Maple Grove Cemetery Walk

Take a self-guided audio tour of the Maple Grove Cemetery in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Learn about former community members and the shapes and symbols of their headstones as you visit their graves.

We recommend bringing a tour map with you. See below for map information and to listen to the podcast.


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Download a PDF Maple Grove Map, or use the Maple Grove Cemetery Walk Google Map. On the Google Map, you can click each point on the tour to see photos of the graves. Click the grave photos to open them in a new window.


“Common Headstone Symbols and Their Meanings.” Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust,

History of Jessamine County, Kentucky. Jessamine County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1993.

The Jessamine Journal. Nicholasville, Kentucky.

“Maple Grove Cemetery.” Find A Grave,

“Our Founder: Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips.” BPW International,

Sergio, Lisa. A Measure Filled: The Life of Lena Madesin Phillips. New York, R.B. Luce, 1972.

“Symbols Found on Gravestones.” Cemetery Club,

Teater, Howard Curry. Maple Grove Cemetery Records: Nicholasville, Kentucky. 1988.

Young, Bennet Henderson. A History of Jessamine County, Kentucky: From Its Earliest Settlement to 1898. Louisville, Courier-Journal Job Printing Co., 1898.

Episode Credits

Research assistance by Ernestine Hamm, Jessamine County Historical Society.

Written by Michael Cunningham, Carrie Green, and Les Lehman.

Recorded by Carrie Green and Les Lehman.

Engineered by Carrie Green.

Music by Scott Whiddon.