Downtown Lexington VaHistoric Lexington Virginia, population 7000, is the most beautiful, charming and interesting town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. You may want to kick yourself for not getting here sooner if you have not experienced Lexington. Hopefully in your visit here you sense some of the same enjoyment as host John has in over 60 years of living here. Visitors are amazed at the well preserved state of the town; the easy walk from the Lodge takes you down tree lined Main Street by many other architecturally interesting homes as well as the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. The two colleges here, Washington and Lee University-c. 1749, and Virginia Military Institute founded 1839 have beautiful adjoining campuses and both are steeped in history.

There are many historical ties with Civil War study most interesting. Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson taught at VMI until the war and General Robert E. Lee came to Lexington after the War to become President of what is now Washington & Lee University.  The college had $67 in its checking account the day Lee arrived. Both are buried in the town they both loved. The Lee Chapel and museum pays honor to General Lee. President George Washington was the first major donor to what is now Washington and Lee University.

Lexington is small-town America at its best and you will find its people very friendly. The abundance of history, wildlife and natural beauty cap off the appeal and you will get lots of ideas from John and Ellen in making your trip here most memorable. Make sure you allow enough time in planning your trip to see as much as possible. We've listed a few of the must-sees below:

 Guided Trout Fishing Trips- www.vatrout.com

VMI Cadet Tours- 12 Noon- Most Days  1 only VMI Museum-

Carriage Tours Begin 10 a.m. From The Visitor Center- Apr-Oct

Ghost Tours on the weekends in Memorial day weekend-Oct

Walkable from the Lodge Overview

  • Lexington Historic District - A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge has been a favorite for Lexington visitors for over 33 years and its prime location is one of the big reasons. Many of our guests have been traveling for several hours in a car or plane and most welcome a fantastic short walk down to the restaurants after check in. Stretch your legs as you head downtown from the lodge to a nice restaurant, everything is casual dress in our town. We keep current copies of the local restaurant menus and we will help you review them over refreshments upon check in. The very friendly and helpful Lexington Visitor Center is a 10 minute walk, open 9am - 5pm most days. You can pick up a walking guide and toodle around to all the older homes, colleges and museums. Our Generals Packageis available with a personalized guide in period costume and you may be interested in the other special places listed on the page.
  • Take in the Historic Campuses- Washington and Lee University and  Virginia Military Institute  as described above are an easy walk, full dress parades at VMI on many Fridays at 4:35 pm while school is in session are most inspirational. Our college tour visitor’s start with a great breakfast, the trip to both Admission houses is 2 minutes away by car. Tours of the VMI post are offered daily from the VMI post, lead by a VMI cadet.
  • Lee Chapel & Museum -pays honor to famous Civil War General.
  • Tour Stonewall Jackson House  Home of the South's's famous Generals. Museum has daily tours, your host John was born there when it was the town hospital.
  • Horse drawn carriage rides starting from the Lexington Visitor Center start at the Lexington Visitor Center . and run from Apr-Oct and give special insight into the town of Lexington, Virginia. Ghost walks are available from May-Oct. We can also provide a special guide who does motor trips to surrounding towns and historic sites, we will be happy to assist in arrangements-airport pickups.
  • Specialty shops downtown carry several Virginia products. Book stores, art galleries, craft, old fashion barber shops and antique shops can make for an interesting day of enjoying Lexington.
  • Fine Restaurants- Guests’ favorites include the Southern Inn-(540)-463-3612, Bistro-(540)-464-4888,  Nikkos Greek-(540)-464-9499, Napa Thai Cuisine- 540-461-8133 ,Red Hen Organic, Roccas Italian, Haywoods Piano Bar, Matsumoto Sushi Bar-(540)-464-8196 , Dheridan Livery- 540-464-1888The Palms (540)-463-7911, Machados(-540)-464-8200, Healthy Foods Cafe- Organic-, Hilliel House,  Frank's Pizza. We have all the menus to help you select. Most of these are a delightful walk away from Llewellyn.

