In our archives, we found a folder labeled, "Lynchburg - Very Old." Many of the photos inside, as well as some 4x5 negatives, contained little or no information, but we thought they were too interesting not to share.
So take a look, and if you can shed any light, let us know in the comments. The photos are numbered so you can refer to them specifically in the comments.
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1. The News office sits on the right side of this circa 1870s photo. The address is listed as 60-62 Market Street, which is now 9th Street at the base of Monument Terrace. The building with the chimney in the foreground housed a fire station, and the building at the center was the community market. Lynchburg's City Hall now sits in the place of the church on the right side.
2. A view down 9th Street from Monument Terrace. Judging by the tail fins on some of those cars, it seems to be from the late 1950s or early 1960s.
3. 307-311 Rivermont Ave. Piedmont Business College closed here in 1926, In 1927, Fauber Funeral Home opened, and in 2000 The Piedmont Center opened. In the intervening years, somebody added the portico to the front, otherwise it looks pretty much the same.
4. December 1953. A view from the Allied Arts Building looking toward Court Street. There is a magnificent structure with turrets near the center, behind Holy Cross Catholic Church, that no longer exists. Does anybody know its history?
5. Looking west on Church Street with the YWCA bottom center in the 1940s. At the center far right is The Academy Theater. Many of the buildings at the center of this photo were demolished in the 1980s for the construction of the Raddison Hotel, now the Holiday Inn.
6. Aerial view of west Lynchburg in 1924. Lynchburg College can be seen at left, with Hopwood Hall and the old hotel, which served the college well into the 1950s.
7. April 30, 1931 - Girls dormitory at Lynchburg College. Do you know when this building was built, or when it was taken down?
(Update: Commenter Lynda Hanway says this
is Westover Hall at Lynchburg College.)
8. Summer 1936. At the bottom left is the intersection of 12 St. and Campbell Avenue. You can follow 12 th St. to R.S. Payne Elementary on the right. In the distance is the William's Viaduct and the Allied Arts Building, with the James River and Amherst County in the background.
9. Lumsden and Hamner Drug Store 1113 Main St., date unknown.
10. This photo of Lynchburg's Main Street was reproduced from a 4X5 negative found in the archives of The News & Advance. It looks to have been shot from the area of 10th Street looking toward 9th Street sometime in the 1920s. The negative is a copy of an earlier print of a photo from Bell Studios.
11. First National Bank 10th and Main Street. This photo is dated May 19, 1950. There is an all-brick BB&T bank on this location today. Does anybody know if it was a remake of the old building or a teardown and complete rebuild? The new building encompasses the first two structures, the third still exists.
12. Lynchburg Trust & Savings Bank 809 Main Street in Lynchburg. This building is still there, but the facade has been removed and bricked over. Date unknown.
13. Main St. looking west from approximately 10th St. Probaly taken between 1910 and 1920.
14. Downtown Lynchburg, likely Main St., note Christmas decorations on light pole at left. This does not resemble the building where McCraw's Furniture is today. Does anybody know the story?
15. This photo is labled Hughs Buggy Manufacturing Company, 12th & Commerce St. Metal building ca. 1920s. There is a building at this location today, but it looks substantially different.
16. Marten's Warehouse, 1000 block of Commerce St. South side. Circa 1924-25. This entire block is now occupied by a city parking structure. Beasley Shoe Co. is inthe background.
17. Kinnier - Montgomery Building, Jefferson St. Lynchburg. Date unknown. This building still exists, and looks much as it did then.
18. Watts Brothers Co. Commerce and 8th Street, 1920s. This building is still in use today. The water tower is long gone, however.
19. No information with this photo, the exact date is not known but it looks like the 30s or 40s.
20. Labled "At Ruffner." Date unknown, possibly a metal drive during WW II?
21. Junior Choir Festival 1940 on the steps of the Lynchburg Courthouse.
22. This image is dated 1941, no mention of where these children are heading.
(Update: Commenter T Wayne Lankford says, "
It appears to be a group touring a new diesel locomotive. Group is boarding thru a freight door just to rear of a diesel engine. Southern railroad begin replacing steam engines in the late 1930s.")
23. No information on this distinguished group around a wishing well raising money to fight infantile paralyisis (polio). Date Unknown. Does anybody know when they started calling it polio?
24. No information accompanied this photo, but the writing behind the group mentions poultry production for the year 1939. "Total gross income from all poultry and eggs in 1939 was $27,299,000."
25. The side of the wagon says "White Star Laundry", date unknown. Do you remember the White Star Laundry or recognize this location?
(Update: Commenter Barbara Reynolds says, "
The White Star Laundry was on 12th Street. My Grandma worked there when she was young/ It was located a couple of blocks from Main st, on the left going from Main up 12th."
Commenter Mad Lad says this picture shows "The Arlington" at 7th & Court.)
26. McDowell House 1314 or 1316 Clay St. Date unknown.
27. Rivermont Avenue house with windmill, 1903. Any one have information about who owned it or what happened to it?
28. This is a print from a 4x5 negative from the files of The News & Advance. It is a copy of an earlier photograph. The covered bridge in the foreground connects to 9th Street (then called Market Street). The courthouse can be seen at the center top. There were several covered bridges in this spot, the last one was washed away by a flood in 1877. After that date, it was replaced with a metal structure.
29. A view of the Lynchburg riverfront from 1911-12. Amazement Square building can be seen at the bottom of 9th Street. The bridge is gone, but the Langley Fountain rises from the support closest to the city side of the river.
30. Jno H. Heald & Company Tannery. Exact date of this photo is not known, but the company operated from 1901 through 1936. A partial note on the back says it was a forerunner of Meade Corp. Anybody know if that is true?
(Update: Commenter Faye Cumbee says, "
Likely an early 1900's image. True. John H. Heald Division of The Mead Corp. - from a 1937 Lynchburg city directory.")
31. This is simply labled "Old Antique Street Sweeper". No other information.
32. The Texas Inn in downtown Lynchburg, date unknown.
33. W.C. Thomas Tobacco Company, 12th and Clay St. Clay St. is to the right of the building and Grace St. can be seen angling in at the left, behind the light posts on brick columns. Date unknown. This structure is gone.
34. Lynchburg central business district as seen from Madison Heights. The couthouse dome can be seen poking up slightly to the right of center. Middle to late 1930s.
35. WestRock Company on Concord Turnpike. Percival's Island is to the bottom right. The dead-end street almost dead center is Dudly Street on White Rock Hill. Date Unknown.
36. This photo is lableled Christmas 1928. There is no other information with it, and we have no idea why it was in our files.
UPDATE: Facebook viewer Warren Craghead says, "
Picture 36 is of my cousin Langley Wood (Dr. R. H Langley Wood) and his uncle Robert Duncan. Langley retired as a professor of marine biology at Sweet Briar and died in 2007. His uncle was a career soldier who died in 1942 at the U.S. Soldiers Home in Washington DC. Not sure of the location, but may have been 2024 Rivermont Avenue. I, also, am not sure why this picture was in the News and Advance files."
37. No information for this photo, but it seems to be students registering for classes. Possibly at Lynchburg College? Date unknown.
(Update: Commenter Sabrina Davis says, "#37 is the gymnasium at Lynchburg College. I recognize the triangular window panes in the door at top left."
38. North Bridge Street in Bedford. Date unknown.