In 1757, John Lynch, at the age of 17, initiated a ferry service across the James River from an area that would later be established as a town. In 1786, the Virginia General Assembly granted John Lynch a charter for a town, and named it Lynchburg, after its founder John Lynch. The town took in the 45 acres of land that Lynch owned.
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