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Lexington County Museum

231 Fox Street, Lexington, SC 29072
803 359-8369
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Lexington
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Lexington County Museum, located in downtown Lexington, offers a rare and unforgettable experience – the chance to see and touch a way of life... more » Owner description: The Lexington County Museum, located in downtown Lexington, offers a rare and unforgettable experience – the chance to see and touch a way of life gone forever. The Museum interprets and exhibits historic structures and artifacts that tell the story of everyday life for Lexington County citizens in the colonial and antebellum period and contains many everyday items people used in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Museum features over 30 historic structures on seven acres. Some of these include the Leaphart/Harman house, built around 1790; the Corley Cabin, the oldest documented building in Lexington; the Ernest Hazelius House, where the traditional song "Give Me That Old Time Religion" was composed, and the two story-John Fox House, built in 1832. Originally built by Jesse Bates, John Fox, a wealthy planter and politician, bought the house in 1843. Currently, it is furnished with period pieces from Lexington County that show how an upper class home would have been decorated around the mid-nineteenth century. The Museum serves as an invaluable educational tool by promoting the county's history and attracting school groups. The Museum offers thirteen hands-on tours to school groups for free. « less
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Dumfries, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

For the quilters in the crowd, they have the best selection of older quilts (late 1800s - early 1900s) and they know a great deal about them. They have several buildings on site. I would think kids would enjoy walking around on the grounds and seeing the old cabin, houses, and schoolhouse. The guide was the guy in-charge, and he... More

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Lexington, South Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A collection of actual buildings & items and info from 1800s and arranged as a village. One will be amazed at what "worked" back then as opposed to what we think we "need" now!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Impressed about the size and the knowledge of our guide. We had a two hour tour and got with the explanation of our guide, a perfect idea how people lived in those days. When you are on your own you'll miss a lot. The houses, a school building, kitchen, wagons everything and much more, collected and put in harmony together.... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I have to say I was surprised at the size of the museum. From the road you can see only a few buildings, but the property just goes on and on! They have an impressive array of artifacts, too, including an awesome old vaudeville curtain and carriages that I was particularly smitten by. Every staff member I encountered was incredibly... More

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Columbia, SC
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14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Living in Lexington, I figured I would visit since I had purchased a Groupon. It was nice to go visit, but it isn't too spectacular. It was neat to look in the old houses (we were able to look/go in 4), but you aren't missing too much if you can't make it...sorry to say.

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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155 reviews 155 reviews
77 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Unlike some other attractions, this museum shows more how the average person lived in SC a few centuries ago. We had an hour tour just by ourselves through the entire place, which is much bigger than it looks at first. The tour guide was great. My wife's family is originally from this area, so she especially enjoyed this.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Narrated tour of all the houses on the site. Only a few were open to view, however noted on my calendar that Dec 8th will be Christmas open house and all buildings will be open for inspection. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting. Would definitely recommend this historical site and will return.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

This is a much smaller museum than the State Museum. It does have a few interesting exhibits and stories, but not much more.

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wkdude09
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Really enjoyed the experience as there was so much history and it was filled with such wonderful artifacts.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Lots of interesting artifacts, guide was very well-versed. I noticed that another traveler said that some of the information was misleading or incorrect or whatever. Our guide was very careful to let us know what was period, what wasn't. Not all the buildings were open at the time and I would guess that they rarely if ever are---something is always... More

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