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  • downtown

    lexington has a charming downtown historic district with a number of shops and restaurants. lexington's downtown historic district is listed on the national register of historic places. a great place to visit for those interested in architecture, shopping, and dining. see the attached web site for information on the attractions of downtown...

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  • grave of thomas "stonewall" jackson

    the stonewall jackson memorial cemetery is the final resting place of famous confederate general thomas "stonewall" jackson as well as two virginia governors, and 144 confederate veterans. jackson was originally buried in his family plot about 20 yards west of this statue. for those interested in civil war history the stonewall memorial cemetery is...

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  • thomas "stonewall" jackson house

    famous confederate general thomas "stonewall" jackson lived in lexington prior to the civil war. this brick and stone federal style house was the only house that jackson owned. the thomas jackson house has an excellent collection of jackson's furnishings and personal relics. for those interested in civil war history the thomas jackson house is a...

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  • washington & lee university

    washington & lee university began as the augusta academy in 1749. in 1776 the academy was renamed liberty hall and in 1782 moved to it's present location in downtown lexington. in 1796 george washington made a large donation to the school and liberty hall was renamed washington academy. in 1824 the group of buildings which became known as the...

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  • virginia military institute

    the virginia military institute also called VMI is the oldest state supported military college in the united states. VMI was founded in 1839 and is nicknamed the "west point" of the south. famous confederate general thomas "stonewall" jackson was a professor of natural and experimental philosophy at VMI prior to the civil war. in june 1864 union...

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  • lee chapel

    after the civil war confederate general robert e. lee became the president of washington college in lexington. in 1867 lee requested the construction of a chapel on the grounds of the college. the chapel was designed by thomas williamson and was completed in 1868. lee attended services here until his death in 1870. today you can see the massive...

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  • lexington visitor center

    a good first stop on a visit to lexington is the lexington visitor center. here you can get a map of the downtown historic district and information on lexington's historic attractions. also at the visitor center you can get information on lexington's restaurants and hotels.

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  • Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery

    Here in the middle of Lexington are the graves of many famous people, in addition to Thomas Jonathan 'Stonewall' Jackson [body minus Arm], including 144 Confederate veterans, and two Virginia governors.Others (in alphabetical order): John White Brockenbrough - the founder of Washington and Lee Law School John Mercer Brooke - Confederate States...

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  • The Jackson House

    Thomas Jonathan Jackson is probably much more widely known as Stonewall Jackson. A graduate of West Point, he was a professor of Natural Philosophy at VMI for the ten years preceding the Civil War, where he was known as Major Thomas Jackson. He was quite active in the Lexington community where he attended the Presbyterian Church, where he also...

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    by grandmaR Written Feb 9, 2008

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    We went out for dinner, aiming for Aunt Sarah's Pancake House, but we never found it. Instead we ended up at the Redwood Family Restaurant.

    There was a specials board at the entrance. You seat yourself. This place seems fairly popular with the local crowd.

    Favorite Dish: Bob had the lasagna ($8.00 - it was one of the day's specials) and I had chicken stir fry. He had some of the homemake carrot cake for dessert, and I had blueberry pie. Bob thought the carrot cake had too much icing (photo 3)

    This was about $22.56 (no credit cards)

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    by etfromnc Written Feb 3, 2004

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    The VMI Winter Invitational indoor track meet which brings back many chilly memories for me is being held on Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7, 2004. The location is the Cormack Field House (also known as The Pit) on the VMI Campus and events begin at 10 AM each day.

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    by etfromnc Written Feb 3, 2004

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    Fondest memory: When I was in college, our track team participated in the VMI Relays indoor track meet each winter. The Field House was a lot like a barn and our accomodations were the worst of anywhere that we ran but it was great. We stayed in VMI dorms and after maid service and carpeted floors back at Duke the austerity of VMI was memorable. As a youth. I often thought about ways to honorably avoid military service but perhaps it was my visits to VMI that awakened the spirit of patriotism within me which resulted in my spending 20 years in the Air Force.

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