LynchburgHistory.com was first established in about 2007 as a public access for viewing many historic photos of Lynchburg, Virginia, and the surrounding area. The site grew from the passion of Nancy Blackwell Marion to locate and identify these old pictures, and then to scan and organize them so that they might be found and used by researchers, historians, and anyone with a desire to reminisce or to discover what Lynchburg once was like.
Many of these photos are from the collection at the Jones Memorial Library. Another large source was the library at the News & Advance office. I traveled to Richmond to the Department of Historic Resources and there scanned their Lynchburg photos, as well as the albums of Ferrol Briggs which are housed there. I acquired a large cache of negatives by the S. O. Fisher photo studio, which showcase the period from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. A similar group of negatives by the Madison Heights photographer Jimmie Ray extend from the 1940s into the 1980s. I scanned the photos of an eclectic and talented amateur photographer Victor Wood which show public and private scenes from the early 1900s to the mid 1950s. Plus there are numerous smaller collections of photos graciously lent or given to me by many area citizens who appreciate these old images and are happy to share them with the world.
In November 2014 the servers on which the site was hosted were maliciously hacked, and the site was completely lost. I have not lost the photos, however, and am trying to load them back as quickly as possible. The site doesn't have all of the functionality that it once had, but soon I hope it will have even more photos than it had before.
Please come back and visit often, as the content will continue to improve.
And be sure to contact me (click the link at right) if you have any photos you'd like to share.
Thanks for your patience,