Frankfort Cemetery and Chapel
Entrance to Frankfort Cemetery
|Architect||Carmichael, Robert; Launitz, Robert E.|
|NRHP Reference #||74000872|
|Added to NRHP||July 12, 1974|
The Frankfort Cemetery is located on East Main Street in Frankfort, Kentucky. The cemetery is the burial site of Daniel Boone and contains the graves of other famous Americans including seventeen Kentucky governors.
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.
Buildings and grounds
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 military 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.
- John Brown, lawyer, statesman (Natural Causes)
- Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr., Confederate States Army General, Governor of Kentucky
- Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr., U.S. Army General, WWII
- Henry Clay, Jr., soldier and statesman
- John Milton Elliott judge, murdered
- George B. Crittenden, Confederate States Army General
- Martin Davis Hardin, politician
- Joel Tanner Hart, sculptor
- Miss Elizabeth, professional wrestling manager
- Willard Rouse Jillson, Kentucky historian, geologist
- Richard Mentor Johnson, ninth Vice President of the United States
- William Lindsay, U.S. Senator
- Humphrey Marshall, U.S. and Confederate States Congressman, Confederate States 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
- Thomas H. Paynter, U.S. Senator
- Paul Sawyier, Kentucky artist
- Daniel Swigert, Thoroughbred racehorse breeder, owner of Elmendorf Farm
- Isham Talbot, U.S. Senator
- Thomas Todd, U.S. Supreme Court Associate justice
- John White, politician, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Unknown)
- Lucy Pattie, the only female member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity
- Henry Crist, early Kentucky pioneer, member of Kentucky Legislature and U.S. Congress.
Governors of Kentucky: (partial list, 1 missing)
- John Adair
- J. C. W. Beckham
- Luke P. Blackburn
- William O'Connell Bradley
- 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
Pioneer explorer Daniel Boone & wife Rebecca Bryan.
Gov. Robert P. Letcher
Impressionist painter Paul Sawyier
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- Robinson, Jennifer Kaye. "Frankfort Cemetery and Chapel (National Register of Historic Places - Nomination Form)" (PDF). National Park Service (US Government). Retrieved December 4, 2011.
- L.F. Johnson, History of Frankfort Cemetery (Frankfort, Ky., 1921).