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Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville

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As the largest of its kind in the city and home to a multitude of Victorian-era graves, Cave Hill Cemetery is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally begun in the late 1840s, the cemetery features an array of decorations and tombs constructed in the grand Corinthian style. You can visit the cemetery and wander its plots, replete with local legends and ordinary citizens alike, including a number of tombs dedicated to both Union and Confederate soldiers from the Civil War. Admire the intricate designs of many of the statues and obelisks that dot the area and mark the entrances to the cemetery. This is the final resting place for former mayors, civil servants, soldiers, and even Colonel Sanders of "KFC" fame. Use our Louisville trip builder to arrange your visit to Cave Hill Cemetery and other attractions in Louisville.
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  • I was amazed at the size of the cemetery. The stones are like none I have ever seen before. I have never seen a place this size. Beautiful I could have spent days taking it all in.  more »
  • We came here to find the grave of one of my favorite authors, Joseph A. Altsheler, who sparked my love of Kentucky history. We were invited into the front gate office while they looked up his gravesit...  more »
  • This is the final resting place of the legendary Muhammad Ali and Colonel Harlan Sanders of KFC fame. There are a number of Civil War dead buried here also including the governor of Kentucky who was i...  more »
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  • Beautiful, historic cemetery. One of my favorite places to go. I recommend bringing a small bag of bird seed to placate the geese if you're going sightseeing. ;)
  • Our Hero Muhammad Ali the GREATEST Muslim American is Buried Here. May ALLAH the Compassionate and Merciful The God of Mankind Grant Him Jannadul Fardious (Best place in Paradise) Ameen. Peace Love and Unity to Human Race.
  • Cave Hills Cemetery is amazing in both it's natural beauty and historic nature. Entering past the Corinthian style clock tower and down the tree lined road transports you from the urban bustle outside to a surreal landscape of seemingly ancient trees and even more ancient graves---sitting like a time capsule in the midsts of the modern city. Free and open to the public for self tours, one could spend an entire day walking amongst the tombstones and mausoleums while taking in the beauty of the landscape or the history of those laid to rest here. From George Rogers Clark to, of course, the Colonel--- Harland Sanders...I recommend printing a map which points out some of the more historic significant burial spots.
  • Great historic place. Muhammed Ali and COL Sanders are buried there. The cemetery is HUGE. Thought we would only be there for an hour or so but ended but there for 3 hours! Was great to look at all the old, different headstones, monuments, and moseliums. They even have an area for the Civil War Soldiers. Did a lot of walk being that we parked at the office but it was great exercise and the provided a clear map for us. I would go back again. It was well maintained and clean. The staff at the office was really friendly.
  • I cant believe Ive never been there before. Its alot to take in, but definitely worth it.