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Lynchburg Trading Post OnlineBlue Ridge Parkway Mile Post Guia para a Virginia e Carolina do Norte Mile Posts marca cada milha do Blue Ridge Parkway. Mile Post ou (MP para o short) 0 e ficado situado na entrada a movimentacao de Syline no parque nacional Va de Shenandoah. O PM 469 e ficado situado na reserva indiana Cherokee nas montanhas fumarentos North Carolina Mile 0 - Rockfish Gap perto de Waynesboro, Va E o extremo norte do Blue Ridge Parkway. Ao norte o parkway conecta diretamente a movimentacao do Skyline, que enrola 105 milhas de norte atraves do parque nacional de Shenandoah. U. S. 250 e 1-64 leva-lo para Charlottesville para o leste ou Staunton para o oeste. 5 a 9.3 - O Humpback Rocks tem uma trilha auto-guiada atraves de uma colecao de predios de fazenda apalaches. Uma trilha de caminhada da area de estacionamento (na milha 6.1) leva 0,75 milha para The Rocks, cuja aparencia humped da a area seu nome. Greenstone auto-guia trilha (8,8). 8.8 - GREENSTONE PARKING OVERLOOK, trilha auto-guiada natureza. 10.7 - Ravens Roost oferece vistas de Torry Mountain e Shenandoah Valley para o oeste. 16 - Sherando Lake e uma area de recreacao em George Washington National Forest 7 km do parkway via Va. 814. Natacao, piquenique e camping. Taxas cobradas. 29 - O Ridge de Whetstone deu a muitos um homem da montanha uma pedra sharpening fine-grained 34.4 - O Ridge do cavalo do ianque e onde um cavalo duro do soldado da uniao caiu e supostamente teve que ser disparado. Caminhe para Wigwam Falls para ver um esporao reconstruido de uma antiga ferrovia madeireira 45,6 - HUMPHREYS GAP - US-60 crossover. Alt. 2,312. East para Amherst oeste para Buena Vista Lexington. 56,0 a 63,7 - LONTRA CREEK. Campground, Visitor Center, trilhas. Alt. 800. 61.6 - Rt. 130 crossover. Lynchburg e de 20 mi. Leste de Glasgow e 9 mi. Oeste e Natural Bridge e de 15 mi. oeste. 63.7 - EUA 501 CROSSOVER Oeste para Natural Bridge 15 mi. Leste para Lynchburg 22 mi. Alt 670. NATURAL BRIDGE, VA. ALT. 1,150 74.7 - Area de estacionamento coberta de gelo THUNDER RIDGE. Excelente vista de Arnold s Valley 8 minutos loop trilha. Alt. 3,485. 76.7 - PONTO ALTO NA PARKWAY EM VIRGINIA. Atl. 3.950. Apple Orchard Mountain (El. 4.229). 83,8 - BALANCO DE WILKINSON. 1-3 / 4 horas pe trilha para cume de Flat Top Mt. Rastro alternativo para baixo lado sul de mt. Para vizinhanca de Big Springs em. Va 43 leva 1 hora. Alt. 2.511. 84 a 87 - Peaks of Otter s vistas espectaculares tem sido populares desde os dias de Thomas Jefferson. Um onibus oferece servico para Sharp Top. Taxa cobrada. 86.0 - VA 43 para Bedford, leste 10 mi. 90.9 - BORRACHA DE BEARWALLOW. 4 mi. Para Buchanan (VA 43). Alt. 2.258. 106.0 - JUNCTION PARKWAY 9 milhas a sudoeste de Roanoke. 112.2 - JUNCTION PARKWAY 122. 5 mi. Sul para Roanoke. 114.9 - Roanoke River Gorge abre antes de voce da vista, depois de uma caminhada de 10 minutos. 115.1 - O parque de exploracao de Virginia comemora o papel do estado em Expansao de Westward. Edificios historicos, exposicoes e demonstracoes. Taxa cobrada. 120.4 - Montanha de Roanoke e uma viagem lateral de 3.7 milhas. A estrada de loop de sentido unico leva voce sobre a montanha para vistas impressionantes. Graus ingremes rebocados veiculos proibidos. 188.8 - Groundhog Mountain e um bom lugar para ver diferentes tipos de cercas rurais: cobra, poste e trilho, piquete e buck. Piquenique e torre de observacao. 58 a 63.6 - Otter Creek cai 10 quilometros abaixo do Blue Ridge para o Rio James. Otter Lake (63.1) pesca, trilha. 63.8 - Rio de James e o canal de Kanawha sao onde uma passarela conduz atraves do rio aos fechamentos restaurados do canal e exposicoes. Uma trilha auto-guiando segue o blefe do rio. 71 - Petites Gap e nomeado para uma familia local. A estrada para o oeste vai para Cave Mountain Lake, sete quilometros de distancia, em Jefferson National Forest. Natacao, piquenique, camping. 83.4 - Fallingwater As cascatas podem ser vistas ao longo de uma trilha de loop de 1.6 milhas. 121.4 - JUNCTION PARKWAY US 220. Roanoke e de 5 mi. norte. Sul: 5 mi. Para Boones Mill, 21 mi. Para Rocky Mount, 45 mi. Para Martinsville. Smith Mountain Lake por meio de US 220 para Rocky Mount e Va. Rt. 40. 129.6 - Roanoke Valley Overlook da uma visao da maior comunidade ao longo da parkway. Alcance a cidade atraves de U. S. 220 (no milepost 121), Va. 24 (em 112), e U. S. 460 (em 105). 136,0 - ADEIA GAP. JUNCTION PARKWAY US 221. Alt. 2.690. 144.0 - VISTA PARA ESTACIONAMENTO DE DEVILS BACKBONE. Alt. 2.685. Vista bonita. 144.8 - SOBRETURNO DE ESTACIONAMENTO PINE SPUR. Nameado para o pinheiro branco retratado no emblema Parkway. Alt. 2.703. 154.5 - Smart View e apenas que ir para o Trail Cabin construido na decada de 1890 e voce vera smart view, especialmente no inicio de maio, quando as arvores dogwood florescem. 165.2 - BORRACHA DO TUGULE. VA 8 crossover. 6 mi. Norte a floyd 20 mi. Para Christiansburg. 6 mi. Leste para Woolwine 16 mi. Para Fairystone State Park - natacao, passeios de barco, piquenique, camping. Alt. 2.752. TUGGLE GAP, VA. ALT. 2.752 FLOYD, VA. 6 milhas de Parkway on Rt. 8. NEWBERN, VA. Cidade inteira (1 milha) declarado marco historico nacional. Claytor Lake. 167 a 174 - Rocky Knob sobe como a crista de uma onda para negligenciar Rock Castle Gorge. 176,1 - Mabry Mill foi administrado por E. B. Mabry de 1910 a 1935. Uma trilha leva voce a sua fabrica de gristmill, serraria, ferreiro e outras exposicoes. Competencias antigas sao demonstradas no verao e no outono. PRADOS DE DAN, VA. ALT. 2.964 177,7 - EUA 58 CROSSOVER. Hillsville e de 22 mi. oeste. Stuart, Martinsville, Danville para o leste. LAUREL FORK, VA. 12 quilometros a oeste em US 58. 188.8 - GROUNDHOG MOUNTAIN PARKING OVER-LOOK. Torre de observacao, area de piquenique, estacao de conforto, os exemplos de varios tipos de castanha antiga divisao cercas ferroviarias. Vista de Piedmont de North Carolina. 189.9 - EXIBICAO DA CABINE PUCKETT. Home 9f parteira, Orleans Hawks Puckett. Alt.2,850. ORQUARD GAP, VA. ALT. 2,675 199,5 - FACULDADE DE FANCY, US 52 CROSSOVER. 14 mi. Leste ate o Monte. Airy, N. C. 8 mi. Oeste para Hillsville, VA. 213 - Blue Ridge Music Center comemora Blue Ridge musica e musicos, uma vertente significativa da cultura musical americana viva e prospera na regiao. Inclui um centro de visitantes, um museu, um anfiteatro ao ar livre e trilhas. Para listagens de programas visite blueridgemusiccenter 215.0 - VA 89 CROSSOVER. Galax e de 7 mi. norte. GALAX, VA. POP. 6700. 7 mi. Norte de Parkway em VA 89. Casa de. Antiguidades, artesanato e museu. 216.9 - N. C.-VIRGINIA STATE LINE. Alt. 2.547. 217.5 - Cumberland Knob, Visitor Contact Station para obter informacoes. Area de piquenique, estacoes de conforto, agua. Curto laco (15 min.) Trilha para Cumberland Knob, ele. 2.855. 2 horas loop trilha em Gully Creek gorge. Alt. 2.740. 218.6 - Fox Hunters Paradise, a 10 minutos a pe, e onde os cacadores podiam ouvir os seus caes cacando no vale abaixo. Estacionamento com vista para. Curta trilha para o Paraiso onde antiga tempo cacadores de raposas se reuniram para ouvir os seus caes correr. Alt. 2.805. 229.0 - US 21 CROSSOVER. Sparta, NC e de 7 mi. oeste. Roaring Gap, NC e de 4 mi. leste. Alt. 3.010. GLADE VALLEY, N. C. ALT. 3.000. . Localizado 2,3 mi. A partir de Parkway Hwy 21. Sparta, N. C. e 5 mi. Norte em 21. 238.5 - A cabine de Brinegar foi construida por Martin Brinegar aproximadamente 1880 e viveu dentro ate os 1930s quando o homestead foi comprado de sua viuva para o parkway. A cabine original esta aqui hoje. 238,5 a 244,7 - Doughton Park foi nomeado para o congressista Robert L. Doughton, um partidario firme e vizinho do parkway. Um dos melhores lugares para ver cervos. Area de camping. Area de piquenique (milha 241), acampamento (milha 239), estacoes de conforto, agua, 20 quilometros de trilhas. A cabine de Brinegar na milha 238.5 tem a mao que tece demonstracoes Maio-outubro. Rochas de Wildcat na milha 241.1 tem 1.500 ft. Gota ao local da herdade da familia de Caudill. Alt. 3.710. 248.1 - NC 18 CROSSOVER. 2 mi. A oeste de Laurel Springs. North Wilkesboro e de 24 mi. leste. MOLAS DE GLENDALE. N. C. 3/10 milhas a oeste de Parkway em Milepost 259 em NC 16. 258.6 - Northwest Trading Post oferece artesanato de North Carolina s condados do noroeste. 260.6 - Jumpinoff Rock, no final de uma trilha curta floresta, oferece uma bela vista 261.0 - NC 16 CROSSOVER. 12 mi. Oeste para Jefferson, 14 mi. Para West Jefferson. 20 mi. Leste para North Wilkesboro. 264.4 - A protuberancia fornece vistas arrebatadoras dos montes forested. 271.9 - CASCADE APARELHO DE ESTACIONAMENTO. Alt. 3.750. Trilha natural para cascatas. 272 - E. B. Jeffress Park tem uma auto-guia trilha para o Cascades. Outra trilha vai para a antiga cabana e igreja. 276.4 - BORDA PROFUNDA. US 421 CROSSOVER. 11 mi. Oeste para Boone. 285.1 - Trace de Daniel Boone, que Boone ardia para o Ocidente, cruza-se aqui. 291,9 - US 221 CROSSOVER. Boone e de 7 mi. norte. Blowing Rock e de 2 mi. sul. US 321 221. VALLEY CRUS IS, N. C. ALT. 3.000 (Significado Vale da Cruz.) Estb. Como a missao episcopal em 1842. ROCHA DE SOPRO, N. C. ELEV. 4.000 292 - para 295 Moses H. Cone Memorial Park tem caminhadas e trilhas para cavalos. Flat Top Manor abriga o centro de artesanato parkway, pesca em 3.600 hectares. 295,1 - para 298 Alt. 3.400. Julian Price Memorial Park, um executivo de seguros ex-retiro, oferece uma variedade de trilhas curtas e um lago. 298.6 - JUNCTION PARKWAY HOLLOWAY MOUNTAIN ROAD. Parkway south 12 km via US 221. 304.4 - Viaduto Linn Cove, uma maravilha de design e engenharia, sai do lado de Grandfather Mountain. Centro de visitantes e trilhas. 305.9 - JUNCTION PARKWAY US 221. Linville e de 3 mi. oeste. LINVILLE, N. C. ALT. 3.669, Uma colonia popular do verao. A entrada para Grandfather Mountain. 3 milhas para Parkway. 