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The Cave Hill Heritage Foundation is pleased to present the 2019 tour 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.
To Register for a Tour: Click View this Category, located under each of our tour types to see all available dates, descriptions, and prices. In order to guarantee your spot for the tour, payment must be made in advance via credit card.
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 Tours: All tours begin at the Broadway entrance of Cave Hill Cemetery, located at 701 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204.
 
 

  • Twilight Wagon Tours
    Enjoy a ride on our rustic hay wagon with 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.
     
    About the Docent: Steve Wiser graduated from St. Xavier High School, and attended the University of Cincinnati for his architectural training. He is a registered architect and specializes in healthcare design. He is a noted author and local historian, having served as president of the Louisville Historical League three times.
     
  • Historical Walking Tours
    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.
     
    About the Docent: Steve Wiser graduated from St. Xavier High School, and attended the University of Cincinnati for his architectural training. He is a registered architect and specializes in healthcare design. He is a noted author and local historian, having served as president of the Louisville Historical League three times.
     
  • 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.
     
    About the Docent: Bryan Bush is a graduate of Murray State University and the University of Louisville. He has collaborated with many historical preservation groups and other organizations on the importance of preserving Civil War history in the Western Theater. Bryan has written numerous publications and is a contributing editor of the Kentucky Bugle. He is the park manager of the Perryville State Historic Park.
     
  • The Meaning Behind the Monument: 19th Century Cemetery Symbolism Walking 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.
     
    About the Docent: Bryan Bush is a graduate of Murray State University and the University of Louisville. He has collaborated with many historical preservation groups and other organizations on the importance of preserving Civil War history in the Western Theater. Bryan has written numerous publications and is a contributing editor of the Kentucky Bugle.
     
  • Literary Figures of Cave Hill Cemetery Walking 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.
     
    About the Docent: David Luken graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bellarmine University with a double major in English and History. He studied 20th Century English Literature, Theatre and Culture at the University of London as an English Speaking Union Scholar. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. In his professional career he has specialized in teaching banking law and regulation to federal and state regulators.  He is currently Vice President and Senior Consultant with the firm of ProBank Austin.
     
  • 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.
     
    About the Docent: Gwen Rogers is a retired history teacher with a 20-year-long interest in the city she has come to call home.  The wife of a retired military officer, she has lived and traveled in a variety of places both in the United States and Europe; doing so sharpened her interest in the historical relevance and significance of places and people from the past. She has worked as a tour guide for the 3rd Infantry Division headquarters in Wurzburg, Germany, and for each of the past 18 years, has taken 200+ school children and parents to Washington, DC and Arlington National Cemetery.  Having experienced several tours of Cave Hill Cemetery, Gwen is intrigued by the beauty of its natural setting, the artistry of the monuments, and the history of those who rest there. Their story is the story of her beloved Louisville, and she’s excited to share that with others.
     
  • Suffrage Leaders of Cave Hill Cemetery
    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.
     
    About the Docent: Gwen Rogers is a retired history teacher with a 20-year-long interest in the city she has come to call home.  The wife of a retired military officer, she has lived and traveled in a variety of places both in the United States and Europe; doing so sharpened her interest in the historical relevance and significance of places and people from the past. She has worked as a tour guide for the 3rd Infantry Division headquarters in Wurzburg, Germany, and for each of the past 18 years, has taken 200+ school children and parents to Washington, DC and Arlington National Cemetery.  Having experienced several tours of Cave Hill Cemetery, Gwen is intrigued by the beauty of its natural setting, the artistry of the monuments, and the history of those who rest there. Their story is the story of her beloved Louisville, and she’s excited to share that with others.
     
  • 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.
     
    About the Docent: John Campbell has worked for Cave Hill Cemetery for several years in our Customer Service department. As a former country club manager, and purveyor of bourbon, John brings a unique twist to telling the stories of some of Kentucky's most well known leaders of the past.