Lexington's entire downtown is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. As the Rockbridge County seat, it has long been the center of commerce and social activity for the area. The architecture of the downtown, as well as the surrounding residential district, is fascinating and has been carefully restored. Our downtown is so well preserved that Sommersby, a film starring Richard Gere and Jodi Foster, was filmed here. See a movie remnant on the corner of Washington and Main.
Thomas U. Walter, who designed the dome on the U.S. Capitol, also designed the Lexington Presbyterian Church and the former Rockbridge County jail, which now serves as Kappa Alpha's national headquarters. The downtown offers exceptional shopping including unique, locally-owned shops, handmade chocolate and ice cream, locally-roasted coffees, works by local artisans, book stores, clothing shops and a wide variety of restaurants (including farm-to-table delights), all within walking distance.
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 ride through downtown.
Last Updated: 08/21/2017