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300-year-old tree falls at Lexington City Cemetery, dozens of headstones damaged

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LEXINGTON, N.C. — Crews were at work Monday removing debris from the Lexington City Cemetery after a large tree fell and damaged headstones.

City officials say the tree was one of the oldest in Lexington, dating to roughly 300 years old. The tree measured 18 feet in circumference.

At least two dozen headstones were damaged due to debris from the tree.

City officials said they will work to clear the debris, but said repairing or replacing damaged headstones will be the responsibility of the families affected. Neither the city nor the cemetery is responsible for damage to the headstones, as the incident was considered an “act of God.”


  • its my business

    OK, I have no reason to comment because none of the headstones belonged to any of my family members or friends. But I am here to tell you that those headstones could be ages old. Perhaps there are no family members left to replace them??? I feel it is the responsibility of the Cemetary to replace them if family members cannot be found. If it were me – I would piece back the old headstone for posterity if it were a family member of mine. This outrages me. We pay alot for those headstones, alot…. The cemetary should at least offered some condolences and next steps for the family. The tree probably should have been taken down before the catastrophy. I know – I had to take one down at my Dads. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones.

  • M.B.

    I’m sure that this ancient tree showed signs of disease or weakness before it fell and damaged the headstones. This is NOT an act of God. There is a responsibility for this type of thing to be monitored. I’m sure the trees and the library, etc. are monitored and would not be allowed to fall on people’s cars.

    • its my business

      M.B. I totally agree with you. Like I said, it’s really none of my business because I do not have family members there. But the cemetary needs to make it right with each and everyone they can.

  • Amanda

    I agree with the others. If nothing else, what would it take for them to take a little cement and piece them back together? I live across the street and have witnessed one person works while 5 others stand around and talk about it. Everyone talks so much about pride in community. How about some pride in this historic place in the city center?

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