The Beauty of Cave Hill Cemetery
It’s a beautiful time of year to take a stroll outside. Fragrant flowers are in bloom, towering trees provide great sections of shade and also serve as the perfect backdrop for a peaceful stroll. If that isn’t enough to draw you outside, what if you could experience all this coupled with a walking tour of rich, Kentucky history? Cave Hill Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the state of Kentucky and is the resting place of some of our state’s most influential and well known leaders.
Cave Hill is a memorial for the strong legacy that has been left to the residents of Louisville. Colonel Harlan Sanders, George Rogers Clark and James Speed. The Heritage Foundation was formed in 2005 and exists to preserve the history and beauty of Cave Hill Cemetery. They also help to maintain the scenic arboretum that is located near downtown Louisville. Over twenty-four trees within Cave Hill have been identified as the largest of their species that can be found in the state.
Cave Hill boasts beautiful views throughout its grounds. If you enjoy dabbling in photography, it is a great place in Louisville to capture stunning photographs. You can easily spend a day taking in the history at Cave Hill. Photographers enjoy capturing both the history and the beautifully manicured landscapes on film. If this sounds like you, consider submitting a photograph to the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation for their 2015 calendar. The contest runs through September 26th of this year.
The grounds are so large, and the history is so broad that you may not know where to begin. Cave Hill provides tours throughout the year. Church, civic and club groups can call ahead to make plans for a one and a half hour tour. There is a $10.00 per person donation to the Heritage Foundation for anyone attending a group tour. You can also schedule a power point presentation for your group at your desired off-site location. Individuals who would like a guided tour can schedule a time on select weekends throughout the year. New in 2014 is an interactive bourbon distillers tour. The next date is Sunday, September 14th. Guests of the guided tour will ride on a rustic wagon as they explore the individuals who historically impacted Kentucky’s culture through local bourbon distilleries.
On Saturday, June 28th the Crescent Hill Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library will be hosting a lecture about Cave Hill Cemetery. Bryan Bush is the author of “Resting in Peace: Civil War Leaders in Cave Hill Cemetery.” The free lecture will feature a presentation about Civilian, Confederate and Union leaders who are buried at Cave Hill. Bryan Bush will discuss the impact that their leadership had on the Civil War. This lecture is a great way to celebrate our community’s involvement in history.
Cave Hill Cemetery is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The main entrance to Cave Hill Cemetery is located at 701 Baxter Ave.