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Lexington Cemetery, Lexington

4.8
#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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  • The cemetery is beautifully landscaped and maintained very well. I learned a lot just by being there. I was reminded of the sacredness of life and death and human love and memories. The kids were...  more »
  • My parents’ and sister’s cremains are interred here, and my wife and mine will be as well (hopefully not too soon). The trees, size, ponds, and curvy roads make for a special visit. The cherry trees.....  more »
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  • So peacful well maintained
  • 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!

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