An opportunity to own part of Lynchburg’s history, from a foundation that was originally part of the Lynch family to a home built for the Craddocks. A grandiose chandelier from the Virginian Hotel once greeted guests and homeowners alike.
According to the Garland Hill Historic District website, “This is a combination of Romanesque, Queen Anne and Richardsonian style and was built in 1897 by architect E.G. Frye for John W. Craddock, organizer of the Craddock-Terry Shoe Company of Lynchburg. The initials, ‘JWC’ can still be seen above the porch. A fire in 1926 destroyed all of the interior golden walnut woodwork, which Craddock replaced with South American walnut at a cost of some $35,000. The only original paneling remaining in the living area on the first floor is the oak in the vestibule. The original house before the fire consisted of the front portion which is constructed of brick and stone. It was built on an older foundation, very likely that of the William Lynch, Jr., house, which stood on this parcel of land. Two-thirds of the frame addition at the rear was added in 1906. The porches and another room were added in 1914.”
See for yourself what the homeowners saw in this historic lot: wake up to a historic home that has feels of being on a plantation in the woods! They loved the birds singing, views of the mountains, which can still be seen from some spots in the house and on barren winter days. At that time, you can also see Rivermont Bridge through the trees. Whilst in the springtime through the fall the trees provide a nice sound barrier from the city bustle.
The family who has owned it enjoyed the frequent visitors to her property including foxes and deer and the overall feel of the woods. The grounds are home to four walnut trees, two pecan trees, a garden with perennial organic blueberry bushes, strawberry plants, a Chinese Ginkgo, and a Japanese Maple. Even in it’s unique position close to downtown, this property has ample space between neighbors. There once were trails and garden terraces throughout the woods that are to be reclaimed again. The woods were a favorite spot for the the Lott children used to enjoy swinging from the vines way off into the woods. The trails and back of the property lead all the way down to the Blackwater Creek Trail. There are two small parcels included in the sale that are on the other side of the trail from the property.
The interior of the home boasts mahogany wood and walnut woodwork throughout. Beautiful large beveled glass greets you on your way in front doors and entry as well as at the dining room windows. The chandelier which stands in the living room/entry is made of solid brass and crystal. It is currently being restored and has all the pieces.
Updated on November 21, 2022 at 8:56 pm