Lexington Cemetery

I had planned to write about some of the historical resources effected by Hurricane Sandy today, but with so many people still without power, water, shelter, or safe transportation it just doesn’t feel right.

So instead, in honor of Halloween I bring you some snaps of Lexington Cemetery – 170 acres of creepy, beautiful, historical landscape.

The cemetery was established in 1849.  It is the final resting place of Henry Clay, the Great Compromiser, and other Lexington and Kentucky notables.   (The Henry Clay Monument is at the far right of this postcard – it can be seen for miles). One of the most infamous residence of Lexington Cemetery is William “King” Solomon, the town drunk who tirelessly helped bury the victims of the 1833 Cholera Epidemic.

A variety of grave markers and plot boundaries  have been used in the cemetery over the decades. There are elaborately carved statuary, standard military markers, and modern markers.

The cemetery follows a park-like plan and is sometimes referred to as the Lexington Cemetery and Arboretum.  Among the over 64,000 internments are fountains, ponds, boxwoods, daffodils, magnolias, chrysanthemums, etc. There are winding roads and paths throughout the cemetery.

There are three separate places within the cemetery that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places:   the Confederate Soldier Monument, the Ladies’ Confederate Memorial (pictured above), and the Lexington National Cemetery.

Have a happy and safe Halloween, ya’ll!

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