Saturday, June 29, 2013
A great nights’ sleep, a yummy breakfast and we were off to explore Lexington with our friends. Lexington is a very old town with history from the 1700’s. We visited both Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute which were begun in the 1700’s. The Chapel at Washington and Lee was also a museum housing the graves of the Robert E. Lee family. George Washington was instrumental in the success of the college when he made a financial contribution to the struggling school which was then named Washington College. After the Civil War, Robert E. Lee became the president of the College where he remained until his death in 1870. He is known for expanding the role of the college into the sciences, engineering, etc. There was a very nice museum here as well as a sculpture of Lee in repose in his military uniform. The sculpture was very intricate and my photo does not do it justice.
VMI is very close by and much larger than Washington and Lee. VMI is a state military school as opposed to WL which is a private college. VMI was instrumental in training many of the officers for the south in the Civil War. “Stonewall Jackson” is buried nearby. George C. Marshall was an alum and our short visit did not allow us to learn all the history of this location. We did visit their chapel and smaller museum.
After touring around this fascinating town for a while we settled on lunch at The Bistro on the main street. After a tasty lunch with our friends we got back in our Sprinter and headed south on I 81 for the last part of our journey. We listened to the remainder of our mystery and crossed into TN arriving home at about 5 PM.
We unloaded the essential things saving the majority of the task for tomorrow. After an enjoyable trip we were glad to be home!