The Lynchburg Museum System operates Point of Honor, a restored nineteenth century mansion with period furniture, and the Lynchburg Museum, containing a museum of the city’s history. The Bedford County Museum provides two floors of exhibits from Bedford’s heritage including Indian artifacts, Revolutionary and Civil War memorabilia, examples of native wildlife, and a library of historical and genealogical information. In Altavista, the Avoca Museum is a country Victorian house constructed in 1901, after the original was destroyed by fire in 1900. The house is a commissioned work of the Lynchburg Architect, John Minor Botts Lewis in the Queen Anne style. It is a Virginia landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is maintained as a historical museum. The collection, displays, programs and interpretations are planned to take account of the cultural and natural history of the region.
Our region’s location on the eastern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains allows residents to take advantage of numerous recreational pursuits. The Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America’s most scenic roads, offers numerous overlooks, campgrounds, picnic areas and hiking trails. The George Washington National Forest has numerous mountain streams with championship trout fishing along with excellent hunting opportunities. The Appalachian Trail offers scenic and challenging trails for hikers. Smith Mountain Lake in southern Bedford County spans 23,400 acres and provides a variety of recreational, dining and shopping opportunities. There are numerous state, regional and local parks and recreational facilities throughout our area.
It’s no surprise that our region is recognized as an official RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) Runner Friendly Community. Every fall Lynchburg hosts thousands of runners and walkers for the Virginia 10 Miler. Established in 1974, the Virginia 10 Miler is one of the premier road races in the country.
Local colleges participate in the full spectrum of individual and team sports including NCAA football, basketball, baseball and soccer. The Lynchburg Region hosts several traditional annual festivals that appeal to young and old alike. Whether you enjoy music, crafts, food or wine, we are certain you will find several to enjoy!
Seven public golf clubs and two private courses, one of which is the top ranked Poplar Grove Golf Course are located in the area. Professional baseball is available in Lynchburg. The Lynchburg Hillcats are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
The 1300 and 1400 blocks of Pierce Street in downtown Lynchburg resonate with many significant milestones of African American history. It was here that the gifted Anne Spencer, a Harlem Renaissance poet, hosted notable figures such as Langston Hughes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thurgood Marshall. Her son, Chauncey, was instrumental in the inclusion of African Americans into the Army Air Corps. Further along the street were the homes of Frank Trigg (born a slave and later the president of three colleges) and Dr. Walter Johnson who taught tennis icons Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson not only groundstrokes and strategy, but how to find their way to success.
The National D-Day Memorial sits atop a looming hill above U.S. 460 in Bedford County. It pays tribute to the group of National Guardsmen, also known as “The Bedford Boys” who stormed the beaches at Normandy in 1944 and gave Bedford the unique distinction of the highest casualty rate per capita of any American community during World War II.