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“A real jewel of history and beauty.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lexington Cemetery

Lexington Cemetery
833 West Main Street, Lexington, KY 40508
859-255-5522
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Ranked #5 of 49 Attractions in Lexington
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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Owner description: Established in 1824, this is considered one of America's most beautifully landscaped cemeteries.
Somerset, Kentucky
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“A real jewel of history and beauty.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We did not know what to expect when visiting Lexington Cemetery. We had done some research as to who was buried there and some of the most notable people of influence who were here. One of the main stories that intrigued me was of King Solomon and I was very interested in his grave after reading the story of him. Another grace which piqued my curiosity was Henry Clay who had a failed run at being President of the US and the cousin of Cassius Clay the emancipationist and state representative.

At the front gates they have a beautiful little office building which one can utilize to find any grave they want and also sells books and offers free pamphlets highlighting some points of interest and a walking tour of the cemetery.

Using the information we had gained from the front desk we set out to find what we had come for and even a few extra which we had learned from the office staff. We found all the grave sites we were looking for except for one grave the name of who escapes me now.

The walk was beautiful and you never had to walk to far to find a grave of interest even though the cemetery itself is huge.

We also found some other people who tour cemeteries taking photos and taking in the history which was very nice and we were able to share what we had seen.

Overall, the experience was beautiful and every respect was adhered to by the staff and visitors.

Visited August 2012
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Georgetown, Kentucky
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“Amazing Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

This is an absolutely gorgeous, historic cemetery with is the final resting place of over 31,000 people. Many famous people are buried here, including former U.S. Vice President John C. Breckinridge, former U.S. Senator Henry Clay, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan (the "Lighting Bolt of the South"), former University of Kentucky Basketball Coach Adolph Rupp, and actor/comedian Jim Varney. The grounds are quiet and serene, and ducks swim in quaint little ponds. If you have children, buy a loaf of bread so you can feed the ducks. Several people bring sack lunches and enjoy picnics.

Visited April 2012
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Wilmore, Kentucky
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“Largest example of Kentucky Native Trees anywhere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Yes this is a cemetery, treat it with respect, it is not a place for kids to play or let your dog leave their presents. The cemetery has a Tree Walk once a year which is informative and unique.
The cemetery is maintained professionally.

Visited October 2012
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Lexington, Kentucky
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“Peacful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Beautiful, peaceful place. Feels like an old-world cemetery. Truly a place of rest for our departed, and yet at the same time a historical view of our past, and the founding of Kentucky and our own past.

Visited February 2013
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“Listed in the National Audabon Society”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Lots of birds..and trees and ponds to sit peacefully at and watch them all! I've always liked going there and feeding bread to the fish in the ponds!

Visited January 2013
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