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Historic Local Cemetery Forms Group to Help to Preserve It

The cemetery has been around since the 1840s and now a new group will work to preserve it.

Evergreen Cemetery's newest board member, Andrea Janovic, a Ft. Thomas attorney (and Democratic candidate for Campbell Co. Property Valuation Administrator challenging incumbent Daniel Braun), suggested that a Friends of Evergreen Cemetery be created to enhance the unique historical, architectural, and horticultural assets there. The group was formed in early September and will host its first meeting on October 2 at 6 :30 p.m at the Ft. Thomas branch of the Campbell Co. Library.

The purpose of this first meeting is to attract community members who are interested in the opportunities to volunteer their time and talent in projects such as gardening and landscaping, archival work and data entry, the development of self-guided tours and fundraising.
 
Light refreshments will be served and children are more than welcome to attend, according to a news release,
 
Established in 1847, Evergreen Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Campbell County, and one of the largest cemeteries in Kentucky. It encompasses over 450 acres of land, only 250 of which have been used for traditional burials and interments in the two mausoleums on the property. Evergreen Cemetery is the location of the burial sites of prominent Kentuckians, such as Col. James A. Taylor, Brent Spence, George Wiedemann and Richard Southgate, as well as some of President George Washington’s relatives. 
 
The land that is encompassed by the boundaries of Evergreen Cemetery was also used during the Civil War as a gun emplacement, called the Shaler Battery Breastworks. The Union Army used Shaler Battery to defend against encroaching Confederate troops. Currently, Evergreen Cemetery is coordinating limited excavations within Shaler Battery and plans to host an exhibit of artifacts found as the project progresses.
 
Any community members wishing to volunteer at the Cemetery, or become a member of the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery, may contact Andrea Janovic at 859.391.7218 or [email protected], or the main Cemetery office at 859.441.0703.