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Address: 231 Fox Street, Lexington, SC 29072
Phone Number: 803 359-8369
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The Lexington County Museum, located in downtown Lexington, offers a rare...

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.

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Stepping Back in Time

Visiting the museum is a great experience for a very lost cost. The tour guide staff is fantastic with the tours and the explanation of the houses, artifacts and their authentic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2015
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Lexington, South Carolina
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Lexington, South Carolina
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Visiting the museum is a great experience for a very lost cost. The tour guide staff is fantastic with the tours and the explanation of the houses, artifacts and their authentic period constumes make you feel like you are back in that era of timer. Lexington County has so much history available here. You might say the museum is the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Gotta catch this on a nice day as you'll be walking around outdoors between some relocated period houses and other structures. We almost missed the main office cause it looked like a regular house.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

They've done a great job preserving and restoring many buildings from Lexington's history. You'll see some old homes and learn what the town looked like centuries ago. Definitely worth a visit, especially if you live in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

Thanks Mike for the informative and interesting tour. It was a great balance from a business trip. The tour brings you back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

An easy drive from anywhere in South Carolina, the Lexington Museum offers several of the oldest houses in Lexington County, plus many others built to period. The Museum consists of three dozen historic houses and outbuildings, most based on the Colonial and Antebellum period. The cost is $5.00 for a guided tour. My guide, Lisa Mallory, was just great. She... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Museum showed documents pictures and artifacts of early citizens and settlers of Lexington SC; the snowflake or sundew patterns represented in a block of 4 are said to have originate din the Piedmont area of SC. My wife is into quilting and particularly found them fascinating.

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Thank Edward S
South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Surrounded by modern-day businesses is where you'll find the Lexington County Museum, but once you're there it's like going back in time! There is rich history to be absorbed here, with so many different and unique buildings to tour. Take the guided tour, the guides are wonderful and very knowledgeable about the local history (and ours wore period dress). They... More 

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Lexington SC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

Small town museum. People who run it really care about it. Not much to see but if you are from Lexington SC it's worth a visit

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Venice, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

We stopped to rest on a car ride from Fla. to Va. Hotel was great. We wanted to take our 10 and 6 year old somewhere that they could not see at home. The property was nice and perfect size for a stop on a road trip, long enough to stretch your legs but not to much to wear you... More 

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Lexington, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

As a Lexington native, I consider The Lexington County Museum a hidden gem right in the heart of Lexington. There are many fascinating and educational things to see while visiting. I say you see a slice of Lexington past. Its definitely worth the time and a very worthwhile visit.

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