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March First Friday
Katharine Garland Diggs Collection
As part of “First Friday,” the Lynchburg Museum at 901 Court Street will be open free of charge on Friday, March 7th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This month the Museum will highlight objects from the Point of Honor Collection not displayed at the historic home, Point of Honor.
Born and raised in Lynchburg, Katharine Garland Diggs was the daughter of Judge John Singleton and Mary Elizabeth Slaughter Diggs. She served as a teacher in the Lynchburg Public Schools for 39 years and was active in civic, cultural, and social affairs. Upon her death in 1971, she bequeathed money for the establishment of a public museum in Lynchburg “to preserve for future generations tangible evidence of customs and ways of life observed by the citizens of Lynchburg since its establishment.” The money left by Miss Diggs was used to begin the restoration of Point of Honor and to establish a trust fund for its future.
Miss Diggs also bequeathed many of her personal and family belongings from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Items on display will include jewelry, family photographs, glassware, a family cookbook, and a portrait of Miss Diggs by S.L. Abbot. These items will remain on display through the weekend. The Museum is open Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday noon-4pm.
Point of Honor is the 1815 Federal era home of Dr. George Cabell. Operated by the Lynchburg Museum System, Point of Honor interprets Lynchburg life during the “Era of Good Feelings” from 1815-1830.
The Museum is on the free trolley route that loops between participating attractions.