Lynchburg is located 52 miles east of Roanoke
, along Highway 29. It is situated in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Central Virginia. The James River
and Holliday Lake State Park
The Lynchburg area reflects a varied history which includes Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest and the Civil War with its end at Appomattox. In 1757, John Lynch started a ferry service at Lynch's Landing across the James. In 1786, the Virginia General Assembly established Lynchburg as a town. Today, Lynchburg boats five National Register Historic Districts with some of the most notable architecture on the east coast.
The city comprises a population of more than 96,000, including the suburbs of Madison Heights, Timberlake and Forest. Companies such as General Electric, Ericsson, Framatone, Babcock & Wilcox, and J. Crew are located in Lynchburg. The Lynchburg area also is home to four area private colleges and a public community college.
Lynchburg is part of the Lynchburg, Virginia metro area.