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Visiting Lexington and the Rockbridge Area, 2017

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Downtown

Lexington

shop • dine • explore

The Best Sushi

In Town

& Authentic

Japanese Food

Lunch: Tues. - Fri. 11:30-2:00

Dinner: Tues. - Thurs. 5:00 - 9:00

Fri. & Sat.: 5:00-9:30

Sun. Closed

159 South Main St.,

Lexington, VA 24450

(540) 464-8196

contains open spaces and a playground area. Going north

on the trail, one walks along Woods Creek through groves of

pines, cleared forest, grassy areas and back through cleared

areas at the north end of the trail. The trail passes under a

large stone culvert that once carried the railroad over Woods

Creek. After passing the W&L law school, the trail follows

the old railroad bed to the end of the trail near the Maury

River.

Hikers wishing to continue onto the Chessie Nature

Trail must cross the Maury River on the highway bridge

carrying Rt. 11 over the Maury. Beginning near the north

end of the bridge, the Chessie Nature Trail follows the old

road bed of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad for 12 miles

between Lexington and Buena Vista. Along the trail, hikers

can see relics of the railroad and of the canal that came up

the Maury to Lexington.

A trail map is available at the Lexington Visitor Cen-

ter, 106 East Washington Street. The trail is open from

dawn to dusk every day except Christmas Day. No vehicles,

including bicycles, are permitted on the trail.

4. Enjoy a meal in one of Lexington’s

numerous and varied restaurants

Dining out is an important part of any vacation,

whether it’s a day trip or a week’s stay. The Lexington/

Rockbridge area has numerous restaurants and food ser-

vice establishment to satisfy most desires, pocketbooks,

and time restraints. There are long-established traditional

restaurants, as well as fast food shops, coffee shops, baker-

ies and ethnic fare. You can eat in a restored 19th century

manor house, a resort hotel dining room, a country inn, a

deli, a downtown restaurant, or drive through for a ham-

burger, fried chicken or a burrito to take on a picnic. You

can satisfy your hankering for Chinese, Mexican, Italian,

Thai, Greek and American cuisine. Check the directory on

page 25 for restaurants listed as members of the Lexington-

Rockbridge Co. Chamber of Commerce.

5. See one of the nation’s finest collections

of Chinese porcelain at W&L’s Watson

Pavilion

Washington and Lee is home to perhaps the finest

collection of 18th- and 19th-century Chinese and European

porcelain in America, the gift of Euchlin Reeves, a 1927

graduate of the law school, and his wife, Louise Herreshoff.

In 1967, Mr. Reeves contacted Washington and Lee about

making a gift, which was in fact his collection of over 4,000

pieces of porcelain. Among the more interesting pieces is a

creamer manufactured in China depicting the signers of the

Declaration of Independence with Asian features.

Along with the porcelain, a number of paintings were

included with the gift. When the paintings were cleaned,

they revealed Impressionistic works painted by Louise Her-

reshoff as a young woman in the early days of the 20th cen-

tury. Her talent was recognized in 1976 when the Corcoran

Gallery in Washington mounted a posthumous one-woman

exhibition of her works.

The Reeves Center and Watson Pavilion show some

of the University’s collection of porcelain and Herreshoff

paintings in rotating exhibits. The Center and Pavilion are

open Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment

other times. For more, see

http://www.wlu.edu/univer

sity-collections/the-reeves-collection

. or call 540-458-

8476.

6. Take a drive through Goshen Pass and

marvel at the natural beauty. In the

summer, take a dip in the cool

mountain waters of the Maury River

Twelve miles north of Lexington on State Route 39,

visitors enter a great mountain gorge; three miles of rush-

ing, boulder-strewn river, its shores teeming with rhodo-

dendron, mountain laurel, ferns, magnificent pines, maples