Lynchburg History

Lynchburg History (HM10VI)

Location: Lynchburg, VA 24504
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N 37° 24.659', W 79° 8.301'

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Commerce Street and Horseford Road

Horseford 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.

The land along the river was known as the Lower Basin. Boats on the James River and Kanawha Canal docked there between 1840 and 1880. The F.B. Deane, Jr., and Son Foundry, located along the canal, made a variety of munitions for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Craddock-Terry Shoe Company also operated a plant nearby. In recent years, the former manufacturing and commercial buildings have been adapted for use as antique shops, retail stores, and loft apartments.

Lynchburg is a city rich in the history of Virginia and the nation. As with any city, some of our sites and buildings that reflect that history have changed over the centuries since Lynchburg's origins in the 1750s. You can see for yourself the city's historic places and how they have changed or remained intact. Just let the map guide you to the many historical markers that are located downtown. Enjoy learning about Lynchburg!

The Lynchburg History marker program is a partnership of the City of Lynchburg Museum System, Dept. of Communication & Marketing and Dept. of Parks & Recreation, discoverlynchburg, Lynchburg Historical Foundation, and Lynch's Landing
HM NumberHM10VI
Year Placed2011
Placed ByThe Lynchburg History Marker Program
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 3:18am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 664754 N 4142092
Decimal Degrees37.41098333, -79.13835000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.659', W 79° 8.301'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 39.54" N, 79° 8' 18.06" W
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Area Code(s)434, 540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 105 Horseford Rd, Lynchburg VA 24504, US
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