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The two RV Gypsies in Lynchburg, Virginia
August 6-8, 2014
map of VA showing location of Lynchburg

Lynchburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the banks of the James River, Lynchburg is known as the "City of Seven Hills" or "The Hill City". Lynchburg was the only major city in Virginia that did not fall to the Union before the end of the American Civil War.

giant red shoes at Craddock Terry Hotel
a giant red shoe at Craddock Terry Hotel

Above: Giant red shoes at Craddock Terry Hotel. The Craddock Terry Shoe Company was founded in 1888 by John W. Craddock. With facilities throughout Central Virginia and in Ohio and Missouri, and an office in the  Empire State Building, Craddock Terry Shoe Co. began a legacy in Lynchburg, VA, and grew into the 5th largest shoe company in the world.

The Craddock Terry Shoe Company was the first shoe company south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Built on the edge of the James River,  the factory immediately became the backbone of Lynchburg, Virginia’s commercial success.   This building produced over 2,500 pairs of women’s shoes per day.  The Craddock Terry Shoe Company produced every type of shoe, from baby shoes to combat boots, to the tune of nearly 100,000 pairs daily at the peak of their production capacity. 

Love signs were all over the place
in Lynchburg, Virginia

clipart laughing dudeA 'space face' hedge
in someone's yard.

Love signs all over Lynchburg, Virginia
A space face hedge

Coca-Cola bottling works building

Coca-Cola bottling works building
Coca-Cola bottling works building

Below: One of the city’s newest attractions now stands, or spouts, in the river at the exact spot where the founder’s ferry crossed the James River centuries ago. The three-year old jet d’eau, donated by a public-spirited citizen as a focus for riverfront renewal, was dedicated on August 20, 2004, and immediately became a major Lynchburg landmark, or watermark. Attached to a 19th -century stone pier that once supported a bridge across the James, and throwing a column of James River water 190' high, it is the highest such fountain east of the Mississippi. Critics have likened the water spout to a broken fire hydrant, which has a ring of truth when it is seen directly from the riverside. From a distance, however, and from other vantages points throughout downtown, the spray that rises above some of downtown’s tallest buildings adds a gossamer effect to the cityscape. Cost: $200,000

a big jet d'eau over the James River
a big jet d'eau over the James River

Notice the USA flag in the above photo on the left, and the massive amount of stairs going up to a building in the above photo on the right.

sign: Welcome to Riveredge Park
flag for the James River

With the James River just feet away and downtown Lynchburg within earshot, Amherst County officials enthusiastically marked the opening of Riveredge Park at 150 Rocky Hill Road, Madison Heights, VA on March 27, 2013. Located at the base of Rocky Hill Road just downstream from the John Lynch Bridge, the roughly 35-acre park offers parking, a trail, a ramp that gives direct access to the water and a trailhead facility with washrooms. (But for some reason the washrooms were locked while the two RV Gypsies were there.)

The two RV Gypsies stopped and had a picnic at Riveredge Park and got great views of the James River and the tall jet d’eau.

a big jet d'eau over the James River
a big jet d'eau over the James River
The James River
a big jet d'eau over the James River

When the two RV Gypsies parked in the parking lot at Riveredge Park, they immediately admired  the markings and colors in the cliff, plus the cave opening.

cliff and cave
cave in a cliff

However, the two RV Gypsies also noticed the roots of the tree were hanging over the cliff's edge, and they wondered how long before the tree falls.

tree on cliff
tree on cliff

Below: view from the bridge

An interesting looking restaurant

view of city
look below
Menu for the two RV Gypsies in Virginia
August 6-17, 2014
You may visit these 17 sections in any order you choose.

US Marine Corp emplemNational Museum of the Marine Corps

Snowflex tubing plus a video

the cities of Lynchburg & Madison Heights

A bike ride on the Riverwalk

The Singing Tower in Luray

downtown Hampton

Gloucester Point Beach Park

Shenandoah National Park

Luray Caverns - flashback

Enchanted Dragon Mirror Maze

Skyline Caverns in Front Royal

U.S. Navy emblemHampton Harbor Cruise, Naval Ships & Fort Wool

pizzaAngela's Italian Restaurant

August 2014.

Chesapeake Bay RV Resort - TT

Lynchburg Thousand Trails Campground

Prince William Forest RV
in Dumfries

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