Lynchburg, VA Real Estate News

By Nannette Turner, Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis
(Keller Williams Lynchburg)
Elias Schewel was a deeply religious man, but also a practical one.When he first came to Lynchburg he had no intention of going into the furniture business.  He came to be a rabbi, to teach the young, hold services and kill animals in the kosher manner.Unfortunately Lynchburg's tiny Jewish community could not muster the resources to support a rabbi, so to sustain himself, Elias Schewel was force to peddle small items from a horse-drawn cart.He started out with cane-bottom chairs and picture frames and just kept prospering. He is remembered by his grandson as somber, bearded and an impeccable dresser.  He always wore three piece suites with a vest.A native of Riga, Russia, Elias Schewel adapted well to America.  He had an accent, nonetheless he was an educated man.  In 1897, Elias Schewe...
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By Nannette Turner, Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis
(Keller Williams Lynchburg)
The legend of Thomas Jefferson eating the city's first tomato outside the Miller-Claytor house is ballyhooed in Lynchburg, but its validity is uncertain.The event probably did take place, but that is was Jefferson's first tomato or the city's first is doubtful.In "The Saga of the City," the history of Lynchburg from 1736 to 1936, brief mention is made of Jefferson's famous bite into the "love apple," as tomatoes, thought to be aphrodisiacs, were then called.It's said that Jefferson's act "would seem to deserve immortality from this scene alone, even if all its other historical significance were lacking."Many states have similar stores of famous statesmen eating tomatoes on courthouse steps.But Lynchburg claims to have the most famous tomato eater of all, Thomas Jefferson.Jefferson is cr...
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By Nannette Turner, Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis
(Keller Williams Lynchburg)
The Miller-Claytor House built in 1791, originally stood at the corner of Eighth and Church Streets but in 1936, was saved from demolition by the Lynchburg Historical Society, which moved it to its present site in Riverside Park.  It is famous for the legend that Thomas Jefferson ate a tomato from its garden to prove to an owner's child "love apples" were not poisonous; hence the house aquired the nickname "Tomato House."
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By Nannette Turner, Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis
(Keller Williams Lynchburg)
Lynchburg has no cobblestone streets.  Surprised?Around 1892, the city began to lay stonework on the trodden pathways.  Some of those earliest efforts are still visible on Kemper and 10th Streets.  But while even city natives often mistakenly refer to the stonework as cobblestone, Belgian blocks is the correct term.  True cobbles, better known as river-jacks, are round and water worn smooth, usually six inches or more in diameter.Cobblestones were considered the Cadillac of paving.  They were rarely used before the advent of railroads because transportation was too expensive.  A true cobblestone is just a random-sized stone.  There are no really true cobble streets in Lynchburg.Belgian blocks, however, are trimmed to a brick-like shape.  Trained masons laid the block in crushed stone, s...
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By Nannette Turner, Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis
(Keller Williams Lynchburg)
Much of the Hill City's history manifests itself in the heart of downtown.  One landmark the Old Court House on Court Street, is an outstanding example of Greek architecture.  The first Court House on this site was built in 1813, but torn down in 1852 to build the present structure, completed in 1855.The exterior and interior has recently been restored to its original appearance.  The Hustings Courtroom has been restored to its original 1885 appearance and is presently being used to house the Lynchburg Museum.Point of Honor at 112 Cabell Street is another interesting architectural part of Lynchburg's History.  The 19th century mansion was build by Dr. George Cabell Sr., Patricks Henry's persona physician.  An example of federal residential Style architecture, well known for its octagona...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
   This is a HIT! If you're looking for late night dancing fun in Lynchburg then you need to check out Salsa Nights at Machu Picchu Peruvian Restaurant. No experience required, just bring your enthusiasm. Only $3 -a partner is not required. For more information,  Salsa Nights has created a Facebook page to notify members about upcoming events. The group is open to everyone. Even if you've never taken a dance lesson before, you'll learn, have fun and meet some great people at the same time. Machu Picchu is located next to The Starlight Cafe.    These events are held on Fridays at:                                                   9pm-10pm: Beginner Salsa Lessons 10pm-12am Salsa Partnering Machu Picchu is located at: 512 Fifth Street Lynchburg, VA 24504 (434)845-3255                      ...
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By Nannette Turner, Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis
(Keller Williams Lynchburg)
Could Thomas Jefferson have stopped for a mug of beer at Joseph Nichols Tavern when he traveled through Lynchburg during the early 1800's?Margaret Byrd Adams, who has been researching the tavern's history, thinks the country's second president did visit the tavern, which still stands on the corner of Fifth and Madison Streets.Nichols rented the land from John Lynch and built a tavern - also known as an ordinary - in 1814 on Fifth and Madison streets.Nichols' first establishment, was made of wood, went up in flames the night of April 14, 1815, when sparks from a blacksmith's shop set the tavern ablaze.The residents of Lynchburg, thought the entire town was going to burn.  The citizens raised $1,500 for Nichols.  He bought the land from John Lynch for $500, rebuilt the tavern and was soon...
