The Frankfort Cemetery is a historic rural cemetery 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.
Frankfort Cemetery and Chapel
Entrance to Frankfort Cemetery
|Architect||Carmichael, Robert; Launitz, Robert E.|
|NRHP reference #||74000872|
|Added to NRHP||July 12, 1974|
Brown enlisted other Frankfort civic leaders and on February 27, 1844 the Kentucky General Assembly approved the cemetery's incorporation. The 32-acre (13 ha) 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 100 acres (40 ha).
Brown hired Scottish-born landscape architect Robert Carmichael to design the cemetery.
During the US Civil War, the Frankfort Cemetery was used for the final resting place of soldiers. Corporal, Lyman B. Hannaford of the 103rd Ohio Infantry notes in his letter dated April 2, 1863, "They are planting (as soldiers term it) a good many soldiers here—almost one per day. That is a good many for the number of troops here."
Buildings and groundsEdit
The 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 Kentucky War 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.
Seventeen Kentucky governors are buried there:
- John Adair
- J. C. W. Beckham
- Luke P. Blackburn
- William O'Connell Bradley
- Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr.
- John J. Crittenden
- William Goebel
- Christopher Greenup
- Robert P. Letcher
- George Madison
- Charles S. Morehead
- James T. Morehead
- Edwin P. Morrow
- Charles Scott
- Augustus O. Stanley
- Lawrence Wetherby
- Simeon Willis
Other notable people buried at Frankfort Cemetery include:
- William T. Barry, member of the United States Senate and United States Postmaster General
- George M. Bibb, U.S. Senate and United States Secretary of the Treasury
- Daniel Boone, American pioneer
- Rebecca Boone, American pioneer and the wife of Daniel Boone
- John Brown, lawyer, statesman
- Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr., U.S. Army general, World War II
- Henry Crist, Kentucky pioneer, member of the Kentucky General Assembly and the United States House of Representatives
- Henry Clay, Jr., soldier and statesman
- George Bibb Crittenden, Confederate Army general
- Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, Union Army general
- John Milton Elliott judge, murdered
- Gilbert Genesta magician, drowned
- Martin Davis Hardin, politician
- Joel Tanner Hart, sculptor
- Miss Elizabeth, professional wrestling manager
- Willard Rouse Jillson, Kentucky historian, geologist
- Richard Mentor Johnson, Vice President of the United States
- William Lindsay, U.S. Senate
- Humphrey Marshall, U.S. and Confederate States Congressman, Confederate Army general
- Presley O'Bannon, U.S. Marine credited as first to raise the American flag over foreign soil in 1805 at the Battle of Derna.
- Theodore O'Hara, poet, newspaperman, soldier
- Silas B. Mason, construction contractor who built the Grand Coulee Dam, racehorse owner/breeder who won the 1933 Preakness Stakes
- Lucy Pattie, the only female member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity
- Thomas H. Paynter, U.S. Senate
- Paul Sawyier, Kentucky artist
- Solomon P. Sharp, Attorney General of Kentucky murdered in the Beauchamp–Sharp Tragedy
- Daniel Swigert, Thoroughbred racehorse breeder, owner of Elmendorf Farm
- Isham Talbot, U.S. Senate
- Thomas Todd, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
- John White, served in the Kentucky House of Representatives and in the U.S. House, where he served as Speaker of the House
- John Simpson, soldier, member of the Kentucky General Assembly, Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, and Congressman-elect
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
- Robinson, Jennifer Kaye. "Frankfort Cemetery and Chapel (National Register of Historic Places - Nomination Form)". National Park Service (US Government). Retrieved December 4, 2011.
- L.F. Johnson, History of Frankfort Cemetery (Frankfort, Ky., 1921).