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Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort

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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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  • Had been in meetings at KSU and after a long day needed some fresh air and I love exploring cemeteries. spent a couple hours here and was blown away with the view at Daniel/Rebecca Boone monument... 
    Had been in meetings at KSU and after a long day needed some fresh air and I love exploring cemeteries. spent a couple hours here and was blown away with the view at Daniel/Rebecca Boone monument...  more »
  • We primarily went to see the grave of Daniel Boone. We downloaded the map of the cemetery and along with that and the good signage in the cemetery were able to easily find what we were interested... 
    We primarily went to see the grave of Daniel Boone. We downloaded the map of the cemetery and along with that and the good signage in the cemetery were able to easily find what we were interested...  more »
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  • You will come out humbled by the powerful display of patriotism and pride. You will find tributes to War sacrifices ranging from 1812 to the present. Also you will find the grave of Daniel Boone and even a touching tribute to the unborn (it is the South, so I pay my respect). I shed a tear.....the power of it escapes words. The cemetery overlooks the State Capitol and the Kentucky River....just incredible.
  • The cemetery is currently opened from 7:30 am to dark. There is a couple of Kentucky governors buried in the cemetery. Stop and see Daniel Boone and wife, Rebecca Boone's burial site. Enjoy the view of the Kentucky capitsl and downtown Frankfort from the Boone's burial site. After leaving burial site, stop and see burial site of artist Paul Sawyer on your way to the memorial of unborn children. On your way out of cemetery stop and see military monument in front part of cemetery. The cemetery is filled with peonies, roses and irises throughout, which are gorgeous to look at and smell when when the wind blows.

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