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Lexington Cemetery, Lexington

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#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in Lexington
Lexington Cemetery is a private, non-profit 170acre cemetery and arboretum located at 833 W. Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lexington Cemetery was established in 1849 as a place of beauty and a public cemetery, in part to deal with burials from the cholera epidemic in the area. It now contains more than 64,000 interments.
Its plantings include boxwood, cherries, crabapples, dogwoods, magnolias, taxus, as well as flowers such as begonias, chrysanthemums, irises, jonquils, lantanas, lilies, and tulips. Also on the grounds is an American basswood (Tilia Americana), which the cemetery claims to be the largest in the world. However, this claim is not supported by the National Register of Big Trees, which claims that the largest American Basswood is located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Within the cemetery are three places that are listed separately on the National Register of Historic Places from the main cemetery: Confederate Soldier Monument in Lexington, the Ladies' Confederate Memorial, and Lexington National Cemetery.
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  • Use to take my lunch in the Spring and reflect on life. I use to go look at different headstones. Some of the headstones are very old, makes you think about people that lived back in the 1800's. How d...  more »
  • The Lexington Cemetery, the Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 833 West Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40508, 859-255-5522, is open daily 8AM to 5PM, gates close....  more »
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  • This is the most beautiful cemetery I've ever seen. It has beautiful flowering trees. And the staff is very friendly. Rain or shine the workers are always keeping this place up. It's so nice to drive around the many pathways or walk them for some great exercise! I stop by here just to admire the beauty at least once a week. I've even seen photoshoots here!
  • Rarely, do we walk hallowed grounds like those present within the Lexington Cemetery. These marble and granite monuments to those who have passed before us still have the power to shape our experience. This location exists like a time capsule full of local, regional, and national history. Anyone wanting to know more about life, dedication, and sacrifice has but to walk these hillsides and read the plaques and inscriptions. Truly a moving location. Everyone should visit and spend some time just quietly taking it all in.

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