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T

he best thing about a historic small town?
It's designed for walking and poking
around, not battling traffic and parking
lots. Charming red brick sidewalks flanked by
tightly clustered 18th- and 19th-century buildings,
punctuated by an iconic white steeple of First
Baptist Church, orginally known as Lexington
African Baptist Church, situated north on Main
Street with Virginia Military Institute's tan,
crenulated buildings in the background-downtown
Lexington is the epitome of small-town picturesque.
(Need evidence? Go into any art gallery downtown
and you'll see this exact scene depicted.)
For those who want to experience a bit of
history while strolling, the past literally permeates

the brick downtown. No, really. Lexington is the
final resting place of both Confederate generals
Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
(Lee was the President of Washington & Lee-
then Washington College-after the Civil War;
Jackson taught philosophy at Virginia Military
Institute before the war).
Both generals, as well as 54 other noteworthy
individuals such as country music icon Patsy Cline
and artist Cy Twombly who helped shaped four
centuries of Rockbridge history, are part of The
Rockbridge Historical Society's "Righteous and
Rascals of Rockbridge," a collection of historic

paver stones lining the sidewalks of downtown
streets.

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