Lexington, with its fertile pastures, was founded in McConnell Springs in 1775 and quickly grew into a thriving frontier town. With a love of the arts, education and horses, Lexington set the bar as the model for southern civility and charm. The city is steeped in frontier history and boasts such distinctive residents as Mary Todd Lincoln and Senator Henry Clay. Examples of Lexington’s illustrious past, progressive present, and what promises to be a shining future can be found throughout the city. Visitors to – and citizens of – the city enjoy equine attractions, historical tours, and pristine natural areas.
Gorgeous grounds, friendly staff and an up close meeting with prize horses make a visit to Keeneland a must. This is one of the most beautiful tracks in the United States where visitors can bet on exciting races, host a tailgate party or watch the horses train. Admission is low, so the family can enjoy an inexpensive day of entertainment at the races. To learn more about the horses, the races, and all things equine, a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park is highly recommended.
Lexington is infused with a rich history, which is kept alive in many of its historical homes and buildings. The Mary Todd Lincoln house is open for seasonal tours. History’s most famous first lady grew up in this home, which now features furniture, artifacts and personal belongings from both the Todd and Lincoln families. The Henry Clay Estate is home of former senator Henry Clay and features not only artifacts from his life and family, but quiet, park-like grounds that are beautiful and serene year-round. For more history, a tour of downtown Lexington is also recommended.
Pristine Natural Areas
A tour of Lexington would not be complete without experiencing the natural beauty of the Bluegrass area. Hundreds of acres of trees, wildflowers, creeks and reservoirs can be found in Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, Jacobson Park and McConnell Springs.
Lexington has so much to offer both visitors and full time residents. History, refinement, southern charm and gorgeous natural surroundings define the city and capture the hearts of all who live here.