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Visiting Lexington and the Rockbridge Area, 2017

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Spectactular panoramic views and country quiet...

...Away from it all, yet less than 5 minutes from downtown

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985 Borden Road, Lexington,Va. 24450

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19. Shop for local produce, baked goods and

crafts at one of our Farmer’s Markets

The Downtown Lexington’s Farmer’s Market happens

every Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. During

the winter months, the market operates indoors at the Lex-

ington Presbyterian Church in Dunlap Auditorium. Begin-

ning mid-April, it moves outside to the Jefferson St. parking

lot between Washington and Nelson Streets and operates

there into early November.

The Rockbridge Farmer’s Market is at the Virginia

Horse Center Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon beginning in

May.

Even if you’re just visiting, some local produce, a loaf

of bread, some local cheese and you have the makings of a

great picnic!

20. Visit the Cyrus McCormick Farm and

see the workshop, mill and replica of

the original McCormick reaper, the

machine that started the mechanization

of agriculture

In July of 1831, Cyrus McCormick’s invention, the

first successful mechanical reaper, was demonstrated in

one of McCormick’s wheat fields. The reaper, which har-

vested grain five times faster with much less effort than a

man with a scythe or sickle, was a revolution in agriculture.

The reaper was the first of many mechanical inventions that

allowed farmers to cultivate ever larger tracts of land with

fewer people, and accelerated our nation’s westward ex-

pansion. McCormick later moved his operation to Chicago

where his company evolved into International Harvester and

J.I. Case.

The 634-acre farm, called Walnut Grove by the McCor-

mick family, is now a research station operated by Virginia

Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). A

restored blacksmith shop, gristmill and museum are open

to the public and provide a look at McCormick the man and

his invention. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; admis-

sion is free. To reach the McCormick Farm, take Exit 205

off I-81 at Raphine onto Rt. 606. The farm is approximately

one mile east of the interstate. For additional information,

call the museum office at (540) 377-2255.

21. See the mural depicting the Battle of

New Market in VMI’s spectacular

Jackson Memorial Hall

Like so many places

in the South, the Civil War

left its indelible mark on

the Virginia Military Insti-

tute. The cadet barracks

building still bears the

scars of its 1864 destruc-

tion. The VMI post is lit-

tered with monuments and

memorials that remind

modern-day cadets and

visitors of VMI’s outstand-

ing combat record during

the 1860s.

But on no day was

VMI heard from so clearly

as on May 15, 1864, at the Battle of New Market. That day

remains as the defining moment for VMI, for it was then that

the wartime corps of cadets – many of whom were deemed

too young for active field service – went under fire for the

first time and spearheaded a Confederate victory.

The beautiful mural of the cadet charge, which graces

Jackson Memorial Hall at VMI, has its own intriguing story.

Completed in 1914, the artist was Benjamin West Cline-

dinst, VMI class of 1880.

By the turn of the century, Clinedinst had established

a fine reputation as a portrait artist and was living in New

York City. Approached by a fellow alumnus and asked to

create the mural, Clinedinst agreed to accept the commis-

sion at no fee.