History Blends With Homestead
Discovered by Spanish explorers, colonized by the English in 1700 and chartered by German settlers in 1785, Lexington is rich with history. That heritage lives on today through the area’s numerous museums, antebellum homes and traditions of hospitality.
Plan to visit the Lexington County Museum, which offers a rare and unforgettable experience in presenting structures and artifacts that tell the story of Lexington County citizens in the 18th and 19th centuries. Featuring more than 30 historic structures on seven acres of land in downtown Lexington, the museum attracts approximately 15,000 people yearly.
The Cayce Historical Museum also has exciting and educational exhibits covering local history. The historic Lorick Plantation Home serves as the Lake Murray Country Visitors Center. Located at the Lake Murray Dam, the house was built in 1840. It survived the burning of Columbia and surrounding areas during the Civil War.
The Marc H. Westbrook Judicial Center is part of recent county history. Completed in April 2006, the four-level, 90,000-square-foot facility, named in honor of Judge Westbrook, represent the realization of his vision of a world-class judicial facility.
While visitors and residents enjoy the well-preserved past at these venues, they also take pleasure in many arts and cultural outlets found locally or within a short drive to nearby Columbia, the state capital.
For theater buffs, the Village Square Theatre is a true community that offers productions throughout the year. Take the kids out for an evening of Disney’s “Aladdin Junior” or “Little Women,” or get a sitter for a showing of “The Gifts of the Magi.” Additionally, locals’ involvement is welcomed and encouraged. Audition opportunities are available for all ages and levels of experience. Set builders and spotlight repairers are also needed. Lexington is multifarious and theater brings together diverse talents and personalities.
The McKissick Museum on the University of South Carolina (USC) campus in Columbia is popular for its variety of art, science and history exhibits. Kids will have a blast at the EdVenture Children’s Museum, the largest of its kind in the South.
The Columbia Museum of Art on the corner of main and Hampton Streets in the largest fine art museum in South Carolina. Its permanent collection highlights everything from American and European decorative art to contemporary art. It has become well known for its assortment of special exhibitions.
Military enthusiasts will be interested in the Shaw Air Force Base and Fort Jackson. Shaw is home to the 20th Fighter Wing, the largest F-16 squadron in the Air Force. Fort Jackson is one of the premier basic training facilities for soldiers in the U.S. Army.
Concerts, sporting events and various performances appealing to all ages are held at the 18,000-seat Colonial Center in Columbia. Each year’s calendar is full of acts covering the gamut from country music artists to children’s events.
The Ira & Nancy Kroger Center for the Arts at USC hosts performances by the Columbia Classical Ballet, the Columbia City Ballet and the Palmetto Mastersingers.
Not far from Lexington is the Newberry Opera House, which features the best in touring vocalists and conductors. Several opera presentations also grace the performance series at both USC and Columbia College.
Children will always be happy to watch the puppet shows at the nearby Columbia Marionette Theatre. If kids are in the mood for a play, take a trip to the Patchwork Playhouse, which specializes in family-friendly productions.
For nature lovers, the town of Lexington opened Gibson Pond Park in June 2007. The area consists of a 40-acre pond with a dock for canoes and kayaks. It also has a full mile of walking trails and several picnic shelters. The most sizeable, measuring 1,800-square-feet, is available for such events as reunions and weddings.
Sports fans can head over to the Gibson Road Sports Complex, a facility that runs year-round soccer activities and camps as well as one of the most popular youth leagues in the area. In the past, the complex has hosted the Columbia Regional Sports Council’s national rugby tournament, where 40 men’s teams competed on the green fields.
Lexington is among the fastest growing communities in South Carolina. It features distinct neighborhoods to suit different tastes, from starter homes to mid-range subdivisions to higher-end luxury estates. Single-family housing ranges from $120,000 to $500,000.
Those looking to rent can easily settle into one of Lexington County’s luxury apartment units with one, two, or three bedroom, ceramic tile foyers, sunrooms, a garage and furniture rentals. As for locations, whether you want to live in town or on the water, there’s an apartment complex for you.
Lexington County has exclusive communities for senior that provide everything from independent living to continued-care services. Southlake Village is retirement living at its finest. Lexington’s newest independent retirement community provides a plethora of options for leasing from studio and one bedroom apartments to garden and patio homes. Scheduled shopping and gallery trips, parties, fitness classes and walking trails are all available as well. Deepwood Estates supplies retirement in style with such amenities as on-site banking, barbers, libraries, dieticians, full-service housekeeping, pools, recreational programs, and party facilities equipped for residents and guests.
No matter what subdivision you choose to call home or how you decide to spend an amusing day with family, Lexington has something to offer everyone. Come experience our great quality of life.