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Old City Cemetery and Pest House Medical Museum

401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA 24501, USA

The Old City Cemetery served three distinct and important roles in the Civil War: it was a burial ground for over 2,700 soldiers, both Union and Confederate; it was the location of the Pest House smallpox quarantine hospital; it was the location of the quartermaster's glanders stable for innovative medical research on a disease affecting the Confederate cavalry horses. It also was the site of the initial line of inner defenses on June 18, 1864 during Hunter's Raid and the Battle of Lynchburg.


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From Charlottesville, Amherst, or Northern VA: Take Route 29 South to Lynchburg. Pass exit for Madison Heights and Sweet Briar College. Pass the exit for Route 130. Exit onto Route 210 West. Pass over Route 29 Business. Turn left at stoplight onto Route 163 South toward Lynchburg. Cross bridge over James River into downtown Lynchburg. Route 163 becomes 5th street in downtown Lynchburg. Follow 5th Street for ten blocks to Taylor Street. Turn right onto Taylor Street and follow it for one block to the cemetery entrance gates--Taylor Street becomes Cemetery driveway.

Visitor Services

Restrooms, Partially handicapped accessible, Mourning Museum

Regular Events

Annual Rose Festival and Confederate Memorial Day Service in May.

Available Interpretation

Signs, interpretive plaques, self-guided walking brochures, push-button museum lectures, guided tours (by appointment only)

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee



Cemetery grounds are Open: Sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. Office Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00AM - 3:00PM (also open on Sundays during May and October)



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