Small Town Spotlight: Lexington, Georgia
Lexington, Georgia, the seat of Oglethorpe County in northeast Georgia, is eighty-five miles east of Atlanta and seventeen miles east of Athens. Like many small towns in Georgia, its economy was originally based on cotton and tobacco, and after the decline of these industries and The Great Depression, the town suffered from neglect over the years. The downtown district of Lexington has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977, and has been slowly but surely experiencing a revival. With a growing number of residents, local businesses, a farmers market, and monthly special events, Lexington is a fun place to spend the day and get away from the hustle and bustle of town for a bit.
While living in Athens, Lexington was one of my favorite day-trips. It's great place to see beautiful examples of 19th century architecture like the Romanesque Revival style Oglethorpe County Courthouse; check out the latest finds at the area antique shops; you can even get some good BBQ on your way back to Athens.
For more information on Lexington, Georgia history check out this article. For information on events in Lexington check out the Oglethorpe Fresh facebook page. Hours and location of Pig O's BBQ Truck click here.
- Pig O's Bar-B-Que, Crawford, Georgia (marieletseat.com)