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Address: 231 Fox St, Lexington, SC 29072-2654
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+1 803-359-8369
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

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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Interesting place to learn the history of Lexington

I did the tour which is only $5 for adults. Our guide did way too much talking about himself and went into a little more detail about banal facts than I would care to hear. In... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Aiken, South Carolina, United States
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Aiken, South Carolina, United States
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I did the tour which is only $5 for adults. Our guide did way too much talking about himself and went into a little more detail about banal facts than I would care to hear. In general, it was very interesting to find out who the area settlers were and how they lived. There are lots of artifacts to see,... More 

Thank citidwel
JR F, Manager at Lexington County Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review! We're always trying to improve so feedback like this really helps. If you wouldn't mind, I'd love to hear more about your experience with our historical interpreter. You can reach me at 803-359-8369 or at museum@lex-co.com. Thanks again for the review! J.R. Fennell Museum Director More 

Lexington, South Carolina
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106 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I haven't visited the actual museum but did take a walking tour with them several weeks ago. I am definitely going to visit the museum when I get a nice day off. As far as the walking tour goes, it was informative but lacked in some areas. I have to give a thumbs up to the museum director for heading... More 

Thank DGfromCarolina
JR F, Manager at Lexington County Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! We're always trying to improve so we appreciate the feedback. We've already purchased two portable PA systems so that should help with the hearing problems the next time we put on the tour. We're glad you enjoyed the tour overall though. Be on the lookout for the next exciting event at the museum. You can find... More 

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Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Lexington County Museum is tucked off the main highway. It is a local gem that should not be missed by visitors to this area. It is a real living museum. The Tour conducted by Mike was done in period Dress. We toured for two hours. It was worth every minute. A variety of inside and outside activities. They have special... More 

Thank Liz S
Southington, Connecticut
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33 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016 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 

Thank CT-OldGuy
Columbia, SC, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

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.

Thank MidgardWanderer
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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

Thank Stephen R
Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 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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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 

Thank ahclark2016
Lexington, South Carolina
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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.

Thank DorySCtravel
Lexington, South Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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...

Thank 645kirsten

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