Candlelight Tours 6:10 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 6:30 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 6:50 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 7:10 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 7:30 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 7:50 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 8:10

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 6:10 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 6:30 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 6:50 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 7:10 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 7:30 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 7:50 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

Candlelight Tours 8:10 pm

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Tours are given at night by lantern and candlelight throughout the Cemetery – you will walk about one mile Six true stories from local history on each tour Stories are performed by professional actors in period costume All new stories every year—no repeat scripts All six stories are written by professional scriptwriters Tours conclude with […]

2020 Candlelight Tours Film

Take a “stroll” through Lynchburg’s historic Old City Cemetery and hear the stories of several of the Hill City’s citizens of yesteryear in OCC’s first professionally filmed version of the […]

Lynchburg and OCC in the Civil War

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come learn about Lynchburg’s and Old City Cemetery’s role in the American Civil War and hear the stories of some of those involved who were laid to rest here at OCC. *All tour participants will be required to sign a safety waiver concerning COVID-19 before the tour begins. For minors and those who are unable […]

Restoring More than Stones

Cemetery Center, Edith Lee Reading Room 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come hear members of Richmond’s Friends of East End Cemetery discuss their efforts to protect and preserve one of Richmond’s prominent and historical African American cemeteries. Like Old City Cemetery, East End Cemetery fell into a state of neglect, and stones were covered by underbrush or completely buried until this organization began restoring East End […]

Walking with Pride: African American History at OCC

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come learn about Old City Cemetery’s rich African American history and hear the stories of educators, businessmen, musicians, and many more who fought for civil rights and equality. *All tour participants will be required to sign a safety waiver concerning COVID-19 before the tour begins. For minors and those who are unable to sign for […]

Learn to Draw Flowers – 10:00-10:45

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come learn how to draw flowers from botanical artist Linda Murphy! This class is designed for children 7 to 13 years old and their parents/chaperone. The first class is offered from 10:00-10:45, and the second class is offered from 11:00-11:45. $15 for one child and parent; $5 for each additional child.

Holiday Open House

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

OCC is excited to hold a Holiday Open House where there will be deals on many items in the Gift Shop as well as book signings of our Florilegium of Roses (by Tica Sydnor & Linda Murphy), a new biography of Dr. John Jay Terrell (by Dr. Charles Driskall), and the Lynchburg favorite Goodnight Lynchburg (by Richard Loving). […]

Christmas Through the Ages Piano Concert

Bicentennial Chapel Old City Cemetery, 401 Taylor St, 401 Taylor St, 401 Taylor St, Lynchburg, VA

Come hear Everett Godwin bring Christmas through the ages to life on the piano in the Cemetery’s Bicentennial Chapel. He will perform Christmas songs from the Colonial and Victorian eras, the mid-1900s, and modern-day. Enjoy many Christmas classics and maybe sing along to one or two.

Rose Care and Pruning Workshop with Kaye Moomaw

Old City Cemetery, Museums & Arboretum 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Rosarian Kaye Moomaw will offer a hands-on workshop with tips on how to care for and prune rose shrubs.

John Hughes family Legacy

Virtually join OCC’s board president, John Hughes, and several of his family members as they share their rich family history and connections to Lynchburg.  

Exploring Daffodils New and Old

Cemetery Grounds 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Go on a tour of OCC’s daffodil collection with the Vice President of the American Daffodil Society, Dr. Janet Hickman and learn about the varieties of daffodils from yesteryear and today.

Easter Egg Hunt in the Shrub Garden

Outside of the Bicentennial Chapel 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come out to OCC for an Easter egg hunt among the gorgeous blooms of the Shrub Garden. Children will be able to trade eggs for candy and prizes. Come out to OCC for an Easter egg hunt among the gorgeous blooms of the Shrub Garden. Children will be able to trade eggs for candy and […]

Online Rose Sale Begins

Browse more than 100 varieties of antique and heirloom roses available in this year's sale. Buy them online and pick them up at OCC (pick-up begins April 23). Sale begins at 10:00am.

In-Person Rose Sale Begins

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come peruse more than 100 varieties of antique and heirloom roses for sale at OCC and take home some new garden treasures.

Arbor Day at OCC

Cemetery Grounds 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

The Lynchburg Tree Stewards will be holding an Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Old City Cemetery. A tree planting in the shrub garden will be followed by an early spring tree identification walk around the cemetery. The event is free but registration is required at www.lynchburgparksandrec.com

First Friday – Florilegium Art Show Begins

Academy Center of the Arts 600 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA

Enjoy exquisite rose paintings featured in OCC's Florilegium of Roses by Tica Sydnor, Linda Murphy, and others. Florilegium of Roses and other items will be for sale with rose artists signing books. This event and exhibit will be located at the Academy Center for the Arts.

