Garland Hill Historic District

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Named for Samuel Garland, Sr., a local lawyer who was among the area’s first residents, Garland Hill is perhaps the best preserved of the prosperous neighborhoods that sprang up on Lynchburg’s hills during the 19th century. The hill, subdivided into approximately ten blocks in 1845, built up slowly, so that it now has a rich mixture of freestanding houses representing styles in vogue from the 1840s to World War I. The grandest dwellings in the Garland Hill Historic District line Madison Street. At its eastern end are two large Queen Anne residences: the 1897 Frank P. Christian House and the 1898 George P. Watkins House, both designed by Edward G. Frye. The most singular structure was the huge Ambrose H. Burroughs House of 1900, a castle-like dwelling designed by J. M. B. Lewis. Sadly, the Burroughs House was lost to fire late in the 20th century. Because none of the streets is a through one, an air of quiet dignity still pervades the district.

Last Updated: April 17, 2024

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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