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Normal life continued for most people during the secession crisis. On March 21, 1861, the editor of the Lexington Valley Star reported on the construction of new buildings in town.
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"Improvements in Lexington"

Lexington Valley Star, March 21, 1861.

Normal life continued for most people during the secession crisis. "We are gratified to see that the unsettled state of the country and tightness of the money market, have not stopped the progress of improvement in our town," wrote the editor of the Lexington Valley Star on March 21, 1861. He reported on the construction of a new bank, several other commercial structures, and three new buildings at Virginia Military Institute.

Lexington Valley Star, March 21, 1861.

Improvements in Lexington.
We are gratified to see that the unsettled state of the country and tightness of the money market, have not stopped the progress of improvement in our town. Some four or five new tenement houses and two handsome brick private dwellings have been erected during the fall and winter. Mr. Tutwiler is about building a new house for the Bank, and the Messrs Pettigrew are about erecting a new building on their old stand, which, judging from the plan of the architect will be quite handsome and imposing. Both this and the house for the Bank, will have fronts of cut stone. Mr. Johnson is now making additions to his hotel building, which will add greatly to the capacity and comfort of his house.
At the Institute, the new house for the Superintendent in nearly completed. The magazine has been built and enclosed, and the north wing of the Barracks is in progress of erection.