Designed by the city engineer, August Forsberg, Monument Terrace stands as a symbolic Lynchburg attraction since the early 1880s. Forsberg designed this series of steps and landings as an easier route between Court and Church Streets. The monument included a semicircular staircase at the intersection of Ninth and Church Streets and a simple iron fountain. With an elegant, yet practical design, Forsberg allowed citizens to move more freely along the previously steep hill.
The monument experienced some changes near the end of the century. In 1883, the city of Lynchburg underwent a tragic fire, causing five firemen to lose their lives. The city redesigned Forsberg’s simple fountain to include a firemen’s state as a memorial for the men who died. Since then, the Monument Terrace evolved to honor those from Lynchburg who lost their lives in various deadly wars.
The city updated the monument again in the early 1920s, honoring 43 men who died in World War I. Local architect, Aubrey Chesterman, designed a parallel staircase to frame the statue and removed the Fireman’s Fountain. Charles Keck replaced the fountain with a bronze statue known as The Listening Post. Nicknamed The Doughboy, this statue depicts a World War I infantry soldier. The statue also includes the names of the 43 men who died in the First World War. Dedicated in 1926, The Listening Post also honors the men of Lynchburg, Virginia who served in the War to End All Wars. The separate lists of names, white and colored, also reveal evidence of segregation in the South at the time.
While Monument Terrace underwent various changes throughout the year, it still commemorates those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The monument memorializes soldiers from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, both World Wars, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the War on Terror. With 139 steps, 10 landings, and 11 statues, Monument Terrace is an impressive Lynchburg site. Come visit this attraction conveniently located near the Lynchburg Museum.
Free entry to the public.
Parking is available in the Clay Parking Deck immediately behind the Lynchburg Museum. The Clay Street Parking Deck is located at 800 Clay Street. It is open Monday through Friday from 7 am-5pm. Parking available on the middle and top levels. Top level is parking by permit only. Hourly: $1/hour; Daily: $5/day max; Monthly permits: $50
Parking also available at Lot B, which is located at 919-921 Church Street. This is conveniently located adjacent to the Monument Terrace Building and directly across the street from the main entrance of the City Hall. The lot has 14 parking spaces. Parking by permits only.
Location & Hours
Open 24 Hours