Lynchburg is a place ripe with culture, natural beauty and history. In spite of Coronavirus quarantines, there are plenty of opportunities to get out of your house and enjoy a little time in the city, even if you stay in your car and practice social distancing. Here are a few places you can visit.
This iconic, 139-step stairway stands sentinel over Downtown Lynchburg. Over the past century, monuments have been erected on the landings to commemorate those from Lynchburg who made the ultimate sacrifice in wars past. Today, it’s a place for reflection, a shady place to lunch and a fantastic workout. We recommend starting at the top and working your way down! A virtual tour of Monument Terrace is also available.
Anne Spencer Garden
Anne Spencer, famed African-American Harlem Renaissance poet and civil rights activist, had a home right here in Lynchburg, and much of her writing inspiration came while she was in her garden. This garden, located behind her historic house, has been restored and is now open to the public. As the flowers and trees bloom this spring, take a quiet stroll through the garden, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the simple, relaxing beauty of nature.
Point of Honor
While the historic Point of Honor home, a Federal style house, is closed to visitors for the time being, the grounds are still available from dawn to dusk. This is a great time to drop by while on a break from being indoors. Take a leisurely walk, snag a photo or three, and enjoy the blooming springtime, warm weather and awesome view of Downtown! Point of Honor also offers a virtual tour, if you want to see and learn about the interior of the house.
Miller Claytor House Garden
This house and garden belonged to John Miller, a Lynchburg tavern keeper in the 18th century. Lynchburg’s only remaining 18th century house, this property has been lovingly and faithfully maintained so visitors can tour it and learn about its history. Thomas Jefferson allegedly ate a tomato to prove to the owner of this garden that tomatoes aren’t poisonous. As springtime comes into its own this year, take a scenic trip to this historic garden in Riverside Park and enjoy the beautiful sights that it provides, like flowering trees and river views.
These are just a handful of activities you can do in Lynchburg to get outside and recharge. We hope you experience or learn something new that you will remember always. Be safe out there, and give a wave to anyone you meet!