Guided Tours

2015 Tour and Lecture Schedule of Cave Hill Cemetery
Sponsored by The Cave Hill Heritage Foundation

Cave Hill Cemetery announces the 2015 series of tours of its historic and beautiful grounds. There will be 6 different tours: Historical Walking Tour, Twilight Tram Tour, Horticultural, Art and Artists Tour, Civil War Tour, and a Bourbon Distillers Tour. Lectures will be hosted at the Louisville Free Public Library and Cave Hill Cemetery, as noted. The dates for these tours and events are:

Historical Walking Tour:

May 3

June 14

September 13

November 1

All tours are on Sunday afternoon; Tour Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Tour guide is Steve Wiser, a Louisville architect and historian. Tour cost: $15 per person.

Twilight Tram Tour:

Saturday April 25

Saturday May 16

Saturday June 13

Saturday July 11

Saturday August 8

Saturday September 12

Saturday October 10

Tour guide will either be Michael Higgs (Cave Hill Heritage Foundation) or Steve Wiser. Limited to 18 -20 people on new tram. Tour Times: 6:30- 8:30 pm for Tram Tours except October which is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tour cost: $35 per person. Seating is limited on each tour.

Civil War Historical Walking Tour:

Saturday May 9th

Saturday October 10th

Tour times 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 am. Led by Civil War historian Bryan Bush. Tour cost: $15 per person/Book and tour: $35.00

“Evening” Civil War Historical Walking Tour:

June 6th

Tour time: 5:15-7:15 p.m. Led by Civil War historian Bryan Bush. Tour cost: $15 per person/Book and Tour: $35 per person.

“Discovering Louisville’s Arboretum” tour will feature the horticultural highlights of Cave Hill Cemetery on Saturday, May 16, 10 am to 11:30 am. Tour cost: $15 per person.

“Art & Artists of Cave Hill” tour will focus on monument design and the prominent artists who are buried in Cave Hill. This tour will occur on April 26th and October 11th, 1 - 3 pm. Tour cost: $15 per person.

INTERACTIVE BOURBON TOUR- “A Journey Through Bourbon History at Cave Hill Cemetery” with Kentucky’s official Bourbon Historian, Michael Veach on Sunday, June 7th and Sunday, September 20th at 1:00 p.m. Take a guided interactive tour using our app (“Cemetery Tours” app on the IPhone App Store and Google Play Store). Tour cost: $35 per person.

Lecture Schedule


Resting in Peace: Civil War Leaders in Cave Hill Cemetery by Bryan Bush- Wednesday, May 27, 2015- 7:00 p.m. - Highlands-Shelby Park Branch- Louisville Free Public Library, 1250 Bardstown Road, Suite #4 (inside the Mid-City Mall). Louisville KY 40204. FREE lecture. Books can be purchased on-line prior to the lecture at or by calling 502-451-5630. Bryan will sign books upon request.


“The Past, Present, and Future of Cave Hill Cemetery: Louisville’s Landmark”- Tuesday, April 7, 2015- Southwest Branch – Louisville Free Public Library, 9725 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40272. 6:30 p.m. FREE lecture. Presented by Michael Higgs


Have you ever had an interest in beekeeping as a hobby? Join us for a beekeeping beginner’s class on Saturday, October 10th from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon at the Cave Hill Cemetery Chapel. Beekeeping expert, Rodolfo Bernal, will present helpful information about what to do and not to do, necessary equipment, and take time to answer your questions about this growing hobby. Cost: $10 per person. Seating is limited to 24 individuals.

We are also excited to announce that we will also provide a monument restoration workshop and genealogy workshop. More details to follow soon....

Topics discussed on tours include: geological elements, decorative monuments, selected landscape features, trees and shrubs, Louisville history, and much more. Cave Hill Cemetery was chartered in 1848 and contains the gravesites of many notable Louisvillians, such as city leader George Rogers Clark, Kentucky Derby founder Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., and Pete Browning, whose cracked bat led to Louisville Slugger fame.

The cost of the Historical Walking, Horticultural, Art and Artists, and Civil War tours are $15 per person. The Twilight Driving Tour and Bourbon Tour costs $35 per person. Reservations must be made in advance, and all proceeds benefit the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation. For more information about the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation or to RSVP a tour, call (502) 813-7761 or reach us via email using our contact form.

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