Historic Lexington Foundation (HLF) is a non-profit organization promoting the preservation of the rich architectural and related historic resources of Rockbridge County, Virginia.  Incorporated in 1966, at a time when many of Lexington’s buildings were threatened with demolition by neglect, HLF today supports and interprets the historic heritage and fabric of Rockbridge County, including the independent cities of Lexington and Buena Vista.

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    Through its facade easement program, HLF has created an important tool for the preservation of the historic character of Lexington. The HLF facade grant program likewise provides incentives to downtown property owners to maintain Lexington’s historic buildings in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.


    Tours, lectures, and publications provide additional means to understand Rockbridge County’s architectural history. HLF’s oral history program, for example, documents the county’s social history, putting a human face on the area’s historic built environment. The Architecture of Historic Lexington, first published in 1977, and The House on Fuller Street: African American Memories in Lexington, Virginia (2013) are two publications sponsored by HLF.


    HLF hopes that this website introduces you to the programs in our historic county and encourages your support and involvement in preservation activities in Rockbridge County. Please travel through this website and communicate with us if you would like more information about our programs.

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