Thousands of visitors each year tour the historic Old Jail Museum just off the square here in Lynchburg. The tour is free — donations are always welcome — and is a great compliment to a day spent perusing the shops on the square or a trip to the distillery.
To keep those tours rolling along, each year the Moore County Historical & Genealogical Society treats folks to another type of tour — a tour of homes in Moore County.
The Tour of Homes, which takes place during Lynchburg’s Holiday Kickoff, is one of the biggest fundraisers for the historical & genealogical society. It pays for the utilities and upkeep of the Old Jail Museum for the whole year.
The only other funding comes from donations and membership dues.
On this year’s tour, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, there are three homes, a cedar cabin and the first Moore County library building. That includes the Carter home, 134 Bull Run Rd.; the Jeff Norman home, 597 Crest Drive; the Buckeye Creek Farm of Steve and Gloria Dickert, 3491 Buckeye Loop; The Cedar Cabin, 784 Damron Rd.; and Lynchburg’s first Library building, located at 73 Majors Blvd.
This sponsored annual event is from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; tickets are $15 each and may be purchased at the Old Jail Museum.
The Carter home
Chad and LeEllen Carter chose to live in the Marble Hill community where she was raised on the family farm. The home was built in 2007 with easy maintenance, comfort and a lifestyle of entertaining family and friends. The home has 3,600 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, two full baths, a bonus room on the second floor with pool table and Tennessee Volunteer décor. The children have lots of space to play.
The foundation and brick were crafted by local craftsman, Chuck Baker. The Carter-Bedford family did all the finish work on the house. Chad and Jim Bedford installed the staircase to the second level and the hardwood floors were a family project. Johnny Woods, local craftsman, crafted and designed the tiles in the bathrooms and utility room.
Chad and LeEllen are very fond of their antiques they have acquired from the Hollis and Ruth Logan — Jim and Wilma Bedford era. They have special family treasures throughout the home. Also, on display will be refinished pieces and special woodworking items from LeEllen’s father and brother.
As a special item of interest on the day of the Tour of Homes, LeEllen and Chad will display 15 beautiful quilts and handwork by Ruth Hill, her grandmother. These pieces have never before been displayed to the public.
The Jeff Norman home
This home was elegantly designed by Ronald K. Dick and built by Ty Lawson in October of 2007. The home’s multi-faceted exterior is enhanced by a unique Boral Brick known as Old Waverly. High above the front steps is a sweeping brick arch welcoming guests.
A custom built pergola adorns the modified back porch which leads to rugged but graceful steps constructed from mountain sandstone by mason Rick Poston which were added in the fall of 2012.
As you enter this three-bedroom, two-bath home you will notice ceilings of varying heights, welcoming columns adjacent to the foyer and thoughtfully placed elements of refreshing asymmetry which add to the interior’s interest. Made-to-measure granite kitchen counter tops blend well with the French country styled theme of the home furnishings.
A hand crafted and classic bespoke mantle sits atop a stone fireplace that is often used on cold winter nights. The landscaping layout was specifically designed and installed by Jeff and Nicole. Unique specimens of trees, shrubs, and flowers were chosen for interest and harmony.
Stone landscaping pieces were gathered from local farms to add that personal touch the Norman’s were looking for. Jeff is a taster and Ph.D. chemist at the Jack Daniels Distillery.
Buckeye Creek Farm
Gloria and Steve Dickert purchased this house in 2000 and completely renovated the interior with fresh paint, new lighting, new carpets and some tile floors. It features four bedrooms, three full baths and a three-car garage in 2,800 square feet described as a Country Cottage in the home blueprints.
Originally constructed in 1995, one of the strong features of this house is the two-story rock fireplace, which acts as the centerpiece of the family room. The original owners installed an eight-person hot tub in the corner sunroom. This area has been renovated with an office/sunroom, which is accessible from the master suite or the large deck at the rear of the home.
An interior designer, who is a friend of the family, used hunting and fishing accents to emphasize the abundant wildlife, which is found in the area.
The home sits on a small hill overlooking Buckeye Creek and features a large two-sided front porch. There’s also a south facing side porch off the kitchen. Buckeye Creek Farm is a working Angus Cattle operation with more than 100 head of registered and commercial cattle in two herds.
The farm includes 151 acres of property slowly rising to a ridge behind the house where the family spends spring and fall evenings around a fire pit. The top of the ridge offers beautiful views of the Buckeye Creek Valley to the west and downtown Lynchburg to the east.
Gloria and Steve’s two oldest sons were married at the top of the ridge in 2003 and 2010, respectively. Those attending the weddings rode wagons pulled by tractors to reach the wedding site at the top. Whether it’s weddings, sunsets, birthdays or Christmases, the family has been blessed with many wonderful memories on our farm.
The original Moore County Library
The first Moore County Public library was opened in June of 1953 in a tiny building that had been moved to the property and home of Mrs. Hugh Smith on Poplar Street, now Majors Blvd. Before the building was moved to its current site, it had been a grocery store and measured roughly 20 x 20 feet.
The interior of the library was first painted by Dan Masters and A.C. Puckett. J. T. Daniel gave the lumber for the library tables and they were made in the high school shop. Mrs. Emma Setliff gave a bucket of floor paint and “Mrs. Jim” Osborne applied it.
Mr. Marion Holt gave a large rug for the floor and Ed Martin painted the signs. Mr. Puckett made the bulletin board and display shelves. The donated books on the shelves would average 900 and were regularly rotated by the bookmobile. “Miss Jim” Osborne was the first librarian and was paid $40 a month and the library was open three days per week.
When the library outgrew its tiny building a new building was erected, just a few yards away, on the corner of Mechanic and Majors Blvd. in 1963, and was a gift from State Senator Reagor Motlow and wife Jeannie. After this building was no longer the library it has been home to several businesses including RB’s beauty salon where Katherine Blackburn and Pee Wee Harris did hair styling. The community is very fortunate to have this wonderful treasure still around. It is now owned by Kevin Sanders.
The Cedar Cabin
The Cedar Cabin is owed by Joe and Tisha Denby, of Tullahoma. It was completed in August 2013. Joe had always dreamed of building a cabin of cedar wood, so he and two friends built this hand crafted home on the land originally owned by his grandparents.
Joe and Tisha decided to turn their cabin into an overnight rental for people visiting Lynchburg and the surrounding area. This cabin has a modern kitchen/living room area, two bedrooms with king size beds/bathrooms and a “Lynchburg” game room for relaxing and fun. To enjoy the outside views, there is a wraparound porch with an outdoor fireplace too.