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Address: 231 Fox Street, Lexington, SC 29072
Phone Number: +1 803-359-8369
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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A Gem

While the girls went shopping, after driving by during my vacation, I decided to spend some time at this museum. The tour was excellent! It is not a large place, and in a 1-2... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Southington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

While the girls went shopping, after driving by during my vacation, I decided to spend some time at this museum. The tour was excellent! It is not a large place, and in a 1-2 hour period you can enjoy the entire site. My guide, Mike, was knowledgeable and experienced. He gave me a personal room by room tour of the... More 

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Columbia, SC, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff with a surprisingly wide selection of old local buildings. A good view of life in the old days. I would rate this a 10 for school age kids but an enjoyable couple of hours for everyone. Be sure and check for hours before you go. You'll want to be able to go inside the buildings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Lexington county museum is a great place to go back to the lexington area in the antebellum period. there are a lot of neat artifacts and the building and the stories are very entertaining

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Your typical county museum is several rooms featuring items, photographs, and stories of the famous, either personalities or incidents, to happen in a county. Lexington did it a tad different. They moved the entire residence onto their block of land. You will find the Corley house, built by a revolutionary soldier who had 16 kids. His first wife died from... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

I remember going here on field trips when I was in Elementary School a long time ago. A couple of years ago, I got to go with my child on a field trip here with his class. It was just as cool as I remember. I bought a membership from Groupon for $20 for the family for a year &... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Our second grade teachers take the students to Lex Co Museum every year to learn about their local community history. It's a great hands on and small field trip. The kids really enjoy it.

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Thank DorySCtravel
Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

The museum was having a Christmas event which had a local elementary school group sing, other local entertainment and refreshments. The tours are very educational and informative! A great local treasure...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Great place to spend a couple of hours. The kids like it too. easy to navigate Docent gives a good tour and then you can explore some ouside. If you have kids gives them a chance to run around a little. close to Sonic for a cold drink and sweet snack.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

This quite set of structures and gardens gives a historical picture of how life was lived in the Lexington, SC area. Take the time to visit with the volunteers and gain insight on early life through the present in this area. Well worth a visit.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

There are many good reviews of this museum, and it has well earned them. It is interesting, with variety and authenticity, and a helpful knowledgeable curator.

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