Lynchburg, Virginia
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Official seal of Lynchburg, Virginia
Nickname(s): The Hill City, City of Seven Hills
Location in Virginia
Coordinates: 37°24′13″N 79°10′12″W / 37.40361, -79.17
Country United States
State Virginia
 • Mayor Mary Jane Dolan
 • City 49.8 sq mi (128.9 km2)
 • Land 49.4 sq mi (127.9 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 630 ft (192 m)
Population (2020)
 • City 79,009
 • Density 1,321.5/sq mi (510.2/km2)
 • Metro 246,036
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code(s) 24501 24502 24503 24504 24505 24506
Area code(s) 434
FIPS code 51-47672[1]
GNIS feature ID 1479007[2]

Lynchburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The population was 79,009 as of 2020.[3] Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the banks of the James River, Lynchburg is known as the "City of Seven Hills", "The Hill City" and sometimes described as "A City Unto Itself", because of its status as an independent city not located in any county and in reference to the city's historical avoidance of State and Federal entanglements. Lynchburg was the only major city in Virginia that did not fall to the Union in the American Civil War.

The Metropolitan Statistical Area of Lynchburg of 2,122 square miles (5,500 km2) is near the geographic center of Virginia and encompasses Amherst County, Appomattox County, Bedford County, Campbell County, City of Bedford, and the City of Lynchburg. It is the fifth largest MSA in Virginia with a population of 246,036.[4] Other nearby cities include Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Danville. Lynchburg's sister cities are Rueil-Malmaison, France and Glauchau, Germany.

Lynchburg is the home of Central Virginia Community College, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph College, and Virginia University of Lynchburg. The Lynchburg MSA also includes Sweet Briar College.

The City of Lynchburg has a relatively good number of highly credited Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. The elementary schools include Heritage, W.M Bass, Linkhorne, Sandusky, Dearington, Paul Munro, Sheffield, T.C. Miller, R.S. Payne, and Perrymont. Lynchburg's middle schools include P.L. Dunbar, Sandusky, and Linkhorne. Lastly, Lynchburg has two very competitive high schools, Heritage High (HHS) and E.C. Glass (ECG).

Lynchburg is the regional center for commerce and retail. Industries within the Lynchburg MSA include nuclear technology, pharmaceuticals and material handling. A diversity of small businesses with the region has helped maintain a stable economy and minimized the downturns of the national economy.[5][6] Reaching as high as 1st place (tied) in 2007, Lynchburg has been within the Top 10 Digital Cities survey for its population since the survey's inception in 2004.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 65,269 people, 25,477 households, and 15,591 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,321.5 people per square mile (510.2/km²). There were 27,640 housing units at an average density of 559.6 per square mile (216.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.2% White, 28.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 25,477 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 15.5% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 84.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,234, and the median income for a family was $40,844. Males had a median income of $31,390 versus $22,431 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,263. About 12.3% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.4% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

Lynchburg ranks below the 2006 median annual household income for the U.S. as a whole, which was $48,200, according to the US Census Bureau.[3]

The city's population has been stable for 25+ years: in 2006, it was 67,720; in 2000, it was 65,269; in 1990, it was 66,049; in 1980, it was 66,743.[4][5]

Geography and climate[]

Lynchburg is located at 37°24′13″N 79°10′12″W / 37.40361, -79.17 (37.403672, -79.170205).[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 49.8 square miles (128.9 km²), of which, 49.4 square miles (127.9 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (0.74%) is water.

Lynchburg has a four-season humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with cool winters and hot, humid summers. Monthly average temperatures range from 34.5 °F (1.4 °C) in January to 75.1 °F (23.9 °C) in July, with an annual mean of 55.4 °F (13.0 °C). Nights tend to be significantly cooler than days throughout much of the year due in part to the moderate elevation. In a typical year, there are 24 days of above 90 °F (32 °C) highs, and 9 days where the high does not break the freezing mark.[8] Snowfall, which averages 19 inches (48 cm) per season, usually falls in small amounts at a time; the median is less than half of the average.[8]

Climate data for Lynchburg, Virginia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 44.5
Average low °F (°C) 24.5
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.54
Snowfall inches (cm) 5.6
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.6 9.5 11.0 9.7 12.1 10.3 11.0 9.3 8.6 7.7 8.7 10.0 118.5
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 2.7 2.8 1.4 .3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .3 1.2 8.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours 167.4 169.5 223.2 243.0 272.8 288.0 272.8 257.3 228.0 213.9 171.0 155.0 2,661.9
Source #1: NOAA (1971−2000)[8]
Source #2: HKO (sun, 1961−1990)[9]

