Lexington Cemetery

Lexington Cemetery

Hellooo, I’m back! Took a break from blogging while my husband, our dog, and I went on an epic road trip through ten states during most of September. It was super fun! But we are home now, and certainly glad to be back in our routines. Also very thankful that fall as finally decided to arrive in western PA 🧡

I took a massive amount of photos during our trip, and have begun the slow process of going through/editing them. Trying to keep things somewhat chronological here, so I’m starting my first blog back from the road trip with an entry from way back in early September, when we started our journey in beautiful Lexington, KY.

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Before we even left for Lexington, I had my sights set on its famed cemetery. Recommended to me from folks who had visited or lived in the city, Lexington Cemetery seemed to have quite a reputation for being a highlight of the area. Forget fancy horse parks and the world’s best bourbon… I came for the weathered headstones, darn it.

pictured above: the final resting place of U.S. statesman Henry Clay (1777-1852).

pictured above: the final resting place of U.S. statesman Henry Clay (1777-1852).

Established in 1849, Lexington Cemetery sits on 170 beautiful acres just a stone’s throw from the city’s downtown. The first thing that struck me about this rural-style (sometimes called ‘garden-style’) cemetery was the vast amount and wide variety of trees within its walls. I honestly have never seen so many trees inside a cemetery, it was seriously awesome! The older sections of the grounds were particularly dense with trees, contrasted perfectly by lush green lawns and centuries-old grave markers of all shapes and sizes.

pictured above: a newer section of the cemetery is broken up into quiet walled gardens.

pictured above: a newer section of the cemetery is broken up into quiet walled gardens.

Cemeteries remain one of my favorite tourist “to-do” items whenever I’m visiting a new city. I have to say that Lexington Cemetery has sky-rocketed to the top of my very unofficial Favorite Cemeteries List! It hits all the right notes for me: rich historical background, trees galore, garden/park setting, an interesting range of gravesite styles, and very well maintained. 10/10 would recommend!

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If you find yourself in the Lexington area and want to take a quick or a long stroll through a truly pastoral cemetery, look no further. Lexington Cemetery is open to the public seven days a week, 8am-5pm. Happy trails!

Thanks for reading! Did you enjoy this post? Do you also have an enthusiasm for cemeteries? Check out other boneyards I’ve explored in my travels by visiting the cemeteries tag here on my blog.