Detail of column at Forest Oaks, c. 1806, Natural Bridge. ©Jennifer Law Young


Dedicated Preservation Funds

Lyle-Simpson Preservation Fund

Royster Lyle

In 2016, on the 50th anniversary of its founding, Historic Lexington Foundation established the Lyle-Simpson Preservation Fund — encouraging property owners to preserve architecturally and historically significant sites, structures and objects in Rockbridge County, Lexington, and Buena Vista.

Pamela Simpson

The fund honors the contributions in preservation made by Royster Lyle and Pamela Simpson, both of whom played seminal roles in founding and decades of leading HLF.

You can help to make this fund a long-term reality and help us to preserve the irreplaceable historic structures of Rockbridge County by donating and by nominating specific sites for Fund support. If you own or know of an important historic Rockbridge structure at risk, please share with us its history and its architectural attributes, in pictures and words.

Send your donations or information to HLF at P.O. Box 901, Lexington, Virginia 24450 or donate by clicking on the button below.

Click on the image below for a PDF with more information about this program.


Theodore C. DeLaney Fund for Evergreen Cemetery

Ted DeLaney

The Theodore C. DeLaney Fund recognizes decades of immeasurable contributions to the life of the community by Dr. DeLaney, teacher of history at Washington and Lee University, former head of the history department and director of the interdisciplinary Africana studies program.

Entrance to Evergreen Cemetery, Lexington. HLF photo

Contributions support preservation of Evergreen Cemetery in eastern Lexington, historically the resting place of Lexington’s black population.

Read the transcript of a 2011 interview with Ted DeLaney. Then make a donation by sending a check to HLF at P.O. Box 901, Lexington, Virginia 24450, or by clicking on the button below.