War and Peace
The Central Virginia Area was ground zero for Civil War History and so much more, and Lynchburg is at the center of it all. Bring your group to discover all the excitement and beauty Lynchburg has to offer.
Day One: Begin your journey with a tour of one of Lynchburg's seven Historic Districts. Diamond Hill and Garland Hill offer grand homes reflecting the glorious architecture of the 19th century when Lynchburg was one of the top three wealthiest cities in the nation. Next take a relaxing 30 minute drive west to the moving National D-Day Memorial, located in Bedford, reported to have lost more men per capita on D-Day than any other city in the nation. The beautiful Peaks of Otter and the Blue Ridge Parkway are just outside of Bedford. Return to Lynchburg for lunch and an afternoon full of shopping, walking on the James River Heritage Trail and visiting Amazement Square, an interactive children's museum.
Day Two: After breakfast, head east to Appomattox,'where our nation re-united", to experience yesteryear at Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park. It was here Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant leading to the end of the War Between the States. Nearby Clover Hill Living History Village offers a peak into daily life during Civil War days. Tour the Museum of the Confederacy and see artifacts, documents and photographs of life during the Civil War. Before leaving Appomattox, enjoy lunch at the beautiful, historic Babcock House Restaurant. Once back in Lynchburg stop at the Visitor Information Center to pick up a copy of the "Battle of Lynchburg Driving Tour". Narrated by renowned Civil War Historian James (Bud) Robertson, this informational driving tour includes eight sites that played critical roles in the "Battle of Lynchburg". Fort Early and Historic Sandusky are featured on the tour. Top your evening off with a delicious dinner at one of our downtown eateries along the peaceful, scenic James River.