LEX History Tours

Experiential History Tours in Lexington

Our Tours

Lexington Downtown History Tours

The downtown walking tour is a 1.5-mile walking tour of historic areas of downtown Lexington starting at the Lexington Visitors Center at the renovated old Courthouse on Main Street. The tour will take about 2 hours with a 15-minute stop about 2/3 of the way through the tour to discuss many of the important individuals who walked Lexington’s streets and discuss the pertinent historic events that occurred in Lexington. 


Cemetery Tour

The Lexington Cemetery has more than 500 Confederate and 1,100 Union veterans buried there along with numerous individuals who were critical to the history of this country. The tour takes about two hours and points out the graves of many of these significant individuals and discusses their importance, including 6 Confederate generals and 2 Union generals.   We will meet for this tour at the Henry Clay Monument at the cemetery.

Tour Guide:  Your tour guide, Phil Maxson, is a Lexington native and has been teaching classes and leading tours for the University of Kentucky OLLI program for the past seven years. Classes he has taught include:  “Kentucky and the Civil War,” “Camp Nelson,” “the Invasion of Kentucky,” and “Kentucky’s Lincoln.” He also has led multiple history tours of downtown Lexington, the Lexington Cemetery, Camp Nelson, and the Perryville Battle site. Phil is a lover of history with a degree in history from Centre College.

Henry Clay Memorial at the Lexington Cemetery
Henry Clay Memorial at the Lexington Cemetery

Tour Charges:

Waiver and Release

 On behalf of myself, my estate, and my below-listed minor child(ren) (for whom I execute this Waiver and Release in my capacity as their lawful custodian) I,  understand there are risks inherent in participating in the walking tour activities, including injury or death. I understand it is not the responsibility of LEX History Tours, Inc., its employees, owners or agents, to fix or identify hazards or dangers we may encounter in the course of the walking tour activities, and I assume any and all risks attendant to my/our participation in the walking tour activities.  I forever waive in full any and all claims against LEX History Tours, Inc., its owners, employees and agents, for any injury, illness, property loss, harm or death that I, or my minor child(ren), may suffer that in any way relates to or arises from walking tour activities.  I agree to hold LEX History Tours, Inc., its owners, employees and agents, harmless for any such loss, and I otherwise indemnify them fully for any liability to me, my estate, and assigns, arising from the walking tour activities.  I agree to participate in these walking tours only while of sound mind and body, and free from the influence of any alcohol or drugs.  I will inform LEX History Tours, Inc. staff before the tour commences if I (or any of my children) have any medical or physical condition that may impede my ability to participate safely in the walking tour activates, including impairments to my vision or hearing, sensitivity to heat or exercise, or a compromised ability to walk safely on uneven and/or slippery surfaces.  At all times during the walking tour activities, I will abide by all applicable laws, regulations and ordinances, including those related to pedestrian traffic, and I understand it is my responsibility to fully apprise myself of such laws, regulations and ordinances before I participate in the walking tour activities.