The Lexington 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 enjoyed devoting about two hours to seeing much of this beautiful cemetery this afternoon, Sunday, November 5, 2017. The cemetery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. A sign states that the gates are locked...  more »
  • We were looking for Henry Clay and the Todd family. Also a section devoted to soldiers which was moving. Very beautiful. Such history  more »
  • Excellent landscaping with old growth trees, a haven for many species of wild birds. Old and new sections are tastefully laid out with clearly marked roads.  more »
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  • This is a beautiful cemetery. It's located right outside of downtown and it's massive in size.
  • Beautiful, serene, burial as it should be. The late, great actor Jim Varney is buried here. Well-kept, bucolic grounds.
  • 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.
  • A beautiful place. Great for romantic walks.

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Where to stay in Lexington

Downtown Lexington offers accommodations ranging from budget to luxury, but for easier access to the area's famous horse parks and farms, consider staying just north of the city proper. Many rustic bed and breakfasts on the edge of town offer guests a chance to stay at a farmhouse or log cabin. These properties provide not only every comfort of home, but also much more privacy than a downtown hotelĀ could offer. To avoid driving to Lexington's major urban attractions, consider a hotel near the city's convention center.
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