308.3 - Flat Rock Alt. 3.995. E bem a pena a caminhada para a vista soberba de Grandfather Mountain e Linville Valley. 312,0 NC 181 CROSSOVER. - Morganton e de 32 mi. sudeste. 2 mi. Norte para Pineola. 316.3 - Linville Falls ruge atraves de um desfiladeiro dramatico e acidentado. Trilhas para vista. 317,4 US 221 CROSSOVER. - 3 mi. South e Linville Falls 24 mi. A Marion, N. C. 320.7 - vista de Chestoa Vista excepcionalmente fina de um de muitos penhascos verticais na montanha de Humpback. 331 NC 226. CROSSOVER. - Spruce Pine e de 6 mi. norte. Marion e de 14 mi. sul. 331.0 - O museu de minerais de Carolina do Norte interpreta a riqueza mineral do estado com exposicoes interativas. 334.0 - NC 226-A para a Little Switzerland. 339.5 - Caminhada dos prados de Crabtree as quedas de Crabtree. Area de camping. 344.0 - BUCK CREEK GAP, NC 80 CROSSOVER. 18 mi. Norte para Burnsville 16 mi. Sul para Marion. 355.4 - Mount Mitchell State Park, alcancado via N. C. 128, tem uma area de piquenique, torre de vigia, eo ponto mais alto a leste do rio Mississippi. 363.4 a 369.6 - Os jardins escarpados parecem ser cobertos com rhododendrons roxos no meio - a junho atrasado. Craggy Pinnacle Trail e outras trilhas (364,1 e 364,6) estrada para area de piquenique e trilhas (367,6). 377,4 - NC Rt. 694 para Asheville, 8 mi. 382 - O Centro de Arte Popular oferece vendas e exposicoes de artesanato tradicional e contemporaneo da regiao dos Apalaches. Programas interpretativos, galeria e biblioteca. 382.6 - JUNCTION PARKWAY 10 mi. Leste para Black Mountain. 384 - Centro de Destino oferece um filme, exposicoes e visao geral da area de Blue Ridge National Heritage e do parkway. 384.7 - US 74 CROSSOVER. 3 mi. Oeste para Asheville. 17 mi. A leste de Chimney Rock e Lake Lure. 388.8 - US 25 CROSSOVER. 5 mi. North td Asheville 17 mi. Sul para Hendersonville. 393,6 - NC 191 CROSSOVER. 6 mi. Norte para Asheville, 20 mi. Sul para Hendersonville. 408.6 - MONTANHA PISGAH. Area de piquenique, campground, trilhas, restaurante, Inn, gas. Originalmente parte da propriedade Vanderbilt, a primeira escola de silvicultura na America foi estabelecida nesta propriedade. Sendo a primeira grande area de floresta manejada neste pais, tornou-se o nucleo da Floresta Nacional de Pisgah. 412.0 - ESPACO DA ESTRADA DO VAGAO. US 276 CROSSOVER. 18 mi. Sul para Brevard 8 mi. Norte para Cruso 22 mi. Para Waynesville. 417.0 - OLHANDO A ROCHA DO VIDRO. Uma grande montanha do granito. 418.8 - OVERLOOK DO CAMPO DO COTAO. Passeio trilhas para Yellowstone Falls. 422.4 - AREA DE ESTACIONAMENTO DO TRIBUNAL DO DIABO S. Vistas de 360 ??graus esperam por voce no final de 40 minutos a pe. 423.2 - FAIXA DE FAZENDA. Cruz-estrada de montanha 24 mi. Norte para Waynesville, 17 mi. south para Rosman. 431 - Richland Balsam auto-guia trilha leva voce atraves de um remanescente abeto-abeto floresta. O ponto mais alto da avenida, 6,074 pes. WAYNESVILLE, N. C. O assento de condado de 546 milhas da beleza aspera da montanha. 443.1 - BAIXO DO BALSAMO. US 19 Passo Crossover. 11 mi. Leste para Waynesville. 11 mi. Oeste para Sylva. 451.2 - Waterrock Knob oferece um panorama do Great Smokies. 4 state view, loop trilha, conforto estacao interpretativa shelter, centro de visitantes, exposicoes. 455.0 - SOCCO GAP, US 19 CROSSOVER. 455,0 - Parkway para Mile High Overlook. Em Black Gap Camp junta-se Heintooga Ridge Rd. A G. S.M. Parque Nacional. Piquenique camping em Heintooga Ridge. 458.2 - Heintooga Overlook rodovia leva voce a uma milha de alta vista 2.1 milhas do parkway. 461.9 - GRANDE BRUXA. Exposicao que conta sobre os primeiros assassinos Cherokee aguia. 469 - A extremidade do sul do Parkway azul de Ridge intersects os EU 441 no parque nacional de Great Smoky Mountains e na reserva Cherokee. Sobre Como voce ensina os alunos as nuances da gestao de portfolio Como voce pode ensina-los sobre o impacto das flutuacoes do mercado em um portfolio de 1 bilhao de dolares Criado por Marshall E. 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Close If you are looking for Point of Honor, The Academy Theater, Poplar Forest, Natural Bridge or other more well-known attractions of Lynchburg and Central Virginia, you will not find them on this web page. Instead, what you will find documented here are several lesser-known, unusual, sometimes esoteric, occasionally bizarre and, in almost all cases, absurd attractions of the area, along with an equally-absurd accompanying history. Not every attraction will appeal to everyone, but hopefully you will find something of interest. If you live in Central Virginia and thought you knew everything there was to know about the area, perhaps you will discover a few things you didn t know after all. If you don t live in the area but will be visiting, please plan to take in Lynchburg s real attractions before even considering delving into what follows below. Click here to read Darrell Laurant s 8/1/01 column about this web page from the