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Rentable Venue
$ 1,095,000

c. 1790 Federal

Locust Thicket - A Unique Historical Home & Development

Locust Thicket Historical Precinct
Locust Thicket Historical Precinct
An aerial view of the Locust Thicket Historical Precinct
Looking for a Historic Property that truly has it all???

Locust Thicket has a history that most historic homes would love to claim ownership over and it offers the potential new owner a range of options. Are you looking for your dream historic home or your next business development opportunity or perhaps both. Locust Thicket offers it all!
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Dining Area
Dining Area
Historical Photo taken 1892
Historical Photo taken 1892
Springtime at Locust Thicket
Springtime at Locust Thicket
Front Facade and outdoor dining areas
Front Facade and outdoor dining areas
Wood fire oven and smoker
Wood fire oven and smoker
Downstairs Bar
Downstairs Bar
Shingle Exterior Sign
Shingle Exterior Sign
Downstairs Bar
Downstairs Bar
Architectural historical faux painting on stairs
Architectural historical faux painting on stairs
Bedrooms 3
Full Baths 2
Half Baths 3
Heated Sq. Ft. 4,000
Stories 2.0
Acres 3.6


  • Commercial Property
  • Has Rentable Unit(s)
  • Attic
  • Crawl Space
  • Dining room
  • Entry Hall
  • Foyer
  • Utility Room
  • Walk-Up Attic
  • Master bedroom upstairs
  • 1 Car Garage
  • Automatic outside lights
  • Fresh paint
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Restored exterior
  • Sprinkler System
  • Storage Building
  • Storm Windows
  • Detached Workshop
  • 2nd Staircase
  • Built-in Bookcases
  • 5 Fireplaces
  • Grand staircase
  • High Ceilings
  • Wood floors
  • Tin Roof
  • Central air
  • City sewer
  • City water supply
  • Dishwasher
  • Heat pump
  • Range
  • Refrigerator
  • Security System
  • Sprinkler System
  • Water Heater - Electric
  • Water Heater - Gas
  • 10-foot Ceilings
  • Plaster Walls
  • Ripple Glass
  • Servant's Staircase
  • Sleeping Porch
  • Steam Radiators
  • Commercial Kitchen
  • Development Potential
  • Fully Furnished
  • Numerous Outbuildings
  • Restaurant operating

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A One of a Kind Historical Property

Situated on nearly 4 acres in the center of Lynchburg, VA Locust Thicket is a historical gem that could either be your dream historic home or unique commercial development opportunity.

Zoned B3C the property has the option to be used as either a residential home or as an Arts, Dining and Special Events precinct with occupancy of up to 296 people onsite and 150 inside the renovated main manor house.

The main manor house has been completely restored and includes 3 dining rooms, two bar areas, chef's table/prep room an approved commercial kitchen. The house is completely fitted out as a "turn key" restaurant and has a current tenant in place who is happy to stay should the new owner wish. Substantial landscaping and outdoor dining areas have been developed and includes a standalone wood burning oven and smoker which is extremely popular.

The approved development plan includes approval for the restoration of the original cabin as a bakery/café/retail space and the construction of an additional 4000 square foot events building to include an underground tavern.

So whether you are just looking for a truly unique historic home to live in (check out the history page to learn just a little about the property's incredible history) or you are looking for the perfect restaurant development opportunity that is all set up and ready to go Locust Thicket to the property you have been waiting for.

4 centuries, 1 President, 2 famous wars and Restoration after Foreclosure

Major Samuel Scott, an officer during the Revolutionary War purchased 400 acres on the outskirts of Lynchburg, Virginia in 1785 upon his discharge from the Revolutionary army and named the property Locust Thicket for the abundance of Locust trees located on the property. He initially built a small cabin which is still located on the property today. The main manor house was completed in 1790 according to local City records.

Major Scott was an very influential member of the Lynchburg and Bedford/Campbell County areas as both a Justice of the Peace and Magistrate. President Thomas Jefferson was his neighbor as Locust Thicket bordered President Jefferson's summer home Poplar Forest. Unfortunately Major Scott and President Jefferson were not friends due to a property dispute which took place in 1810. Upon inspecting a plot of land that President Jefferson was planning to sell he become aware that Major Scott had previously claimed ownership of the land and had been farming it for many years. President Jefferson sued Major Scott for possession and 24 good men road out and ruled in favor of President Jefferson's claim. Major Scott never forgave President Jefferson for this dispute however the Scott family did get their revenge when President Jefferson left Poplar Forest to his Grandson and his Grandson sold the property to Major Scott's daughter and her husband William Cobbs thus putting both Poplar Forest and Locust Thicket in the hands of the Scott Family.

Major Scott in his Last Will and Testament requested that a section of his front garden be allocated as a Family Cemetery so that he may "forever gaze upon his beloved Locust Thicket". The Scott Family Cemetery is still located on the property just as Major Scott requested and he (Major Scott), his wife Ann, his Son Beverley Roy Scott (who fought in the War of 1812 as a US Naval officer on the USS Carolina), several daughters and granddaughters are all buried in the cemetery along with a Confederate soldier who was a family member and a Union Calvary Officer who was found deceased on the property after the Battle of Lynchburg. A local Veterans group continue to assist with the maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery.

Locust Thicket also survived occupation by the Union Army during the Civil War - Battle of Lynchburg although it still has some of the scars. General Duffie and his Union Officers spent the night of June 17, 1864 in the house prior to engaging the Confederate army which was located less than a mile away.

Unfortunately after many years as a residence and also an antique store the property fell into disrepair and in 2013 found itself empty and facing foreclosure and possible demolition. The current owners purchased the property and have spent the last 4 years lovingly restoring the property to its former glory whilst also gaining local City Council approval for the property to be used for multiple purposes including a residential home or commercial development including restaurant, events center or distillery.

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