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The Lexington Historic District
Lexington's entire downtown is listed on the State and National register of Historic Places. As the Rockbridge County seat, it has long been the center of commerce and social activity for the area. The architecture of the downtown, as well as the surrounding residential district, is fascinating and has been carefully restored. Thomas U. Walter, who designed the dome on the U.S. Capitol, also designed the Lexington Presbyterian Church and the former Rockbridge County jail, which now serves as Kappa Alpha's national headquarters. The downtown offers exceptional shopping, including unique gift shops, fresh-made chocolates, fresh-roasted coffees, works by local artisans, book stores, clothing shops and a wide variety of restaurants, all within walking distance.

Stonewall Jackson House
The museum's goal is to preserve Jackson’s former home and its collections, and to educate the public by interpreting the life, character, and times of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Special emphasis is placed upon his life as a professor, church leader, businessman, husband, and community leader during the decade that he lived in Lexington and taught at the Virginia Military Institute before the American Civil War.

Lee Chapel and Museum
The Lee Chapel is a National Historic Landmark in Lexington, Virginia, on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The University began construction on the Chapel in 1867 at the request of Robert E. Lee, who served as president from 1865 to 1870 of what was then called Washington College. His son, George Washington Custis Lee, may have proposed the simple Victorian design; Col. Thomas Williamson drew up the plans and specifications. (Both men were professors in the engineering department of neighboring Virginia Military Institute.) Built of brick and native limestone, the Chapel was completed in time for graduation exercises in 1868. Lee attended weekday worship services here with the students and the lower level housed his office, the treasurer's office and the YMCA headquarters (student center).

Marshall Museum
The George C. Marshall Foundation has told General Marshall’s remarkable story through various interpretations in the Marshall Museum. Although the exhibits have changed several times since its opening in 1964, one outstanding, original element remains today. The large “talking map” that dominates the west wall in the World War II wing remains a popular feature. It recounts the course of the war as Marshall could have explained it. The illuminated wall map was designed by the National Geographic Society, and the text was provided by Forrest C. Pogue, Marshall’s biographer.

The Civil War Trail
Explore the Civil War Trail in Virginia and learn about the historic events that occurred throughout the state. Hundreds of Trails' interpretive signs give visitors the chance to explore Virginia's back roads, learning some history while driving and walking through some of the most beautiful landscapes anywhere. Each regional Trail is outlined in free full-color maps available at state welcome centers and local/regional visitor centers.

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
A marker at Old Courthouse Square, part of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, commemorates the return of Lewis & Clark from their western explorations. Clark stopped in Lexington on his way to Monticello in 1809.

New Market Battlefield
At New Market in 1864, about 6,000 Federals under Maj. Gen. Franz Sigel clashed with 4,500 Confederates led by Maj. Gen. John Breckenridge. The Hall of Valor, a focal point of the 280-acre battlefield park, presents a survey of the entire Civil War through its exhibits.

Lime Kiln Theater
The Lime Kiln Theater is rooted in and inspired by the magic of a natural, outdoor theater. In 1967, two Washington and Lee University students, Tommy Spencer and Don Baker, produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an abandoned, turn of the century, lime quarry and kiln located in Lexington, VA. Fifteen years later, Tommy Spencer convinced the owner of the site containing the quarry to donate the use of the land for the establishment of an arts organization. After thousands of volunteer hours to clear the brambles, thickets, rubble, and build the stage, the first season was presented in 1984.

Blue Ridge Parkway
Named “America’s Favorite Drive,” the Parkway offers 469 miles connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are one of the most beautiful and iconic parts of the American landscape. The mountains are home to the Blue Ridge Parkway, known as “America's Favorite Drive,” and a portion of the Appalachian Trail, one of the most visited footpaths in the world.

Shenandoah Valley
The Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. It's been nicknamed "The Big Valley" and immortalized in song, dance, film and television.

Shenandoah Mountains
Located in the Ridge and Valley physiographic province of the Appalachian Mountains, Shenandoah Mountain forms part of the western margin of the Shenandoah Valley, and is part of the easternmost Allegheny Mountains. It lies almost entirely within the George Washington National Forest.

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