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Visiting Lexington and the Rockbridge Area, 2017

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The mural became a labor of love for the artist as

he painstakingly researched every aspect of the charge of

the cadets. Clinedinst came to Lexington and had members

of the VMI corps don reproduction wartime uniforms and

pose with broomsticks and shovels for guns. He and his

son, Wendel, took VMI cadets to the scene of the charge at

New Market and sketched and photographed them running

across the field and up the hill, noting the attitudes of their

figures as they slipped, tripped and fell.

After preliminary studies were completed, Clinedinst

began painting on three-foot sections of Belgian canvas.

The completed work measures 23 feet high and 18 feet

wide, and is one of the country’s largest canvas paintings.

Originally mounted in the old Jackson Hall, the painting

was moved under the supervision of Clinedinst to its pres-

ent location in 1917.

22. Take a picnic to the canal locks at the

Ben Salem Wayside between Lexington

and Buena Vista on Rt. 60

23. Rent a canoe or kayak for a trip on the

James or Maury River

24. Northern Rockbridge County: beautiful

vistas, authentic communities and

interesting locations

Visitors would have no trouble filling a day or even a

weekend enjoying all that the northern part of Rockbridge

County has to offer. From quaint villages to vineyards, from

an authentic working water-powered grist mill to welcom-

ing bed and breakfasts, from antiques to history, northern

Rockbridge is worth taking the time to explore.

Most everything in northern Rockbridge is accessible

off US Route 11, going north from Lexington. Route 11 as

a thoroughfare follows the path of pre-Columbian Indian

trails, and later the Valley Pike, which the Cadets of Virginia

Military Institute tramped on their way to fight in the Battle

of New Market. The views of mountains and valley are spec-

tacular from Route 11, and more easily enjoyed at slower

than Interstate highway speeds.

If you’re coming from Lexington, plan a stop at Lee

Hi Travel Plaza about four miles north and have breakfast

at Berky’s Restaurant. Lee Hi caters to both trucks and car

travelers, so you know their food is good and service quick.

If you’re in a real hurry, do the breakfast buffet. Berky’s

is open 24 hours, and serves breakfast anytime, but you

can also get a burger, a steak or seafood off their extensive

menu. This summer, Berky’s will close and an IHOP restau-

rant will open in its place. But don’t worry, you will still be

able to get breakfast anytime.

The village of Fairfield, 10 miles north of Lexington,

is typical of the Valley Pike town. When these villages were

build, the road was much narrower and successive widen-

ings has brought the road virtually to the doorsteps of some

of the buildings. Many homes and building in Fairfield date

from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Spend some time

walking the sidewalk in Fairfield and and explore this quaint

village The Fairfield General Store has antiques, art and col-

lectibles. Don’t be surprised if some locals come in for a

dozen fresh local eggs – they sell them and other local foods

too! The Quiltery will appeal to more than just quilters. See

batiks, Stonehenge reproductions, and even novelty quilts.

They offer classes and supplies also. Organic Health Sys-

tems offers new approaches to attaining a healthy lifestyle.

Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast, on Borden Grant Trail,

is less than two miles from Fairfield. With beautiful Blue

Ridge Mountain views, comfortable suites and peace and

quiet, Fox Hill is a great getaway from the pressures of ev-

eryday life.

Going west from Fairfield on Sterrett Road ( a left turn

just north of Fairfield) take you to Brownsburg. Be sure to

visit the Brownsburg Museum, which chronicles the life of

this community. Old South Antiques is also in Brownsburg

and well worth the visit.

From Brownsburg, go north on Rt. 252 1.6 miles to

Raphine Rd. Turn right on Raphine Rd and in about .6

Bed & Breakfast Inn

Cottage Rental

Wedding Venue

20 Houston Tavern Lane

Natural Bridge, VA 24578

(540) 291-1005

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