Lexington is a town in and the county seat of Lexington County, South Carolina, United States.It is only 12 mi away from South Carolina’s state capital and largest city, Columbia.
The historic town of Lexington, South Carolina is a direct descendant of the old Royal township of Saxe Gotha. By 1861, when it was incorporated as a town, Lexington boasted a diverse population of lawyers, physicians, tradespeople, artisans and farmers. There were then 2 churches, several schools, a carriage factory, a saw and gristmill, a tannery, livestock yard, tin and blacksmiths, and a weekly newspaper. The small farms with their varied crops and the lumber industry stabilized somewhat the economy of the area after Reconstruction years. The completion of the Columbia to Augusta Railroad just after the Civil War and the construction of the Lexington Textile Mill in 1890 contributed greatly to the growth of the town itself. The Town of Lexington has continued to be the political center of Lexington County, one of the fastest growing areas of the nation. With new major highways passing nearby, the town continues to experience phenomenal growth.
Slightly north of Lexington rests one of South Carolina’s major lakes, Lake Murray. The lake is held by a 1.7 mile long dam in which people are free to drive, bike, run, or walk across. The Saluda Dam provides electricity for the surrounding area and is a beacon for the Midlands of South Carolina. There is also a public swimming area that is open during the summer months on the Lexington side of the dam.
Lexington School Districts