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Jail museum to shift fundraising focus

Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 9:00 am

The Lynchburg Jail Museum will be trying a new direction in its fundraising, according to Candy Richard.

The old Jail Museum in Lynchburg.

Since the Jail Museum’s opening in 1990, it has been totally supported by fundraisers, donations and members of the Moore County Historical Society. The Lynchburg Tour of Homes, organized by Richard, has been a primary source of raising funds, but it will be discontinued, she said, after 19 years and over 90 homes and businesses.

“Although the 2018 tour enjoyed good weather and attendance, this is not always the case,” she said. “In 2017, proceeds were down 50 percent. In addition, it has become more difficult each year to recruit homes and volunteers. “For these reasons, the major Jail Museum fundraiser will be an annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Supper, including salad, bread and dessert, to be held at the Masonic Lodge the first Saturday in March. There will be music, a silent auction, and sharing of some good Moore County stories and memories of days gone by.”

Richard thanked The Moore County News, First Community Bank, Sharon Bateman, many volunteers and, of course, all those who purchased tickets, for support. Richard is especially grateful to the Moore County homeowners whose generous hospitality made the Tour of Homes possible.

“It is the hope of the Moore County Historical Society, the caretakers of the Lynchburg Jail Museum, that the Spaghetti Supper will be a time of fun and fellowship and will be a substantial support for this historic treasure,” Richard said.