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Visiting Lexington and the Rockbridge Area, 2017


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Significant Virginia

Homes, Farms

and Estates

J. F. Brown

Real Estate Services

6 East Washington Street

Lexington, Virginia

(540) 464-1776

plaster ceilings have also been retained. There are even two telephone booths

from the original hotel that will give older guests a smile, and probably completely

befuddle those under 30.

The Robert E. Lee’s 39 elegant guest rooms and suites offer old-world charm

with a good dose of southern hospitality. Amenities include complimentary wi-fi

and premium cable television, continental breakfast and many other amenities

Much of the first floor is dedicated to a multi-purpose conference center,

which can be used for meetings, wedding receptions and banquets.

The hotel restaurant, Rocca, is on the second floor, located in the former

ballroom. Overlooking Lexington’s Main Street, Rocca’s mountain backdrop lends

itself to la dolce vita, with an atmosphere that is lively and informal. The cuisine is

stylish and contemporary, and the flavor authentically Italian including an award-

winning wine list and exclusive cocktails. The second floor veranda that opens off

the restaurant allows for outside dining and parties.

Whether traveling for leisure, business, or special occasion, the Robert E. Lee

is the perfect destination. For more information or to make reservations, go to the

Robert E. Lee Hotel’s website at .

9. Take a hike on the Appalachian Trail

10. See the boom-era hotel that became Main Hall at

Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista

As you travel east on Route 60 toward the

mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway, you

pass through the town of Buena Vista. South-

ern Virginia University, formerly Southern Semi-

nary, is located on a hill overlooking this tiny

but quaint town. Still known to the locals as

“Sem,” the college educated young women for

over 128 years. The school is now a four-year

coeducational college. Main Hall, built in 1892

and considered the heart of the campus, was

built as a resort hotel when Buena Vista was at

the center of western Virginia’s land boom. De-

signed in the Romanesque style, the hotel was

described at the time as “one of the most beau-

tiful structures of modern times...with a mag-

nificent view of mountains and valleys from the

broad verandas.” Now on the National Register

of Historic Places and a Virginia Historical Landmark, the building houses college

administrative offices and dorm rooms. .

11. Photograph wildlife in the George Washington or

Jefferson National Forests

12. Visit the Brownsburg Museum

In your travels about northern Rockbridge, plan a stop at the Brownsburg

Museum, in the quaint village of Brownsburg. Take Exit 200 off I-81 at Fairfield

and go west approximately six miles to Brownsburg.

The museum describes the history of this small rural community and gives

a picture of life in the southern Shenandoah area over the previous two centu-

ries. The museum is open on weekends from April until Mid-December, Satur-

days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Group

tours and special visits can be arranged during the week.


13. Worship in one of the area’s many churches

See the Worship Directory in The News-Gazette every week listing over 70

churches and places of worship.







Washington and Lee’s

historic campus.

Educating students

since 1749.