Lexington Travel Guide

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Lexington Things to Do

  • VMI MUSEUM

    Located below the Jackson Memorial Hall, the VMI Museum exhibits deeds of valor that have been performed by the alumni and instructors of the Institute over the years. The museum is free of charge and it is from here that cadet tours begin. Some of the exhibits include the uniform Jackson wore at the Institute and the stuffed skin of his horse,...

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  • Willson-Walker House

    William Willson, local merchant, postmaster, and treasurer of Washington College, from 1803 until his death in 1840, built the house in 1820. The property consisted of an icehouse; smoke house, stable, and carriage house as well as two other small buildings and a large garden. We know this from an ad Capt. Willson placed in the Lexington Gazette...

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  • WASHINGTON & LEE - TRAVELLER’S GRAVE

    Traveller was the best known of Lee’s wartime horses. After the many journeys they shared during the Civil War, Lee let Traveller roam the college lawns in retirement. The horse only survived Lee by seven months. His bones were on display in the museum until the horse was finally allowed to rest, here in this grave by the side of the Lee Chapel, in...

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  • WASHINGTON & LEE - LEE CHAPEL

    While Washington Hall - built in 1824 - serves as the centerpiece of the university, it is the Lee Chapel - built in 1867 - that tourists will gravitate towards. The chapel served as an assembly hall for the students and was built - by Lee’s request - to seat 600 students. Inside the chapel, at the front, is Edward Valentine’s statue of Lee...

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  • WASHINGTON & LEE UNIVERSITY

    Originally the school was founded in 1749 as the Liberty Academy, but was renamed after a generous grant was given to the school by one, George Washington. The new name became Washington College. That name change and a statue of the First Father of the Nation, himself, enabled the school to not have to share the same fate as its neighbor, VMI, in...

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  • VMI - PARADE GROUND

    The Parade Ground is multifunctional to say the least. Cadet marching formations, engineering survey classes, physical training sessions and sports training are all but some of the events going on in the front yard of the Institute.

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  • VMI - KEYDET TOURS

    There is no better way to become better acquainted with the Institute and its customs than by taking one of the tours given twice daily by VMI cadets. You meet up at the VMI Museum desk and then walk together around the grounds gaining new insights from the viewpoint of the students themselves.

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  • VMI - JACKSON MEMORIAL CHAPEL

    Just east of the Barracks, the Chapel is the main assembly hall for VMI’s cadets. Prominently displayed above the front of the hall is a large painting that commemorates the VMI cadets who fought at the Battle of New Market in 1864. Surrounding the hall are 26 flags honoring the existing 26 States at the time of the school’s founding in 1839.

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  • VMI - THE STATUES

    There are four main statues placed around the Parade Ground. One commemorates the school’s first superintendent, General Francis H. Smith. Another honors the dead cadets who fell at the Civil War battle of New Market where 10 cadets were killed. The other two statues are just outside of the Barracks, memorializing the school’s most luminous...

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  • Don't Miss a Meal at the Willson-Walker...

    My dau., niece and I entered this 1820 elegant home, mainly just to see its beauty. It was a lovely restaurant. You go up the beautiful staircase in the enter to go to the restrooms, I was tempted just to excuse myself to see more of the home..lolWe were seated promptly. The room was elegantly decorated and the linen, dishes, glassware gorgeous. My...

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  • Inside the Willson-Walker House on Main...

    We entered into the beautiful foyer of the house. It was like stepping back in time. The bathroom are located up that beautiful staircase. The two doorways of on the right are the dining areas.

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  • Dining Room of the Willson-Walker House

    This is the elegant dining area of the Willson-Walker House on Main Street in historic Lexington. The walls are a deep burgundy color and there is beautiful crystal glasses with water containing lemon/lime slices and iced tea with mint julip leaves.. very nice touch.

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  • Noel at Willson-Walker House

    My dau Noel and my niece Tiffany got to try their first "Shirley Temple" at the Willson-Walker House. It was fun for them to order them, even though Tiffany wasn't very fond of it.

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  • The best and only Vegetarian Vegan place...

    Being vegetarian you can usually find something to eat but you can't always find a vegetarian kitchen and a chef with a commitment to vegetarian/vegan cooking. Lunch is served daily from 11-2 . The service is fast and the choices are terrific. The Cafe is conveniently located in downtown across the street from Washington and Lee University. I...

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  • Sheirdan Livery Inn

    Now, we didn't personally stop or eat here. We did walk past it on our walking tour of Lexington. It is a very nice old building.Here is some of the history of it:The inn has long been a landmark on the local scene. It dates from the year 1887 when John Sheridan, an Irish immigrant who had been in the calvary of the Confederate Army, purchased the...

