Sleep Inn & Suites
95 Maury River Road
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: (540) 463-6000
Fax: (540) 463-6002
The George C. Marshall Research Library, along with a museum was inaugurated in 1964 to form the base of the George C. Marshall Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to preserve the historic evidences of the great statesman's life and educate people about his role in shaping the 20th-century United States. The library comprises an archive collection of more than 20,000 manuscripts and documents that depict the history of United States from 1900 to 1960. Here, you can also find hundreds of maps used during both the world wars as well as oral records of interviews of the statesman's associates. The poster collection from countries such as Germany, Russia, Poland, France, United Kingdom and other countries that participated in the wars are also displayed inside the library. The library along with the museum serves as a great place to conduct research about the history of the United States in the 20th Century. Call or visit their website to know more.
Established in 1749, the Washington and Lee University or W & L is a liberal arts university. This reputed educational institution is accredited with Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For educational programs, admission schedule and other details, check website.
If you are interested in Philosophy there is little chance that you would want to miss a tour of the great Thomas Jonathan Jackson's house. This famous thinker lived in Lexington between 1851 and 1861. This is where he wrote down his ideas and thoughts before he moved out for war, never to return. However, after his body was buried in the old town church, his residence was opened up for tours and visits. Since then the house has his ardent followers coming in for tours and to pay their respects. You can take a guided tour of the place that lasts about one and a half hour. You can also visit the museum and the book shop to get a sovereign of your visit here. To know more about the place, visit the website.
One of the many parks in town, the Glen Maury Park is vastly spread. Occupying a strategic location, this place is a hot spot for evening revelers who come here to get their fair share of relaxation. Some come for a quick walk, some to make new friends, while others come here to explore the outdoors. The park offers a vast array of sporting options, with swimming pools, tennis courts and ball fields found here. The park also has skating rinks and huge playgrounds. The large camping grounds are often used to host outdoor concerts, cultural events and local community gatherings. The park is well noted for hosting the Friday's in the Park.
The Kennedy Wade Mill is also fondly referred as the Wade's Mill and is a monumental grist mill. Incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places, this mill dates back to the 1750s era and is still operational. The mill site is open to visitors on specific days and information about the time schedule and related details can be availed through their official website.
The Natural Bridge Zoological Park is an all animal zoo in the city of Natural Bridge. Housed amidst the natural habitat of wildlife, this park is home to different species of animals. With a purpose of educating the general public, the zoo also houses the endangered species and conducts guided informative tours to serve the purpose. A small gift shop in the same campus that stores memorable souvenirs just cannot be missed.
Made entirely of foam, Foamhenge is a full-size replica of the original Stonehenge in England. Mark Cline of Enchanted Castle Studios is its creator, and has made these structures out of Styrofoam. He admits going to great lengths to place these structures exactly at their right positions, to ensure that they are astronomically correct. The megalith structures are fixed into a hole at the ground, and attached with cement. Sitting on Natural Bridge, these 16 foot (5 meters) structures stand as proud copies of the original.
Spread over an area of five acres, Rockbridge Vineyard bursts into full view, as you drive through the Hill View Lane. Surrounded by the mountains, these vineyards are lush with ripe grapes, which are used to prepare Tuscarora Red and Tuscarora White wine, the specialties of this region. The owner Shepherd Rouse is very proud to present to you his collection of wines and also allows guided tours around his vineyard. For more information call +1 888 511 9463.
One of the wonders of the world, the Natural Bridge in Virginia is one of the most beautiful natural creations in the United States. The bridge is a solid rock arch carved out by water that has witnessed many eras of history as legends have passed through it. It was also a sacred site for a Native American tribe. The scenic surroundings add to the panoramic view further. While you are here, you can also visit the nearby attractions like Natural Bridge Caverns, Toy and Wax Museum and Haunted Monster Museum.
The Blue Ridge Vineyard in Shenandoah Valley offers quality wines from grapes of its own vineyard. The cultivation of grapevine began in 1985 and since then it has established itself as a prominent vineyard spread across 300 acres of land and also as a center for hiking trails and events. Wine tasting is a major attraction for wine revelers and tourists as the Blue Ridge Vineyard is known for producing wines from distinctive variety of grapes. A perfect place for picnic and a venue for country-side weddings, the place is also ideal for those looking for a vacation locale in this part of the Shenandoah Valley. Refer to their website for more information.
Spread across 4,493 acres, the Douthat State Park is truly a natural wonder. Open to the public in 1935, it is one of the best natural parks not only in Virginia, but the whole of United States. Complete with trees, natural habitat, hiking trails and wild animals, it offers the best in outdoor adventures. There is also a 50 acre lake where you can fish, swim and also go for boat rides. There are several cabins for overnight stay. Relax at the cabins and enjoy nature's bounties to the fullest and there is an excellent restaurant on the banks of the lake offering delicious cuisine. Gift shops, souvenir stores, shops for fishing and other equipment is available on-site. Come with your family or group and enjoy the beauty of nature at Douthat State Park. Call or check the website for various fees from camping, to parking and others.
George Washington National Forest is actually part of George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, which were officially combined in 1995. Together, the two forests cover over 1.5 million acres in Virginia and West Virginia. The forests are home to a large amount of wildlife, including over 400 species of animals and 53 plants and animals that are listed as endangered or threatened species. A long portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail runs through the forests.