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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lexington, Virginia

Clickable Map of Lexington, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lexington Ind. City, VA (146) Rockbridge County, VA (49)  Lexington(146) Lexington (146)  RockbridgeCounty(49) Rockbridge County (49)
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1 Virginia, Lexington — 9 — "Big Foot" Wm. A. Wallace
Legendary Texas ranger. Born Lexington 1817.Map (db m179482) HM
2 Virginia, Lexington — "The Castle"
The "Castle" was built of limestone, and as in the case of several other stone buildings in Rockbridge County, the term "Castle" is included in the name of the buildings. The Northern two-thirds of the "Castle" was built shortly after the town of . . . Map (db m152583) HM
3 Virginia, Lexington — 9/11 Memorial
In memory of Robert Allan Schlegel '85 James Andrew Gadiel '00 who lost their lives during the tragic events of September 11, 2001 Map (db m179438) WM
4 Virginia, Lexington — A Difficult, Yet Undeniable, History
Washington and Lee University's involvement with slavery is a regrettable chapter of its history that must nonetheless be confronted and examined. The most well-documented episode in that chapter is the 1826 bequest of 84 enslaved African Americans . . . Map (db m233084) HM
5 Virginia, Lexington — 45 — Admiral Richard Byrd
Youngest of his rank 1926 Medal of Honor for polar flight VMI 1904 - 1906Map (db m172899) HM
6 Virginia, Lexington — 55 — Alben W. Barkley
KY Congressman 35th V.P. USA died while speaking 1956 W&L mock conventionMap (db m108021) HM
7 Virginia, Lexington — Barracks     The Virginia Military Institute
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States. U. S. . . . Map (db m58620) HM
8 Virginia, Lexington — Bell, 1890
Meneely and Company, West Troy, New York Bell Metal (bronze alloy) Removed during renovation from the Washington Hall cupola in 2011 For 140 years, the Washington Hall bell rang to announce the beginning and end of class meetings and to . . . Map (db m233089) HM
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9 Virginia, Lexington — 43 — Benjamin Borden, Sr.
Obtained royal land grant 1739 for early settlement of Rockbridge Co.Map (db m172905) HM
10 Virginia, Lexington — 44 — Benjamin C. MoomawBrethren Minister
Founded Buena Vista industrial city on Maury River 1889Map (db m172909) HM
11 Virginia, Lexington — 7 — C.M. FiggatCashier / Embezzler
Broke the Bank of Lexington; fled on the C&O west 1895.Map (db m179479) HM
12 Virginia, Lexington — Campbell House, ca. 1845Historic Lexington
Andrew Reid purchased this lot in 1784 from the town’s trustees. Later, between 1844 and 1845, Alexander T. Sloan, a local hotel owner and businessman, built this house. His wife reported that the site was a “rough and unsightly piece of . . . Map (db m58734) HM
13 Virginia, Lexington — Christopher James Coffland '88
In memory of Christopher James Coffland '88 who sacrificed his life during Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan 2009 Map (db m179465) WM
14 Virginia, Lexington — Cincinnatus Citizen-Soldier
VMI and the Citizen – Soldier The Virginia Military Institute program is based on the concept of the citizen - soldier, a man prepared to take his place in civilian life but trained and ready for military leadership in time of national . . . Map (db m58850) HM
15 Virginia, Lexington — 8 — Col. J.T.L. PrestonLawyer & Professor
Founder of VMI 1839. The "Town Speaker" Lexington 1811-1890.Map (db m179480) HM
16 Virginia, Lexington — 48 — Col. James McDowellVA Governor 1843-46
Sought free schools. Congressman. Built Col Alto 1827Map (db m172924) HM
17 Virginia, Lexington — Colonel Claudius Crozet
Born in France   Dec. 31, 1789 Died in Virginia   Jan. 29, 1864 Soldier   Scholar   Educator   Engineer Chairman of the first Board of Visitors V. M. I. 1837       1845Map (db m181407) HM
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18 Virginia, Lexington — 53 — Cy Twombly
20th c. artist of international acclaim. Student of P. Daura. Lexington resident.Map (db m179477) HM
