Visiting Lexington and the Rockbridge Area, 2017
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
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-
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
20 Houston Tavern Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578