Guided Tours

2016 Tour and Lecture Schedule of Cave Hill Cemetery
Sponsored by The Cave Hill Heritage Foundation



• NEW TOUR - Remarkable Women of Cave Hill Tour:

Sunday, May 1st
Sunday, October 9th

From Mildred and Patty Hill, composers of the “Happy Birthday” song, to Enid Yandell, famous Louisville sculptor, to Henrietta Bingham, recently profiled by Louisville’s Emily Bingham in a new book, we will tell the story of some of Cave Hill’s most influential women in this new tour led by Steve Wiser, AIA.
Tour Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. / Tour cost: $15 per person. RSVP by calling 502.451.5630

• Historical Walking Tour:
Sunday, May 15
Sunday, June 5
Sunday, September 11
Sunday, October 30

Enjoy a walking tour with Louisville historian, Steve Wiser, as he journeys through the historic sections of Cave Hill Cemetery. We will feature the stories of the Satterwhite family, James Guthrie, and many others that shaped the early history of the river city.
Tour Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. / Tour cost: $15 per person. RSVP by calling 502.451.5630

• Twilight “Wagon” Tour:
Saturday April 30
Saturday May 21
Saturday June 11
Saturday June 25
Saturday September 10
Saturday October 8
Saturday October 29

Enjoy a ride on our rustic hay wagon with Michael Higgs or Steve Wiser as we explore all 296-acres of Cave Hill Cemetery. We will journey across the cemetery and tell the stories of those from long ago and modern times that have made an indelible mark on Louisville history.
Tour Times: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; except October, which is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Tour cost: $35 per person / Limited to 18 -20 people.
RSVP by calling 502.451.5630

• Civil War Historical Walking Tour:
Saturday May 14th
Saturday October 15th

Enjoy a stroll through Cave Hill Cemetery with Civil War historian Bryan Bush, author of Resting in Peace: Civil War Leaders in Cave Hill Cemetery. Bryan will visit the graves of Nicola Marschall, Joshua Speed, Andrew Cowan, and many others that played a part in the Civil War in Louisville.
Tour Times: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. / Tour cost: $15 per person-Book and tour: $35.00
RSVP by calling 502.451.5630

• “Evening” Civil War Wagon Tour:
Saturday, June 4th

Enjoy a ride through Cave Hill Cemetery on our rustic hay wagon with Civil War historian Bryan Bush, author of Resting in Peace: Civil War Leaders in Cave Hill Cemetery. Bryan will visit the graves of Nicola Marschall, Joshua Speed, Andrew Cowan, and many others that played a part in the Civil War in Louisville.
Tour time: 5:15-7:15 p.m. / Tour cost: $35 per person- Book and Tour: $50 per person.
RSVP by calling 502.451.5630

• “Art & Artists of Cave Hill”
Sunday, October 2nd

Join Steve Wiser, AIA as he journeys through the cemetery pointing out the visual art that makes Cave Hill unique, as well as the artists that are interred on the grounds.
Tour time: 1 - 3 p.m. / Tour cost: $15 per person
RSVP by calling 502.451.5630


Lecture Schedule

• Beekeeping Workshop

Have you ever had an interest in beekeeping as a hobby? Join us for a beekeeping beginner’s class this Fall- Date TBD - 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.
RSVP by calling 502.451.5630.

• “The Role of Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville”-

Have you ever wondered about the purpose of Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville's only Victorian, Rural-Garden style cemetery? According to John Claudius Loudon, the principal designer of the Victorian Cemetery, "Churchyards and cemeteries...improve the morals and the taste...cultivate the intellect... and serve as historical records." Join Michael Higgs, from the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation, as he traces the role of Cave Hill Cemetery in the history of Louisville as well as the future direction of the beloved Louisville landmark at the St. Matthews Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. FREE Lecture.

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.

2016 Tour and Lecture Schedule of Cave Hill Cemetery.pdf
Click here for a listing of the 2016 tours and lectures offered by the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation.
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