New historic plaque program in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) The Historic Lexington Foundation started a new program to help showcase historic properties in the Lexington Rockbridge area. This summer, homeowners can order and install plaques identifying their historic homes and listing the date of construction.

To be eligible, a building has to be at least 50 years old and of historic or architectural significance to the Lexington area. However, the Foundation doesn’t think that will overly limit the number.

Don Hasfurther, HLF executive director, explains, “If you go other historic cities – Fredericksburg is the perfect example, they’ve got a similar plaque. The program’s been ongoing for over 20 years as I recall, and they have over 250-plus plaques on properties in Fredericksburg. So, yeah, it’ll go on and on.”

The inaugural plaque is going onto the South Main Street home of Gene and Nancy Sullivan, marking it as the General Francis H. Smith House, built circa 1889.