LEXINGTON, Va. (TVR) – In 1967, two Washington and Lee University students produced “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in an abandoned, turn-of-the-century limestone quarry and kiln in Lexington. Fifteen years later, the landowner donated use of the site for the establishment of a nonprofit arts organization and thus began thousands of volunteer hours to clear the brambles, thickets and rubble to build a theater and concert venue. From a successful first summer season in 1984, Lime Kiln expanded to an annual series that spanned over 25 years.
Attending a show at Lime Kiln is a unique and immersive experience. The natural stone walls, trees and stars overhead blend perfectly with the folk, roots and bluegrass tunes that cast a spell and get toes tapping every season. The venue holds 675 guests on wooden benches and grassy spaces, giving guests the option to bring chairs and blankets.
Each season they host area food trucks and open the doors over an hour before the show begins. They also partner with local breweries and wineries to provide a wide assortment of beer, wine and cider.