Lynchburg News Advance. Click here to read an excerpt from Laurant s followup article on the site, five years later (11/5/06). If you desire more information on any of the attractions described on this site, please use the e-mail link at the bottom of the page. Please DO NOT contact local tourism agencies, museums, historical societies, or any offices or individuals associated with the mentioned localities, as they would likely doubt your sanity as a result, and for good reasons The Fletcher Farm Rhino In the mid 1980 s, Harland Fletcher returned to Virginia from Africa with a baby white rhinoceros he had purchased for a children s zoo in Richmond. The zoo never opened, and Fletcher was left with the dilemma of what to do with the baby rhino. In an unusual and somewhat novel move, Fletcher turned the rhino loose on his 150-acre cattle farm in Amherst County. Remarkably, the animal easily adapted to its environment, and today, fifteen years later, the rhino can still be frequently seen grazing in the fields of Fletcher s farm alongside the cows. Fletcher s farm can be reached by turning right off of Rt. 356 north of Lynchburg, then taking another right after about two miles at Beating Stick Rd. The ABC Cemetery Off of Rt. 122 near Bedford, one can find a most unusual cemetery. Officially known as the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, most locals refer to it as the ABC Cemetery, not because of its name, but because of the obsessive-compulsive nature of its former and long-time owner and caretaker, Thomas Aadland. Aadland s sickness compelled him to continuously re-order the graves to keep them in strict alphabetical order. Local residents would find Aadland at any time of day or night following a new burial, digging up graves and shuffling caskets and headstones from plot to plot to maintain the alphabetic burial sequence. Aadland required all plot owners to sign a form acknowledging the floating nature of their burial plot and allowing him to change the assigned plot and move each body as needed. As bizarre as it sounds, family members didn t mind the arrangement, since it allowed them to easily find the grave sites of their loved ones on return visits, even years later, without having to remember the location between visits. In 1992, Aadland found himself near death, and he realized that he would no longer be able to maintain the cemetery, much less continue to shuffle the grave sites. Because of this, he decided to close the cemetery, but to his horror, he realized that the graves would have to be shuffled one more time so that he himself could be buried in proper sequence (and an A shuffle to boot. the worst kind). Too weak to shuffle the graves once more, Aadland placed a newspaper ad seeking laborers, but he had no takers. If you visit the ABC Cemetery today, you can observe firsthand how Aadland solved his dilemma. Look for the very last grave in the cemetery. the grave of Thomas Zuckerman. formerly known as Thomas Aadland. Winfall, Va. and the Zeiglehr Effect (view of Atlantic Ocean under appropriate conditions) In 1936, German scientist Jules Zeiglehr made a fascinating discovery while vacationing in Paris and gazing through a telescope. While watching a distant hot air balloon, Zieglehr was startled to see a mountain peak in the telescope s field of view, despite the fact that there were no significant mountain ranges within a hundred miles of his location. Zeiglehr soon identified the peak as Alpine peak Mont Blanc, and he immediately set to work to understand the physics that allowed him to see this peak from roughly 300 miles away. After more than a year of research and experimentation, Zeiglehr published his landmark paper describing light wave skip, a natural phenomenon also known to occur with radio waves. The phenomenon soon became commonly known as the Zeiglehr Effect, and over the years, many have observed this natural telescope of sorts when conditions fall into line. In our own area, the Zeiglehr Effect has been frequently observed near the community of Winfall, just south of Lynchburg on Rt. 501. When atmospheric conditions are just right, one can see the Atlantic Ocean from Winfall through a telescope pointed due East. The photo to the right was taken in 1997 from a vantage point near the old Winfall train station. Lynchburg West End Sinkhole On the morning of March 13, 1953, dozens of residents of Lynchburg s West End were jolted out of their beds and arose to discover the earth literally collapsing under them. An underground explosion of unknown origin had triggered a sinkhole, and over the course of only a few minutes, the sinkhole swallowed over fifteen homes in this once-fashionable suburb of the town. To the left is an aerial view taken within a few hours of the development of the sinkhole. The smoke visible in the photo is from homes still smoldering from fires triggered by the disaster. Remarkably, only two people