Our Location

Virginia Military Institute is located in historic Lexington, Virginia in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

VMI is a public, four-year, undergraduate military college located in the historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Lexington (population about 7,000) also home to Washington & Lee University, offers a stimulating cultural atmosphere, a relaxed rural pace, and a diverse economic base to make life both pleasant and rewarding. The following websites provide information on Lexington and the surrounding area:


VMI’s post consists of 59 buildings on 200 acres. It contains many buildings dating from the 19th century, is recognized as a national historic district, and Old Barracks is recognized as a national historic landmark.

VMI also owns several off-post properties, including McKethan Park— the site of the VMI observatory—the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, the Jackson House Museum and the adjoining Davidson-Tucker House in downtown Lexington. VMI also owns much of the Chessie Trail, a multipurpose recreational trail linking Buena Vista and Lexington, and works with private landowners to facilitate access.

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