19 Virginia, Lexington — 35 — Cyrus H. McCormick
Pat. grain reaper 1834 A farming revolution Walnut Grove Farm Raphine, VAMap (db m172877) HM
20 Virginia, Lexington — Cyrus Hall McCormick1809 • • • 1884
Native of RockBridge County Virginia He liberated agriculture befriended education and advanced the cause of religion Trustee and benefactor of Washington and Lee UniversityMap (db m58713) HM
21 Virginia, Lexington — Cyrus Hall McCormick1809-1884
Cyrus Hall McCormick, a native of Rockbridge County, developed the first commercially successful mechanical reaper. Together with Jo Anderson, a man enslaved at Walnut Grove (the McCormick family farm), he designed a reaper that was pulled by horses . . . Map (db m231356) HM
22 Virginia, Lexington — David Rohrer Herr, Jr. '84
In memory of David Rohrer Herr, Jr. '84 who sacrificed his life during The Persian Gulf WarMap (db m179464) WM
23 Virginia, Lexington — Dold Building, ca. 1820Historic Lexington
The oldest part of this building dates from ca. 1820 and was built as a residence for John Irvine by the local firm of Jordan and Darst. The original side passage, one room plan was enlarged in 1826 by Samuel Darst and the line marking the addition . . . Map (db m172876) HM
24 Virginia, Lexington — 31 — Dr. Ephraim McDowell
1st non-lethal ovariotomy 1809. Removed 22 lb tumor no anestheticMap (db m172872) HM
25 Virginia, Lexington — Eagle TavernLewis and Clark Eastern Legacy Trail
Site of Alexander Shields Tavern. Visited by William Clark on December 4, 1809, on his way to report to Thomas Jefferson at Monticello on the Lewis and Clark Transcontinental Expedition.Map (db m231175) HM
26 Virginia, Lexington — 3 — Edward Tarr
1st Black landowner west of Blue Ridge. Founding member 1753 Timber Ridge ChurchMap (db m172920) HM
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27 Virginia, Lexington — First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church 1867 has been listed in the National Register of Historical Places and registered as a Virginia Historic LandmarkMap (db m172935) HM
28 Virginia, Lexington — I-30 — Founding of Kappa Alpha Order
One half mile east, students at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) founded Kappa Alpha in 1865. The fraternity held its first meetings on campus, at the Lexington Hotel, and at the Ann Smith Academy. Members modeled their . . . Map (db m105103) HM
29 Virginia, Lexington — 13 — Francis Henney Smith
1st Supt. VMI 1839-89. Mathematician. Rebuilt VMI after Hunter's 1864 raid.Map (db m179487) HM
30 Virginia, Lexington — 34 — Frank PadgetBoatman, Slave, Savior
Rescued 49 men from James River Flood of 1854 before drowningMap (db m172875) HM
31 Virginia, Lexington — 49 — Gen. "Bull" Paxton CSA
His secessionist view angered Gen. Jackson Given command of the Stonewall Bgd. 1862Map (db m172931) HM
32 Virginia, Lexington — 40 — Gen. David Hunter
Formed Carolina 1st African-Am Regiment. Burned VMI in 1864 in Hunter's RaidMap (db m172901) HM
33 Virginia, Lexington — 33 — Gen. George S. Patton"Old Blood and Guts"
1912 Olympian. Cdr. 3rd Army WW2. 3rd generation VMIMap (db m172874) HM
34 Virginia, Lexington — 37 — Gen. Jackson CSA"Stonewall"
Teacher & Gardener Laid to rest in Lexington 1863Map (db m172932) HM
35 Virginia, Lexington — 30 — Gen. John Lejeune
1st Marine Cmdr. Army forces 2nd Inf. WWI. Decorated by Fr & US. Superintendent VMIMap (db m172871) HM
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36 Virginia, Lexington — 12 — Gen. Robert E. LeeSoldier & Leader
Educator & Gentleman. Pres. Washington Col. Lexington 1865-1870.Map (db m179485) HM
37 Virginia, Lexington — 38 — Gen. Samuel Houston
Brought TX in to U.S. Gov. TN, President TX. Opposed secession. Rockbridge Co. nativeMap (db m172883) HM
38 Virginia, Lexington — General Lee’s Beloved Traveller
In Memory of General Lee’s Beloved Traveller Rarely has an animal captured so much affection. Traveller, first called Jeff Davis and later Greenbrier, was born in 1857 near Blue Sulphur Springs (now in West Virginia). In 1862, Lee purchased him . . . Map (db m58695) HM
