Dorothy and Clifton Potter hold master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia, and they are both members of the history faculty at Lynchburg College. Dorothy specializes in American and French history, while Clifton’s area of expertise is Great Britain. This is their fourth book on Lynchburg but the first to concentrate exclusively on the photographic record of Central Virginia’s past.
Lynchburg, Virginia: 1757-2007 (Images of America Series)by Dorothy Potter, Clifton Potter
In the spring of 1757, the Lynch brothers established a ferry across the James River to transport settlers on their way to the Ohio Valley. Within a decade, the settlement clustered around the ferry house became known as Lynchburg. For a century, the city was regarded as one of the most important transportation centers in the Upper South, although its real fortune
In the spring of 1757, the Lynch brothers established a ferry across the James River to transport settlers on their way to the Ohio Valley. Within a decade, the settlement clustered around the ferry house became known as Lynchburg. For a century, the city was regarded as one of the most important transportation centers in the Upper South, although its real fortune lay in tobacco. After the Civil War, Lynchburg evolved into a manufacturing center with a broadly based economy. As it marks its 250th anniversary, Lynchburg has become a focus for higher education and tourism in Central Virginia. From the development of the modern camera to the current digital revolution, this photographic record of Lynchburg and the surrounding counties’ growth is rich, varied, and traces their transformation almost from their birth to the present day.
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I gave this book 3 starts not because it is not good, it's just not the read of the centry, then again it is. This book sits on my coffee table with a few other "browsers" and every guest that comes into my home picks it up. Images of America - Lynchburg 1757-2007 is that, images of this cities growth and history. Old photographs and artistic renderings capture the beauty and growth of this small city. As a fourth generation Lynchburger I remember many of these images; the pitchers in their original location pouring water into the reservoir on Church street, the Nuns wearing starched white wimples shopping downtown,the finished construction of E.C Glass, Agudath Shalom Synagogue and the original Fine Arts Center. I enjoyed learning the history of "the Listening Post" statue on the base of Monument terrace and the origins of the dolphin fountain at the Community Market (which used to be a farmer's market.) The one thing I missed was photos of the city stadium complex. My father once remarked that "Lynchburg fore-fathers had excellent foresight when they built that beautiful sports complex." I recommend this book heartily as an easy and enjoyable glimpse into the city history.