During the 1920’s, Superior Court sessions were held from two to four weeks per year and these were occasions of considerable community significance. Some lawyers still “rode the circuit” attending court sessions throughout the area, thus producing an influx of out-of-town lawyers when Superior Court was in session. Many county residents made it a point to come “to town” during these weeks and attended trials as spectators.
Vendors sold refreshments and other wares in the area of Lawyers Row, located directly behind the Old Courthouse, creating a carnival atmosphere. It was under these conditions that the famous Lexington Barbecue had its origin as Sid Weaver prepared, cooked, and sold this product in a tent located across West Center Street from the Court House where the Lexington City Manager’s offices are now located.
In celebration of this unique connection between the practice of law and our town’s famous culinary specialty, Brinkley Walser Stoner participated in a public art initiative begun by Uptown Lexington, Inc. entitled, “Pigs in the City,” by commissioning a pig to be designed and decorated in the style of an English Barrister to place in front of the firm’s offices on West Center Street near the site of Sid Weaver’s original barbecue tent. Brinkley Walser Stoner continues to support the restoration and re-development of the uptown historic business district and, of course, we always enjoy good Lexington BBQ and encourage our clients to do likewise!