University Chapel & Galleries, Lexington

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History and heritage meet in this Victorian chapel, center of Washington and Lee University activities since its construction in 1867.

Visit and learn the story of the 250 year history of the University, whose benefactor was George Washington and whose president was Robert E.Lee - two of America's most famous generals, who just happened to be related by marriage.

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  • Upon leaving Lexington this morning, I decided to stop by Washington & Lee University to visit the old chapel and museum. As I walked up to the building I noticed several university pickup trucks... 
    Upon leaving Lexington this morning, I decided to stop by Washington & Lee University to visit the old chapel and museum. As I walked up to the building I noticed several university pickup trucks...  more »
  • Because of the pandemic, we were unable to go inside to see the chapel and museum, but it was a gorgeous day and we loved walking about the campus. Then, later, on the carriage ride, learned that... 
    Because of the pandemic, we were unable to go inside to see the chapel and museum, but it was a gorgeous day and we loved walking about the campus. Then, later, on the carriage ride, learned that...  more »
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  • It used to be called Lee Chapel until they changed the name to University Chapel because of political correctness.... for those who enjoy history and the Civil War.. this is the place to go? They don't bother to mention that the entire Lee family is buried in a crypt underneath the chapel.... they moved the Museum and Gift Shop because of Renovations but Lee's College office is still exactly the way he left it the day that he died.... and right outside the door of the crypt is the grave of Robert E Lee's famous horse Traveller, throw a few sugar cubes and a Apple for the good old boy... visit and enjoy.
  • Very historical chapel formerly known as the Lee Memorial Chapel, it is where he and his family are interred, and was partly constructed by Lee as a place to gather (instead of explicitly a church/chapel). There is a statue/monument to him constructed after he passed. There are some docents to help you out, but it otherwise is self-guided. Definitely worth a stop for Southerns, Americans, and history-fans all the same. Cheers.

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