I used to live next door to a nice lady named Geneva who retired from a local hospital and subsequently spent a lot of time volunteering at the Old City Cemetery. She talked about it often, especially when all of the roses were in bloom, and continually encouraged me to go. I didn’t. Despite her enthusiasm, I never understood the fascination. Still, I decided to visit for the first time this week and I began to understand.
|Barrel Vaulted Brick Tomb|
|The Pest House Museum|
|Station House Museum|
The Station House Museum was formerly Stapleton Station located near Galt's Mill in Amherst County and was used by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Station. In 1999-2001, the Station was dismantled and reconstructed on its' current site to interpret the importance of railroads in Lynchburg's history.
The cemetery also hosts events throughout the year and most center on the local flora and fauna including butterflies, birds, shrubs, trees, and all manner of flowers, including sixty varieties of roses. Mid-May is the peak time to view the myriad of roses planted along both sides of the Old Brick Wall.
For hours, events, and information on the best times to view the various flowers, trees, herbs, and birds, please check out www.gravegarden.org. And remember to tell the hosts and curators, that Cindy at explorevirginia.blogspot.com sent you!
Note: Much of the information contained in this post was gleaned from brochures obtained at the Old City Cemetery and most appear to have been researched, written, or edited by Jane Baber White. Additional information was obtained from the official website (referenced above) and the historical marker found just outside the cemetary gate. Thank you to all who contributed to preserving this bit of history.