39 Virginia, Lexington — General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr.
U.S.M.C. VMI 1917 Combat Veteran World Wars I and II – Korea Commandant U.S. Marine Corps Chairman VMI Foundation Presented by Bruce B. Cameron   VMI 1938Map (db m58743) HM
40 Virginia, Lexington — George C. MarshallV.M.I. Class of 1901
General of the Army George Catlett Marshall was born December 31, 1880, at Uniontown, Pennsylvania. After graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1901 as First Captain of the Corps of Cadets, he spent fifty years in the active . . . Map (db m58740) HM
41 Virginia, Lexington — 19 — George C. MarshallWWII 5-Star General
Marshall Plan 1947. Nobel Peace Prize. VMI 1897 - 1901Map (db m172858) HM
42 Virginia, Lexington — George Catlett Marshall
The Virginia Military Institute is a school that has given to the United States and to the armed services many of its most distinguished members. Among these is a man who in World War II stood out as one of the great soldiers and later as one of . . . Map (db m58704) HM
43 Virginia, Lexington — George Washington
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia have caused this Statue to be erected as a monument of affection and gratitude toGeorge Washingtonwho uniting to the endowments of the Hero, the virtues of the Patriot, and exerting both in . . . Map (db m58708) HM
44 Virginia, Lexington — 20 — George WashingtonNat. Brdg. Survey 1750
His 1796 gift led to Liberty Hall renamed Washington CollegeMap (db m172864) HM
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45 Virginia, Lexington — 22 — George Wm. Crump
Congressman 1826-27. Ambassador to Chile. Washington College 1st 'streaker' 1804.Map (db m172855) HM
46 Virginia, Lexington — Grace Church
"…in the fervent hope that our labours may be blessed and the religion of Christ advanced." -- Robert E. Lee, Senior Warden. Report to Grace Church, September 16, 1868
Grace Church was established in . . . Map (db m172854) HM
47 Virginia, Lexington — 27 — Harry Lee & Eliza Walker
Harry Lee Walker Af-Am merchant Lex. meat market 20 c Activist wife, Eliza owned Blandome, Lex. Map (db m179493) HM
48 Virginia, Lexington — Historic Lexington Train Station
This train station, built in 1883, marked the local terminus of the Baltimore and Ohio (and later the Chesapeake and Ohio) Line. The station was moved from its original site to its current location in 2004, making way for Washington and Lee . . . Map (db m172852) HM
49 Virginia, Lexington — Hopkins Green
This public park is part of the original Lot #34 of the Town of Lexington laid out in the spring of 1778. Purchased in 1788 by James Hopkins, this corner remained in the Hopkins family for almost 200 years - until 1984 - when it was deeded to the . . . Map (db m108023) HM
50 Virginia, Lexington — Hotchkiss House
Farris P. Hotchkiss received his B.A. from Washington and Lee University in 1958. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, the freshman honorary society and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity; editor of the Calyx yearbook; and . . . Map (db m58745) HM
51 Virginia, Lexington — Jackson’s Classroom
This second story room and those immediately to the right and left of this plaque composed the classroom used by Major Thomas Jonathan Jackson when he served as Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy at the Virginia Military Institute . . . Map (db m58619) HM
52 Virginia, Lexington — Jackson's Garden
This backyard kitchen garden provided the household with a variety of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Major Jackson reported in an 1860 letter that the garden included, “lima beans, snap beans, carrots, parsnips, salsify, onions, cabbage, . . . Map (db m15640) HM
53 Virginia, Lexington — 47 — James Ward Wood
Chief founder Kappa Alpha Order 1865. "…Let us cling to all that is good…"Map (db m172896) HM
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54 Virginia, Lexington — 11 — John ChavisMinister, Educator
1st African American student Liberty Hall Academy 1795Map (db m179484) HM
55 Virginia, Lexington — I-24 — John Chavis
John Chavis (1763 – 1838), a free-born African-American veteran of the American Revolution was a native of Granville County, North Carolina. He was also one of the first college-educated men of color in the United States. Chavis studied at the . . . Map (db m58608) HM
56 Virginia, Lexington — 10 — John LetcherEditor & Congressman
VA. Governor 1860-64. Union burned his home. Lexington 1813-1884.Map (db m179483) HM
57 Virginia, Lexington — John Robinson
. . . Map (db m58744) HM
58 Virginia, Lexington — John Robinson1754 - 1826