lost their lives in this bizarre tragedy. The map to the right shows the area affected by the sinkhole, an area which was sealed off immediately following the extraction of casualties and of the injured. Undisturbed for nearly fifty years, the affected area is now overgrown and generally inaccessible due to the dangers associated with the open pit and the unstable partially-collapsed structures. To the left is the view today down Wingfield Avenue, which was dead-ended by the sinkhole. UPDATE: The nature of the underground explosion which triggered the West End Sinkhole remains unknown to this day, but a study in 1992 concluded that the explosion occurred approximately 7000 feet below the surface. Speculation on the cause ranges from an occurrence of nature involving a trapped pocket of gas to an accidental explosion in a suspected subterranean government facility. UPDATE 2: Research for a March 2007 local television story on the sinkhole uncovered a photograph documenting the little-known fact that the seismic motion resulting from the 1953 underground blast also toppled the steeple of the nearby West Lynchburg Baptist Church. No one was in the main sanctuary when the steeple fell over and crashed through the roof. Phantom s Grave (Robert E. Lee s other horse) Most Virginians are well-aware of Confederate General Robert E. Lee s horse Traveller, buried alongside the General in Lexington, Virginia. General Lee, however, also had a lesser-known horse named Phantom, who died during the Battle of Lynchburg and who is buried in the Beauregard Civil War Cemetery near Lynchburg. Recently, a controversy arose when a large statue of Phantom was erected in the cemetery. Some objected to the statue s proportions, calling it inappropriate for the setting. In any case, you won t be able to miss the bigger-than-life statue of Phantom, depicted in a heroic pose just before he was killed by cannonball. Gilligan s Island Bed and Breakfast It s more than just a three-hour tour when you book a stay at the Gilligan s Island Bed Breakfast on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. Co-owners Al Halley (who portrays The Skipper ) and Rob Reno (who portrays Gilligan ) will meet you at a local marina, where you will board a replica of the S. S. Minnow, and sail off to an uncharted desert isle out in the middle of the lake. There you will be greeted by the remaining cast members, including The Professor, Mr. and Mrs. Howell, Ginger, and everyone s favorite, Mary Ann. Accommodations on the island include your very own bamboo hut, similar to those seen on the classic 60 s TV series. You will also enjoy only the best in fine dining and libations. (Hint: Don t miss Mary Ann s coconut cream pie for breakfast ) While on the island, sit back and enjoy the show, as the friendly cast members perform any number of skits from the show. You probably know all the plots, so feel free to join in the fun. And don t be surprised or frightened to see an angry native warrior or two from one of the nearby islands Our five available huts are booked two years in advance, says Halley ( The Skipper ), who adds and we are planning to add two more huts prior to next season. How about the 380 per-person, per-night price tag Reno ( Gilligan ) explains, There s a lot of overhead compared to your run-of-the-mill bed and breakfast. But we must be doing something right -- some of our guests have become regulars, returning three and four times. In fact, Halley and Reno have such a hit on their hands that they already have another TV-themed B B in the planning stages, one patterned this time after The Brady Bunch, which they plan to locate in the Richland Hills subdivision of Lynchburg. Riverview Amusement Park Little do most area residents realize that Lynchburg once had its very own amusement park. Some said that, due to its construction on land sacred to the Native American Monocan tribe, Riverview Amusement Park was never meant to be. Despite an outcry at the time of its construction, the park was built on a bluff in Madison Heights formerly belonging to the Monacan tribe and overlooking the James River. The park was a sister park to Salem s popular Lakeside Amusement Park which, after years of providing thrills and chills to old and young alike, was destroyed by the flood of 1985. Unlike Lakeside, Riverview Amusement Park would have a profoundly shorter life span. Riverview had opened on the evening of June 16, 1963 to a tremendous crowd, and festivities were in full swing when suddenly the huge Ferris Wheel, fully loaded with riders, detached from its mounts and began rolling through the park. Some onlookers watched in horror and others ran for their lives to dodge the out-of-control wheel as it continued rolling through and out of the park, continuing several hundred feet where it then crashed through the fence at a neighboring power substation. Sparks exploded into the night sky as the wheel made