Program Schedule

2021 Program Schedule of Cave Hill Cemetery
Provided by The Cave Hill Heritage Foundation

The Cave Hill Heritage Foundation is pleased to present the 2021 program schedule for Cave Hill Cemetery. We invite you to learn more about Cave Hill Cemetery, its residents, and their contributions to our community by joining us for one of our wonderful learning opportunities.

COVID-19 Policy: Please plan on arriving 10 minutes early. A staff person will ask screening questions before admitting tour participants on the tour to make sure participants have not been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

If you have purchased tickets in advance and find you have been exposed to COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the tour date, please e-mail Alex Luken at alex@cavehillcemetery.com or call 502.272.4433, and a full refund will be issued.

All tour participants must be prepared to wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose at all times.

Anyone participating on the tour must practice social distancing of 6 feet with anyone who is not part of their household or “bubble.”

Guests acknowledge that Cave Hill Cemetery and the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation reserve the right to disclose the identity and contact information formation for any and all guests to government-authorized individuals, agencies, or organizations for the purposes of contact-tracing in adherence with local, state, or federal guidelines, recommendations or requirements.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending an in-person event at Cave Hill Cemetery should contact Michael Higgs at michael@cavehillcemetery.com or 502.813.7761.

Inclement Weather Policy: During inclement weather, our team will make every effort to reach you via phone or email to alert you of changes. You may also call our office at 502.813.7761 to check for updates.

Where to Meet for Programs: All tours begin at the Broadway entrance of Cave Hill Cemetery, located at 701 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204.

Historical Walking Tour

Enjoy a walking tour with our docents as they 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.

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; except June 26 and July 10, which are 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. $15 per person Register

Historical Golf Cart Tour

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. $25 per person Register

Civil War History Golf Cart Tour

Cave Hill Heritage Foundation welcomes Perryville State Historic Park manager, Bryan Bush, as he leads this unique Civil War Tour of those lost at the Battle of Perryville. Bryan is a Civil War historian, and author of Resting in Peace: Civil War Leaders in Cave Hill Cemetery.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m (Aug.); 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m (Sept.) $25 per person Register

The Horticultural Story of Cave Hill Cemetery Golf Cart Tour

As one of the preeminent Rural Garden Cemeteries in the United States, Cave Hill Cemetery is Louisville’s only arboretum. With over 600 species of plants and trees, many at the peak of their maturity, the Cemetery is a shining example of horticulture. Come explore these unique trees and plants with Cave Hill Cemetery Horticulture Manager Sarah Schaffner and Head Arborist Roger Martin as you take a behind the scenes look at what goes into maintaining the landscape.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (May); 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Oct.) $25 per person Register

Literary Figures of Cave Hill Cemetery Tour

Did you know that there is a “Poet’s Corner” in Cave Hill Cemetery? Join us as we explore the fashioners of prose that are resting there and many others. From Madison Cawein, known as the “Keats of Kentucky”, to Alice & Cale Rice, to Mary Eudy, Cave Hill Cemetery is full of writers that gained national recognition. Enjoy a visit to Poet’s Corner and beyond to discover this element of our Louisville story with docent, David Luken.

Golf Cart Tour (May-Aug.) 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Walking Tour (Oct.) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $15 per person for Walking Tour / $25 per person for Golf Cart Tour Register

Notable Women of Cave Hill Golf Cart Tour

Some of the most prolific change in society can be attributed to the leadership of women. Contributions of these wonderful leaders range widely- from education, to suffrage-related causes, writing, and much more! As a matter of fact, much of the change brought about by the women in Cave Hill Cemetery impact us tremendously today. We invite you to come learn about these leaders in society during a walking tour with docent, Gwen Rogers.

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. $25 per person Register

Death and Dying during the Civil War and the Battle of Perryville Lecture & Exhibit

Location: Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, 1825 Battlefield Road, Perryville, KY 40468   859-332-8631

Note: Participants must call Perryville Battlefield to RSVP 

Grand Opening of the Exhibit September 11, at 1 p.m. at Civil War Hall. Lectures will be given on September 11, 2021 at 1 pm and September 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm.

Bryan Bush, park manager will give a speech on 19th Century death and dying customs and how the Battle of Perryville challenged the 19th Century tradition of the “Good Death”. The Civil War changed how we bury the dead, how we honor the dead, and the profession of embalming and professional undertakers. Mr. Bush will give a lecture at 1 p.m. Seating is limited. Call for reservations.

For those who cannot make the 1 p.m. lecture, Mr. Bush will also give a lecture on September 15 at 7:00 p.m. on Death and Dying During the Civil War and the Battle of Perryville. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until October 31 then Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $5.00/ adults $3.00/ children $4.50/ seniors and veterans.

Must RSVP by calling Perryville Battlefield 859-332-8631

19th Century Tombstone Symbolism Lecture

Location: Perryville Battlefiled State Historic Site, 1825 Battlefield Road, Perryville, KY 40468  859-332-8631

Note: Participants must RSVP by calling Perryville Battlefield

October 14, 2021 7:00 p.m.

October 21, 2021 7:00 p.m.

During the 19th Century, the cemetery became cities of the dead where families spent the day celebrating the deceased loved ones, having picnics. Along with the mourning traditions, tombstones became very elaborate with hidden messages. There were different angels, and flowers had different meanings. There were symbols for fraternal organizations. Do you know what a wreath means? Do you know what a shaft of wheat means, or an urn or what ivy, or acorns means?

Park manager Bryan Bush gives a power point lecture and will help the visitor crack the code on the hidden meaning behind tombstones symbols.

Cost is $5.00 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and veterans and $3.00 for children

Must RSVP by calling Perryville Battlefield 859-332-8631


Topics discussed on tours include: 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.

Reservations are required for all public programs and tours. 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.