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RAISING A TOAST
TO YOUR SUCCESS
No matter how your group measures success — delighted
attendees, increased attendance, or one-of-a-kind experiences —
Fairfax County has the perfect mix of easy access, outstanding
facilities, and world-class food and beverage offerings to ensure
that your gathering receives rave reviews.
Founded by John Lynch in 1757 as a James River ferry crossing, Lynchburg, Va., with its rail and river links, later prospered in tobacco, trade,
manufacturing and banking. By the early 20th century, it was the nation’s wealthiest city of its
size. Described by Thomas Jefferson as
“the most interesting spot in Virginia,”
Lynchburg has since reemerged as
a vibrant regional economic center
driven by finance, engineering,
healthcare, technology and
Forbes has recognized this
self-billed “City of Opportunity”
for its favorable business climate.
Liberty University is one of six
area higher learning institutions
supplying the city with intellectual vigor.
Passing freight trains provide a nostalgic
soundtrack to the past. And the adaptive reuse
of downtown’s ghost-lettered former warehouses,
factories and other buildings creates an atmospheric
landscape of discovery.
In its heyday, the Craddock Terry Shoe Company
(1888) was the world’s fifth largest shoe factory. In
2007, the factory’s Southland Annex and adjoining
restored 1896 tobacco warehouse were reborn as the
boutique 44-room Craddock Terry Hotel and Event
Center ( www.craddockterryhotel.com). Newly renovat-
ed spaces include the 200-capacity Granite
Hall and scenic 100-capacity Riverside
Foyer. Plus, private dining rooms in
the upscale Shoemaker’s and casu-
al Waterstone restaurants.
“Our core group business
includes corporate and state
association meetings,” said
Director of Sales Kimberly Wolf,
who also introduced the hotel’s
new official canine greeter, Penny
Loafer. As with her recently retired
predecessor Buster Brown, guests
can take this adorable wirehaired fox
terrier puppy for walks.
You’ll need sturdy shoes to explore the “City of
Seven Hills” and its steep streets, where the 1913 Virginian Hotel is another updated heirloom. Relaunched
in May 2018 as the 115-room Virginian Lynchburg
( www.thevirginianhotel.com), this Hilton Curio Collec-
tion property offers 8,000-plus square feet of space,
including the elegantly restored Ballroom.
Lined with war memorials, nearby Monument Terrace rises 139 steps to Church Street and the Lynchburg Museum ( www.lynchburgmuseum.org), housed
in an 1855 Greek Revival court house. Group dining
options include riverfront-based The Depot Grille
( http://depotgrille.com/lynchburg), housed in the
memorabilia-filled update of a historic freight depot.
Featuring five small museums, the 1809 Old City
Cemetery ( www.gravegarden.org) is Lynchburg’s most
visited historic site, while memorable walks await on
the three-mile urban Blackwater Creek Trail (www.
lynchburgparksandrec.com), which passes through a
former rail tunnel from 1852. m
EXPLORING THE “CITY OF OPPORTUNITY”
ALLIED ARTS BUILDING
AND VIRGINIAN HOTEL
THE DEPOT GRILLE
ON the SCENE
BY JEFF HEILMAN
CITY OF LYNCHBURG, OFFICE OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND