Alexander-Withrow House was built in 1789 and is located in the center of downtown Lexington across from the McCampbell Inn on the cornet of Main and Washington Streets.
The Alexander-Withrow building was one of the few town structures – maybe the only one – to survive the disastrous fire in 1796.
How Alexander managed to build so distinctive a house in the midst of a frontier Valley log town remains a mystery. Not only did he use corner chimneys, which was odd enough he also employed an elaborate diamond design in the Flemish bond brickwork called “diapering”.
In recent years the Alexander-Withrow House has gained world wide recognition with guests from all over the United States as well as Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. This could be due, in part, to the fact that the inn was featured in “Country Inns and Back Roads” by Norman Simpson, for many years now.
The Alexander-Withrow House represents a dramatic achievement – from a dilapidated home for pigeons twenty years ago to one of Lexington’s, possibly the country’s, most distinctive guest houses. This was the first building saved by a group of ladies who founded the Historic Lexington Foundation of today.
A private courtyard to spend time after a day of sightseeing and shopping or a day visiting V.M.I.
Alexander-Withrow House provided accommodations for Richard Geer and Jodie Foster while portions of the movie “Sommersby” was being filmed nearby. “Virginia was the most beautiful location in which I’ve worked”, leading lady Jodie Foster said.
Each of its individually decorated rooms has many antiques, private bath, temperature controls. (Suite Pictured)