Nestled in the Triad of North Carolina, Lexington is a small town boasting a charming historic district, renowned barbecue restaurants, plenty of green space, and access to nearby larger cities.
Lexington real estate includes a variety of options from simple starter homes to grand estates near a golf course. Lexington homes are primarily constructed in traditional, Colonial and Craftsman styles. There are a number of older homes in Lexington in addition to several new construction properties for sale.
Lifestyle and Attractions
Although Lexington is relatively small at just 18 square miles with a population of approximately 19,000, it is perfectly positioned for convenient access to larger Triad cities, outdoor activities, dining and shopping. Lexington is home to Richard Childress’ 60-acre Childress Vineyards and the Richard Childress Racing Museum, where visitors explore all things NASCAR with 47 racing vehicles, videos, displays and memorabilia. The city calls itself the Barbecue Capital of the World, as there are over 20 barbecue restaurants in Lexington. The Lexington Barbecue Festival is one of the largest street festivals in North Carolina, attracting visitors from around the world. Lexington also hosts Pigs in the City, an annual celebration featuring life-sized fiberglass pigs decorated by local artists. Other annual events include the Multicultural Festival, the Piedmont Triad Omnium, and more.
Located just 11 miles southwest of the city, High Rock Lake is the second-largest lake in the city, and one of the best fishing lakes in North Carolina. In addition to its renowned fishing, the lake offers camping, boat rentals, a swimming pool, a playground and more. The Lexington Parks and Recreation Department maintains a variety of parks throughout the city. Lexington Golf Club is a renowned course in the city featuring bentgrass greenways and lush Bermuda grass fairways.
Activity in Lexington centers on its historic Uptown district, featuring nearly 200 businesses and retailers from boutique clothing shops to local eateries. The Lexington Farmers’ Market is housed in the Historic Southern Railway Freight Depot on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to October. Residents and visitors may learn about area history at the Davidson County Historical Museum, or see a performance at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center. Major employers in Lexington include Halyard Health, Lolly Wolly Doodle, PPG Industries, Jeld-Wen, Roehrig Engineering, Arneg USA, Kaufman Trailers, Vitacost, and Diebold Nixdorf.
Nearby Schools and Higher Education
Lexington has 19 schools from the Davidson County School System and six in Lexington City Schools, providing a variety of public school options for residents. Additionally, there are 13 private schools in the Lexington vicinity. Lexington is positioned within reach of some of the state’s best colleges and universities, including UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Duke University, Wake Forest University, and UNC Greensboro.
Lexington was named in honor of Lexington, Massachusetts, the site of many major Revolutionary War events, including the first shot of the war. North Carolina’s Lexington was settled in 1775 by Europeans, and the settlement incorporated in 1828. It eventually grew to become a successful textile and furniture-manufacturing town. Today, the town is no longer focused on manufacturing, but the name Lexington is used for many fine furniture lines.
The oldest-surviving house in Lexington is The Homestead, which was constructed by physician Dr. William Rainey Holt in 1834. The house is included on the National Register of Historic Places, amongst other Lexington landmarks.
Approximate Distance to:
High Point: 19 Miles
Winston-Salem: 23 Miles
Greensboro: 32.5 Miles
Piedmont Triad International Airport: 34 Miles
Lexington Medical Center: 2.5 Miles
High Point Regional Hospital: 19 Miles
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center: 25 Miles
US-52: 2.5 Miles
I-85: 5 Miles
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