The Bookery

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Carolyn E
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A Really Cool Old School Bookstore
Feb 2021 • Couples
It has been years since I’ve been in a bookstore as well stocked as this one. New and used books piled high floor to ceiling. Every book is in great condition. Picked up two books I couldn’t find elsewhere in print plus they have the Sunday NYT in print. If I lived here, I’d come here every day but it was fun to stop in a visit through the little town.
Written February 15, 2021
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iugrad9606
Bloomington, IN11 contributions
What a gem!
Mar 2019 • Family
Walking around Lexington, my kids and I were drawn into this amazing bookstore. There are so many interesting items and the kids were instantly drawn in. They kept saying, “Mom! Look over here!”

From art supplies and puzzles, to an amazing collection of books and gifts, this gem had such an amazing atmosphere. There is the sweetest little kid room - if my kids were little, they would have stayed all day!

As it was, I had to drag them out of the store. And no bookstore is perfect without a sweet, resident cat. We found Annie on her “Pete the Cat” bed. This added 15 mins to getting out of the store - lol.

All in all, one of the absolute best bookstores I have ever been in - one that draws you in, has something for everyone, and invites you to stay awhile and indulge in the beauty of books.
Written March 13, 2019
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,252 contributions
A treasure trove for book lovers
Aug 2018
Lexington, Virginia, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, is one of our favorite vacation destinations. It's always a three-day stop, on the way to the Greenbrier or the Inn at Little Washington or Richmond or Charleston. It is a quiet, restful, beautiful and historic community, often singled out as one of the most popular destinations in the country for retirees. As history buffs, we can't get enough of Stonewall Jackson's grave site, Robert E. Lee's burial site, Virginia Military Institute and George C. Marshall's Library and Museum. Another discovery not to be overlooked is the Bookery Limited, a bookstore unlike most others, a treasure trove for book lovers. Located at 107 West Nelson Street in downtown Lexington, it was established in 1975 by owner Marysue Forrest. Walk into the store, ask her what you're looking for and she'll direct you to the book on the shelf. The Bookery contains over 50,000 new, used and rare books, newspapers, topographical maps and out-of-print material. The relatively small space is filled with books, floor to ceiling. It specializes in Civil War, military, Virginia, local authors, classics and signed collectibles. On every visit, my wife and I never cease to discover something to complete our library. On our last journey, my wife uncovered a rare autobiography of actor Henry Fonda while I purchased three Civil War books and a rare five-volume biography of George Washington written by Washington Irving in 1855. Even if you aren't in the mood to buy a book, just browsing through the stalls at the Bookery and talking to Marysue is a religious experience.
Written February 2, 2019
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devorah a
Brooklyn, NY3 contributions
Vacation
Jul 2018 • Couples
Great book shop in downtown Manchester. A lot of selection in not a big shop. There is a cafe in the shop which we did not visit since we had eaten earlier.
Written August 6, 2018
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,252 contributions
The Bookery has them all
Jul 2018 • Couples
When I began to write my latest review of The Bookery, the wonderful bookstore in Lexington, Virginia, I was startled to notice that the only other review listed on the TripAdvisor website was mine, submitted a few years ago. It was a very well-written review, if I do say so myself. Well, nothing has changed. The store, located at 107 West Nelson Street, still is one of the most fascinating places I have ever visited. It contains over 40,000 new, used and rare books. As a history buff in general and a Civil War buff in particular, I love the fact that The Bookery boasts one of the most complete collections of Civil War books, World War II books and biographies of all sorts of any bookstore I have visited. On this occasion, I purchased a four-volume set of Carl Sandburg's Lincoln Years, published in 1939. And my wife spotted an autobiography of noted actor Henry Fonda, published in 1981, the year before he died. There are so many books but they are so well organized, categorized according to subject matter, such as battles or generals or Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. Here are all the Civil War books, there are all the World War II books, including a shelf of Winston Churchill, and there are all the biographies of Presidents of the United States. Upon entering the store, you may be startled to see that it looks like a hodgepodge, like somebody has been hoarding books. But, trust me, it is very well organized. Ask the staff what you are looking for and they will point the way. Whatever you are looking for, it's there...somewhere. After you've found it, write a review.
Written August 5, 2018
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,252 contributions
"The Civil War isn't over!"
Aug 2015 • Couples
As a history buff in general and a Civil War buff in particular, I have visited many book stores all over the country. But The Bookery at 107 West Nelson Street in Lexington, Virginia, is one of the most interesting--and one of the best. It contains over 40,000 books--new, used, rare and signed. I have purchased books at The Bookery on three occasions during our visits to Lexington. I'll never forget my first visit to the book store. "Where are your Civil War books?" I asked. Marysue Forrest, the owner, responded: "The Civil War isn't over." Down South, I've come to understand that it isn't. What is unique about The Bookery, in relation to many other book stores, is it is so well organized even though you have to climb over stacks of books to negotiate between one shelf and another. The Civil War books, for example, are located in one section. Most importantly, they are organized according to battles and generals and Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis and Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. Easy to find what you are looking for. And if you're looking for something off the wall, like the Mormon migration from Nauvoo to Utah, Marysue Forrest will know if she has it and, if so, where it is. What subject are you looking for? Mystery books? Over there. World War II? The second shelf to the left down that aisle. Presidents of the United States? Right behind you in the bookcase to the right. I've browsed from aisle to aisle, from book case to book case, from shelf to shelf, just to take account of the myriad of literature published on each subject. And I'm always looking for a rare Civil War book. Mostly, I like to see how many books there are that I don't have in my own extensive collection--and how many of them I'd really wish I had in my possession. And how many books have been published on certain subjects, even the Civil War, that I wouldn't read. It's all there at the Bookery. I'm sure there are book stores similar to The Bookery elsewhere but I haven't run into any of them--or another Marysue Forrest.
Written August 22, 2015
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