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“Do not judge the man by his location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Stonewall Jackson House

Stonewall Jackson House
8 East Washington St., Lexington, VA 24450
540-463-2552
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Lexington
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Damascus, Maryland
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“Do not judge the man by his location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

I continue to be fascinated with the stories of the Southern generals. What a shame for some of these men to wind up in the wrong side of history! This house gives wonderful insight, not only on the period lifestyle and culture, but also on the character of General Thomas J. Jackson. The tour only takes half hour, and the grounds are relatively small, so this place can most definitely be fully appreciated in less than one hour.

Visited July 2013
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Glenpool, Oklahoma, USA
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“Stonewall's Home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Interesting place to visit. Even if you aren't a huge Stonewall Jackson fan, this is worth the stop and visit. Always like to look into old homes and they have a lot of original furniture. we enjoyed the gardens out back too. With Washington & Lee University and VMI just up the street and a nice historic small town feel in Lexington it's a nice place.

Visited June 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Stonewall Jackson House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

If you want to learn about Stonewall Jackson, this is a great place to start. The fifteen minute movie was very good and well worth watching. The little lady working in the gift shop could have been there since Jackson's time and we sincerely worried about her as the crowds of visitors started arriving and she had to work the register by herself!

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Worth a visit the guide was knowledgeable and the house interesting with lots of period furniture. Easy to find just up the street from the visitors centre.

Visited June 2013
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“Great house, interesting history, knowledgeable guide”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

My 15 year old daughter and I took a little trip from our campground at Natural Bridge KOA into Lexington to see the Virginia Horse Center and, while in Lexington, visited Jackson's house. We were too late to see the video, but from what other reviewers are saying, we may be glad that we missed it as the guide repeated most of the video.

Anyway, our guide was very long winded, but extremely knowledgeable of the house, the Jacksons, and even answered some pretty good questions about the house and the adjoining street that was much steeper than we see it today as observed by going outside to the opposite side of the street and seeing the original stone foundation being exposed whereas in Jackson's day, the main entrance was street level (now you have to climb stairs).

I got in trouble for leaning on the doorjamb while the guide spoke. He professionally stated, "Please do not lean on the walls, thank you." Of course was my reply and nothing more was mentioned of it. I'm not sure why leaning on a wall is dangerous unless there are issues behind that wall that need to be addressed.

Regardless, we learned some interesting antectdotal information about Jackson and his wife and how they lived, especially the fact that Jackson taught at VMI with no teaching background and would only know the material to teach the day before he would have to teach it. He was such a perfectionist, he would read the text book the day before (standing up I might add as he had acid reflux and believed standing helped with his digestive system) while in the study, then adjourn to the parlor and sit, face the wall, and rehearse his lesson for the next day for at least an hour. Only then would you be allowed to interrupt Jackson. Any time before that he would have to start the whole rehearsal over again.

Interestingly enough, for fun and exercise, he would have his wife play the piano and he would dance! Oh, only if the drapes were closed as he lived near the corner of the Methodist Church!

Visited June 2013
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