southern hospitality.