Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Cemetary Preservation Fund Awardees

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 14, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Samantha Cook

Projects recognized at Governor’s Local Issues Conference

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced 53 cemeteries across the Commonwealth are receiving Cemetery Preservation Fund grants for various activities.  Funding recipients were recognized at the Governor’s Local Issues Conference in Louisville.

“The Cemetery Preservation Program has been vital to the conservation of Kentucky’s cemeteries for many years,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Through the efforts of this program and many dedicated community and local leaders, cemeteries across the state will be protected to be enjoyed by generations to come.”

The list of recipients is as follows:

County / Amount Applicant Project Name Description
Anderson ($22,506.44) City of Lawrenceburg Lawrenceburg Cemetery Resurface the existing roadways located in Lawrenceburg Cemetery
Bourbon ($6,002) Bourbon County Cemetery Board/Bourbon County Fiscal Court McConnell/Ardery Cemetery Collection, documentation, cleaning, repair, conservation of gravestones, tree and stump removal, fence repair
Bourbon ($3,500) Bourbon County Fiscal Court Various Cemeteries Collection, documentation, cleaning, repair, conservation of gravestones, tree and stump removal, gate and fence repair
Boyle ($12,070) The Elements Enterprises Foundation, Inc. Crow-Barbee House Slave Cemetery Initial cleanup/landscaping, fencing, equipment, stone benches, signage, interior roads, tombstone repair, historical research
Breathitt ($23,863.44) Breathitt County Fiscal Court Clemons/Ritchie Cemetery Grade, gravel and blacktop the road to the cemetery; construct a chain link fence around the cemetery
Breathitt ($2,500) The Moore Cemetery Association, Inc. Moore Cemetery at Altro Fencing, signage, purchase of machinery, landscaping
Breckinridge ($3,355) Breckinridge Fiscal Court Fentress/Davis, Old Meador, John DeHaven #4, Dean DeHaven #4, Jennings and Frank DeJarnette Cemeteries Supplies and equipment; fencing, posts, signage
Carroll ($5,436.41) Maggie Clayton English Cemetery Co., Inc. Re-construct the two sections of the historic fence surrounding the English Cemetery
Christian ($4,958) Campbell-Brashner Cemetery Association Campbell Graveyard, Brashner Cemetery Fencing, gate, driveway, signage, tombstone repair
Clinton ($7,700) City of Albany Albany Cemetery Clean up, seeding area, clearing of brush, maintenance of some graves, resurface access roads
Daviess ($4,922) St. Peter of Alcantara Lancaster Cemetery Cemetery boundary survey, fieldwork, records research
Estill ($14,000) Estill County Fiscal Court Oakdale Cemetery Restoration of existing stones, installation of new gate
Fayette ($6,000) Lexington History Museum, Inc. Kizer Family Cemetery Restoration of gravestones, landscape restoration, maintenance
Fleming ($10,000) Fleming County Fiscal Court Mt. Pigsah, Locust, Stockton, Smoot, McGregor, New Hope and Fitchie’s Chapel Cemetery Purchase equipment and signs, clean-up, removal of trees, tombstone repair
Franklin ($5,000) City of Frankfort Green Hill Cemetery Initial clean-up, archive the cemetery, monument lighting
Franklin ($2,500) Kentucky Historical Society Governor Thomas Bramlette Marker Cleaning, preservation and restoration of Gov. Thomas Bramlette marker
Garrard ($10,552) Garrard County Fiscal Court Various Cemeteries Tombstone resetting and repairs, repair of sunken graves
Grant ($1,500) Grant County Preservation and Review Board Lebanon Cemetery Clean, reset and restore historical tombstones
Grayson ($10,868) Grayson County Cemetery Board Moorman Cemetery Construct a perimeter fence
Green ($3,000) Letha Johnson Old Community Cemetery Clear the property of overgrowth and fallen trees; Clean, repair and replace tombstones
Greenup ($7,015) Greenup County Cemetery Preservation Board Brown, Callihan, East Fork, Heaberlin, Howard #1, Lawhorn Spradlin, Nesbitt Herald, Palmer, Palmyra, Pennington, Prichard, Shelton and Young Cemeteries Clean-up, fence installation, archive project, training sessions
Harlan ($9,100) Harlan Revitalization Association, Inc. Wix Howard, Ward and Sunshine Cemeteries Clean tombstones and graves, clear brush, purchase masonry, mortar and concrete to repair tombstones
Hart ($23,863.44) Kelly Harl Old Green River “Union” Cemetery Fencing, purchase of grave markers, archaeological survey to identify remains
Hart ($17,036) Ronald Gonterman Cub Run Community Cemetery New road construction, site clean-up and tree removal, locate unmarked gravesites
Hopkins ($5,729) City of Hanson Hanson Cemetery Pave cemetery road
