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Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort

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The Frankfort Cemetery is located on East Main Street in Frankfort, Kentucky. The cemetery is the supposed burial site of Daniel Boone and contains the graves of other famous Americans including seventeen Kentucky governors and a Vice President of the United States.HistoryIt was created by Judge Mason Brown, son of statesman John Brown, inspired by a visit to Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston.Brown enlisted other Frankfort civic leaders and on February 27, 1844 the Kentucky General Assembly approved the cemetery's incorporation. The 32acre property, then called Hunter's Garden, was purchased in 1845 for $3,801. Additional land was purchased in 1858 and in 1911 for a total of.Brown hired Scottish-born landscape architect Robert Carmichael to design the cemetery.Buildings and groundsThe cemetery is designed in a style similar to Mount Auburn, with curving lanes, terraces and a circle of vaults. Carmichael imported flowers from around the state, intending the cemetery to double as an arboretum in a time when residents could not easily travel to see mountain flowers not native to the region. A central feature is the State Mound, featuring a military memorial designed by Robert E. Launitz.The cemetery has views of the Kentucky River, which forms its western boundary. A bluff overlooking the river gives a view of downtown, south Frankfort, and the Capitol District.
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  • This is a beautiful and very large cemetery. You will see the resting place of Daniel, and Rebecca Boon. The cemetery overlooks the city of Frankfort with fabulous views from atop the hill where the c...  more »
  • The cemetery is well marked so finding the things of interest are easy...the view from Daniel Boone's grave is a must see!  more »
  • Visited the Frankfort Cemetery since we are interested in the different cemeteries in the local area.Nice well-kept cemetery.  more »
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  • If I was to be buried, over looking the river here would be nice!
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