Today is Lee Jackson Day, a Virginia state holiday which honors 2 Virginian Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
Both were born near this date and both spent their final years of life as Lexington residents. Jackson taught at Virginia Military Institute before the Civil War and Lee was president of what is now Washington and Lee University .
So what do people do to celebrate this day?
A Lee-Jackson Day Symposium will be held on Friday from 1-5pm at the Holiday Inn Express. On Saturday, events begin at 10:00am in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery with a wreath laying ceremony and military honors at the Jackson monument. Followed at 11am by a Civil War themed parade through downtown ending at VMI. Then a Noon service will be held in Lee Chapel to honor Robert E. Lee featuring guest speaker Stephen Lee Ritchie, a noted historian of the Kernstown Battlefield Association. A Luncheon will follow at the Virginia Horse Center. Services are free and open to the public. Also some people visit Robert E. Lee’s and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s final home and resting places on this day.
Alpine Hideaway is a short 20 minutes from Lexington. If you are visiting this weekend check out the Lee-Jackson Day commemoration in Lexington, Va. for more details.
Our future guests can visit Downtown Lexington, Virginia to see the historic sites throughout the year.
Ray and Melissa Alexander