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By Nannette Turner, Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis
(Keller Williams Lynchburg)
Some of Lynchburg's streets were name for homes and farms in the area, others got their names from presidents, and the source of some street names is unknown.And some streets, obviously, were name for their destinations:  Old Forest Road went from Lynchburg to Forest.Although Church Street today has no churches, it had plenty when the street was named, including Wesleyan, Centenary and First Methodist.The sections of todays' Link Road near Boonsboro Road was called Grove Avenue.  Link Road was so named because it connected Boonsboro and Old Forest roads.Court Street has been the seat of the local courts since the early 1800's.Boonsboro Road and Hollins Mill Road were once parts of the Lexington Turnpike, which went ot Lexington.  Hollins Mill Road was named for a mill on the road near t...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
This is a perfect dip for Superbowl Sunday! I've been making this recipe for 15 years and it's always the one people request I bring to a party. Mix the first four ingredients thoroughly to remove lumps, add in Taco Seasoning. Spice it up to your own taste with Hot Sauce and Hot Pepper Flakes. Spread the mixture into a clear glass dish or decorative bowl. Top with shredded cheese, then top with shredded lettuce. Add olives, tomatoes and peppers. Cover and refrigerate until party time. Serve with Nacho Chips. SPICY TACO DIP2   8 ounce packages Cream Cheese, softened1    24 ounce container of Sour Cream1   Small Onion, chopped1   tsp chopped Garlic1 1/2  - 2  1.25 oz packages of Taco Seasoning (season to your taste)     Hot Pepper flakes     Hot Sauce1-2    cup shredded Fiesta Blend Chees...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
The Burg Magazine just released their  Best of the Burg  list for 2007 and  Schmokies Smokehouse and BBQ was voted the Best BBQ in Lynchburg. If you love barbeque, you're going to love Schmokies . Located in Wyndhurst, Schmokies offers southern style barbecue and smoked meats (Virginia Pulled Pork, Carolina Style Pork, Smoked Turkey, Smoked Sausage, Pulled Chicken and BBQ Brisket) with six homemade sauces. Signature sides including corn on the cob, honey baked beans and hushpuppies. A classic combo include your choice of meat, roll, two sides and cornbread for $6.99.                                                                                 Come in and watch a game or the news on one of the multiple tv's. Want BBQ for your Football Party, Church Picnic or Graduation? Schmokies has ...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
The Burg Magazine just released its Best Of  Lynchburg list and named Jasmin Harris Of Big Lick Tropical Grill as the best bartender in Lynchburg. Congratulations Jasmin!If you're looking for a great lunch at a reasonable price you have to check out Big Lick in Lynchburg. Located in front of Cattle Annie's on Rte 29 North, this restaurant has 30 lunch choices on its menu and daily specials. The food is great and the service is fast. The toughest thing is making a selection with all of the choices offered (I guess that means you have to go back!) The best news is all of the lunches featured in the menu are $5.50 and that includes a drink! With tax, lunch for two is $12.27, can't beat that. If you're going, take the Oddfellows Road exit and follow the signs.                               ...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
The Burg Magazine just released their  Best of the Burg  list for 2007 and Amazement Square was named the best local attraction. This is a hands on Museum with four floors to explore, slide and climb through. There are plenty of interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to explore global and regional topics, (check out the Book Nook), arts and humanities, science and health themes while providing a relaxed learning environment. Along with the new Riverfront Skatepark, this is a home run for the kids!                                                                         Hours of Operation are:Tuesday - Saturday                                          10:00am-5:00pmSunday                                                           1:00pm-5:00pmOpen Mondays & major holidaysand Memorial...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
Are you looking for something fun to do in downtown Lynchburg on a Saturday night? Check out the Starlight Cafe. Offering more than a cup of coffee, we were pleasantly surprised with the live entertainment. Several groups performed including The Wright Brothers who were our favorites with their blue grass style music. No cover charge.Located right next to Machu Picchu Peruvian Restaurant, The Starlight Cafe is open from:6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday -Friday8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. WeekendsThe café features an all-day brunch, salads, soups and sides and there is a take out menu. Beverage choices include lattes, espressos, hot chocolate, organic teas and chai tea lattes, in addition to regular coffee. For more information call the Starlight Cafe at 434-845-3196.            For more information...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot keep"                                                                                                                                       - Jim Elliot Many of you may be familiar with the story of Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, two of the five missionaries who were murdered after spending months trying to reach the Auca Indians of Ecuador in 1956. Elisabeth Elliot and Rachel Saint, Nate's sister, later went to live with the tribe. Rachel stayed in Ecuador until her death in 1994. Steve Saint, Nate's son, was adopted by Mincaye, the man that killed his father. It's an unbelievable story of ultimate forgiveness. Follow the links to read this amazing story in depth.On February 17th, Steve Saint along with Mincaye will be spe...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