contact with high voltage transformers, instantly shutting off all power to the park and simultaneously electrocuting all riders who had been unable to free themselves from their seat harnesses. Forty-six people died as a result of the tragic mishap, and the following day, county officials closed and condemned the park. One survivor of the nightmarish Ferris Wheel ride commented to the local press following the accident, It s a real shame about the accident, but that wheel gave me the ride of my life. No traces remain today of Riverview Amusement Park on the bluff above the James, but a small commemorative plaque was erected in the late 1970 s on the site, which is now occupied by a sign company. The Dreaming Creek Troll (The Mysterious Dark Vortex of Windsor Hills) What is the explanation for the mysterious happenings in the woods adjacent to Lynchburg s Windsor Hills subdivision, specifically in those that run along Dreaming Creek This is a question that residents of that neighborhood have been asking for over two decades. There is definitely something out there. some kind of presence, commented one wary resident a few years ago to an independent journal of the paranormal. Another person interviewed eloquently described what they witnessed as an amorphous black specter that stirred up small whirlwinds of leaves. like a dark vortex. Others have characterized it more as a scampering, mischievous small creature of some sort, sometimes venturing out of the woods to tap on windows, tip over trash cans, etc. Some have even claimed it to have threatened them. In one of the more seemingly far-fetched accounts, one person reported the following encounter We heard a rustle, when suddenly in our path was what looked like a troll. It was hard to see, but it had on dark leather clothes and what looked like a leather cap. It had a bare human-like face, and was muttering to itself and making a noise that sounded like a laugh. Suddenly, it brandished what I think was a small knife, and we got the hell out of there. The only known, purported photo of the creature/apparition is shown left, in which the photographer managed only a blurry shot of what he claimed was a little devil running away from him. More than one witness has reported sensing a presence before actually encountering the creature, leading them to conclude that the being possessed some form of telepathic powers. Legend of the mysterious resident of the woods has grown over the years, and neighborhood kids have given the creature the name Rufus. What do all of these accounts add up to Could there indeed be some sort of supernatural lifeform taking up residence along Dreaming Creek One former Windsor Hills resident summed it up I never believed in that kind of thing until I saw it with my own eyes. Rufus is real Mags the Headless Cat Found along the Lynchburg Expressway by city employee Earl Swinton, what at first appeared to be the remains of another misfortuned animal soon became the surprise of Earl s life. Swinton had collected the remains of a cat which had been decapitated in an accident, but a half hour later as he was disposing of his collection for the day, Earl was shocked when he noticed that the cat s headless body was breathing. It was a slow, labored breathing, accompanied by a faint rasping sound from the cat s neck, but the cat was breathing nonetheless. Earl immediately alerted his supervisor, who contacted a nearby animal emergency center. Before the day was out, the cat which had survived the loss of its head was the talk of the local veterinary circle. The animal center was flooded with phone calls and visitors who had to see the cat firsthand before they would believe what they were hearing. Mags, as the cat came to be known, was nursed back to health over the next few weeks on an intravenous diet, a drinking straw to help her breathe and with a healthy supply of love and attention. Mags was eventually adopted by an owner who remains anonymous for fear of unwanted publicity. However, the owner has allowed medical scientists to examine the animal, who have concluded that the cat was able to survive by a means in which its central nervous system assumed all autonomic functions in the absence of the brain, an uncommon occurrence in nature, but not unheard of. Mags is shown to the left in October, 2000, being held by renowned British veterinarian Kenneth Hubsteed who traveled to America to examine the cat, and who has since published a medical book on Mags, entitled Mags the Amazing Headless Cat. The Koffee Pot Restaurant (Elvis Toilet Paper) He didn t have time to play Hunka Hunka Burnin Love, and for that matter, it really wasn t the sort of performance that his fans would consider memorable, but Elvis Presley did once leave his mark in Central Virginia. It happened in August of 1976, when his band s plane was headed to Roanoke for a concert but got diverted to Lynchburg. On the way out of