Adjacent counties[]

Business and industry[]

The Allied Arts Building in Downtown Lynchburg, completed in 1931

Lynchburg was founded on commerce and industry. It features a skilled labor force, low unemployment rate,[10] and below average cost of living. Of Virginia's larger metro areas, Forbes Magazine ranked Lynchburg the 5th best place in Virginia for business in 2006, with Virginia being the best state in the country for business.[11] Only 6 places in Virginia were surveyed and most of Virginia’s cities were grouped together by Forbes as "Northern Virginia". Lynchburg achieved the rank 109 in the whole nation in the same survey.

The Lynchburg News & Advance reports that while more people are working than ever in greater Lynchburg, wages since 1990 have not kept up with inflation. Central Virginia Labor Council President Walter Fore believes this is due to lack of white-collar jobs. According to the Census Bureau, adjusted for inflation, 1990 median household income was about $39,000 compared to 2009 median household income of $42,740. Also as of 2009 Forbes has named Lynchburg as the 70th best metro area for business and careers, ahead of Chicago and behind Baton Rouge.The reason for the decent ranking was due to the low cost of living and low wages in Lynchburg. In other areas, the region didn’t come in as strong. It ranked at 189 for cultural and leisure and at 164 for educational attainment.[12]

Virginia Business Magazine reports that Young Professionals in Lynchburg recently conducted a study that clearly showed how much of its young workforce has been lost.[13] According to Lee Cobb, executive director of Region 2000 Economic Development Council, Lynchburg has a reputation for being a low priority choice of location for young folks just starting out.[14] This may be further evidenced by the below state average population with high school and college degrees [15] and nearly zero population growth over the past 30 years (see Demographics above). Both the Region 2000 Economic Development Council and The Young Professionals of Central Virginia are attempting to improve the reputation and increase opportunities for young professionals.

Areva, one of Lynchburg's largest employers, has had major growth in the New Plants Design Engineering Group at their Old Forest Road Headquarters. It has been announced that the Fuel Group located at Mt. Athos will be consolidated at their Richland's Washington facility in the Spring of 2010. AREVA's Mt. Athos facility will still have the Pump & Motors Group along with the Service Equipment Refurbishment Facility (SERF) Group activities at that location.[16] Areva says 150 of the 300 employees at its Mt. Athos Road location could lose their jobs.[17]


First settled in 1757, Lynchburg was named for its founder, John Lynch, who at the age of 17 started a ferry service at a ford across the James River to carry traffic to and from New London. He was also responsible for Lynchburg's first bridge across the river, which replaced the ferry in 1812. He and his mother are buried in the graveyard at the South River Friends Meetinghouse. The "City of Seven Hills" quickly developed along the hills surrounding Lynch's Ferry. Thomas Jefferson maintained a home near Lynchburg, called Poplar Forest. Jefferson frequented Lynchburg and remarked "Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to be useful to the town of Lynchburg. I consider it as the most interesting spot in the state."

Lynchburg was established by charter in 1786 at the site of Lynch's Ferry on the James River. These new easy means of transportation routed traffic through Lynchburg, and allowed it to become the new center of commerce for tobacco trading. In 1810, Jefferson wrote, "Lynchburg is perhaps the most rising place in the U.S.... It ranks now next to Richmond in importance..." Lynchburg became a center of commerce and manufacture in the 19th century, and by the 1850s, Lynchburg (along with New Bedford, Mass.) was one of the richest towns per capita in the U.S.[18] Chief industries were tobacco, iron and steel. Transportation facilities included the James River Bateau on the James River, and later, the James River and Kanawha Canal and, still later, four railroads, including the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad and the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad.

Early on, Lynchburg was not known for its religiosity. In 1804, evangelist Lorenzo Dow wrote of Lynchburg "... where I spoke in the open air in what I conceived to be the seat of Satan's Kingdom. Lynchburg was a deadly place for the worship of God." This was in reference to the lack of churches in Lynchburg. As the wealth of Lynchburg grew, prostitution and other "rowdy" activities became quite common and, in many cases, ignored, if not accepted, by the "powers that be" of the time. Much of this activity took place in an area of downtown referred to as the "Buzzard's Roost."

