For those of you who may have never visited Lexington, the Lexington Cemetery is a truly unique place. Located on the outskirts of downtown, the Cemetery is located between a large industrial area and Lexington's Newtown Pike. It is visible from Rupp Arena, and is across the train tracks from the revitalized Distillery District. I have always marveled at the peace and tranquility it is still able to impart being so close to so much noise.The truly unforgettable part of the Lexington Cemetery is the layout and design. It seems to be as much a public park as it is a cemetery. I've seen folks out there eating lunch or taking walks as much as folks out there to visit family members. And for history buffs like me, it's an astounding place. From Henry Clay to Adolph Rupp, the great Kentuckians (or Kaintuckeeans) all seem to be buried in Lexington Cemetery.
The grounds were laid out by Charles S. Bell, a Scotsman and horticulturist whose goal it was to create a park-like, landscaped cemetery. Bell - known as a perfectionist, would not open the cemetery until the grounds were finished. The first burial took place on October 2, 1849, when A.B. Colwell, a community businessman who had died of cholera, was laid to rest with his infant son.