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Elkhorn Cemetery


Elkhorn Creek flows into the east fork of the Whitewater River about seven miles southwest of Richmond, a location within a few miles of Wayne County’s first settlement which was started in 1805. From those early days on, the Elkhorn Creek Valley has been portrayed as picturesque and beautiful; it is because of this setting and its proximity to the “Kentucky Settlement,” as that first settlement was known, that the first two churches in Wayne County were built here. A cemetery soon followed.

Elkhorn Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Wayne County, lies near the crossing of US 27 over Elkhorn Creek about six miles south of Richmond. It adjoins the Elkhorn Baptist Church and can be accessed from Esteb Road. Consisting of about five acres total, three are considered newer because they were platted in 1896. The lower two acres contained the first house of worship as well as the first schoolhouse.

The county’s first burial took place here in 1808, the little daughter of John Baird. The bodies of several veterans of the Revolutionary War rest at this site including the first two men of European descent to file land claims in the county, Richard Rue and George Holman. One can also visit the graves of early notables the Rev. Hugh Cull, James Lamb, and Hannah Boone Lamb and Ovid Boone, Sr., first cousins of Daniel Boone, among other early pioneers.

Described as “looking more like a city park than a rural cemetery” in the early 1900’s, the property retains that appeal even today. Some describe a journey to the Elkhorn Cemetery as a perfect Sunday activity, but the opportunity to immerse oneself in Wayne County history in such a serene setting is an activity suitable for any day of the week.

–Eric Burkhardt

  1. David Sizemore David Sizemore

    We stumbled upon the Elkhorn Cemetery tonight by accident. Your discription of this area is spot on. We didn’t have time to explore much but plan to return soon.

    I was reading the rules and found the one about no motorcycles to be strange . Do you happen to know the history about that rule.

    I enjoyed the article.



    • Sue Sue

      I’m afraid I don’t know anything about that rule. I’ve looked through some sources here, but haven’t found anything.

  2. Carolyn Clingenpeel Carolyn Clingenpeel

    I have been doing the genealogy of my ancestors who were early setters to Wayne County and ran across your articles and have to say it’s one of the best I’ve seen in all my years of doing re- search. Once I got into it was so interesting I had to get on my computer to finish reading the rest of it. Thank you I learned a lot about where my ancestor’s lived.

    • Sue Sue

      Hello Carolyn,
      I’m afraid I’ve been working on other projects and have neglected the blog for several weeks. Thanks very much for your kind remarks. I hope to start adding more content very soon.

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