Cemetery Mapping Project

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 ** Cemetery Research and Preservation Guidelines **
In the spring of 2000, the Boone County Historic Preservation Review Board hired Natural & Ethical Environmental Solutions (NEES) to locate and map a number of the county's estimated 300 small family cemeteries. The project was funded jointly by the Boone County Fiscal Court and by a grant received from the Kentucky Heritage Council's Certified Local Government program. The goals of the project were to: (1) estimate the range of dates and number of burials at each cemetery, (2) determine the extent and layout of each cemetery, (3) plot the location of each cemetery on an aerial map, and (4) transfer the location information to the county's Geographic Information System (GIS).
All phases of the Cemetery Mapping Project were completed in early 2001. Fifty of the 85 targeted cemeteries were located and mapped. Access to over 25 sites could not be secured, and the locations of several other cemeteries could not be determined. Sadly, one cemetery appears to have been destroyed and another is currently being encroached upon by a large pile of earth and fill material. The location and approximate boundary of each cemetery has been added to the county's GIS.
brownharrisonThe Brown-Harrison family cemetery near the end of KY-8 was recorded and added to Boone County GIS as a result of the Cemetery Mapping Project.
Over 200 cemeteries are now included in the GIS, although the exact location and/or boundary of about 25 of them is not well documented. There are no plans to publish the results of the Cemetery Mapping Project. However, the results of this project and other cemetery files are available for review in the Historic Preservation office. A map of known cemeteries and lists of interments are also available at the Main Branch of the Boone County Public Library at 1786 Burlington Pike.
Boone County became one of the first local governments in the country to provide regulatory protection for small family cemeteries when it adopted the Boone County Cemetery Preservation Plan in 1989. The county's Zoning Regulations and Subdivision Regulations ensure that cemeteries located in proposed developments are fully documented, and preferably preserved in place. The relocation of cemeteries is viewed as a last resort by the Review Board, which contends that the land use of a cemetery was determined forever the moment bodies were interred there. The Review Board continues to make documentation and preservation of Boone County cemeteries a priority.
For more information on the cemetery mapping project, please contact Matt Becher at 859.334.2111 or mbecher@boonecountyky.org.