 

  • Historic Lexington Tour - by reservation only -2 hours long $25 hourly
  • Stonewall Jackson Cemetery - Final resting spot of the famous Conderate General.
  • VMI Museum - includes Stonewall's horse and uniforms and large gun collection

      

  • George C.  Marshall Museum- honors the famous WWII General, a VMI grad.
  • Rockbridge Historical Society - Virginia's oldest with a small museum. Free
  • Reeves Center- Collections of Chinese porcelain, Japanese Tea room.
  • Ghost Tours -May- Oct Explore Lexington by candlelight - 1 1/2 hour walk
  • Geocaching-  Maps and Units on loan from the Lexington Visitor Center
  • Fitness Center & Jogging Trail - Very close and the trail will give you a nice workout whether running or walking.
  • Libraries Public, Colleges and Washington & Law school -providing lots of info for the genealogists and other students of history .
  • Horse Carriage Rides- Pass through historic neighborhoods, hear local folk lore.
  • VMI Full Dress Parades - Fridays when school is in session Sept-May
  • Coffee Shops - Learn how to brew a great cup of coffee.
  • Brew Ridge- Lots of Craft Beer Offerings.
  • Guide Tour Services- 1 Outstanding guide service will give special insight into the history of Lexington- Doc's Guide Service can also do motor guided tours.
  • Lexington Limo Service www.lexingtonlimo.net - offers transportation to and from the airports, weddings and special events.  540-461-1117
  • Enterprise Car Rental is just at  the edge of town on Nelson Street -540-463-4679
  • Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts - Hosting theatre and concerts.

Lexington Va Ghost Tours
 

The area that surrounds the historic gem of Lexington is most pleasant and attractions abound.  we have large amounts of farmland and large areas of state and National Forests. All of our country roads, highways and by-ways are very scenic.  Endless opportunities for seeing historic landmarks, vineyards, caverns, a drive through zoo, an historic working Mill, one of American's Natural Wonders, the Blue Ridge Parkway and much more will make a trip to A B&B at Llewellyn a trip for the ages.

  • Natural Bridge State Park- Natural Bridge, 13 minutes from the Lodge, is one of Nature's true masterpieces. Thomas Jefferson surveyed the massive limestone bridge and it also features a local Native American Indian village. More Below.
  • Natural Bridge Trail System- Featues several trails which follow trails, waterfalls and hillsides.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway 11 miles East of the Lodge- more below. Exceptional seasonal foliage displays.More Below.
  • Rt 39- Applachian Scenic By-Way Follow this to Goshen Pass, one of Virginia's most beautiful Natural spots-. Take a swim,fish, kayak or tube. Picnicking at its best.
  • Rockbridge and Lexington Valley Vineyards
  • Wades Mill Water powerered mill with gift shop, sone ground flours Apr-Oct
  • Sam Houston Wayside honors the  birthplace of  the famous Texas Governor
  • Hull's Drive In  Theatre - Enjoy a 1950's throwback experience weekends Apr-Oct- first run movies.
  • Virginia Safari Park - Mar-Nov- 180 acre Drive through zoo
  • 2 Large Antique Malls - Dukes's and Lexington Antique total over 60,000 sq. ft
  • Clark's Old Time Music Center-  Fridays- Old time mountain music & flatfootin'
  • Devil's Backbone Outpost  Beer Brewery - Tours and Tasting
  • Boxerwood Nature Center and Garden- 31 acres of horticulture to enjoy. Open Daily.
  • Virginia Gold Orchard--Asian Pears for sale & tastings. Aug-Nov.
  • Devils Backbone Brewery- includes beer tasting, special events brewery tours.
  • Virginia Horse Center - a world class equestrian facilty close to the  Llewellyn Lodge hosting many competitions and other events most weeks of the year.
  • Natural Bridge Speedway-Racing on a fast 3/8 mile track most Sats. Apr-Oct
  • Glen Maury Park - hosting various Blue Grass festivals during the summer

Just A Short Drive Away- This is just one of Our Scenic Drives From the Lodge: Goshen Pass.

Marvel at the Natural Bridge- The 215’ high span of solid limestone towers above a stream which has a hiking trail along it, Spectacular light show at dusk. A Monocan Indian encampment is on this trail. Caverns, wax museum  and kid's playground. The Asian Gold pear orchard is just up the road with nice fruit in season. The Safari Park just a bit further up is a drive through zoo where you can see and feed exotic roaming animals from the car. The Virginia Horse Center is only 5 minutes from The Lodge. This world class facility offers shows and events most weekends.

