Lexington, NC “the barbecue capital of the world,” is located in middle of the state. Named after the Revolutionary Battle of Lexington, this town has been around for a looooong time. Like many cities and towns here in North Carolina their textile and furniture industry left for other pastures in the ’90’s, taking jobs and a good chunk of the economy with them. Slowly, Lexington is transforming and you now see glimmers of its former glory, making visiting an excellent back road day trip.
1) Eat Barbecue. Or Bar-b-cue. Or Bar-b-que. Or Bar-B-Q. Or BBQ. Lexington is barbecue central in NC, both literally and figuratively. Barbecue joints are easy to find in this town and they all have their own twist. I was on a mission for barbecue. What is Lexington barbecue? I was fixin’ to find out. My TripAdvisor research led me to choose the Bar-B-Q Center. I arrived in the early afternoon while it was quiet. That quickly changed and this joint was jumping.’ You can read more about my experience here. No matter what restaurant you try in Lexington, be sure to try the “barbecue slaw,” a vinegar based red slaw with a unique tang.
2) Pigs in the City. Forget Sex in the City, in Lexington it’s all about the pig. Barbecue pig, that is. What better way to highlight the the city’s mainstay than with pig art in the form of life-size pig sculptures tucked around town?
3) The Candy Factory. This candy store is every kid’s dream. When you step inside it’s like time hopping back in time. Plus they have candy.
4) Conrad & Hinkle Food Market. Take a few moments to walk around and take in this old-school supermarket. If you close your eyes you can imagine what it was like to shop at the local market and get fresh meat from the butcher, like your grandma. Bring your cooler and be sure to pick up some pimento cheese and meats from the butcher.
5) Davidson County Historic Museum. Located in the old, historic courthouse, the museum features the history of Davidson County through exhibits and programs. Learn about the county by viewing the artifacts, photographs, archives on the first floor and take in the original historic courthouse on the second floor.
Of course this isn’t an inclusive list of everything to do in Lexington! There is much, much more. Lexington is a small town big on charm with no shortage of things to do, see, or eat. Bob Timberlake, renowned artist and NC native, has a gallery in Lexington. Maybe you’re more keen on the outdoors? Why not visit one of the parks, lakes or recreation areas nearby? If you’re a barbecue aficionado plan your visit during the annual barbecue festival and eat to your heart’s content!