Cave Hill Cemetery

Finding new ways to relax can be harder than you might think. There’s always a new thrill to experience, restaurant to try, or event to attend, yet seeking out a tranquil place in the midst of the city is often a daunting task. You can only go to so many yoga classes and local parks, and we don’t all have the money to make a habit of weekly massages. Taking in new scenery can have a calming effect on the mind, body, and spirit, but before you empty your wallet on a vacation to the Caribbean, there’s a little place right here in Kentucky you might want to see. 

Nestled in the Highlands is a hidden gem called Cave Hill Cemetery, a place of natural beauty and manmade innovation that contains a wealth of history inside its gates. On February 5th, 1848, the General Assembly of Kentucky chartered Cave Hill for use as a local cemetery. It was a natural progression after the brick house belonging to the previous owners was turned into the Pest House, where patients with contagious diseases were sent to keep them isolated from the rest of the city. Never intended to become anything but a place of burial, Cave Hill soon transformed into a place of quiet reflection and stunning sights that attracted more than just the bereaved. 

Now, I know what you’re thinking: a cemetery? The idea may seem a tad macabre, but once you enter the grounds, the landscape and meticulously crafted monuments reveal a history that demands to be shared. A number of esteemed individuals have been buried in Cave Hill, including Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., who created the Kentucky Derby, and Colonel Harland Sanders of  Kentucky Fried Chicken fame. The monuments themselves also draw in visitors, with beautiful sculptures and impressive mausoleums spread out among the beautiful gardens. There’s even a series of lakes and ponds to admire as you stroll through the lovingly engraved markers. 

If you need a new space to explore while getting that relaxation fix you crave, Cave Hill awaits you. It’s open every day of the year, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (weather permitting), and is free to the public. Please review their rules and regulations on the Cave Hill website ( www.cavehillcemetery.com ) before visiting. And make sure to bring your camera along so you can enter a photo into The Views of Cave Hill Cemetery Photography Contest, running from now until September 28th, 2013, and your picture might make it into their 2014 calendar! 

Where: 701 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204 

When: 8am - 4:45pm, every day

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