Program Schedule

2020 Program Schedule of Cave Hill Cemetery
Provided by The Cave Hill Heritage Foundation

Neighborhood Forum: The Future of Cave Hill Cemetery & Its Arboretum

Join us for a special forum to discuss the importance of urban conservation and Cave Hill Cemetery's role in the local environment. Cave Hill is committed to the preservation and expansion of your neighborhood tree canopy. Come learn how we can do this together...

Dates TBD- RSVP is required, as seating is limited to 200 for either date.


Louisville Collegiate School

2427 Glenmary Avenue

Louisville, KY 40204


Parking is available in the Ray Avenue parking lot of Louisville Collegiate School or within the Grinstead entrance of Cave Hill Cemetery.

Literary Figures of Cave Hill Cemetery Walking Tour - NEW 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 stroll to Poet’s Corner and beyond to discover this element of our Louisville story with docent, David Luken.

$15 per person for Walking Tour/$35 per person for Wagon Tour Register

The Meaning Behind the Monument: 19th Century Cemetery Symbolism Walking Tour - NEW TOUR

Why does that monument have an anchor on it? What does it mean when two hands are shaking? Join David Luken as we explore and interpret some of the symbols that families use to tell their personal story.

10:30 a.m. $15 per person Register

The Horticultural Story of Cave Hill Cemetery Wagon Tour - NEW 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 take a behind the scenes look at what goes into maintaining the landscape.

10:30 a.m. (May) 1:00 p.m. (October) $35 per person Register

Historical Walking Tour

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.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. $15 per person Register

Twilight “Wagon” Tour

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.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; except September, October and November, which are 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. $35 per person / Limited to 18 -20 people Register

“Evening” Civil War Wagon 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.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. $35 per person Register

Notable Women of Cave Hill Walking 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.

10:30 a.m. (May and September); 1:00 p.m. (June) $15 per person Register

Suffrage Leaders of Cave Hill Cemetery Tour

In the mid-1800's, women and men came together to advocate for women's rights, with voting, or suffrage rights leading the list. These forward-thinking leaders advocated for suffrage to be granted to qualifying citizens once they reached voting age. What constitutes a qualifying citizen was the crux of the matter. Fourteen major leaders of the Louisville movement are resting within Cave Hill Cemetery, along with over 400 additional members of the suffrage-related organizations. Come learn about these inspiring leaders and much more with docent, Gwen Rogers.

10:30 a.m. $15 per person Register

Bourbon Distillers of Cave Hill Cemetery Wagon Tour

Join us for this unique tour of Bourbon Distilling giants that are resting within Cave Hill Cemetery. Docent John Campbell, will take you on a journey through Kentucky's rich heritage of bourbon history. From the stories of Paul Jones, George Garvin Brown, Pappy Van Winkle, and many more, Cave Hill contains a vast collection of stories of one of the state's leading industries.

6:00 p.m. (April/August); 5:00 p.m. (September) $35 per person Register

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.