                            Monument Terrace, Lynchburg, Virginia                                                        MOPHOne of the things I love about Lynchburg is people who passionately believe in a cause. Ever since the start of the war in Iraq, a group of veterans and concerned citizens have been meeting on the steps of Monument Terrace and you will find them here every Friday from noon to one pm. Their goal is to recognize the sacrifice of those who have served in our military and to show support for our troops who are currently serving. Steve Bozeman is one of these dedicated individuals. A former marine who was awarded two Purple Hearts, Steve is an amazing athlete who's participated in numerous marathons and holds the American record for completing 15 Double Ironman Triathl...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
Christian Brothers Lawn CareIt's the beginning of February and if you still haven't removed those leaves, maybe it's time to call for some help. Roy Saunders of Christian Brothers Lawn Care also removes trees and performs all types of yard maintenance at reasonable rates. Roy is also a member of the Hill City Money Makers, a local BNI (Business Networking International) group. His motto is "Making Your Yard the Light Of Your Community".Give Roy a call today at (434) 420-7333For more information regarding BNI, homes for sale in Lynchburg Virginia, the surrounding counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford or Campbell, call Debbie Malone at (434)546-0369. Debbie Malone, RealtorRE/MAX 1st Olympic20395 Timberlake RdLynchburg, Virginia 24502 malone1981@aol.comhttp://www.debmalone.com/(434)546-...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
There was a great article in the Lynchburg News & Advance Central Virginia Business section last week titled Weathering The Storm. The Lynchburg real estate market is small in comparison to many throughout Virginia with under 1600 single family homes currently listed. We've been fortunate that our local market has been insulated against the highs and lows others have experienced throughout the country. Lynchburg year to date sales through November 2007 were down almost 8% compared to the same period in 2006. However, in other local markets: Roanoke Valley sales were down by 11% through NovemberCharlottesville sales were down by 25% through SeptemberCompared to a national drop of 11% and 14.5% statewide, Lynchburg is in good shape.More Facts:- The median home price is up 2% over November...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
Baseball- I've always loved baseball. Growing up twenty minutes north of Boston, we kids knew all about the Red Sox. Driving in to the city to see a game at Fenway Park was a real treat.  I clearly remember the Red Sox games the summer of 1969. My very own transistor radio in hand, it was exciting to listen to the game live!  Those were the days of Carl Yastrzemski and my dad would patiently explain how the game was played. Field Of Dreams is one of my all time favorite movies. It brings a lot of memories back (and when Archie steps over that line, I'm sobbing!)                                           Lynchburg City StadiumWhen I moved to Lynchburg in 1987, I was happy to discover that there was a farm team in the Carolina League.  We could buy season tickets for something like $3.00 ...
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By Nannette Turner, Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis
(Keller Williams Lynchburg)
No matter what is going on, no matter if I have a crazy closing or a irate seller or a buyer who won't get off the fence it is a good day when the phone rings.  Today I think everyone came out of the woodwork.  I've had six previous clients call me to list their home and discuss buying another and another sent me a referral.  This makes for a good day.  There is nothing I enjoy more than helping folks buy or sell real estate.  The opportunity to help others reach their dreams excites me!  The confidence and trust my loyal clients have in me is something I really cherish.  The major reason why the phone continues to ring is because I continue to keep in touch with previous clients after the sale.  So many times I hear that folks can not even remember who sold them their house.  Keeping i...
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By Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
(Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management)
Love Barbecue? You'll love Schmokies Smokehouse and BBQ in Lynchburg, Virginia. Located in Wyndhurst, Schmokies offers southern style barbecue and smoked meats (Virginia Pulled Pork, Carolina Style Pork, Smoked Turkey, Smoked Sausage, Pulled Chicken and BBQ Brisket) with six homemade sauces. Signature sides including corn on the cob, honey baked beans and hushpuppies.  A classic combo include your choice of meat, roll, two sides and cornbread for $6.99. Want BBQ for your Football Party, Church Picnic or Graduation? Schmokies has a separate counter for take out orders. Hours of operation:Monday-Thursday 11:30am-8:30pmFriday & Saturday 11:30am-10:00pmSunday 11:30am-3:30pmLocated at 112 Tradewynd Drive in Wyndhurst. (434) 832-8210, (434) 832-8213 FAXVisit Schmokies on the web at http://www...
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