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Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville

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Zachary Taylor National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located at 4701 Brownsboro Road (US-42), in Louisville, Kentucky. It is named for Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States, who is buried there with his wife, Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor. Zachary Taylor National Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 3, 1983. As of 2014, the cemetery has over 14,000 interments and is one of seven national cemeteries in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and one of 112 in the United States. Those buried at the national cemetery served in six wars: Spanish–American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War.The cemetery began as the Taylor family cemetery and holds the graves of the president's parents, Richard Taylor, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War, and Sarah Strother Taylor; W.G.L. Taylor, a captain for the Confederate States of America and other family members. President Taylor's son, Richard Taylor, a general for the Confederate States of America, is buried at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans.
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  • I was a little disappointed. The cemetery is not that large, and I did not think that the marker for Zachary Taylor was all that impressive. But we must remember that it is a presidential bury site, a...  more »
  • #12 doesn't get much attention. I learned a lot from visiting his gravesite and will not forget President Taylor now. It was worth the stop.  more »
  • On the north side of Louisville and just minutes off of 71 is the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. Very easy to find. It is located in a nice residential area. Probably no more than a couple of footb...  more »
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  • “Beautiful Place” Lovely cemetery. Go first thing in the morning and you might see an 8-10 point buck laying in the middle of the cemetery. I did, very cool. I thought he was a statue at first, LOL
  • A real nice and clean cemetery with our American president and troops! Love it!
  • It's a nice clean cemetery. I go here every year to plant flags on memorial day and that's about all I can say about it. There is no problems
  • Beautiful and peaceful. Honoring our Veterans.
  • Memorials and cemeteries can surely bring our own mortality to the forefront of our thought. This was the case for me when coming down the long driveway toward the tomb of Zachary Taylor, our 14th President. To see all the headstones for the military men who have died and then get to the generals tomb. Well it is a sobering experience. Be sure to note the sort of lump in the grass behing the current tomb, as it was the original resting place for Zachery, also note on the left and behind the main area are the far older headstones. The stories that are hidden beneath the lawn are mind boggling.