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Visiting Lexington and the Rockbridge Area, 2017


1. Explore downtown Lexington

Downtown Lexington has both a historic past and a

heritage of architectural preservation. The oldest downtown

buildings date from the late 18th century, and many were

built in the early to mid-19th century. Preservation efforts

begun in the 1960s have resulted in many downtown build-

ings being saved from destruction, restored and adapted

for modern uses. In the 1970s, overhead wires were placed

underground, the downtown streets were completely rebuilt

and brick sidewalks replaced concrete walks.

The 19th-century atmosphere, so appealing to visi-

tors, has also attracted the attention of Hollywood. Scenes

for the movie “Sommersby” and for several other theatrical

and television productions have been shot in and around


Shoppers in downtown Lexington will find a diversity

of merchandise and services. Several book stores offer new,

used and collectible books. Antiques, collectibles and his-

torical artifacts and documents are available at a number

of downtown shops. Specialty food stores sell locally roasted

coffees, gourmet chocolates, herbs and organic foods, and

fresh-baked breads, cakes and pastries. Other shops stock

distinctive gift items, original art, prints and posters, college

merchandise, and men’s and women’s clothing.

Lexington’s churches represent a variety of denomi-

nations and architectural styles. “Stonewall” Jackson was

a member of Lexington Presbyterian. R. E. Lee Memorial

Episcopal Church remembers the Confederate general and

president of Washington College, who sat on the vestry of

the church’s predecessor, Grace Episcopal Church.

Hopkins Green, a small park on the corner of Nel-

son and Jefferson Streets, provides a place in downtown

for visitors and locals to sit and relax. The campuses of

Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Insti-

tute are both adjacent to downtown and within easy walking

distance of downtown and the Visitor Center.

Main Street Lexington, Inc. is a 501(c)3 volunteer-

based organization established in 2013 to preserve, sustain,

enhance and promote downtown Lexington. The organiza-

tion is affiliated with the Virginia Main Street program. For

more information, see it’s website at



2. Watch An Event at the Virginia Horse


The Virginia Horse Center stands at the forefront of

Virginia’s $1.2B equine economy. Founded to promote all

disciplines of equestrian sport, its 600 acres of picturesque

grounds hold a 4,000 seat coliseum, eight barns to accom-

modate 1,200 horses, 19 show rings including two large

indoor arenas, cross-country and combined carriage driving

courses, campgrounds, and full catering and café services.

The VHCF also hosts many non-equine events like dog

shows, agriculture programs, and the Rockbridge Regional

Fair & Farm Show.

The Virginia Horse Center Foundation is a 501(c)3

non-profit organization which owns and operates the Vir-

ginia Horse Center. The Foundation is proud to be a part of

the Rockbridge community, an asset to the state’s equine

economy, and a resource to the East Atlantic competition


Committed to the well-being and safety of rider and

horse, the Virginia Horse Center Foundation supports the

facility that serves thousands of horses, riders and specta-

tors annually. The VHCF manages over 100 events annu-

ally, most free and open to the public. Host to the Hoofbeats

Therapeutic Riding Center, the Foundation’s mission is to

enrich lives with programs focused on recreation, educa-

tion, and preservation. More information can be found at

3. Take a walk on the Woods Creek Trail

or Chessie Nature Trail

Woods Creek Park and the park trail form a ribbon

of green space two miles long, running virtually from one

end of Lexington to the other. Near its south end the park

Things to do

in Rockbridge County