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The Carlisle Cemetery
West Main Street

War Memorial
The oldest section of the Carlisle Cemetery lies adjacent to the cemetery's present location on West Main Street. According to Perrin's History of Nicholas County, the land was part of General (later Governor) Thomas Metcalfe's farm. In 1821 a small boy, Willie Smedley, died accidentally, having pulled a coffee pot full of boiling coffee over his head. The grieving family, wanting to have the child's burial place close to their home, secured Metcalfe's permission to use that portion of his land. Later, the City of Carlisle acquired the land for a cemetery.

The newer section of the cemetery came gradually into use in the 1860's. It is estimated that about 10,000 people now lie there. A War Memorial near the entrance to the cemetery honors county service personnel from the First World War and subsequent conflicts.

The cemetery office, near the back of the property, is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (859) 289-7387. The gate is open between 6:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. during daylight savings time, and from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the year.


- Tours by appointment
 The cemetery is a place of quiet beauty. The Nicholas County Historical Society offers two different tours of the cemetery (weather permitting). One tour is organized around interesting graves and the other around those who served in wars from 1812 through the Korean War. A small fee is charged, and groups are limited to ten people or less, who should be prepared to walk a mile or so.
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