Lynchburg, Virginia USA
Lynchburg is a city located on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia, about 180 miles south of Washington, DC.
Its population (2012) is about 80,000.
Lynchburg was founded in 1757 by John Lynch, son of a Quaker and an emigrant family from Ireland. It was established by charter at the site of Lynch’s Ferry in 1786 and grew as a center of commerce and manufacturing in the 19th century. In the 1860s, Lynchburg, with a population of about 7,000 people, was the second largest city in Virginia. Area farms brought plentyful meats and produce to the markets in town.Main industry was tobacco, iron and steel. Transport took place on the James River and by railroad. Lynchburg played a major role as a Confederate supply base during the American Civil War. In 1865 Lynchburg served even as the capital of Virginia, so only for 5 days. Thomas Jefferson frequented Lynchburg with visits and later built his summer home on the outskirts, what is today known as Poplar Forest.
In the 19th century Lynchburg blossomed. It became one of the wealthiest cities in the USA. In 1880 the first cigarette-rolling machine was invented which appropriately increased Lynchburg’s tobacco commerce in addition to transportation and warehousing.
Today Lynchburg’s industry is of course quite different and it is mostly nuclear technology, pharmaceuticals, material handling and printing. The largest employer is Centra Health with very high rated facilities and specialists.
Lynchburg has a tradition of outstanding public education wit 12 Elementary schools, 3 Middle schools, 2 High schools and 5 public/private Colleges and Universities. There are also several private religious schools. Recreation is a strong force within the community. One can enjoy sports arenas’, several parks and beautiful hiking trails are within easy reach. Arts, music and performing arts play also an increasingly large role in Lynchburg. The completion of the ongoing renovation of the Academy of Fine Arts will certainly be an additional cultural asset for the city.
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