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Old City Cemetery Holiday Open House
December 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery Museums & Arboretum will hold a Holiday Open House with free tours inside its museum buildings and more this Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8. Schedule below:
1-5pm – Cemetery Center Mourning Museum open with a docent sharing information. The Gift Shop will be decorated and serving “To Die For Cookies” and cider, along with a 25% off sale on all Gift Shop items.
2-4pm—Museum buildings open with docents, including:
Bicentennial Chapel—Modeled after the Ivy Chapel Union Church in Bedford County, the Cemetery Chapel includes pews and other historic items from the former Hermon Methodist Church of Appomattox. The Cemetery dedicated its chapel in 2006 with a historic funeral parade and other events, and the Cemetery is the burial site of many local ministers and religious leaders.
Station House—To interpret the railroad history of Lynchburg, the Cemetery disassembled and reconstructed the 1898 Stapleton Station House of Amherst County on Cemetery grounds overlooking the railroad that runs along its border. Railway house furnishings, luggage and more provide a glimpse into the lives and deaths of the many people who worked or traveled by rail in Lynchburg through the years.
Pest House & Medical Museum—This 1840s medical office of Dr. John Jay Terrell features a two-part exhibit of medical treatment during the 19th century, plus a room displayed as a “House of Pestilence” for treating victims of small pox or measles during the Civil War.
1:30-3:30pm–Meet author Richard Loving as he signs his new children’s book, Goodnight Lynchburg, in the Cemetery Center Museum & Gift Shop. Rick Loving is an H.R executive by day and a photographer by night. In his free time, his hobby of photography led him to take some eye-catching evening photos of his Lynchburg hometown. Then remembering a family favorite, he pulled all the photos together into his newly published book: “GOODNIGHT LYNCHBURG.”