Lynchburg, the band stopped briefly at a small Timberlake Rd. diner known as the Koffee Pot (shown left in a vintage photo before the giant coffee pot on the roof was removed). The band stopped at the restaurant not to eat, but for Elvis to use the bathroom. He was in a great hurry to make his Roanoke show, but he took the time to autograph one of the toilet paper rolls and to add his famous Takin Care of Business logo. Picture to the right is this unusual and undoubtedly unique memento which the shop still proudly displays today. UPDATE: Elvis has left the building At least, the toilet paper roll bearing his signature is no longer on premises at the Koffee Pot. Owner Estelle Meadows recently disclosed that the toilet paper has been loaned to a year-long travelling exhibit of Elvis memorabilia which will be visiting forty-two cities around the country. The Johnson Farm Silo Concord dairy farm owner Hugh Johnson thought something was up one day in the summer of 2002 when he saw a car pull over on the road by his farm, and four people got out and began taking photos of his barn. When a few days later, a small van pulled up and unloaded nearly a dozen people, Johnson hopped in his pickup and drove down to the road to inquire. As Johnson recounted to the Appomattox Times-Virginian, It was a bunch of young guys from Washington DC. city types. all sharp dressers. As Johnson learned, the object of the group s attention was his grain silo, which one person told him had recently been featured in a magazine whose name Johnson didn t recognize. While he still did not completely understand their interest, he invited the group onto his property to have a closer look at the silo. They were nice enough folks, but a bit too silly for my liking. laughing and giggling and so forth from the minute I introduced myself. They must have taken a hundred pictures of that silo. Go figure. Interest in Johnson s silo has reportedly tapered off, but not died completely. Because of the publicity, and with the assumption that the structure is of some architectural significance, it is worthy of inclusion here as a Little-Known Attraction of Central Virginia. Zebulon Miller Tomb (disproved the adage You Can t Take It With You ) For close to a hundred years, treasure seekers have been flocking to Bedford County in search of the elusive Beale Treasure. So far, no one has found it. Indeed, some skeptics say it never existed. Little do these or other treasure seekers know that there is an authentic treasure buried in the heart of Lynchburg, in the Zebulon Miller Tomb at the Virginia Methodist Cemetery. In his death in 1885, Zebulon, the eccentric and tight-fisted younger brother of renowned local philanthropist Samuel Miller, proved to his critics that you can indeed take it with you. Five years earlier, Zeb hired a team of German engineers to design, build and install a tomb, eighteen feet deep and encased by three-feet thick concrete walls, fortified to hold his own mortal remains and more than 2.3 million in gold and silver coins. Zeb then hired a Swiss agent to ensure that his final wishes to be buried with his fortune would be carried out. A 1 million trust fund was set up to ensure perpetual care of the tomb, and to provide for guards around-the-clock. The guards were dismissed in later years, as an elaborate electronic alarm system was installed. As a result, the Zebulon Miller Tomb and its buried treasure have remained undisturbed to this day. The Great Popcorn Blizzard of 58 (The Tyreeanna Crow Mound) In the late 1950 s, Lynchburg businessman Stuart Pittman, father of E. C. Glass High School varsity basketball sensation Dwayne Pitter-Patter Pittman, was asked to take on the job of producing the popcorn to be sold at all home basketball games. The elder Pittman happily obliged. After two years of supplying popcorn at the games, Stu seized upon the favorable reception of his secret-ingredient popcorn, and quickly expanded his operation to include all local movie theaters. His kitchen-table business soon grew into a thriving enterprise with over forty employees, running twenty-four hours a day, supplying his popcorn up and down the East Coast to movie theaters, sporting events, concert halls, department stores, state fairs, circuses -- anywhere and everywhere popcorn was sold. Pittman s success was sadly short lived, however. Less than a year after moving his business to a large, state-of-the-art facility on Jefferson Street, a catastrophic triple-cauldron hot oil explosion leveled the facility and rained down six inches of popcorn that covered most of downtown Lynchburg and the Lower Basin. Even worse, the sticky mess attracted thousands of swooping crows, most of which were choked, poisoned or mutilated in the feeding frenzy. City crews spent three full days rounding up all the scattered crow carcasses, then trucked them just outside the city limits to Tyreeanna, forming a huge mound which