Local Districts & Sites

Lynchburg's local historic districts and sites have been specifically designated by the City of Lynchburg City Council for their local significance and contribution to the City’s identity, character, and historic legacy. Within locally designated areas, exterior work is reviewed for compliance with the adopted Commercial Design Review Guidelines or the Residential Design Review Guidelines and the work's effect on the district. Approvals are granted through the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) process by either the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) or a designated staff member, the Secretary to the HPC. Local districts provide some protection from demolition and inappropriate alterations by creating a process to approve these actions. In return, property owner’s investments are protected knowing the entire designated area is held to the same standards, and Lynchburg’s past is preserved for future generations.

There are eight designated historic districts and a number of individually designated historic properties. The historic districts include Court House Hill, Daniel's Hill, Diamond Hill, Garland Hill, Federal Hill, Pierce Street Renaissance, Rivermont, and Virginia University of Lynchburg. Some of the historic properties include the Academy of Music Theater, the Samuel Miller House, Hopwood Hall Lynchburg College, Fort Early, and the Old City Cemetery.

View a short video about Lynchburg's Historic Districts.

Lynchburg's Historic Districts Ordinance

City Council adopted a Historic Districts Ordinance in 1976 (Section 35.1-44.1 of the City Code). This ordinance (now Sections 35.2-13, 58, and 100.9) ensures that Lynchburg's heritage and unique identity will be preserved for the benefit of future generations by providing for the establishment of local historic districts and the designation of individual historic properties. It also provides for the review of alterations affecting those historic districts and properties.

Local District & Site Maps