Cave Hill Cemetery announces 2016 tour and lecture schedule
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 11, 2016) – Louisville’s iconic Cave Hill Cemetery has announced its 2016 tour and lecture schedule. This year’s tour will include a historical walking tour, a twilight wagon tour, two different Civil War tours, an “art and artists” tour, and, new this year, a “remarkable women of Cave Hill” tour. Two lectures are also scheduled. The tours will begin in April and run through October, and are sponsored by the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation.
Cave Hill Cemetery is Louisville’s only Victorian, rural-garden style cemetery. It was dedicated in July of 1848, and has grown to its current size of 296 acres. It is an outdoor “museum” with hundreds of beautifully carved granite and marble monuments. It is also one of the finest arboretums in the United States. The cemetery has over 500 varieties of trees and shrubs. Its five lakes provide the perfect home for its sizable waterfowl collection. Once removed from the bustle of the city, Cave Hill is now an island of peace surrounded by the city’s hustle and bustle.
Several notables are buried at Cave Hill, including Louisville founder and Revolutionary War Hero General George Rogers Clark and Colonel Harlan Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. The cemetery is also the final resting place of both Union and Confederate soldiers of the Civil War.
The Twilight “Wagon” Tour kicks off the tour season on April 30. Enjoy a ride on a rustic hay wagon with local historians as they explore all 296-acres of Cave Hill Cemetery.
Two walking tours begin in May, as well as the new “Remarkable Women of Cave Hill Tour.” “Remarkable Women” begins on May 1 and tells the story of some of Cave Hill’s most influential women. The Civil War Historical Walking Tour begins May 14, and the Historical Walking Tour begins May 22. All three of these tours are on foot and focus on specific areas of the cemetery. There is an evening Civil War Wagon Tour on June 4.
And finally, the “Art & Artists of Cave Hill” tour will be held on October 2. Several of the tours above have repeat dates throughout the spring and summer months. All have a cost associated with them, and some are limited to the number that can attend.
The two lectures in this season include one on beginning beekeeping and the other on Cave Hills place in Louisville. The “Role of Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville” will be held on June 28 at the St. Matthews Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library at 2:30 p.m. It is free to attend.
The date for the beekeeping workshop has not been announced. It will be held at the cemetery and is limited to 24 people. The cost is $10.
For more information, including all dates and costs of all the tours and lectures, please call 502.451.5630 or visithttp://www.cavehillheritagefoundation.org/
Make a tour at Cave Hill Cemetery a part of a special get-a-way in Louisville.
The Louisville CVB provides several planning resources, including suggested itineraries at http://www.gotolouisville.com/play/tours-itineraries/index.aspx, the monthly Lookin’ at Louisville video series, a searchable list events at www.gotolouisville.com, a free Louisville Visitors Guide and complimentary hotel booking service via 1-888-LOUISVILLE.