Stroll along the shady streets and step back to a gentler time. The majority of the Greek Revival, Federal, and Victorian homes in the Historic District remain unchanged by time. Many have wonderful gardens accompanying them with stately trees giving testimony to the years past.
The downtown area retains the friendly flavor of days gone by, with antique stores and gift shops clustered around the courthouse square. The centerpieces of town are the 1886 Richardsonian-Romanesque style courthouse and the 1878 Italianate Jail.
Lexington was established as the county seat of Oglethorpe County in 1793. During its first fifty years of existence, Lexington was a thriving business and cultural center, home to some of the most learned, prosperous and influential men in the state.
Lexington is a beautiful small city, which has fortunately retained much of its architectural heritage. It is filled with many historic homes and churches, a wide range of businesses, and a lovely park. The city has also maintained a pleasant rural atmosphere, with spacious lots, large trees, expansive pastures, unspoiled woodlands, grassy church yards and other unspoiled open spaces.
In architecture, history and surroundings, Lexington is considered one of the finest extant examples of a typical 19th century county seat town in Georgia. A large portion of the city makes up the Lexington Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A self-guided walking tour brochure, which gives a brief description of many of the homes in the Lexington Historic District, is available from any of the local merchants and at the City Hall.