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Lexington National Cemetery, Lexington
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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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  • I love visiting different cities and seeing their history. The Lexington Cemetery is full of beautiful sculptures and memorials to loved ones. The lanes meander throughout the sections and provide pea...  more »
  • Great place for photographs or to just sit in peace. You forget you are near downtown Lexington when you stroll through. Good spot for fall photos as well. 
  • The weather was brisk and windy, so we just drove through the cemetery, however, you could walk around if you want. There is so much history here! The grounds are gorgeous with 2 different lakes, huge...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A beautiful place. Great for romantic walks.
  • 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.
  • 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.