Born in County Armagh, Ireland, in 1754 and orphaned as a child, John Robinson was indentured as a weaver's apprentice before emigrating to the United States when he was a teenager. He settled in Rockbridge County, Virginia, where he worked as an . . . Map (db m231473) HM
59 Virginia, Lexington — 51 — John Robinson"Jockey" John
Gambler/benefactor. Buried on W&L front campus 1826Map (db m172927) HM
60 Virginia, Lexington — 29 — Jonathan Daniels
VMI '61, civil rights & Episcopal martyr Took bullet to save Alabama girl in 1965Map (db m172866) HM
61 Virginia, Lexington — 6 — Jordan and DarstNoteworthy Builders
Shaped Lexington's historic district early 1800's.Map (db m179478) HM
62 Virginia, Lexington — Jordan’s PointA day I will never forget…” Margaret Junkin Preston diary, June 12, 1864
On this spot, in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 11, 1864, Confederate General John McCausland and about 1,500 gray-clad soldiers lined the riverbank between a cedar thicket and the warehouses that cluttered the canal landing. They . . . Map (db m58589) HM
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63 Virginia, Lexington — 23 — Keigh-Tugh-QuaChief "Cornstalk"
Shawnee warrior killed by local militia 1777Map (db m172859) HM
64 Virginia, Lexington — Korean and Vietnam Wars Memorial
To the memory of the sons of Washington and Lee University who sacrificed their lives in the service of their country during the Korean and Vietnam Wars Korea Robert Warner Crocker '52 • Robert Miller Garvin '46 • Francis . . . Map (db m179462) WM
65 Virginia, Lexington — Korean War* Roll of Honor * — 25 July 1950 – 27 July 1953 —
In remembrance of VMI alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. First Lieutenant John Olin Bates, Jr., ’47, USA • First Lieutenant James Desmond Carey, ’51, USAF • First Lieutenant John Adam Dille, Jr., ‘48B, USA • Major . . . Map (db m58860) HM
66 Virginia, Lexington — Last Home of Traveller
The last home of Traveller Through war and peace the faithful, devoted and beloved horse of General Robert E. Lee Placed by the Virginia Division United Daughters of ConfederacyMap (db m58609) HM
67 Virginia, Lexington — Lee-Jackson House
. . . Map (db m58692) HM
68 Virginia, Lexington — 28 — Lewis Watts"The Rhythm Makers"
Armless musician and athlete; lifelong Lexington residentMap (db m172930) HM
69 Virginia, Lexington — Lexington”Shells went through the houses” — Hunter's Raid —
(Preface):On May 26, 1864, Union Gen. David Hunter marched south from Cedar Creek near Winchester to drive out Confederate forces, lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley, and destroy transportation facilities at Lynchburg. His raid was part of . . . Map (db m4809) HM
70 Virginia, Lexington — Liberty Hall Academy1782 - 1803
Washington and Lee University traces its origins to Augusta Academy, a small classical school established din 1749 by Scotch-Irish pioneers some twenty mile north of Lexington. In 1776, the patriotic fervor of the American Revolution caused Augusta . . . Map (db m32111) HM
71 Virginia, Lexington — I-22 — Liberty Hall Academy Ruins
Just north stand the ruins of Liberty Hall Academy's stone academic building, which was constructed in 1793. Founded in 1749 near Greenville as Augusta Academy, the school was reestablished in 1776 at Timber Ridge and patriotically renamed Liberty . . . Map (db m32109) HM
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72 Virginia, Lexington — Little Sorrel
War horse of Gen. T. J. Jackson Placed by Virginia Division United Daughters of the Confederacy July 30, 1997Map (db m173248) HM
73 Virginia, Lexington — 36 — Little SorrelCSA War Horse
General Jackson's steadfast steed Buried at VMI 1997Map (db m172933) HM
74 Virginia, Lexington — Lot One-Lexington
In October 1777, The Virginia legislature drafted a bill to create a new county out of Augusta and Botetourt. The new county was named Rockbridge, for the natural stone bridge located within its boundaries. The same act gave details to establish . . . Map (db m67249) HM
75 Virginia, Lexington — 32 — Lt. Gen. L.B. Puller
"Chesty" US Marine given 5 Navy Crosses. Left VMI 1918 "to go where the guns are"Map (db m172873) HM
76 Virginia, Lexington — Lt. Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson 1824-1863
Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson is best known for his leadership of Confederate troops during the American Civil War, and especially for his celebrated Valley Campaign of 1862. Thomas Jackson was a country boy from (West) Virginia who . . . Map (db m15637) HM
77 Virginia, Lexington — I-27 — Lylburn Downing School
Lylburn Downing School opened here in 1927 after the Home and School League, an organization of local Black parents and citizens. campaigned for equitable schools. Built with financial support from the Black community. Rockbridge County, and . . . Map (db m207788) HM
