Lynchburg, Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial

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Civil War events occurring in Lynchburg to coincide with the 150th Appomattox Court House Commemoration--Tuesday, April 7-Sunday, April 12, 2015:

Tuesday, April 7 & Saturday, April 11--Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau will offer a free one hour walking tour of downtown Lynchburg at 2pm. Beginning at the Lynchburg Visitor Center, 216 12th Street, the tour will focus on the importance of Lynchburg during the Civil War. The tour is limited to 20 persons. Those interested in taking part are encouraged to call the Lynchburg Visitor Center at 434-485-7290 as soon as possible to reserve their spot. Visit www.discoverlynchburg.org for additional information on other local Civil War events and activities.

Wednesday, April 8--Fort Early, corner of Fort Avenue & Memorial Avenue, museum and grounds open from 10am-2pm. Call 434-209-8054 for additional information.

Wednesday, April 8--Lynchburg Civil War Round Table meeting at The Hill City House Grille, 7001 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, 24502. Social hour begins at 6pm, followed by a buffet dinner at 7pm, and then at 8pm the guest speaker, Chris Kolakowski, will present a program on the Battle of Missionary Ridge, TN and its connection to the military MacArthur family. $20 for dinner and the program, or $5 for the program only. The public is invited to attend! Contact Kevin Shroyer, 434-947-2244 x106, for more information and to make dinner reservations.

Friday, April 10--The Taylor-Wilson Camp #10 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will offer a free two hour narrated trolley tour of Civil War sites in Lynchburg. The tour will begin at 11am at Historic Sandusky, 757 Sandusky Drive, the headquarters of Union General David Hunter during the June 17-18, 1864 Battle of Lynchburg. Seating is limited to 24 and is on a first-come basis. Reservations may be made by calling the Lynchburg Visitorโ€™s Center, 434-485-7290. Visit www.discoverlynchburg.org for additional information on other local Civil War events and activities.

Friday, April 10--Presbyterian Cemetery, 907 Bailey Street, Lynchburg, 24504, will offer a free Civil War tour of the cemetery at 3:30pm. Call 434-845-0551 or go to www.presbyteriancemeteryva.com for additional information.

Saturday, April 11--Presbyterian Cemetery, 907 Bailey Street, Lynchburg, 24504, will offer free Civil War tours of the cemetery at 10:30am; 1:30pm; and 3:30pm. Call 434-845-0551 or go to www.presbyteriancemeteryva.com for additional information.

Saturday, April 11--Old City Cemetery, 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, 24501, will host a free archaeology open house from 9am-5pm. Call 434-847-1465 or go to www.gravegarden.org for additional information.

On-going exhibits include:

The Legacy Museum of African American History, 403 Monroe Street, Lynchburg, 24504, will offer free admission that weekend as they continue their exhibit "Trouble Don't Las Always: African American Life in Central Virginia During and After the Civil War, 1860-1890." Call 434-845-3455 or go to www.legacymuseum.org for additional information.

The Lynchburg Museum, 901 Court Street, Lynchburg, 24504, will continue their exhibit "Experience the James: Lynchburg's Pathway to the World", which includes Civil War naval activity on the James River. The Museum also has exhibits on Lynchburg during the Civil War and memorabilia from General Jubal Early, the flag of the 11th Virginia Infantry, and much more. Call 434-455-6226 or go to www.lynchburgmuseum.org for additional information.

Other Civil War sites of interest include:

Historic Sandusky, 757 Sandusky Drive, Lynchburg, 24502. Union General David Hunter's headquarters during the June 17-18, 1864 Battle of Lynchburg. Call 434-832-0162 or go to www.historicsandusky.org for additional information.

National Civil War Chaplains Museum, 1971 Liberty University Drive, Lynchburg, 24502. Call 434-582-2087 or go to www.chaplainsmuseum.org for additional information.

Point of Honor, 112 Cabell Street, Lynchburg, 24504. During the Civil War, Point of Honor was home to Col. Robert Owen and his wife Narcissa. Owen was president of the vital VA and TN Railroad and the story of Narcissa and Union spies during the Battle of Lynchburg is provided on site. Call 434-455-6226 or go to www.pointofhonor.org for additional information.