Robert Penn Warren once claimed that the past is always a rebuke to the present, which might explain why the Founding Fathers banned texting while driving in the Constitution. Defend yourself against reprimands from history with this Groupon.
$10 for Museum Visits for Two (Up to $20 Value)
The Lynchburg Museum contains thousands of artifacts of central Virginia history, including a soapbox-derby racer, a model-railroad exhibit, and a gilt harp. Point of Honor, a restored Federal-period mansion, exhibits early medicines alongside a view of the James River. Beginning July 21, the "An American Turning Point" exhibit will explore Virginia's Civil War experience with more than 200 artifacts on display.
Admission to Lynchburg Museum and Point of Honor is free on Independence Day and Labor Day. This Groupon is recommended for children 6 and older.
Lynchburg Museum and Point of Honor
A bugle boomed with a brash moan that bordered on shrill, as if the metal it was made of were on the verge of shattering like glass. Its player drew a sideward glance to his wife, whose neck was contorted in the throes of a visceral shriek as she slammed a wooden spoon against the tin washbasin. Darkness was giving way to the orange of morning on June 18, 1864, and the Union's Major General David Hunter was presumably within earshot. The clamor of Lynchburg's citizens was their first defense, making the Confederate forces sound larger and stronger than they actually were. It was a smart move, as Hunter eventually retreated because he believed he was outnumbered.
The concise Confederate victory preserved many historical sites in Lynchburg, which had been the United States’ second wealthiest city per capita before the Civil War devastated the economy. Today, the Lynchburg Museum traces the stories of the region, from the cannons and flags of the Civil War to a flight suit worn by hometown astronaut Leland Melvin. More than 20,000 artifacts are housed within the former Lynchburg courthouse, which was built in the Greek Revival style in 1855, replete with architectural details including fluted Doric columns and a pedimented portico inspired by the Parthenon.
Less than a mile away, Point of Honor accommodates guests within the re-created plantation kitchen of the restored Federal-period mansion built in 1815 by Dr. George Cabell Sr., friend to both Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson. Guests can peer out at a vista of the James River before exploring the Medicine in Early Virginia exhibit, which highlights tools and methods practiced by Dr. Cabell such as giving patients colds in order to cure their rickets.
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901 Court St
Lynchburg, VA 24504