As part of “First Friday,” the Lynchburg Museum at 901 Court Street will be open free of charge on Friday, March 6th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Museum will showcase items related to the history of healthcare in the Hill City.
During the Civil War, the city was home to over 25 hospitals and treated over 20,000 soldiers, second in number only to the Richmond hospitals. The Ladies Relief Hospital at 6th and Main Streets was run entirely by women. Lynchburg’s Quaker doctor, Dr. John Terrell, developed medical advances in his work with smallpox and glanders, a disease of horses.
The ladies of Lynchburg worked with the American Red Cross during WW I to roll bandages and provide meals to servicemen passing through town. Lynchburg General Hospital opened in 1912 on Federal Street and moved to its present location in 1956. Virginia Baptist was added in 1924 and both hospitals are now part of Centra.
Items on display include historic photographs, cafeteria tokens from Lynchburg General, hospital yearbooks, memorabilia related to Garnett Diuguid’s service in the ambulance corps during World War I, and a nurses uniform worn by Mrs. George B. Craddock at Virginia Baptist Hospital. The artifacts will remain on display throughout the weekend. The Museum is open Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday noon-4pm.
The Museum is on the free trolley route that loops between participating attractions.