Lexington-VA : Virginia


What It Is Like to Retire in Lexington-VA

Lexington is a small town with a rich history on the western border of the state.  A college town, Lexington is the home of two prestigious colleges, Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute (VMI). The George C. Marshall Foundation is here. Both Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are buried here. The Stonewall Jackson House is now a Museum. Tourism and education are important. There is a nice Historic District in the charming downtown.  The population is just under 7,000. The Lexington Golf & Country Club has a nice 18 hole golf course.

Where to Retire in Lexington-VA and Home Prices

People can live in the small town neighborhoods or in the surrounding countryside.  It is hard to get a good fix on real estate prices since the town is so small. The median home value was $229,805 in early 2020, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Lexington-VA

Lexington has an amazing history for such a small town. Three major military figures have ties to Lexington - Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and George Marshall.  Robert E. Lee is buried in Lee Chapel on the Washington & Lee campus, his horse Traveler is buried just outside the chapel. The presence of 2 great colleges is another distinction. Parts of several movies were filmed here including most recently "Gods and Generals" and "War of the Worlds".

What Is Not Special about Lexington-VA

Lexington is a small town in a fairly remote part of Virginia.

Who Will Like Retirement in Lexington-VA

Folks looking for a small college town with a rich history of military heroes will like it here.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism and education drive the economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Lexington is halfway down the state on the western border with West Virginia. The median January low temperature is in the low 20's and the median July high is in the high 80's.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Cafe Michel, the Southern Inn and The Palms offer excellent dining. There are 2 theaters: the Theater at Lime Kiln and the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts at W & L.  The Stonewall Jackson House is a museum. The George C. Marshall Foundation on the campus of VMI houses a library, archive, a museum and administrative offices dedicated to honor the legacy of George Catlett Marshall, General of the Army and author of the Marshall Plan for European WWII recovery. The birthplace of Sam Houston is nearby, as are the Boxerwood Gardens. The Rockbridge County Library is well supported.


The crime rate is extremely low.

Medical Facilities

Stonewall Jackson Hospital serves Lexington, and there are other hospitals in nearby towns like Roanoke and Lynchburg.


Interstate 81 goes through town.

Valuable Links

Official Lexington Tourism site

What people are saying about Lexington-VA

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