Historic Marker at Jacob Ruff House, c. 1829, Main Street, Lexington. ©Jennifer Law Young


Historic Marker Program

What is the Program?

The Historic Marker Program was created to recognize structures of historic and architectural significance in and around Lexington (see eligibility criteria). By identifying such structures, Historic Lexington Foundation (HLF) strives to foster broader public awareness and appreciation for the area’s past and encourage efforts to preserve its architectural heritage.

Types of Buildings Considered

Francis H. Smith House. HLF photo

Buildings eligible for markers include private residences, businesses, stables, mills, theaters, schools, churches and government facilities.

Eligibility Criteria

Generally, a building must be at least 50 years old and of historic or architectural significance. Changes to the building’s exterior over the years must have been consistent with its architectural integrity. 

Historic Marker Program Brochure