Experience the Blue Ridge Parkway’s spectacular seasonal foliage displays with its outstanding vistas, wildlife viewing and scenic leg stretcher trails. The Appalachian Trail is closby, we have lots of maps detailed loop drives using part of the Parkway.any of our guests like to trek up to the Peaks of Otter on the parkway to catch a great hiking and meal in a post and beam lodge overlooking a small lake with mountain backdrop.

Just A Short Drive Away-  This is just one of Our Scenic Drives From the Lodge, a Guest favorite.:

Enjoy a fantastic Loop Drive to the Rockbridge Vineyard, Wades Mill, Dukes Antique Mall, Lexington Antique Mall, Orchard side Yarn Shop, Cyrus Mc Cormick Farm, Lexington Valley Vineyard and our favorite, Goshen Pass. Wine tasting, wildflower walks, a glimpse at the inner workings of a grist mill, c 1750 and soaking in some of the best natural beauty in Virginia in Goshen Pass are just a few of the possibilities on this excursion.oop hikes including segments of it in John's HIKING BOOK which represents a lifetime of enjoying the great outdoors of Rockbridge County

Blue Ridge Parkway. Natural Bridge and Caverns, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Virginia Horse Center, Goshen Pass Natural Area, Scenic Highway 39, various seasonal Festivals, Bluegrass Music, Orchards, and Southern Virginia University. Rockbridge Vineyard, LexingtonVineyard, Historic Wades Working Mill. Cyrus McCormick Farm Canoeing, Hiking, Golf, Horseback Riding, Fly-fishing, Night tennis Trans-America Bike Route 76. Antique Malls Lake Robertson Recreation Area. Homestead Resort. Bath & Highland Counties

 

 

FOR THOSE PARENTS DOING WASHINGTON & LEE AND VMI CAMPUS TOURS & INTERVIEWS

Our 33 Year Tradition of Service to Our W & L & VMI Parents  has included our invitation to the their students to join them for our legendary breakfasts at the Lodge as our guests. 

Lodge Guests visiting the colleges, find the delightful 2 minute drive to both campuses and admission houses, veryconvenient. We will get you started with Blue Ribbon breakfast and keep you on time for your campus tour or other appointment. The two colleges, Washington and Lee University - c 1749, and Virginia Military Institute founded 1839 have beautiful adjoining campuses and both are steeped in history.

There are many historical ties with Civil War study most interesting. Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson taught at VMI until the war and General Robert E. Lee came to Lexington after the War to become President of what is now Washington & University. Both are buried in the town they both loved. The Lee Chapel and museum pays honor to General Lee. President George Washington was the first major donor to what is now Washington and Lee University.

Home Away From Home!

I came to stay with John for a night while visiting Washington & Lee School of Law. I had never been to the area before and as a 22 year old on my own, it was such a relief to be staying with someone who not only took me under his wing and made me feel comfortable, but also took the time to tell me the ins and outs of Lexington.

Karen S. Connecticut March 2017

Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University - Lexington, Va

Washington & Lee University was originally founded as Augusta Academy in 1749, 20 miles awayfrom the current campus, making it the 9th oldest U.S. university. The campus was moved to Lexington in 1776 and renamed Liberty Hall Academy. The school ran into financial trouble in the 1790's and luckily General  George Washington stepped in to provide the school's 1st endowment of $20,000 in James River Canal Stock which kept the school in operation. In 1813 the newly named  private all male Washington College was holding class where the current campus is today.

Confederate General Robert E. Lee came to Lexington 1865 after the Civil War to become President of the university.  The college had $67 in its checking account at this time. His goal was to do ''all in his power to aid in the restoration of peace and harmony'' in the South.  General Lee served as President until his death in 1870. The school name was changed to Washington & Lee University . The school went co-ed in 1985, today there are over  1800 undergrads. An additional 400 attend the Washington & Lee University School of Law. the Lee Chapel  and Museum on the Colannade where General Lee is buried is free to the public, Lee's office is on display just as he left it.

