Commerce Street and Horseford RoadHorseford Road is named for the nearby ford that Virginia Indians and early settlers used to cross the James River. During the 19th century, this area was home to tobacco factories, flour mills, and iron foundries. The large red brick building to your left rear on Main Street was built in 1880 as the Bowman-Moore Tobacco Factory. Although smoking tobacco was manufactured and marketed here, much of Lynchburg's tobacco was processed into chewing tobacco. In these factories, stems were removed from tobacco leaves, flavorings were added, and the product was pressed into plugs or twists to be sold. In the 19th century, Lynchburg had more than forty-five tobacco factories, and the smell of tobacco permeated the city.
|Placed By||The Lynchburg History Marker Program|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 3:18am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 664754 N 4142092|
|Decimal Degrees||37.41098333, -79.13835000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 24.659', W 79° 8.301'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 24' 39.54" N, 79° 8' 18.06" W|
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|Area Code(s)||434, 540|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 105 Horseford Rd, Lynchburg VA 24504, US|
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