78 Virginia, Lexington — Major General Francis H. SmithSuperintendent — November 11, 1839 to December 31, 1889 —
Builder and rebuilder of the Virginia Military Institute. This statue represents him in the act of delivering a diploma to a graduate and memorializes his custom of giving a Bible to every cadet at the end of his first class year. . . . Map (db m231168) HM
79 Virginia, Lexington — Manly Memorial Baptist Church
The Manly Memorial Baptist Church was founded May 9, 1841 as the Lexington Baptist Church by 12 women and 4 men from Neriah Baptist. Col. John Jordan built the first sanctuary on Nelson Street behind the Presbyterian Church. The church was renamed . . . Map (db m172916) HM
80 Virginia, Lexington — 57 — Margaret J. PrestonPoetess of the South
Wrote "Beechenbrook". Father W&L President. Married VMI founder.Map (db m172914) HM
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81 Virginia, Lexington — 5 — Mary McD. Greenlee1st Woman Settler
Feisty tavern keeper. Regarded as a witch. Died 1809 at 102 yrs.Map (db m172923) HM
82 Virginia, Lexington — 50 — Mary Moore Brown
Seized by Indians. Sold into slavery. Married Rev. Brown Brownsburg 1798.Map (db m172926) HM
83 Virginia, Lexington — 54 — Matthew F. Maury"Pathfinder of the Seas"
Physics Chair, VMI 1868 - 1873Map (db m172929) HM
84 Virginia, Lexington — 15 — Mel Greenburg
Confidence man. Hoodwinked locals. Lexington 1974.Map (db m179489) HM
85 Virginia, Lexington — 17 — Meriwether Lewis1774 - 1809
Commander of the Lewis & Clark expedition.Map (db m179491) HM
86 Virginia, Lexington — 1 — Michael Miley
Groundbreaking photographer of post-war life in R.E. Lee's RockbridgeMap (db m172919) HM
87 Virginia, Lexington — 2 — Mike Seeger
Nominated 6 Grammys. Lost City Ramblers. Musician, Folklorist. Lexington 1981 - 2009Map (db m172921) HM
88 Virginia, Lexington — Morris House
The Joella & Stewart Morris House of Washington and Lee University Built 1842 as a faculty home. Restored 1986 as the University guest center by Mr. & Mrs. Morris of Houston, TexasMap (db m58711) HM
89 Virginia, Lexington — 21 — Moses Jacob EzekielVMI 1st Jewish Cadet
Battle of New Market. Famous sculptor "Va. Mourns Her Dead"Map (db m172856) HM
90 Virginia, Lexington — Oklahoma Survivor Tree
A symbol of hope and resilience, the tree grew from a seedling of an American Elm that survived the 1995 bombing and still stands at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. This stone is from the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal . . . Map (db m231472) HM
91 Virginia, Lexington — I-33 — Omicron Delta Kappa
Fifteen students and faculty members at nearby Washington and Lee University founded Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society, on 3 Dec. 1914. The society brought together students who had attained prominence in diverse facets of . . . Map (db m172851) HM
92 Virginia, Lexington — I 22-a — Original African American Cemetery
Near the intersection of Washington and Lewis Streets stood the original burial ground for Lexington's substantial free black community and slaves dating to the early 1800's. The majority of the original burials were in unmarked graves and no . . . Map (db m23800) HM
93 Virginia, Lexington — P. Wesley Foster, Jr.Class of 1956 — "My experience at VMI has been the bedrock of my success in business and my success in life." —
Entering VMI from Georgia, Foster earned a BA degree in English. He played football, served on the Honor Court and was president of the Officers of the Guard Association. After graduation, Lieutenant Foster served for two years in the U.S. Army. . . . Map (db m172938) HM
94 Virginia, Lexington — 52 — Pamela H. SimpsonPreservationist, Author & Leader
1st female tenured prof at W&L 1973Map (db m172928) HM
95 Virginia, Lexington — 25 — Patsy ClineCountry Music Legend
Lived at Wood's Creek Lexington, 1930's Map (db m172863) HM
96 Virginia, Lexington — 39 — Phil "Old Dixie" NunnThe "Gentle Giant"
Born a slave; sold postcards of self at McCrum's Drugs LexMap (db m172885) HM
97 Virginia, Lexington — 24 — Pierre DauraModernist Painter
Cercle Et Carr E" 1930. Home and studio in Rockbridge BathsMap (db m172861) HM
98 Virginia, Lexington — 41 — Rev. A. Alexander
1772-1851 President Hampden-Sydney Coll. 1st Prof. Princeton Theological SeminaryMap (db m172908) HM
99 Virginia, Lexington — 58 — Rev. Lylburn Downing
T.J. Jackson taught his enslaved parents. Native & namesake of Lex Af-Am School 1927Map (db m172915) HM
100 Virginia, Lexington — 14 — Rev. William Graham
Est. W&L in Lex. as Liberty Hall Academy. Principal 1774-1976. Buried by Lee Chapel.Map (db m179488) HM

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Dec. 10, 2023