Explore Downtown Lexington

Urban Gardens

Lexington boasts a handful of urban gardens along Washington Street, open to the public.

  • Completed in 2012, the R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church Meditation Garden project (123 W. Washington St.) transformed a former church playground into a public garden, including a stonework labyrinth at the center patterned after a 13th century labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. This project was supported by The Blue Ridge Garden Club, whose members served on the steering committee.
  • The Stonewall Jackson House (8 E. Washington St.) garden is an heirloom vegetable garden researched, planted, and maintained by the Rockbridge Area Master Gardeners Association.
  • The garden behind the Rockbridge Historical Society (101 E. Washington St.) provides an inviting place to relax.
  • The Public Herb Garden (on Varner St. across from the Lexington Visitor Center at 106 E. Washington St.) was created and is maintained by the Valley of Virginia Herb Guild.
  • Just off Washington St. is the Veterans Memorial Garden (Courthouse Square on Main St.), which is maintained by the Blue Ridge Garden Club.

Righteous & Rascals of Rockbridge

Please refer to the brochure and map in your welcome bag:  From Robert E. Lee to the country’s first streaker, the “righteous and rascals” of Rockbridge County are commemorated along the sidewalks of Washington, Nelson, and Main Streets in Lexington. A group of local citizens organized the funding and carving of the granite pavers, which feature names and short biographies of noteworthy individuals connected with the county.

Virginia Military Institute

  • Jackson Memorial Hall – mural depicting the Battle of New Market
  • VMI Museum – artifacts reflecting the Institute’s history
  • George C. Marshall Museum and Research Library – honoring VMI’s most illustrious citizen-soldier

Washington and Lee University

  • Lee Chapel and Museum – features the Peale
    ortrait of George Washington, Valentine’s recumbent state of Lee and the Lee family crypt, and memorabilia of the Washington/Custis and Lee families
  • Reeves Center – one of the finest collections of Chinese Export porcelain in the nation
  • Watson Pavilion – Japanese tearoom, as well as Asian and European ceramic collection

Additional Activities

  • Enjoy the Lexington Farmers Market on Wednesday morning (8:00 am – 1:00 pm) in McCrum’s parking lot. Enter through the pedestrian alley adjacent to the Southern Inn.
  • Stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Lexington and sample our art and antiques, shops, food and drink, and entertainment. Refer to the Main Street Lexington brochure or stop by the Lexington Visitor Center.