Constructed around 1838, the Diggs Gallery serves as rotating exhibit space and provides visitors an opportunity to view Point of Honor's orientation video. Currently the gallery features Medicine in Early Virginia, which explores the diseases suffered by early Virginians and the medical treatments available to Dr. George Cabell and his peers. Instruments such as amputation saws, trephines, and lancets are among the artifacts exhibited along with medicinal herbs, leeches, and medical manuals of the day.
While Dr. Cabell graduated from the best medical school of his time, the College of Philadelphia, doctors then still believed in the ancient "Theory of Humors" which claimed that there were four humors (liquids) in the body: blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile. People where thought to be healthy when all of the humors were in balance. If the humors were out of balance, the physician would use medicine or techniques to build up a deficiency or extract excessive fluids including bloodletting.
Katharine Garland Diggs
Born into families with long historic ties to Lynchburg, Katharine Garland Diggs was a public school teacher for many years and had an abiding interest in local history, architecture, and antiques. In 1951, she wrote her will including a large bequest for the establishment of a public museum in the City of Lynchburg. This is the seed from which Point of Honor has grown.
After her death in 1971, her trustees worked with the City and others to acquire Point of Honor and begin its restoration. Opened to the public in 1978, Miss Diggs' gift continues to educate all visitors who come here. This gallery is named in her honor and memory.