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Lexington Transportation

  • Walking tours of Historic Lexington

    We parked at the Visitors Center on Washington Street right off Main street. The signs to the visitors center are clearly marked. We got of I-64 onto Rt. 11 into Lexington and followed the signs to Visitors Center passing by VMI.We parked the car there for free and they mapped us walking map of Lexington and off we went. The streets of Lexington...

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  • Carriage rides available in Lexington

    Near the visitors center on Washington street right off Main street, you can hire a horse and carriage to give you a tour of Historic Lexington.DescriptionThe Lexington Carriage Company offers an intriguing way to tour this unique 19th century college town. Tours are narrated by professional carriage driver/tour guides throughout the entire route....

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  • Cars are an ideal means of...

    Cars are an ideal means of transportation. If you don't already have one, I can sell you a clean '87 Skoda dirt cheap.

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Lexington Local Customs

  • SPORTS AT VMI

    Sports are an important facet at all military academies with the emphasis on both individual preparation and teamwork. Participation on some level - intramural or intercollegiate - is mandatory. Football is the ‘king’ of the intercollegiate sports and the stadium is found on the east side of the campus. VMI and its major rival - The Citadel (South...

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  • VMI FACULTY

    While VMI’s most famous instructor was Stonewall Jackson, it is obvious to me, as a result of my visit to VMI, that their long history of brilliant and motivated faculty goes on. “Evidence?” you ask. This car parked in the instructor area marked to allegiances to both VMI and the Harvard of the West, Oregon State University, should be evidence...

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  • SALUTING GENERAL JACKSON

    Military institutes thrive on traditions and customs. One of the many here at VMI is that you, as a cadet, when you emerge from the front of the Barracks, you salute the statue of General Jackson. Above the archway, inscribed above you are Jackson’s words, “You may be whatever you resolve to be.”

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Lexington Warnings and Dangers

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    Cadillac: A Century of Firsts

    From the Delco electric self-starter to the famed Northstar powertrain, from the tail fin to the leading-edge style of the Escalade and the CTS, Cadillac has a long heritage of innovation — and it's still going on. Take a look at how Cadillac has led the way in technology and style for over 100 years. Fast forward to the future, or take a stroll back in time.
    Either way, it's a great ride.

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Lexington Tourist Traps

  • DO NOT GOTO THE NATURAL BRIDGE

    The natural bridge is just a few minutes away from Lexington, but IT IS NOT WORTH THE MONEY...have a look at pictures of it online. Tickets are insanely expensive and there is nothing to see. Have a free walk down main street instead.

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  • Stonewall Jackson Hospital...

    Stonewall Jackson Hospital Auxiliary THRIFT SHOP for all your travel souvenier and sundry household needs

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Lexington What to Pack

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    Photo Equipment: get to a Best Buy now and acquire a didgital kamera

    Miscellaneous: OK this pic is taken with film. Compare this to the DIDGITAL version ==>

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Lexington Off The Beaten Path

  • JACKSON MEMORIAL CEMETERY - GENERAL...

    Francis H. Smith was one of the founders of and the first superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute. He built the school and then ‘rebuilt’ it after the end of the Civil War, during which time the school had been burnt by raiding Federal troops. He survived his retirement from VMI by only three months.

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  • JACKSON MEMORIAL CEMETERY - GEN. ELISHA...

    Elisha 'Bull' Paxton was a lawyer who had received his training at Harvard. He had served on Stonewall Jackson’s staff until he was promoted to general and thereafter given command of the Stonewall Brigade. He was shot down at Chancellorsville, one day after Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded.

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  • JACKSON MEMORIAL CEMETERY - PENDLETON...

    William Nelson Pendleton was the Episcopal clergyman for Lexington for some 28 years. He also served as Robert Lee’s Chief of Artillery, a position which he was not well suited for. He was present with Lee at the end at Appomattox and would preside at Lee’s funeral, some five years later. Nearby, his wife and son, LTC A.S. “Sandie” Pendleton lie....

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Lexington Favorites

  • Parking at Washington-Lee University

    The parking is free at the Washington-Lee University for the Lee Chapel. It is located right on Rt 11 near the VMI area.Visitors Center can give you a map if you miss it.

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  • The nearby Blue Ridge...

    The nearby Blue Ridge Mountains are just that-blue! well, my favorite memory and what I miss about the Lex are these blue mountains

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