was then covered with two feet of a dirt and lime mixture. The crow mound (shown right) can still be seen today just off Rt. 460 near the intersection with the Concord Turnpike. The remains of Stu Pittman were never recovered from the site of the explosion. A now-famous news-wire photograph of the disaster, depicting the Lynchburg daytime skyline darkened by the presence of the relentless crows, is rumored to have been the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock s famous movie, The Birds. The Avalon Club (and the Little-Known Secret Superstar Gig of 1976) It s a major happening in Central Virginia when a big-name act plays in the area, for example, Elvis Presley s 1974 performance in Roanoke. Few are aware, however, of another superstar act who appeared in the area two years later, at an obscure night club in a secret gig that must rank among one of the most unusual entries in the annals of untold rock roll history. It happened one Saturday night in August of 1976 at the now-defunct Avalon Club on Rt. 24 in Appomattox, a popular BYOB country music spot in Appomattox County. On that evening, the regulars made their way into the club, expecting to find the regular band ( Country After Dark ) on stage. What they found instead was a stage with instruments and microphones but no performers. A few people were dancing to a country record being played over in the corner, but most were milling around, sipping from their brown bags and getting restless. Suddenly the lights dimmed (the lights never dimmed at the Avalon Club) and a few people could be seen in the shadows taking the stage. A familiar electric guitar riff tore into the room, the lights came back up, and the crowd got their first look at the band, a group of young, long-haired guys in odd clothing who were playing Johnny B. Goode with intensity. No one recognized the odd-looking performers, but that didn t matter. Everyone was on their feet dancing away to the old Chuck Berry tune (including Avalon regular Aubrey Mr. Bones Benson, pictured right). Despite the initially warm reception to the performers, things would soon take a turn for the worse. Following the first song, the lead singer (who was also wearing eye shadow) said a few words to the crowd, but all the crowd could gather through the distorted sound was that he was British. The band then broke into a second tune, one unfamiliar to the crowd. Some tried to dance but most took a seat. Impatience quickly turned to anger as the band assaulted the restless crowd with a string of unfamiliar tunes. Taking this all in was Clint Patterson, a younger member of the crowd, who thought he had seen the band on television and who recognized some of the tunes from hearing them on his sister s radio. Clint recalls I remembered that one that kept going What A Drag It Is Getting Old. By about the fifth song, the crowd had seen and heard enough, and Avalon regular Harold Cootie Hodges led the charge onto the stage, initiating a melee which saw one band member take a whiskey bottle to the head, and which left the band s amplifiers and drum kit destroyed. Clint recalled the situation recently, saying Hey listen, we were all just a bunch of hard working country boys looking to have our normal good-time Saturday night. We didn t go down there to see no long-haired sissy boys. Besides, you could hardly understand a word that skinny dude in tight pants was singing. As the reader may have surmised by now, that skinny dude was none other than Mick Jagger and the band was the Rolling Stones, who have a long tradition of kicking off a tour with unannounced rehearsal gigs at obscure, off-the-beaten-path venues. The Stones have rarely commented on their disastrous appearance in Central Virginia, but rumor has it that the never-released Grin and Grab It was shelved after an argument stemming from that night. Lead guitarist Keith Richards (whose face still bears a scar from the whiskey bottle smashed over his head that night) once commented to Crawdaddy magazine about the incident, saying Blimey, I hadn t seen a crowd that bloody rowdy since Altamont. (thanks go out to Clint Patterson for supplying the details of the Rolling Stones secret Avalon Club gig) The Hiccup Man (He s Had Hiccups For Sixty-Four Years. Find Him A Cure And Win 500 ) His name is Russell Harrison, and he has a very bad case of the hiccups. In fact, Russell (or Hick as his friends call him) has been hiccuping for sixty-four years. The hiccuping began when he was four years old, and not a day or night has gone by for Russell since that time without the bothersome affliction. He has tried every home and folk remedy known to man. He has been to countless so-called medical experts. He has been the subject of at least two five-year long studies at John Hopkins University and the Mayo Clinic. He has gone under the knife, twice. He has even tried professional hypnotists, all to no avail. You ve probably s