Trip Planner USA  /  Kentucky  /  Frankfort  /  Scenic Drive  /  Frankfort Cemetery

Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort

Categories: Scenic Drives, Cemeteries, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
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.
To visit Frankfort Cemetery on your trip to Frankfort, use our Frankfort trip builder.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • Visited site to see site of Daniel and Rebecca Boone's burial. Very picturesque view from the site of the KY River below and the Capitol. A lot of interesting monuments in older sections as well as ne...  read more »
  • Take a little more time than you had planned if you are coming here to look at the gravestones and history. Not a lot of areas to park and leave your car, but lots of older gravestones to view and res...  read more »
  • This historic cemetery is the site of Daniel and Rebecca Boone's grave along with other notable historic figures. There is a stunning view of Frankfort from the hilltop near the Boone's grave site. It...  read more »
  • If I was to be buried, over looking the river here would be nice!
  • ;]
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 4​h
Visit for 4​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m