One of the best ways to see all the historic sites in Lexington, VA is from a horse-drawn carriage. The Lexington Carriage Company began its 2017 season on April 1st and will continue the tours until the end of October.
The slow pace gives you a great view of all the historic buildings. The clip-clop of the horses’ hooves makes the tour a relaxing experience. The driver narrates the tour through the downtown business district, both college campuses, and through part of the historic residential district. You may even hear some great stories that are not published in the usual visitor guides.
On the historical tour, the route takes you by The Stonewall Jackson House, Lee Chapel, Washington & Lee University, Virginia Military Institute, The Lee House, The Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery and Jackson’s Tomb, and a view of some historic residences built in the mid-1800’s.
The tours begin across the street from the Lexington Visitor Center at 106 E. Washington St. and are available daily (weather permitting) from 11:00AM to 4:30PM. This 45-50 minute tour costs $16 for ages 14-64; $14 for “seniors” 65 and over; $7 for 7-13 year olds; $4 for kids 4-6; and FREE for children 3 years old and younger. If you are visiting the area with a larger group (10+ people), reservations can be made for the tour by calling (540)463-5647.
The Lexington Carriage Company has a variety of horse breeds including Belgian, Percheron, and Percheron-cross. Their carriages are built for various occasions and loads. You can hire a special white Vis-a-vis style carriage for a wedding party or a larger 3-seater complete with a fringe on top! If you happen to be in the area for the Lexington Candlelight Processional & Tree Lighting or other parades and events in the Shenandoah Valley, you may see one of the hitches marching in the parade route.
When you plan your visit to Steeles Tavern Manor B&B and Alpine Hideaway Cottages this spring, include a horse-drawn carriage ride and tour in Lexington, VA for a fun experience.