Lexington has a rich and varied history. It is most well known for its role in the Revolutionary War, but Lexington has continued to evolve and make history in the centuries since it gained significance. Its revolutionary history is important to the nation and draws tourist from around the United States and beyond. This history creates a responsibility to protect and preserve historic sites that are of national importance. 

While Lexington’s revolutionary history is of national importance, there is also a lot of more recent history in Lexington that is of local and regional importance. The arrival of the railroad created an opportunity for significant commercial expansion. This commercial expansion, in turn, ignited a building boom in the late 19th and early 20th century. There was another building boom following the opening of Route 128 – often dubbed America’s Technology Highway. The construction that followed 128 continues to distinguish the Town. Structures of the more recent past, including those in Moon Hill, Five Fields, Turning Mill, and the Peacock Farm enclaves, among others enhance Lexington’s diverse architectural heritage.

A number of residents and stakeholders have expressed concerns that Lexington’s history has not been celebrated or protected as much as it should be, and some continue to push for more stringent preservation measures. At the same time, other community members expressed concern that preservation efforts are having a negative impact on property values.

Learn more about economic development in Lexington from the information below.

The CPAC, the Project Consultants, and Lexington Staff are happy to release the lasted edition of the Historic and Cultural Resources Inventory Report

In 2019, the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) held a public forum, which presented information relative to Lexington’s Historic Resources. Please see links below to view the video of the presentation or copies of the PowerPoint presentations presented.