We went with anther couple who had been to Lexington before, and they were looking for an excuse to get back. After our visit... I could see why. There is so much to see here... especially if you have an interest in the Civil War.
Also, we thought that we might be able to cover the town in a day, maybe a day and a half, but we ended up spending a solid two days exploring... and I feel like we saw the main things we wanted to see and then some. We could have squeezed it all in within a day, technically seeing it all, but really not seeing anything. This is a town to see slowly and take it in.
Plus, Lexington is a small town, and it is easy to explore. There really were no crowds around, and there is a very casual vibe.
Lexington is a college town, with two very historic and noteworthy schools situated right next to each other. Each college is associated very directly with a major player in the Confederacy.
Before the Civil War, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was a teacher at Lexington's Virginia Military Institute (VMI). He would leave to become a Civil War Legend, ultimately losing his life after being shot by friendly fire.
Washington and Lee University is situated right beside VMI with buildings on each campus a few feet from each other, making these two schools exceptionally parallel.
AND, as VMI will forever be associate with Jackson, Washington and Lee will always be linked to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
After the war, Lee was offered the job of College President for what was then known as Washington College. Lee accepted and would hold that job until his death in 1870.
Probably the two most well known Confederates, Lee and Jackson, now both rest in Lexington. Both are strongly linked to a college in town. Both have their name up all over town in various forms.
And, like I said, we were there to see those many noteworthy spots.
Even if you take away the historic Civil War connections to this little town, it is still a great place. We enjoyed several restaurants and other businesses. We found a couple of great bookstores in the area.
Check out my photos...... I do have a lot more to say about Lexington!