Distances to Other Colleges

University of Virginia  1 hour    Va. Tech 1 1/2 hour 
Richmond  2 1/4 hours   Georgetown 3 hours 
Duke  4 Hours  Davidson 4 hours
Wake Forest  4 hours      UNC 4 hours 
James Madison  1 hour   Mary Baldwin 35 minutes
Southern Virginia U  7 minutes      Sweet Briar 1 hour
Hollins  45 minutes    Randolph 1 hour
William & Mary  2 3/4 hour    Liberty 1 hour

                                      

Virginia Military Institute (VMI)

VMI - Virginia Military institute - Lexington, Va

 

 VMI, the nation's oldest state supported school. was founded in 1839. The post joins the Washington and Lee University campus in town. It is one of six military schools in the country and the current enrollment is  right at1500 cadets. Confederate General Thomas ''Stonewall'' Jackson taught there prior to the Civil War.  World War II General George C. Marshall was a VMI and the Marshall museum on post honors him and is open to the public. The VMI Museum is also on post and has many exhibits that cover the history of the school. ''Stonewall'' Jackson's horse Little Sorell is on mounted display along with the rain jacket the General  wore on the night he was shot. A very impressive antique gun collection can be found on the second floor down from the chapel level. Full Dress parades are always a favorite with guests as the Corp of Cadets march through the huge Parade ground. These are free to the public and they are scheduled on many Friday afternoons and other special occasions when school is in session August-May.

 

 

"You May Be Whatever You Resolve To Be"
Stonewall Jackson - Entrance to the VMI Barracks

You May Be Anything You Resolve To BeOther Stonewall Jackson Quotes

  • "The time for war has not come yet, but it will come and that soon, and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard."
    • "Once you get them running, you stay right on top of them, and that way a small force can defeat a large one every time... Only thus can a weaker country cope with a stronger; it must make up in activity what it lacks in strength."
      • Motto: "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"
  • "Never take counsel of your fears."
  • "Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me." He added, after a pause, looking me full in the face: "That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave."
  • "Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees . . ."(last words)

 

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY-- Buena Vista

This independent liberal arts college is 6 miles east of Lexington in Buena Vista, Va. The student enrollment is around 800.

A B&B at Llewellyn Lodge makes the perfect home base  for singles or a group of motorcycle drivers to map out day trips for their bikes to some of Virginia's most scenic country.  The Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, Viginia Scenic Rt. 39, multitudes of backroads combined with higher elevations in the nearby mountains should all fit within the criteria for finding the perfect motorcycle, We have several routes detailed in our Outdoor book here at the Lodge including rides from 50-250 miles or so. Riders can pick a different direction  to head out to each day .

Motorcycle TouringRockbridge, Bath & Highland County, Augusta Loop NW 3 has some of the the very best mountain riding anywhere. Highland County to its North has some challenging mountain climbs along with fine high altitude scenery, the Blue Grass Valley up that way might be the prettiest in Virginia. One sub  loop can take you by the Back Creek Pump Storage station, one of the largest in the world, another to Snowshoe Mountain , West Virginia.  The Cass Railroad Ride near  is always outstanding as it the old  Shay steam engine takes you up the mountain. Take the waters at the Jefferson Pools to relieve the muscles.

Blue Ridge Parkway & Skyline Drive offer different options east of Lexington 11 miles, one can go North or South for many miles. The Skyline Drive is reachable by heading North on the Blue Ridge Parkway 45 miles to I-64. The Skyline Drive starts N from this point and goes 105 miles to Front Royal. Spring and Fall foliage times are awesome.

Appomattox and Charlottesville are another great destination rides for riders though this can be a 230 mile or more loop. See where the Civil War ended, tour  President Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home  and President James Monroe's home on this one just to name a few.

Roanoke Valley and Rockbridge County Country Rides are detailed in a special brochure we keep for riders here at the Lodge. Many of these combine parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway and other scenic backroads. A couple will take you by Natural Bridge, just 14 minutes from the Lodge. or Goshen Pass , a boulder strewn beautiful mountain pass with the fast flowing Maury River etching its way through a state forest. 

A B&B  at Llewellyn Lodgein Lexington, Va makes the perfect homebase for seeing some of Virginia's most historic spots.  Many of our guests like to plan multiple day stays with us as they explore the incredible history and natural beauty of the Shenandoah Valley