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    Lynchburg Museum Foundation Receives Challenge Grant

    The Lynchburg Museum Foundation's campaign to raise the money necessary to build an Education Center at Point of Honor has received a Challenge Grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation in the amount of $50,000.  The Lynchburg Museum Foundation, the support organization for the Lynchburg Museum System, has set a goal of $1,000,000 to cover the cost of construction and related expenses of this project. Construction of the Education Center will not begin until the necessary funds have been raised or firmly pledged.

    The mission of the Education Center at Point of Honor is to stimulate interest for visitors of all ages with emphasis on expanding the awareness of local history for school children. A visit the historic Federal-style home of Dr. George Cabell, the personal physician to Patrick Henry, provides an opportunity to learn about life in Lynchburg during the time when the Cabell family lived there.  The home is located on Daniel's Hill. 

    The new Education Center will offer a place for the many school children and other groups who come to Point of Honor to have an adequate area to meet that is accessible to all.  The new building will be on the hillside adjoining the existing Carriage House.  There will be new outside walkways that meet the requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an elevator, adequate bathrooms, a catering kitchen and space for a variety of meetings and other gatherings.

    Educational programs at Point of Honor have expanded to serve children in five grade levels of Lynchburg City Schools, as well regional schools and home schooled groups.  The Education Center will be able to accommodate an entire grade level during times of inclement weather.   There is also an increasing demand for meeting space for other events at Point of Honor.  The current meeting space in the Carriage House is small and does not provide adequate space to meet these needs and can only be reached by stairs or outside walkways that include steps.

    The Lynchburg Museum Foundation is asking local residents and friends of Point of Honor for their support of this important project.  It is the wish of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation to have the matching funds come from a diverse group of donors.  The deadline for meeting the request is November of 2018.

    The Lynchburg Museum Foundation is pleased to announce two more generous gifts.   The Lynchburg Junior Woman's Club has made a pledge of $10,000 to Capital Campaign for the Education Center at Point of Honor.  A grant of $6,000 has been awarded by the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust to be used for the construction of the new Education Center. 

    Please send gifts to help make the Education Center at Point of Honor possible to the Lynchburg Museum Foundation, P.O. Box 529, Lynchburg, VA 24505.  Gifts to be matched by the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation Challenge Grant should reference the Grant by name in the check memo section or by note.

    About the Lynchburg Museum System
    The mission of the Lynchburg Museum System is to collect, interpret, and preserve the history and material culture of Lynchburg and surrounding area.  The Lynchburg Museum Foundation is the support organization for the Lynchburg Museum System which includes Point of Honor and the Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House. The Lynchburg Museum and Point of Honor are open to visitors every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.  Point of Honor is open for tours Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit for more information about visiting.