Gretna has a great deal of railroad history. In appreciation for the benefits that resulted from the railroad’s coming through the Town, Jeremiah Talbott, in 1872, deeded a right-of-way to the Lynchburg and Danville Railroad. Construction of the L & D Railroad began in 1872 and was completed two years later. Then in 1879 the Franklin & Pittsylvania Railroad (F & P) was completed which began the Franklin Junction passenger and freight station, Elba Post Office and Gretna’s railroad heritage. This allowed for the passage of famous trains, like the Old 97, which came through this small Town before it’s famous wreck in 1903.
Visit the SML State Park: Located on Virginia 626 in Bedford County, the park offers hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, camping and swimming at a large, sandy beach. There’s also a large playground for the kids. Check out the park’s web site for details on activities such as stargazing programs, live music, Osprey hikes, Junior Rangers and more. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk.
In 1971, Pastor Jerry Falwell Sr. challenged his congregation at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA to establish a Christian college whose students would “go out in all walks of life to impact this world for God.” Soon after, Lynchburg Baptist College became a reality. Through those founding years, students and faculty were inspired to influence the moral and ethical course of America. With the passing of the founder in 2007, his son, Jerry Falwell Jr., became chancellor and president of the university. In only four short decades, Liberty has grown to become the nation’s fifth largest university, and most importantly, the world’s largest Christian university. Liberty’s journey has been one of facing giants, making the impossible possible, watching fervent prayer move mountains, and Training Champions for Christ.
In the 1880's and 1890's the leaders of the Roanoke Baptist Association realized the urgent need for a good school to educate the youth of Pittsylvania County and the surrounding area, but their plans did not materialize. In 1906, Mr. Charles R. Warren, a young graduate of Trinity College (now Duke University) organized and operated a day school in Chatham named Warren Training School. But at the close of its third session in 1909, it was announced that the school would not reopen in the fall of 1909. At this time, Mr. Jesse H. Hargrave, a mercantilist, and his son, Mr. J. Hunt Hargrave, joined with the pastor of Chatham Baptist Church, the Reverend T. Ryland Sanford, to make preparations for a new school in September 1909, which became known as the Hargrave Military Academy.
Within minutes from Camber Inn are some of Virginia's most tasteful wineries. Only a 20 minute drive from the Inn, historical Tomahawk Mill Vineyard and Winery is sure to enlighten your taste buds. Near Tomahawk is The Homeplace Vineyard, a quaint and rustic winery that is sure to help you sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of Chaham, Virginia.