Bracketed cornices on Nelson Street, Lexington.  ©Jennifer Law Young


The mission of Historic Lexington Foundation is to preserve, interpret, and present the historical heritage and fabric of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Historic Lexington Foundation (HLF) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 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 heritage and fabric of Rockbridge County, including Lexington and Buena Vista. Click on the video at right to see some of our accomplishments and current activities.

Architectural Preservation

Preserving the unmatched heritage of Rockbridge County, Lexington and Buena Vista – in particular, its distinguished buildings and rich architectural heritage – has always been our overarching purpose, and we strive to have a major, lasting and tangible impact. Learn more about our commitment to this cause through the Lyle-Simpson Preservation Fund and the Facade Grant Program.

Cemetery Preservation

A key long-range HLF initiative is the preservation and restoration of Oak Grove (formerly Stonewall Jackson) and Evergreen Cemeteries in Lexington and others in Rockbridge County.  Learn more.

May Preservation Month 2022 Activities Focus on Area’s Slavery History

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Historic Schools

HLF strongly supports sites and programs associated with the history of public education in the county – notably, the c.1823 Hamilton School in southwest Rockbridge and the c. 1915 Buena Vista Colored School, both now abandoned. Learn more.

Slave Dwellings

Historic Lexington Foundation has begun an effort to document slave dwellings in Rockbridge County as part of an effort to encourage their preservation. Learn more.