Architects across Virginia have nominated 250 structures they consider the best of Virginia’s rich architectural heritage. The Lynchburg Museum, located at 901 Court Street and Point of Honor, 112 Cabell Street, are on the list. The public is invited to vote on their favorites, and once votes are tallied, the top 100 will be featured in an exhibition entitled Virginia’s Favorite Architecture. Other Lynchburg area structures on the list include the Allied Arts Building on Church Street and Poplar Forest.
In 1913 the Lynchburg City Directory boasted that Lynchburg was the 3rd wealthiest city per capita in the United States. Shortly thereafter, The News published a story stating the one thing Lynchburg needed to take it to the next level was a strong manufacturing base to lure highly skilled workers to the city. The article went on to suggest starting an automobile industry in town would attract such skilled labor.
In 1917 such dreams were realized with the creation of the Piedmont Motor Car Company. The cars were assembled from pre-made parts at its plant at the intersection of Hollins Mill Road and Bedford Avenue. Today this is the site of Flowers Bakery. Sold locally as the Piedmont brand, the cars were marketed nationally under the names Bush and Lone Star as well as in Europe under the name Alsace. Like most small automobile manufacturers in the first quarter of the twentieth century, the business could not compete with large scale operations and by 1922 the company filed for bankruptcy.
Reminiscent of early automobile culture in Lynchburg, the Museum will have on display a collection of historic photographs, catalogs, car parts, and other automobile ephemera. The objects will remain on display throughout the weekend.
The mission of the Lynchburg Museum is to collect, interpret and preserve the history and material culture of Lynchburg and the surrounding area.
Point of Honor Mission
The mission of Point of Honor, Dr. George Cabell’s plantation home, is to engage and educate a diverse audience by collecting, preserving and interpreting Lynchburg’s history during the Era of Good Feeling, 1815 -1830.