Public Tours

2019 Tour Schedule of Cave Hill Cemetery
Provided by The Cave Hill Heritage Foundation

Great Steamboat Captains of Louisville Walking Tour - NEW TOUR

Louisville is known as the “River City”; and so much of our history is connected to the river. Although the current and steam powered engines carried people, the captains and pilots of the boats carried great legend and intrigue with their harrowing journeys. Join Historian Bryan Bush, as we explore the tales from the river in this new and exciting tour about Louisville’s legendary steamboat captains.

10:00 a.m. $15 per person Register

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.

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

The Men Who Built the City of Progress- Louisville During the Gilded Age - NEW TOUR

From 1870 to 1900, Louisville became a larger part of the American Industrial Revolution. The expansion of railroads was a key factor to becoming a center for industry, trade and commerce. From bourbon, banking, jean cloth to boxes, Louisville became an epicenter of development because of the wonderful entrepreneurial spirit in our community. Join Historian Bryan Bush, as we explore “The Men Who Built the City of Progress.” *

*Adapted from Bryan S. Bush’s book, The Men Who Built the City of Progress- Louisville During the Gilded Age.

Walking Tour: 9 a.m., Wagon Tour: 6 p.m. Walking Tour: $15 per person, Wagon Tour: $35 per person Register

Discovering the Flora 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. $35 per person 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 Bryan Bush as we explore and interpret some of the symbols that families use to tell their personal story.

9:00 a.m. $15 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 October and November, which are 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. $35 per person / Limited to 18 -20 people Register

Civil War Historical Walking Tour

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.

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. $15 per person Register

“Evening” Civil War Wagon Tour

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.

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 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.

12:30 p.m. $15 per person Register

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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