The Diamond Hill Historic District is located between Church and Grace Streets in Lynchburg, just off the expressway (US 29 – Bypass). Diamond Hill was one of Lynchburg’s most prestigious neighborhoods at the turn of the century with a rich selection of architectural styles including, Gothic, Colonial Revival, Italianate, Greek Revival, Georgian Revival, Queen Anne, and Stick style homes.
A short History of Diamond Hill Historic District
Diamond Hill Historic District overlooks downtown Lynchburg, originally it was farm land when slowly it was divided up into lots. There was a creek that ran between the neighborhood and downtown Lynchburg. Between the 1880s and 1900 Lynchburg became a booming town due to the success of the shoe manufacturing business in town. Diamond Hill became a trendy neighborhood for the wealthy; many new were built by many people clamoring to be in Diamond Hill.
In the 1950s America started to move to the suburbs, as people and business left downtown they also left Diamond Hill. Many of the stately homes were turned into multifamily apartments. In the 1970s a group of homeowners got together and requested the city create the historic districts and regulations to protect the architectural details of the homes.