Bring history and Virginia heritage alive with a visit to historic Lexington and Rockbridge County, Virginia!
Visit the only home Jackson ever owned, the Stonewall Jackson House, and the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery where he, his family and 144 Confederate soldiers and two Virginia governors are laid to rest. You will find many of Jackson's belongings at the Jackson House, and an Edward Valentine statue of him at the Cemetery.
To learn more about General Jackson's life and career, visit the VMI Cadet Museum, where his bullet-pierced raincoat is displayed. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the history and traditions of the Virginia Military Institute, the oldest state-supported military college in the nation.
While on the VMI Parade Ground, don't miss the George C. Marshall Museum. The museum traces the career of this 1901 graduate of VMI. On display are the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to Marshall in 1953 for the Marshall Plan, and an Academy Award presented to General Frank McCarthy, a fellow VMI graduate who was an aide to Marshall and producer of the movie "Patton."
See the Edward Valentine recumbent statue of Robert E. Lee, as well as the Lee family crypt, at the Lee Chapel and Museum. The museum includes many of Lee's personal possessions, and features an exact replica of Lee's office as it would have looked when he was President of Washington College, now known as Washington and Lee University.
After a busy morning at Lexington's historic museums and attractions, students will enjoy the chance to stretch their legs and learn more Rockbridge County history at the Cyrus McCormick Farm and Workshop, once the home of Rockbridge County native Cyrus Hall McCormick, inventor of the world's first successful mechanical reaper. Visitors can do a self-guided tour of the farm, including the museum, grist mill and manor house, which are National Historic Landmarks.
Guide service available.