Snow drifting past windows at Lee House, c. 1867, Lexington. ©Jennifer Law Young
In September 2019, HLF held its major donor appreciation event at Grace Hill Farm north of Rockbridge Baths. The farm and the historic c. 1820 home are owned by HLF board member Harry Shannon. Donors were treated to BBQ and blue grass music.
The farm was originally the property of Dr. Zacharia Walker, a Brownsburg doctor who was shot to death in the Brownsburg courthouse by the son of a friend of his who he stabbed to death after the friend stumbled on his porch and grabbed the doctor’s wife’s knee to break his fall. The doctor took offense and stabbed the man to death. The son smuggled a pistol into the courthouse at the doctor’s trial and shot him to death on the witness stand.
HLF does it best to bring history alive during its donor events!
Nine artists and photographers interpret the Barns of Rockbridge County on canvas and paper to celebrate and promote greater appreciation of area barns. Sponsored by the Historic Lexington Foundation in conjunction with the Nelson Gallery.
HLF thanked its major donors with an outdoor reception on a perfect early autumn evening at Thorn Hill, the imposing 1792 hilltop estate built for Col. John Bowyer, a key figure in the county’s earliest development, now owned by Alyson and Bennett Ross.