Take a History Walk in Maple Grove Cemetery

While you are Walking Around Kentucky this summer, why not learn a little bit of history?

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

Share a picture of your favorite stop on the tour, and we will enter you into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Use the hashtag #JessamineHistoryWalks and tag or DM @jesspublib on Instagram or @jessaminecountypubliclibrary on Facebook. Or you can email your photo to [email protected] or [email protected]

Contest ends July, 26, 2020. JCPL employees and their families are ineligible to win prizes.

Tour Highlights

On this tour, you’ll learn about:

  • The 1932 Hickman Creek flood, during which 7.5 inches of rain fell in six hours.
  • Lena Madesin Phillips, the first woman to graduate from the University of Kentucky law school with honors. In 1930, she became the president of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women.
  • Cupid Walker, a free African-American man and church sexton who died in 1850 during a cholera epidemic.
  • The meaning of flowers, trees, hands, and other symbols that were carved into graves.
  • And much more.


We recommend bringing a tour map with you. Download and print the 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.


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Visit the Maple Grove Cemetery Walk webpage for a list of our sources.