During the American Civil War, Lynchburg, which served as a Confederate supply base, was approached within 1 mile (2 km) by the Union forces of General David Hunter as he drove south from the Shenandoah Valley. Under the false impression that the Confederate forces stationed in Lynchburg were much larger than anticipated, Hunter was repelled by the forces of Confederate General Jubal Early on June 18, 1864, in the Battle of Lynchburg. To create the false impression, a train was continuously run up and down the tracks while the citizens of Lynchburg cheered as if reinforcements were unloading. Local prostitutes took part in the deception, misinforming their Union clients of the large number of Confederate reinforcements.

From April 6–10, 1865, Lynchburg served as the Capital of Virginia. Under Gov. William Smith, the executive and legislative branches of the commonwealth moved to Lynchburg for the few days between the fall of Richmond and the fall of the Confederacy.

In the latter 19th century, Lynchburg's economy evolved into manufacturing (sometimes referred to as the "Pittsburgh of the South") and, per capita, made the city one of the wealthiest in the United States. In 1880, Lynchburg resident James Albert Bonsack invented the first cigarette rolling machine, and shortly thereafter Dr. Charles Browne Fleet, a physician and pharmacological tinkerer, introduced the first mass marketed over-the-counter enema, which the company he founded still manufactures (along with other laxative and bowel cleansing products, as noted on the company's website [6]). Dr. Fleet also invented ChapStick as a lip balm in Lynchburg in the early 1880s. About this time, Lynchburg was also the preferred site for the Norfolk & Western junction with the Shenandoah Valley Railroad. However, the citizens of Lynchburg did not want the junction due to the noise and pollution it would create. Therefore, it was located in what would become the City of Roanoke.

In the late 1950s, a number of interested citizens requested the federal government to change its long-planned route for the interstate highway now known as I-64 between Clifton Forge and Richmond.[19] Since the 1940s, maps of the federal interstate highway system depicted that highway taking a northern route, with no interstate highway running through Lynchburg.[20] The state highway commission's minutes reflected its approval of the northern route.[21] Although the proponents of a southern route succeeded in persuading a majority of Virginia Highway Commissioners to support the change after a study, in July 1961 Governor Lindsay Almond and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Luther Hodges announced that the route would not be changed.[22] This left Lynchburg as the only city with a population in excess of 50,000 (at the time) not served by an interstate.[23]

Lynchburg is sometimes referred to as "A City Unto Itself", in part due to geographic and cultural isolation, but mostly in reference to the city's historical avoidance of State and Federal entanglements. The phrase was the title of a history book by columnist Darrell Laurant.

1919 panorama

For several decades throughout the mid-20th century, the state of Virginia authorized compulsory sterilization of the mentally retarded for the purpose of eugenics. The operations were carried out at the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, now known as the Central Virginia Training School, located just outside Lynchburg. An estimated 8,300 Virginians were sterilized and relocated to Lynchburg, known as a "dumping ground" of sorts for the feeble-minded, poor, blind, epilectic, and those otherwise seen as genetically "unfit".[24]

Sterilizations were carried out for 35 years until 1972, when operations were finally halted. Later in the late 1970s, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of Virginia on behalf of the sterilization victims. As a result of this suit, the victims received formal apologies and counseling if they chose. Requests to grant the victims reverse sterilization operations were denied.

Carrie Buck, the plaintiff in the United States Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, was sterilized after being classified as "feeble-minded", as part of the state's eugenics program while she was a patient at the Lynchburg Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded.

The story of Carrie Buck's sterilization and the court case was made into a television drama in 1994, Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story.

"Virginia State Epileptic Colony," a song by the Manic Street Preachers on their 2009 album 'Journal For Plague Lovers,' addresses the state's program of eugenics.

Over 40 sites in Lynchburg are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[25]


The city is served by the Lynchburg City Public Schools. The school board is appointed by the Lynchburg City Council.

  • E C Glass High School - 2111 Memorial Ave
  • Heritage High School - 3020 Wards Ferry Rd
    • Linkhorne Middle School - 2525 Linkhorne Dr
    • Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School - 1208 Polk St
    • Sandusky Middle School - 805 Chinook Place
      • William Marvin Bass Elementary School
      • Bedford Hills Elementary School
      • Dearington Elementary School for Innovation
      • Heritage Elementary School
      • Linkhorne Elementary School
      • Paul M. Munro Elementary School
      • Perrymont Elementary School
      • Robert S. Payne Elementary School
      • Sandusky Elementary School
      • Sheffield Elementary School
      • Thomas C. Miller Elementary School

The city is also home to a number of mostly religious private schools, including Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, James River Day School, Liberty Christian Academy, New Covenant Classical Christian School, and Virginia Episcopal School.

Lynchburg is also home to the Central Virginia Governor's School for Science and Technology located in Heritage High School. This magnet school consists of juniors and seniors selected from each of the Lynchburg area high schools. As one of eighteen Governor's Schools in Virginia, the Central Virginia Governor's School focuses on infusing technology into both the math and science curriculum.

Further education options include a number of surrounding county public school systems.

Colleges and universities in Lynchburg include Central Virginia Community College, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph College, and Virginia University of Lynchburg.

Health care[]

Centra Health manages four hospitals in the Lynchburg Area:

  • Lynchburg General Hospital-Lynchburg, VA
  • Virginia Baptist Hospital-Lynchburg, VA
  • Bedford Memorial Hospital-Bedford, VA (has joint partnership with Carilion Health System in Roanoke)
  • Southside Community Hospital-Farmville, VA

Along with four hospitals, Centra Health manages numerous treatment, rehabilitation, mammography, and medical facilities across Central Virginia.


Local Transit[]

The Greater Lynchburg Transit Company (GLTC) operates the local public transport bus service within the city. The GLTC additionally provides the shuttle bus service on the Liberty University campus.

The GLTC has selected a property directly across from Lynchburg-Kemper Street Station as its top choice of sites upon which to build the new transfer center for their network of public buses. They are interested in facilitating intermodal connections between GLTC buses and the intercity bus and rail services which operate from that location. The project is awaiting final government approval and funding, and is expected to be completed around 2013.[26]

Greyhound and Amtrak operate from Kemper Street Station

Intercity Transit[]

Intercity passenger rail and bus services are based out of Kemper Street Station, a historic, three-story train station recently restored and converted by the city of Lynchburg to serve as an intermodal hub for the community. The station is located at 825 Kemper Street.[27]


Greyhound Lines located their bus terminal in the main floor of Kemper Street Station following its 2002 restoration.[27] Greyhound offers transport to other cities throughout Virginia, the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Outside Amtrak's lobby at Kemper Street Station


Amtrak's Crescent and Northeast Regional trains connect Lynchburg with the cities of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham and New Orleans. Lynchburg became the new southern terminus for the Northeast Regional in October 2009. Amtrak's passenger terminal in Lynchburg is located in the track level ground floor of Kemper Street Station.[28]

Lynchburg will be a primary hub of the TransDominion Express. TransDominion Express, or TDX, would link areas like Bristol and Roanoke in the west of the state with areas in the east like Richmond, as well as Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. to the north.[29] The plan is currently under study.

Also, Lynchburg has two major freight railroads. CSX Transportation has a line and a small yard in the city. Lynchburg is also a crossroad of two Norfolk Southern lines. One being the former mainline of Southern Railway, upon which Kemper Street Station is situated. NS has a classification yard located next to the shopping mall. Various yard jobs can be seen. Railfans who wish to visit the NS Lynchburg yard are advised to inquire with an NS official.


Lynchburg Regional Airport is solely served by US Airways Express to Charlotte and formerly Delta Connection to Atlanta, leaving in the beginning of 2011. US Airways Express is the only current scheduled airline service provider, however collegiate and private charters are not uncommon. In recent months air travel has increased with 7,400 passengers flying in and out of the airport in April 2009—an increase of 97%. With this jump in passengers, commercial flight frequency has gone up and the possibility of more carriers and destinations has become more likely.


Primary roadways include U.S. Route 29, U.S. Route 501, U.S. Route 221, running north-south, and U.S. Highway 460, running east-west. While not served by an interstate, much of Route 29 has been upgraded to interstate standards and significant improvements have been made to Highway 460.

Arts and culture[]

In a Forbes Magazine survey, Lynchburg ranked very poorly when it comes to culture. It ranked at 189 for cultural and leisure out of 200 cities surveyed.[12]

  • Academy of Fine Arts: A nonprofit organization committed to promoting and presenting the visual and performing arts, while creating opportunities for arts education. Located in the old Academy theatre (circa 1905)
  • Batteau Festival: Celebrates the era when Lynchburg, Virginia was the center of the trade route between East and West. Flat-bottom boats called Batteaux filled the James River transporting tobacco and other goods to Richmond and bringing prosperity to the region.
  • Bower Center for the Arts: A beautiful garden, wide variety of classes for all ages, summer camps, exhibits, concerts and special events throughout the year.
  • Dance Theatre of Lynchburg: Offers a full schedule of classes, a season of performances, and special events throughout the year.
  • E.C. Glass High School Theatre: Offers productions from September through May each year.
  • The Ellington Fellowship Playhouse: Hosts local, regional and national music acts on a regular basis.
  • Heritage High School Theatre: Offers productions from September through May each year.
  • Jefferson Choral Society: The 100-plus voices that comprise the Jefferson Choral Society represent 15 different communities in and around Central Virginia.
  • Kaleidoscope: An annual festival that offers exceptional recreational, cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities that appeal to a broad spectrum of the community.
  • Liberty University Theatre: Offers productions from October through May each year.
  • Little Town Players: Offers productions throughout the year. Their theatre is located on the grounds of the Elks National Home in Bedford.
  • Lynchburg College Theatre: Offers productions from October through April each year.
  • Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Lynchburg Youth Orchestra: A full orchestra composed of high school students and a few talented middle school students.
  • Opera on the James: Brings world class opera to central Virginia with two mainstage operas and numerous outreach and education performances and events yearly.
  • The Maier Museum of Art: Randolph College's nationally recognized museum features works by outstanding American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Randolph College Theatre: Offers productions from September through May each year.
  • Renaissance Theatre: Offers an open space, excellent acoustics, and an inviting atmosphere to enjoy the best of local theatre.
  • Riverviews Artspace: A private, nonprofit art organization with galleries, public programs, open artist studios, classrooms, and shared performance studio.
  • Sedalia Center's Chili Cook-Off: 40-50 chili-cooking teams compete for Best Chili (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place), Best Presentation, and Popular Choice.
  • Virginia Christmas Spectacular
  • Virginia School of the Arts: Founded in 1985, the Virginia School of the Arts an independent, non-profit arts institution focusing on dance education and performance.
  • Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival: An annual fall event featuring the state's wines, food from over 20 participating restaurants, and crafts from local artisans.

Attractions and entertainment[]

The following attractions are located within the Lynchburg MSA:

  • Poplar Forest: Thomas Jefferson's retreat home. Jefferson designed the octagonal house during his second term as president and sojourned here in his retirement to find rest and leisure and escape public life. Ongoing restoration and archaeology.
  • Amazement Square: Central Virginia’s first multidisciplinary, hands-on children's museum.
  • Fort Early: Named after General Jubal Anderson Early, whose Confederate troops defended the city against invasion by Union General David Hunter.
  • Lynchburg Museum: Through the doors of the Lynchburg Museum one can relive the city's past, rich with tales of Monacan tribes, early Quaker settlers, the reign of King Tobacco, the bloody struggle of the Civil War, the New South, and the drama of change in the 20th century.
  • Old City Cemetery Museums & Arboretum: The most visited historic site in the City of Lynchburg. Established in 1806, the Old City Cemetery is Lynchburg's only public burial ground and one of its oldest cemeteries.[30]
  • The Old Court House: The Hill City's most famous historic landmark built in 1855. Fashioned as a Greek temple high above the James River, it is now the home of Central Virginia's best collection of memorabilia, fine furnishings, costumes and industrial history.
  • Point of Honor: The Federal-era mansion of Dr. George Cabell, Sr., friend and physician of the patriot Patrick Henry.
  • Miller-Claytor House: Pre-19th century townhouse where Thomas Jefferson allegedly proved to the owner of the house's garden that tomatoes were not poisonous by eating one of the fruit. Home was dismantled in 1936 and rebuilt at its Riverside Park location, where the garden was also restored.
  • Peaks of Otter: Three mountain peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking the town of Bedford, Virginia and in prominent view throughout most of Lynchburg.
  • Crabtree Falls: The falls trails lead hikers along a rigorous loop of 5 miles (8 km) which offers views of the five cascades of Crabtree Falls.
  • Appomattox Courthouse: The site of the Battle of Appomattox Court House, where the surrender of the Confederate Army under Robert E. Lee to Union commander Ulysses S. Grant took place on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the American Civil War.
  • National D-Day Memorial: Located in Bedford, Virginia, it commemorates all those who served the United States during the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 during World War II.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway: Noted for its scenic beauty.
  • James River Heritage Trail: Composed of two smaller trails, the Blackwater Creek Bikeway and RiverWalk.
  • Lynchburg Music Scene: The music community in Lynchburg offers nightly events with dozens of local musicians.
  • Nature Zone: A division of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation.

For more information on Lynchburg attractions and tourism see the Lynchburg Convention and Visitor Bureaus' website at

Sports and recreation[]

Lynchburg claims to be the "Sports Capital of Virginia" and as such, is home to numerous sporting events and organizations including:

Lynchburg YMCA Swimming- Local swim club registered with YMCA swimming and Virginia swimming. This club was recently given the honor of a Bronze USA Swimming club for 2008. The club is one of the Top 200 in the nation, according to USA Swimming


The first neighborhoods of Lynchburg developed upon seven hills adjacent to the original ferry landing. These neighborhoods include:

Other major neighborhoods include Boonsboro, Rivermont, Fairview Heights, Fort Hill, Forest Hill (Old Forest Rd. Area), Timberlake, Windsor Hills, Sandusky, Linkhorne, and Wyndhurst.

Notable residents[]

Notable residents of Lynchburg include:

  • Daniel Weissiger Adams (1820–1872), noted lawyer and Confederate Army officer[31]
  • Carl Anderson (1945–2004), singer and actor best known for portrayal of Judas Iscariot in the Broadway and film versions of Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Donna Andrews, an American golfer who won six titles on the LPGA Tour between 1993 and 1998
  • Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor (May 19, 1879 – May 2, 1964) was the first woman to serve as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the British House of Commons. She spent most of her childhood in Lynchburg.
  • Dylan Baker, actor (The Murder of Mary Phagan, Spider-Man 2)
  • Dick Bartley, disk jockey.Host of two weekly national broadcasts and an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Greg Best, Olympic silver medalist
  • Ota Benga (c. 1884 – March 20, 1916), Congolese pygmy who was featured in an exhibit at the Bronx Zoo alongside an orangutan
  • Leslie Bibb, American actress (Crossing Jordan, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and former fashion model
  • Connie Britton, actress (Friday Night Lights, Spin City, 24)
  • Greg Brizendine, poet, writer, decorated veteran, published "Planting Places for a Vineyard".
  • Cornell Brown, professional football player for the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl–winning team in 2000
  • Ruben Brown, professional football player
  • Brad Butler, former professional football player for the Buffalo Bills
  • Bill Chambers, NCAA men's basketball record holder for the College of William & Mary
  • Anthony Clark (actor), actor and comedian (Yes, Dear)
  • Kevin Conway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver
  • Chris Cook, American football player Minnesota Vikings
  • Romeo Crennel, American football player and previous head coach of the Cleveland Browns
  • Desmond T. Doss, first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor
  • dc Talk, Grammy-awarding winning Christian rock band formed in the late 1980s by Toby McKeehan, Kevin Max, and Michael Tait
  • Jubal Early (1816–1894), died in Lynchburg, lawyer and Lt. Gen. of the Confederate Army
  • Jerry Falwell (1933–2007), senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church and founder of the "Moral Majority"
  • Charles Browne Fleet (1843–1916), pharmacist and inventor of the laxative and ChapStick
  • Douglas Southall Freeman (1886–1953), journalist and Civil War historian
  • Carter Glass, representative and Senator (Democratic Party) in the early 20th century, served as the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under Woodrow Wilson
  • Charles Haley (1964), the only player in NFL history to be on five Super Bowl-winning teams
  • Vic Hall, American football player Chicago Rush
  • Keith Hamilton, professional football player for the New York Giants
  • Earl Hamner (1923), American television writer and producer, best known for his work in The Waltons and Falcon Crest
  • Brandon Inge, professional baseball player for the Detroit Tigers
  • Rashad Jennings, American football player Jacksonville Jaguars
  • William A. Johnson, Jr., former Mayor of Rochester, NY
  • Luke Jordan (1892–1952), singer, guitarist and pioneer in blues.
  • Paris Lenon (1977), American football linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals
  • Charles Lynch (1736–1796), brother of founder John Lynch, Patriot in American Revolution, source of word "lynching"
  • Thomas Mason, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia appointed by John F. Kennedy
  • Leland D. Melvin, NASA astronaut
  • Cedric Peerman, American football player Cincinnati Bengals
  • Faith Prince, Broadway actress
  • Nat Reeves jazz bassist who has performed with artist such as Sting
  • Rudy Rucker, computer scientist and science fiction author
  • Lucius Shepard, science fiction and fantasy writer
  • Andrew Sledd (1870–1939), first president of the University of Florida (1905–1909), president of Southern University (1910–1914), noted professor of Greek and New Testament literature at the Candler School of Theology (1914–1939)
  • Sam Sloan, author, chess expert, securities trader
  • Anne Spencer, poet during the Harlem Renaissance and social activist
  • Charlie Thomas, an American rhythm and blues singer best known for his work with The Drifters
  • Allen G. Thurman (1813–1895), Senator for Ohio and nominee of the Democratic Party for Vice President in 1888
  • Elizabeth Tyler (1823–1850), daughter of U.S. President John Tyler
  • Skeet Ulrich (1970), actor (Jericho, Scream)
  • Samuel Untermyer (1858–1940), lawyer, civic leader, and self-made millionaire
  • Sheldon Vanauken, author of A Severe Mercy and personal friend of C.S. Lewis
  • Phil Vassar, country music singer-songwriter and pianist
  • Charles Vess, American fantasy artist and comic-book illustrator
  • George H. Walker (1811–1866), mayor and cofounder of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Randall Wallace, writer for Braveheart, The Man in the Iron Mask, and Pearl Harbor
  • Robert E. Withers, Senator from Virginia and U.S. Consul to Hong Kong
  • Meriwether Lewis Walker, chief engineer of the Pancho Villa Expedition in 1916-17. During World War I he was appointed director of the Motor Transport Corps. He later was appointed governor of the Panama Canal Zone.
  • Brandon Booker, Renowned Linux System Admin, and author of "Arguing for Dummies". Died June 24, 2007 of alcohol poisioning[32]



  • The News & Advance, Lynchburg's daily newspaper that serves the Central Virginia region and is owned by Media General.
  • The Shepherd's Guide, business directory
  • Lynchburg Ledger, weekly newspaper
  • Lynchburg Living, bi-monthly periodical
  • The Lynchburg Guide, quarterly resource directory
  • The Burg, weekly entertainment newspaper published by The News & Advance
  • Lynch's Ferry, a biannual journal of local history


  • WSET, ABC affiliate based in Lynchburg
  • WSLS, NBC affiliate based in Roanoke
  • WDBJ, CBS affiliate based in Roanoke
  • WBRA, PBS affiliate based in Roanoke
  • WFXR, Fox affiliate based in Roanoke
  • WWCW, Fox affiliate based in Lynchburg, which was previously WJPR
  • WPXR, ION affiliate based in Roanoke
  • WDRL, an Independent Station (formerly UPN) based in Roanoke, though licensed to Danville
  • W40BM, TBN affiliate based in Lynchburg
  • WTLU-CA, Liberty University channel based in Lynchburg


  • WJJX 102.7, Urban Contemporary based in Lynchburg
  • WLNI(WLNI) 105.9, Talk Radio based in Lynchburg
  • WLEQ 106.9, BOB-FM, Good Times,Great Oldies,Home of Rock'n'Roll's Great Hits,Lynchburg
  • WNRN (WNRS 89.9), Modern Rock based in Charlottesville
  • WROV 96.3, Rock based in Roanoke
  • WRMV 94.5, Southern Gospel based in Madison Heights
  • WRVL 88.3, Christian Radio based in Lynchburg
  • WRXT 90.3, Contemporary Christian Radio based in Roanoke
  • W227BG 93.3 ESPN Sports translator of 106.3 Gretna-Translator at Timberlake-Low power
  • WSLC 94.9, Country based in Roanoke
  • WSLQ 99.1, Adult Contemporary based in Roanoke
  • WSNZ 102.7, Adult Contemporary based in Roanoke
  • WVBE 100.1, Urban Contemporary based in Lynchburg
  • WVTF 89.1, Public Radio based in Blacksburg
  • WWMC 90.9, Christian CHR/Rock radio based at Liberty University
  • WWZW 96.7, Hot AC based in Buena Vista
  • WXLK 92.3, Top-40 Radio based in Roanoke
  • WYYD 107.9, Country based in Lynchburg
  • WZZI/WZZU 101.5,Roanoke/ 97.9,Lynchburg,Classic/Modern Rock based in Lynchburg
  • WAMV 1420, Southern Gospel based in Madison Heights
  • WBRG 1050, Talk/ Sports based in Lynchburg also simulcast on 104.5
  • WKPA 1390, Religious based in Lynchburg
  • WLLL 930, Gospel Music based in Lynchburg
  • WLVA 590, Religious based in Lynchburg
  • WVGM 1320, ESPN Sports based in Lynchburg
  • WKDE 105.5, Country based in Altavista
  • WKDE 1000 AM, Talk Radio based in Altavista

Lynchburg in popular culture[]

  • The George Washington Harris short story, "Taurus In Lynchburg Market," takes place in Lynchburg
  • In the movie Escape From L.A., the capital city of a "more theocratic" United States has been moved to Lynchburg. Lynchburg is also the hometown of the movie's president.
  • Lynchburg is identified on-screen as the scene of destructive shootout in 2007 film Shooter, starring Mark Wahlberg.


Lynchburg has traditionally been a conservative stronghold. This predates the influence of Liberty University; it was one of the first areas of the state where the old-line Byrd Democrats began splitting their tickets at the national level. However, conservative Democrats continued to hold most local offices well into the 1970s.

However, the Democratic Party has seen a gradual increase in popularity in the city since the 1990s, and Lynchburg's political atmosphere has become increasingly moderate. In the 2020 United States presidential election, a plurality of voters in Lynchburg voted for Democratic challenger Joe Biden over Republican incumbent Donald Trump. Biden was the first Democrat to carry Lynchburg since Harry S. Truman in 1948.

United States presidential election results for Lynchburg, Virginia[33]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 17,097 47.02% 18,048 49.63% 1,218 3.35%
2016 17,982 50.43% 14,792 41.48% 2,883 8.09%
2012 19,806 54.34% 15,948 43.76% 694 1.90%
2008 17,638 51.36% 16,269 47.37% 434 1.26%
2004 14,400 54.67% 11,727 44.52% 213 0.81%
2000 12,518 53.25% 10,374 44.13% 614 2.61%
1996 11,441 49.72% 10,281 44.68% 1,290 5.61%
1992 12,518 50.13% 9,587 38.40% 2,864 11.47%
1988 15,323 64.04% 8,279 34.60% 324 1.35%
1984 18,047 67.41% 8,542 31.91% 183 0.68%
1980 15,245 62.44% 7,783 31.88% 1,389 5.69%
1976 14,564 61.18% 8,227 34.56% 1,013 4.26%
1972 13,259 74.11% 4,208 23.52% 423 2.36%
1968 9,943 54.34% 4,305 23.53% 4,051 22.14%
1964 10,044 59.66% 6,758 40.14% 32 0.19%
1960 7,271 59.33% 4,961 40.48% 24 0.20%
1956 6,806 64.81% 3,362 32.01% 334 3.18%
1952 7,090 64.75% 3,848 35.14% 11 0.10%
1948 2,373 35.17% 2,480 36.76% 1,894 28.07%
1944 2,396 35.69% 4,302 64.08% 15 0.22%
1940 1,966 29.65% 4,656 70.22% 9 0.14%
1936 1,373 26.96% 3,697 72.60% 22 0.43%
1932 1,200 24.31% 3,656 74.07% 80 1.62%
1928 2,730 57.88% 1,987 42.12% 0 0.00%
1924 606 21.49% 2,086 73.97% 128 4.54%
1920 609 22.30% 2,096 76.75% 26 0.95%
1916 353 19.16% 1,465 79.53% 24 1.30%
1912 111 6.03% 1,487 80.82% 242 13.15%
1908 473 32.64% 962 66.39% 14 0.97%
1904 292 22.44% 995 76.48% 14 1.08%
1900 660 37.65% 1,081 61.67% 12 0.68%
1896 1,647 48.92% 1,657 49.21% 63 1.87%
1892 1,358 35.63% 2,422 63.55% 31 0.81%
1888 1,796 46.52% 2,054 53.20% 11 0.28%
1884 1,760 47.75% 1,926 52.25% 0 0.00%
1880 861 38.06% 1,400 61.89% 1 0.04%

See also[]

  • Charles Lynch (jurist)
  • Monacan Indian tribe
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Quakers
  • Religious Society of Friends


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