Friday, April 1, 2016

Explore Evergreen Event - Evergreen Cemetery - Southgate, Kentucky

Evergreen Cemetery. Flickr. 
The first annual "Explore Evergreen" event has been scheduled for Saturday April 9 from noon until 3 p.m. Evergreen Cemetery, located at 25 Alexandria Pike in Southgate, is the largest cemetery in Campbell County, Kentucky, still in operation. The Cemetery was established in the 1840s, to replace the Newport, Cemetery.

There will be historical walking tours and refreshments.

Organizers have put the event together so the public can learn about volunteer opportunities and the the Friends of Evergreen organization.

"The Friends organization is holding a free event to invite the community to learn about and explore beautiful Evergreen Cemetery.  Many local residents have relatives who are buried in Evergreen or have an interest in the natural beauty and historic significance of one of Kentucky’s largest cemeteries," said Linda Eads in a release.

General James Taylor Jr., considered the founder of Newport, Kentucky is buried here, as well as Congressman Brent Spence. The cemetery also contains a soldiers and sailors section. Notable is William H. Horsfall, one of the youngest men to receive the Medal of Honor during the American Civil War.

A defensive earthwork named Shaler Battery, built as part of the Defense of Cincinnati, remains preserved within the cemetery and is located adjacent to the cemetery bandstand. It was one of the 28 artillery batteries that were built on northern Kentucky hilltops from 1861 to 1863.

A residence for the sexton of the cemetery was constructed in 1872. Seven years later, in 1879, the name of the cemetery was officially acknowledged as Evergreen. By 1902, a chapel had been constructed on the cemetery grounds and was used for funeral services and layouts.

The cemetery was used as the cemetery in the 1988 film Rain Man.

Today, the cemetery contains 250 acres and accepts burials from throughout the region.

1 comment:

  1. My father is buried in this beautiful cemetery - Albert Cabelle Finney.

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