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 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.Add Frankfort Cemetery to your Frankfort travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Frankfort road trip planner.
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It’s a beautiful and historic cemetery with a hillside view of the Kentucky state capital. While you are there stop to pay your respects to Rebecca and Daniel Boone who are buried up upon the hill... more »
We stopped here after dinner and caught the golden light of sunset for our tour of the grounds. We came to pay respects to Daniel Boone, and we were enchanted with the views of the capital building... more »
Daniel and Rebecca Boones' gravesites are well marked and easy to gain access to. The views are spectacular. Definitely worth the time to visit.
Beyond breathtaking. Amazing history and gorgeous views over river valley
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