Lynchburg is not like Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia -- it's full of real people with real lives. Though Jack Daniel's Distillery makes it a "company town", many of those who don't work at the Distillery work in the aerospace field at nearby Arnold AFB or Huntsville AL's Army and NASA facilities. The guy in the bib overalls might really BE a rocket scientist! It's a southern courtesy to take the time to chat with strangers as well as friends. Do that and your experience will be greatly enhanced.
This really puzzled my friends and I. You can walk into the drug store & shops & buy a a single beer, but the catch..... you can't drink it in public!! That's right. You buy the single beer, then drink it in secret. How backward can you get! So, buy your single, pour it into a glass at a restaurant & all is good (at least that's what we did!