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Friday, April 28, 2006

Lynchburg Old City Cemetery: Bicentenary Celebration

Rain or shine on May 13th timed with the expectation of the roses blooming, an event is scheduled at the Old City Cemetery. If you have not been to the City Cemetery in years, it is worth a visit. This last year many renovations have happened and a new museum has just opened on the grounds; the Chapel & Columbarium.

Here is what they say about the event:

Enjoy the Cemetery’s famous antique rose collection at the beginning of its peak of bloom. Rooted cuttings of many old-fashioned varieties will be available for sale. Rose walks, lectures, and demonstrations of planting and fertilizing roses will be held throughout the day. A reenactment of an historic "flower-drop" from an airplane flying over the Cemetery is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., weather permitting.

The Cemetery that was founded in 1806 is one of the most overlooked attractions in Lynchburg. There are a variety of small museums which include the Pest House Medical Museum, a restored railroad station house, and the Hearse and Caretaker Museum.

But one of the most beautiful sights are the rose gardens, and horticultural plantings that include plants that would have been growing a hundred years ago. Rootings and cuttings will be available for sale during the festival. And there will be exhibits by local artists.


At 9:28 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...


Thanks for posting this. I have been to the Old City Cemetery, but only in the fall. I never can remember to go in the spring, but now I have set up a field trip for my homeschool group to go in a couple of weeks.

I can't wait!

At 7:52 AM, Blogger Citylivn said...


It's good to see that you are looking two-weeks to a month out on upcoming events. This is a great example...I've been to the cemetary and recommend visitors to the area as part of their venue for site-seeing. However, I would not have thought to visit again unless I have visitors in town but this intrigues me to go. It's a wonderful, much-overlooked, historical objet d'art (creation).

Keep it coming!

At 12:02 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Thanks for the comments. I recently walked through the Cementery and was amazed at all the renonvation work. Hopefully it will all be done by Mid May.


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