Lexington, NC was settled in 1775 in what was to become the industrial region of North Carolina known as the "Piedmont Triad." Lexington was incorporated in 1828 by the NC General Assembly and became the county seat of Davidson County in 1847. Lexington has a long heritage in furniture making and "Lexington style" barbecue and is often referred to as the "Barbecue Capital of the World." The NC General Assembly recognized Lexington as "The Hickory-Cooked Barbecue Capital of Piedmont North Carolina" over 25 years ago.
With outdoor public CityWiFi in the central business district, Lexington is historic, progressive and innovative; an affordable community with a genuine small town character and quality of life but still easily accessible to nearby metropolitan areas of Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Charlotte. Lexington offers an attraction to those who wish to live within a short drive of major urban areas without some of the day to day traffic congestion and higher costs associated with living in a bigger city. Historic Uptown Lexington is a vibrant, attractive central business district with an eclectic variety of shopping, restaurants and entertainment.
Lexington is just a few hours from the beautiful beaches of both North and South Carolina and less than 2 hours from a relaxing scenic mountain ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just minutes from Lexington, the Yadkin River borders Davidson County to the west with High Rock Lake serving as one of the primary reservoirs and one of the area's best recreational facilities.
Lexington, with a population of more than 18,000, is the county seat of Davidson County. The Davidson County Historical Museum is located in the Old Courthouse on the square in Historic Uptown Lexington. The Old Courthouse itself is a historical treasure built in 1858. On the National Register of Historic Places since 1971, the Old Courthouse is regarded as one of the foremost examples of temple form architecture in the Southeastern United States.
Lexington is home to nationally acclaimed artist Bob Timberlake and the Bob Timberlake Gallery. NASCAR racing team owner Richard Childress also owns and operates the Richard Childress Winery and Vineyards in Lexington plus his Richard Childress Racing Museum.
Lexington offers convenient access for air and rail travel. Freight carriers such as Winston-Salem Southbound and Norfolk Southern serve the area and passenger access via Amtrak is only 15 minutes away in Salisbury or High Point. As identified in City Council's goals, the City is working with the Rail Division of the NC Department of Transportation to secure a passenger rail stop in Lexington scheduled to begin service in 2017.
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Updated: 15th November, 2018 4:30 AM.