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Lexington National Cemetery, Lexington

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
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 grounds are beautiful, but we could not find a map anywhere. Not even online. The sections are hard to follow, and without a map, you don't know where to find anyone. It did have some of the large...  read more »
  • Lots of history (Henry Clay's tomb is in this cemetery) along with a lot of soldiers. Beautiful trees and plants along with ponds and wildlife! Peaceful, even though it's close to downtown. Very lovel...  read more »
  • It may sound odd to say but this is a very beautiful cemetery that is apart from paying your respects to the dead is well worth stopping by to visit in its on right. The gardens, pathways, ponds and t...  read more »
  • Visiting my fathers grave yesterday & was amazed at how beautiful it was as the day we laid him to rest. Remarkable cemetery I absolutely love it. Couldn't imagine having my loved one anywhere else.
  • This is a beautiful and historic spot close to downtown Lexington. Absolutely beautiful in the spring with all the flowers in bloom.
  • Beautiful, serene, burial as it should be. The late, great actor Jim Varney is buried here. Well-kept, bucolic grounds.
  • Lovely space to walk & reflect. An oasis just outside of city center.
  • Very beautiful cemetery. I came here with a friend to bring some Christmas ornaments. It is peaceful and inspiring to walk in this sacred ground.
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