Cemetery Roses: How it All Began

Confederate Section 401 TAYLOR ST, LYNCHBURG, VA

Come hear Jane White, Jessica Ward, and Mina Wood talk about the early days of roses at OCC and how the collection grew over the years. The setting for this talk will be the Speaker’s Belvedere with the Rose Wall nearby making a perfect scene for this talk reminiscent of those early days. Coffee and […]

Mother’s Day Rose Tour

Cemetery Grounds 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

As a Mother’s Day gift, we are offering this free tour of OCC’s antique and heirloom rose collection. Rose expert, Bruce Christian, will lead this tour and give details about the history of particular roses, the cemetery’s collection, and tips on how to incorporate historic roses into your own garden. Although this tour is free, […]

Free

Roses Through the Ages

Grounds in front of Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come take a tour of OCC’s roses with expert rosarian, Kaye Moomaw, and learn about historic and modern roses as you stroll through the gardens.

Sunset Rose Tour

Cemetery Grounds 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Wander through the gardens at sunset with OCC Historian, Lucas Peed, and learn the history of some of our favorite roses and how to care for them.

Learn to Draw Flowers – 10:00-10:45

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come learn how to draw flowers from botanical artist Linda Murphy! This class is designed for children 7 to 13 years old and their parents/chaperone. The first class is offered from 10:00-10:45, and the second class is offered from 11:00-11:45. $15 for one child and parent; $5 for each additional child.

Learn to Draw Flowers – 11:00-11:45

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come learn how to draw flowers from botanical artist Linda Murphy! This class is designed for children 7 to 13 years old and their parents/chaperone. The first class is offered from 10:00-10:45, and the second class is offered from 11:00-11:45. $15 for one child and parent; $5 for each additional child.

Donut Day and Train Station Tour

Stapleton Station House

Enjoy a donut and tour of the Stapleton Station House Museum while discovering how Red Cross volunteers fed Word War 1 soldiers as they took the train to and from Lynchburg.

Free

Calamities and Catastrophes Tour

Cemetery Grounds 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

This tour will explore the cemetery and learn about some of those buried here and their bizarre and unusual deaths. The stories of these individuals will also give insight into some of the Hill City’s stranger episodes throughout its long history.

Walking with Pride: African American History at OCC

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come learn about Old City Cemetery’s rich African American history and hear the stories of educators, businessmen, musicians, and many more who fought for civil rights and equality.

Walking with Pride: African American History at OCC

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come learn about Old City Cemetery’s rich African American history and hear the stories of educators, businessmen, musicians, and many more who fought for civil rights and equality.

Earley Shrub Garden Tour

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

  Created in memory of Lillian & Harold Earley, the Shrub Garden offers a garden path filled with a wide array of local historic shrubs and trees highlighted by architectural remnants of the City of Lynchburg.  Explore our city’s history as evidenced by its famous columns, sculptures and more, located across from our Bicentennial Chapel, […]

Monuments & Symbols

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

  Visit the Cemetery’s “First Acre,” or oldest section that dates back to 1806, with historian Judith Harvey.  Learn the meaning of the intriguing carved symbols on many grave markers, from flags to flutes.  Dozens of symbols send a silent message to visitors and help tell the stories of local residents buried here.

Walking with Pride: African American History at OCC

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Join African American history specialist Angelica Walker as she leads a tour highlighting Old City Cemetery’s rich African American history and hear the stories of educators, businessmen, suffragettes, and many more who fought for civil rights and equality.

Victorian Mourning

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

The Victorian Era brought to America many unusual customs for mourning the deceased.  Lynchburg residents – including children – followed national trends and wore special clothing and jewelry for a very long time after a loved one had passed.  Historian Judith Harvey will share the customs and the history behind them in this special tour.

Outside the Brick Wall

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Old City Cemetery holds the stories of nearly 20,000 residents buried here for the past 215 years.  More recent burials are located “outside the brick wall,” and this tour by OCC staff member Kathy McGlothlin will explore the lives of several special citizens of the 1900s.

Everyday Life of the Everyday Past

Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Nearly 20,000 people are buried at here at Old City Cemetery. They were rich and poor, black and white, veterans, doctors, nurses, teachers, lawyers, railroad workers, ministers and more.  This tour will introduce the life and times of everyday people from Lynchburg’s yesteryear.

Earley Shrub Garden Tour

Bicentennial Chapel Old City Cemetery, 401 Taylor St, 401 Taylor St, 401 Taylor St, Lynchburg, VA

Come explore and discover all of the beauty and history hiding in plain sight in the Earley Shrub Garden.Created in memory of Lillian & Harold Earley, the Shrub Garden offers a garden path filled with a wide array of local historic shrubs and trees highlighted by architectural remnants of the City of Lynchburg. Explore our […]

Pathway to Pride 1800s Tour

Grounds in front of Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come learn OCC and Lynchburg's rich 19th century African American history.Join African American history specialist Angelica Walker as she leads a tour highlighting Old City Cemetery’s rich African American history of the 1800s. Hear the stories of educators, businessmen, a nurse, a politician, and many more who contributed to our Lynchburg community.

Monuments & Symbols

Grounds in front of Cemetery Center 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA

Come learn about the symbols that adorn the graves of OCC and the meanings behind them. Visit the Cemetery’s “First Acre,” or oldest section that dates back to 1806, with historian Judith Harvey. Learn the meaning of the intriguing carved symbols on many grave markers, from flags to flutes. Dozens of symbols send a silent […]

All events are sponsored by the Southern Memorial Association.

Please contact us for more information about the Old City Cemetery or any of these events.

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