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No town in America retains the spirit of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson quite like Lexington, Virginia.
Begin your history and heritage getaway with a tour of the Stonewall Jackson House, the only home Jackson ever owned. Jackson lived and taught in Lexington for 10 years before the Civil War. Guided tours of his home provide interesting facts about his family and early life as well as the community he called the "most beautiful."
Next, walk the hallowed grounds of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, where Jackson, his family and 144 other Confederate veterans are buried. Also see the beautiful statue of Jackson done by Edward V. Valentine.
Don't miss a full-dress cadet parade that takes place daily during the school year at Virginia Military Institute, where living history is at its best!
Afterwards spend time in Historic Downtown Lexington, shopping and browsing the antique and specialty shops or eating at one of the many locally owned cafes, bistros or bakeries.
If you can spend another day, take a horse-drawn carriage tour of Lexington. Slowed to the rhythm of hoof beats, this guided tour gives you a wonderful introduction to Lexington's rich heritage. Visit VMI, the West Point of the South, and meet young men who carry on the tradition of the only American military school to have fought as a unit in a war!
Tour the VMI Museum, where exhibits illustrate the rich history and traditions of the institute. See Professor Thomas J. Jackson's uniform coat that he wore while teaching at VMI, the raincoat he was wearing at Chancellorsville and his war horse, Little Sorrel.
Next, stroll over to Washington & Lee University and tour the Lee Chapel & Museum. You'll be inspired by Edward V. Valentine's famous statue of General Lee resting on the battlefield. See many of Lee's personal effects and his burial site.
One cannot visit without gaining a sense of how the lives of two great generals have shaped one small town. True heroes live on . . . embodied in a place called Lexington.
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