1868 Magnolia House Inn

501 South Main Street, Lexington, Virginia 24450
Innkeeper(s): Wes Cannon
  • Introduction

    1868 Magnolia House Inn was built as his private residence in 1868 by William Pole, the builder of the beautiful Lee Chapel on the Washington and Lee University campus. An example of the Shenandoah Victorian style, the house boasts high ceilings, tall windows, many fireplaces, and several porches. Guests may enjoy the parlor, the dining room, the Hospitality Room stocked with cold drinks and snacks, including Jan's homemade cookies and the front porches on both levels overlooking the garden. Enhanced with antiques and traditional furnishings, the inn reflects the gracious warmth of Victorian elegance, combined with the casual comforts of today.

    Located on Main Street in Lexington's Historic District, 1868 Magnolia House Inn is a short walk from the quaint downtown restaurants and shops, the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson Memorials, the campuses of both Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute, and the Lexington Visitors Center. Nearby are the Virginia Horse Center, Natural Bridge, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.









    For a peaceful retreat or a conveniently located center from which to explore Lexington and the Shenandoah Valley, 1868 Magnolia House is a home away from home, a journey back
    into an earlier, more peaceful time. Treat yourself or someone you love.

  • Guest Book

    This is truly a peaceful, warm environment to stay in. Your breakfast was more than anticipated and you show who you really are in such quiet ways. Thank you for a wonderful weekend. We will return… - North Carolina

    The breakfast was divine…and we do appreciate all the extra effort you went to to accommodate our needs. - Washington DC

    "Tack sa mycket" – thank you very much for a good night sleep and a good healthy breakfast. -  Sweden

    Had a great stay with wonderful people. Relaxing, and a terrific cup of coffee. - Tennessee

    This was my husband's first B&B. He's hooked! Thank you for making it so special. - Florida

    Your charming Inn was a wonderful blessing on this special weekend.  Thank you for your kindness and superb hospitality. - Virginia

    Perfect. - England

    We loved it! Very peaceful and relaxing. - Washington DC

    What a great find — to discover Magnolia House and its gracious hosts. Thank you for providing such beauty and peace. The Lord has blessed us through you. – Connecticut

    It seemed like "coming home" — except the breakfast is so much better than home! - North Carolina

    The whole atmosphere makes one feel right at home. Our talks, the delicious breakfasts, and gorgeous rooms make Magnolia House tops in our book. We look forward to coming again (and again and again). - Pennsylvania

    Merci beaucoup pour votre accueil chaleureaux! - France 

    This place will always have a special place in our hearts...(and thank you so much for all your special arrangements!) - Virginia

    Wonderful stay!  Very comfortable - I haven't slept this soundly in a long time.  Breakfast was excellent!  Love the house! -  Maryland 

    Loved our room and your hospitality.  The whole house is lovely.  Omelet was outrageous!  Blueberry jam magnificent. - Virginia


  • Area Attractions

    Lexington and Rockbridge County offer many attractions for people of all ages to enjoy during a Virginia vacation. In addition to the cultural, athletic, and other activities offered by the two colleges (Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University), attractions include the Virginia Horse Center, trails and vistas along mountain streams and the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway, Vista Links golf course, antique shopping, and visits to the area's numerous historic sites. Our bed and breakfast’s location in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley is easily reached by Interstate Highway 64 and 81 as well as U.S. Routes 60 and 11.

    For further details on attractions, outdoors, dining, events, and maps of the area see lexingtonvirginia.com. Once in town, you can visit Lexington's attractive and well-staffed Visitors Center for more ideas. 

    During your stay in Lexington, choose from one of the five guest accommodations at the 1868 Magnolia House Inn and enjoy an exceptional lodging experience.

    The Virginia Horse Center is a comprehensive facility to serve equine competition, education, marketing, travel & recreational interests for the world of horses and the people who breed, love and enjoy them. The Virginia Horse Center is a reflection of the many different kinds of horsemanship and includes all breeds and disciplines. The Center offers a beautiful 400-acre site.

    Virginia Military Institute, founded in 1839, is the oldest state supported military college in the nation. Its mission is to provide an undergraduate educational program of the highest quality within a military environment.

    Washington and Lee University was founded in 1749. It is a four-year liberal arts college with a well-respected law school. George Washington endowed the school with 100 shares of James River Company stock in 1796. This gift saved the school from closing. Robert E. Lee became president of the college after the Civil War in 1865.

    The Natural Bridge is the famous natural formation from which Rockbridge County derives its name. A magnificent natural structure with a fascinating history, the Natural Bridge is open to visitors everyday and a visit to the Bridge can also include a number of other attractions such as the Cedar Creek Trail, the Natural Bridge Caverns, the Monacan Village and more.