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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 cemetery in Frankfort is worth a visit if you are interested in Kentucky's history. Daniel Boone's gravesite is here and usually is where everyone goes to see. But there are Kentucky governors bu...  more »
  • We always stop by this cemetery when we are in the area. The history, the view...it's wonderful! Definitely recommend stopping by.  more »
  • Ran through the cemetery as part of the Kentucky History Half Marathon and then came back later to go through it more slowly. Beautiful river views and views of the Capitol building, along with an int...  more »
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  • If I was to be buried, over looking the river here would be nice!
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