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The Lexington County Museum was founded in 1970 and has catered to thousands of visitors ever since. The structure spans across 7 acres and features 36 historical buildings. Home to artifacts dating back to the colonial era and the Civil War, the Lexington County Museum is located in the Historic District of Lexington, South Carolina.
The museum is about 20 minutes away from Columbia, SC. The collection of historic items available at the museum includes quilts and pottery. The German and Swiss heritage of Lexington is primarily focused on in the museum. Special events are also held at the museum for Christmas and Halloween.
Murders and Mysteries Walking Tour
Open only to attendees over 18 years of age, the Murders and Mysteries Walking Tour is a free tour offered by the Lexington County Museum. The Murders and Mysteries Walking Tour is a favorite among most visitors due to the unique aspects of local history that are discussed in great detail during the hour-long tour.
The tour starts on 116 East Main Street at 8 p.m.
John Fox House
The John Fox House is a historical house owned by the Lexington County Museum and the first building in Lexington County to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. The John Fox House was founded in 1830 specifically as a dormitory and classroom space for the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. The house was later owned by Senator John Fox. The house is a two-story structure and has an eleven foot deep porch at the front side of the building.
Ernest L. Hazelius House
The Ernest L. Hazelius House was also founded in 1830 by German-Swiss settlers in Lexington County. The house was owned by a clergyman of the Lutheran Church. The pine house has columns and mantels and is divided into four rooms in the front half of the house and has four small bedrooms on the back side of the house with a central hall. The Earnest L. Hazelius House was added to the list of the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Historical Past Times
The Historical Past Times tour gives you an insight on the leisure activities and the lives of children from the 1700s and 1800s. Designed specifically for children, the tour can accommodate up to 35 students at a time. These children get a chance to see dolls and other toys from the past and hear stories of children from the Civil War era.
The Lexington County Museum is located at 231 Fox Street, Lexington, SC. The timings for the museum are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Lexington County Museum is closed on Mondays and all public holidays.
The ticket prices for the museum are $5 for adults and $3 for children.
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