Central Virginia culture and heritage are rich with the legacy of African-Americans. This legacy is alive and vibrant in Lynchburg. Bring your group to examine and explore the accomplishments of those who prevailed and prospered in Lynchburg.
Day1: Tour the home and gardens of Harlem Renaissance poet, Anne Spencer. A few blocks away is the Legacy Museum of African-American History containing artifacts and exhibits. Experience the ‘Black History Quarter Mile Walk’ at Old City Cemetery, which traces the contributions of Lynchburg’s African American citizens. Enjoy lunch at one of the many diverse eateries in the downtown area while enjoying architecture from years past, then tour nearby Point of Honor. Finish the day by visiting Virginia University, one of the nation’s oldest African-American colleges.
Day 2: Start the day at Court Street Baptist Church, a major Lynchburg landmark built in 1880, before heading to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest to participate or watch an archaeological excavation. Poplar Forest was Thomas Jefferson’s retreat from his many visitors and activities at Monticello. A short drive away is Booker T. Washington National Monument, which pays tribute to the founder of the Tuskegee Institute and author of Up From Slavery. End the day enjoying a gracious meal along the banks of the scenic James River.