Lexington, VA is Rich with History and Adventures

We have been busy getting the Inn at Brierley Hill ready for our guests just in time for Spring! Fresh paint, new art and rugs and updates on furniture to make it even cozier to watch the changes over the mountains as the sun rises or the variety of birds that visit the bird feeders that hang in various places around the property. Once guests arrive they will be ready to get outside and explore this incredibly beautiful countryside. Lexington is located in the southern region of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, about one hour south of Staunton and Waynesboro. With easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and other Rockbridge County locations, stunning drives, vistas, hikes, and other outdoor adventures are readily available to visitors.

We have listed a few of our innkeepers favorite springtime events.

The Lexington Road & River Relay is a four-leg event over a challenging 16.1 mile course in and around Lexington, Virginia.  Participate as an individual or as a team. Teams may consist of up to 5 members. 

The first leg is a 3.5-mile run on a paved road over a moderately hilly course. The second leg is a 9.1-mile bicycle ride on paved hilly roads. The third leg is a 2.2-mile canoe or kayak course down the Maury River. The fourth and final leg is a 1.3-mile loop run on a slightly hilly trail course.

The Rockbridge Bull & Oyster Fest returns to the Virginia Horse Center on
Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 1-5 pm, rain or shine.

The 16th Annual Rockbridge Bull and Oyster Fest will feature BBQ and oysters, live music, games, fun, and more in a tented outdoor venue overlooking Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains!

The Lime Kiln Theater, formerly a limestone quarry, kicks off its spring and summer music series in late May. Attending a show at Lime Kiln is a unique and immersive experience. The natural stone walls, trees, and stars overhead blend perfectly with the folk, roots, and bluegrass tunes that cast a spell and get toes tapping in our audience every season. The Bowl venue holds 675 guests on wooden benches and grassy spaces, giving you the option to bring your chairs and blanket and get cozy.

Food trucks and local breweries and wineries arrive an hour before the show begins, offering delicious local fare and a wide assortment of beer, wine, and cider. More than just a concert, attending a show at Lime Kiln Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience.

The Virginia Horse Center is an all-breed, all-discipline facility, where every weekend offers a variety of opportunities for competitors and spectators. It is also host to an array of community events, farmers’ markets, concerts, training clinics, industry seminars, and the Lexington Lifestyle Expo. The Virginia Horse Center is a nationally recognized eventing destination attracting Olympic athletes, equestrian enthusiasts, and national media to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Lexington, Virginia. Eventing is the most thrilling of equestrian sports and a true test of horse and rider as they compete in dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping. The VHC Eventing committee anticipates 500 horse and rider entries, as well as thousands of spectators to attend the event.

Wade’s Mill has been stone-grinding grain since 1750, It is the oldest continuously operating gristmill in the Shenandoah Valley.

Although the water-powered mill is fully functional, it is more efficient to power the mill electrically these days. Visitors can witness the historic water wheel in action at select times on weekends.

Guests are invited to “mill around” three floors of the historic structure and learn the traditional method of stone-ground milling. All natural stone-ground grits, meal, and specialty mixes are available for purchase in the mill shop, online, and at select grocers, specialty shops, and other food outlets throughout the region.

Self-Guided Lexington Tours with downloadable maps include the Historic Churches Walking Tour, the Rockbridge County Historic Churches Driving Tour, and the African-American Diamond Hill and Green Hill Community Walking Tour

March 1 – Stonewall Jackson House – Open Tuesday through Saturday. Be sure to take the new guided tour, “The Enslaved Experience,” when you visit.

April 1 – Wade’s Mill, the Shenandoah Valley’s oldest continually operating mill, opens for the season.

April 14 – Lavender Fields at Tantivy Farm opens to welcome you to their gift shop and gardens.

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