Downtown Lexington is listed on the Virginia and National Registers of Historic Places. As the Rockbridge County seat, it has long been a center of commerce and social activity. The architecture of downtown, as well as the surrounding residential district, is fascinating and has been carefully preserved. So much so that Sommersby, a film starring Richard Gere and Jodi Foster, was filmed here. See a movie remnant on the corner of Washington and Main Streets.
Thomas U. Walter, designer of the U.S. Capitol dome, also designed the Lexington Presbyterian Church and the former Rockbridge County jail, which now serves as Kappa Alpha's national headquarters.
Downtown Lexington offers exceptional shopping, including unique, locally-owned boutiques, handmade chocolate and ice cream, locally-roasted coffee, works by local artisans, book stores, clothing shops, and a wide variety of restaurants (including farm-to-table delights), all within walking distance.
Museums, including those of VMI and W&L, are close at hand, as are hiking trails within city limits.
Stop by the Visitor Center at 106 E. Washington Street for a map and assistance to enjoy a self-guided tour, or hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a narrated tour. Seasonal ghost tours offer an even more interesting perspective.
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Last Updated: 06/15/2020