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August First Friday
As part of “First Friday,” the Lynchburg Museum at 901 Court Street will be open free of charge on Friday, August 1st from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Lynchburg tried to organize a railroad in 1831with the creation of the Lynchburg and New River Railroad. Competition from the James River and Kanawha Canal and economic difficulties doomed this project. In 1848, the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad was chartered which ultimately connected the Hill City with Bristol on the Tennessee border.
From this single rail line, railroads in Lynchburg blossomed. By 1860, there were three lines serving Lynchburg—the Virginia and Tennessee, Orange and Alexandria, and the Southside. By the 20th century, the Chesapeake and Ohio, the Norfolk and Western Railway, and Southern Railway served the City.
Today, freight trains travel through Lynchburg hauling coal, crude oil, and other types of cargo. Passenger service is available at the Kemper Street Station via Amtrak and an added train to Washington, D. C. is on the horizon. The CSX train derailment earlier this spring along the James River is a reminder that Lynchburg and the railroads remain intertwined.
Photographs, tickets, bonds, and timetables will be on display showcasing Lynchburg’s rich rail history. The “Lynchburg” sign from the Union Station and the “City of Lynchburg” sign from a Chesapeake & Ohio passenger train coach will also be exhibited. Artifacts will remain on display throughout the weekend. The Museum is open Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday noon-4pm.
Experience The James: Lynchburg’s Pathway to the World is also on display showcasing art, history, culture, natural resources, and historic photographs of “America’s Founding River.”
Please visit www.experiencethejames.com for more information.