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

(Keith Hale/WGHP)

(Keith Hale/WGHP)

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.”