Experience the James: Lynchburg’s Pathway to the World is an 18-month exploration of the myriad ways the James River intersects with Lynchburg’s history, culture, recreation, and civic identity. The centerpiece of the experience is an exhibit at the Lynchburg Museum, 901 Court Street, which will focus on the historical impact of the James on our community. The exhibit is open through December 31, 2015.
Objects on display will include prehistoric tools, ceramics, tobacco-related items, and items recovered from sunken vessels that plied the river and canals. Some of the earliest bricks made in North America, fishhooks, Native American trade goods, food remains, and pottery are included from recent excavations in Jamestown forts. Modern and historic art, pirates, historic photographs, war, and floods are all part of the story, as is the damage done by man to the river and efforts to restore water quality and native species.
Experience the James has generated a partnership among the Lynchburg Museum System, Amazement Square, Lynch’s Landing, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation, Lynchburg Water Resources, discoverLynchburg, the James River Association, and the Virginia Canals and Navigations Society. In addition to the exhibit, the museum and its partners will be offering opportunities to experience the James as it is today.
Programs will include workshops about water quality, children’s environmental education programs, and volunteer opportunities to help clean up the James with the March on Litter. Speakers throughout the year will offer perspectives on early explorations of the James, memorable disasters, flora and fauna of the river, Civil War battles on the James, and more.
Sampling of additional programming:
May 29 & June 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Rain Barrel Workshop, Community Market
May 31 & June 21, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 .a.m.
Learn To Canoe,
Ivy Creek Park
June 14, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Batteau Launch Festival, Percival’s Island
June 23-27, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily
Discover Lynchburg Summer Camp for Kids, Lynchburg Museum
often for program details and added events. Whether you are an artist, boater, bird watcher, hiker, nature enthusiast, history buff, fisherman, or just love all things Virginian, Experience the James: Lynchburg’s Pathway to the World should not be missed.