Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A "Grave" Visit

Daniel Boone is an iconic figure in American history and those of us of a certain age grew up reading about him and watching Fess Parker play him on TV.  He and his wife Rebecca are buried in the Frankfort Cemetery, so we had to pay our respects while we were in town.

Monument at Daniel and Rebecca Boone's grave site

View from the grave site
The grave sits across the river, high on a hill and the views are spectacular.

Buried nearby, a friend and companion's final resting place

Since we were already here, we took the time to tour the remainder of the large cemetery.  It was established in 1845 and the headstones erected in a previous century are usually very interesting and so much different than ones erected today.  This one had it's share of unusual memorials.
This dog was guarding the family plot.

She fell asleep??!! 

Some one really loved their dogs.

Hard to see, but this is a monument to a mans' son who passed in 1870 and his wife who died in 1871, maybe from complications of childbirth?

This family plot had about 40 headstones and the size of the marker depended on the age at which the individual died - small for children, medium for mid-life and large for old.  Each marker had the name and the age denoted as "75 years and 5 months"

This 2010 memorial must have cost a fortune!

The cemetery also had an extensive state monument that documented deaths of Kentuckians in every war from the First Barbary War to the Persian Gulf War.  What made this monument different is the etched stones surrounding the graves that provided a history of each war.  Very interesting stuff.

Kentucky State Monument

The cemetery also contains the Kentucky Memorial for the Unborn, a memorial garden that serves families who want to honor a child lost through stillbirth, miscarriage or abortion.  Also interesting...

Memorial for the Unborn

Some of you may find it weird that this is a post primarily about graves, but cemeteries are very peaceful places and this one was absolutely beautiful.  High on a hill overlooking Frankfort, KY, some of the many trees were over 100 years old and a cooling breeze made walking through almost pleasant (it was still hot and humid!).  Try visiting an old cemetery some time and see what you can see! 

Until next time...

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