Prior to English settlement, the land belonged to the Monacan Indians, from approximately 1270 onward. The city of Lynchburg was established in 1757. During the Civil War, it was the only major Virginian city that never fell to the Union.
Today, it is known for its bordering mountains, history, and riverfront.
People Born in Lynchburg
Lynchburg in People's Lives
Patrick Henry: I retired to a plantation just outside this town, in the unincorporated area of Brookneal, in 1794. My second wife and I went to live on a 520 acre plantation called Red Hill. I continued to practice law, and remained involved in politics. George Washington offered me the post of Secretary of State in 1795, but I turned it down. I remained active, vocal, and well known in political circles until my death of stomach cancer in June of 1799, only three months after being elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. I died at the age of 63, remembered for having given one of the most famous speeches in American history, served as Governor of Virginia six times, and for being a Founding Father.
Pearl S. Buck: After living in China all my life, my family and I traveled to this city in 1911, in order to enroll me in an American university. I was 18 years old. In this city, I was entered into Randolph College, then known as Randolph-Macon Woman's College. I was a member of a sorority, and grew accustomed to life in the United States. Graduating in 1914, I did not plan to return to China, and I certainly had no aspirations of being a missionary. However, hearing that my mother was gravely ill, and finding that passage to China was too expensive to afford, I applied to become a Presbyterian missionary to China, and headed back to the place of my childhood.