Hopkins ($2,982) City of Dawson Springs Arcadia Cemetery Initial clean-up, repair tombstones, install signage
Jackson ($23,860.44) Jackson County Cemetery Board Proffitt, Mullins, Faubus, and Sinking Valley Cemeteries Replace tombstones, install flag and flagpole, construct fence
Jefferson ($9,310) Salt River Baptist Church Easley Family and Hebron Cemeteries Reset and repair damaged headstones, install fencing, gates, signage
Kenton ($23,863.44) Kenton County Fiscal Court Linden Grove Cemetery Replace deteriorated fencing around the cemetery’s perimeter
Laurel ($23,863.44) City of London Breastworks Hill Cemetery Clean-up, fencing, equipment purchase, interior roads, tombstone repair/cleaning, boundary survey, historic research
Laurel ($2,100) Warren Grove Cemetery, Inc. Warren Grove Cemetery Signage, clean-up, tombstone repair, tree removal
Lawrence ($23,673.44) Lawrence County Fiscal Court Various Cemeteries Signage, fencing, road work
Leslie ($1,500) Leslie County Cemetery Board Lewis Cemetery Signage, design and production of brochures, print and scans of historic photos
Lincoln ($1,649) Highland United Methodist Church Highland Cemetery Road work, signage, clean-up, Civil War Veterans monument
Lincoln ($1,750) Barrow Cemetery Association Barrow Cemetery Landscaping, fencing
Logan ($9,672.25) Logan County Cemetery Preservation Committee Old Red, Oak Grove, Kennerly Chapel, Gillum, Buie and Young Cemeteries Reset tombstones, fencing, landscaping, level soil
Marshall ($21,956.44) Marshall County Fiscal Court / Marshall County Cemetery Board Castleberry, Malcolm, Mitchell, Old Place, Palmer, Sledd-Frizzell, Smothers, Story II and Styers Cemeteries Clean-up, fencing, tombstone repair, placing headstones at unmarked graves
Menifee ($5,000) Menifee County Fiscal Court Various Cemeteries Signage and road work
Monroe ($4,500) Monroe County Fiscal Court Gearlds Kirkpatrick and Moses Kirkpatrick Cemeteries Clean-up, fencing and equipment
Montgomery ($9,525) Montgomery County Fiscal Court Jones Cemetery Road work, tree removal, fencing
Nelson ($1,500) Nelson County Fiscal Court Bloomfield Cemetery Road work, repair perimeter, fencing, tree removal, secure grave markers
Nelson ($2,000) Nelson County Fiscal Court / Fairfield Cemetery Board Fairfield Cemetery Construct a boundary fence, surveying
Nicholas ($1,500) Jane Martin Smith Martin Cemetery Clean-up, reset and clean tombstones
Oldham ($8,000) Friends of Westport, Inc. Westport Public and Palin-Chambers-Woolfork Cemeteries Purchase equipment, landscaping, repair grave markers
Robertson ($1,500) Robertson County Fiscal Court Multiple Site Search Historic research for all the abandoned and neglected cemeteries in Robertson County
Rowan ($18,800) Rowan County Fiscal Court Franklin, Hayes, Johnson, Maddox and Hamm Cemeteries Road work, tree removal, reset headstones, build walking path
Shelby ($4,578.50) Calvary Cemetery, Inc. Old Colored Cemetery Fencing, clean-up
Spencer ($5,080) Spencer County Fiscal Court Old Church of Christ at Waterford, Elk Creek, Baird and McGee Cemeteries Clean-up, landscaping, fencing, signage
Spencer ($6,650) City of Taylorsville Pioneer Cemetery Install fence, gates
Taylor ($1,723) Taylor County Fiscal Court Cloyd Cemetery Fencing, reset stones
Taylor ($18,430) Taylor County Fiscal Court Kirtley No. 2, Wagner, Atchley, Tallow Creek Community and Allen Cemetery Landscaping, fencing, signage, tombstone repair
Todd ($9,000) New Cedar Grove Cemetery New Cedar Grove Cemetery Clean-up, reset tombstones, landscaping
Warren ($14,200) Warren County Fiscal Court Various Cemeteries Clean-up and repair, fencing, landscaping, historic research

The Kentucky Cemetery Preservation program funds maintenance, preservation and restoration activities.  Examples of maintenance activities include initial cleanup and landscaping, purchasing equipment, fencing, signage and improving interior roads. Preservation and restoration activities include acquiring conservation easements, surveying boundaries and repairing and cleaning tombstones.

Other activities that are eligible for funding are historic research, archiving, training to support cemetery preservation and improving access roads.

Counties may establish five-member county cemetery boards to apply for grants. State agencies, local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations – cemeteries, historical and genealogical groups, and local civic groups – also may apply. However, applications from county boards will receive funding priority.

The maximum grant that a group can receive is $25,000 and the minimum grant is $1,000, and a one-to-one local match is required.

A five-member state board oversees the program and makes funding decisions. The state board is chaired by the Commissioner of GOLD and also represents the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission.