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Twenty minutes past the waving tree limbs and emerald carpeted hills of Appomattox, Virginia, where generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant ended the Civil War, lies the river town of Lynchburg, once a southern center of trade and tobacco production. The Craddock Terry Hotel, at 1312 Commerce Street, spans an entire block of the historic district in downtown Lynchburg, and occupies prime riverfront real estate with views of the Appalachian Mountains, whose trails are a mere 19 miles away.
As the only major city not burned during the Civil War, Lynchburg offers up set pieces of the early south in the town’s architecture. Should you want to explore the cradle of the War between the States, there’s plenty of action in nearby Appomattox, with perfectly preserved battlefields and museums dedicated to its history. Located in Central Virginia, most major cities in the state are a day trip away from the Craddock Terry Hotel. Charlottesville and Richmond are both popular destinations.