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Lynchburg’s Famous Fourth Street

February 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Map of Fourth Street, showing brothels in red

Join local historian Nancy Jamerson Weiland for a rare glimpse into Lynchburg’s famous 20th-century red light district on Tinbridge Hill.  The Fourth Street district—or simply “The Hill”—flourished from 1900 to 1950, especially during the two World Wars. At one time every house on Fourth Street between Federal and Monroe Streets was a brothel catering to both local and traveling customers.

Weiland is the foremost expert on the long history of “sporting life” in Lynchburg. As a research assistant at Jones Memorial Library she has been researching local bawdy ladies and houses of prostitution for over 30 years. She has frequently written about and lectured on the subject, although this will be one of the first talks she has ever given specifically about Fourth Street.

The program will conclude with the unveiling of a painting of Fourth Street in its heyday by local artist Phillip D. Carwile, from which a series of notecards will be available for sale at the end of the talk.

This event will be held at Jones Memorial Library, which is co-sponsoring the talk.  It is free and open to the public.


February 14, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Old City Cemetery
Jones Memorial Library


Jones Memorial Library
2311 Memorial Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501 United States
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