Bloomfield in Nelson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Romantic 1825 Tragedy
Jereboam Beauchamp and wife Anna buried here in same coffin at own request. To avenge her alleged seduction by Col. Solomon Sharp, Beauchamp murdered him at Sharp's Frankfort home, 1825. Beauchamp and Anna were held in Frankfort jail. She was released but joined her husband in his cell, refusing to be separated even by force. He was sentenced to hang. See over.
On execution day, they attempted suicide by stabbing themselves. Her wound was fatal, but he lived to be hanged that day, the first legal hanging in Ky., 1826. Col. Sharp's political prominence caused case to have widespread newspaper publicity. Edgar Allan Poe and many other authors wrote of the tragedy, inspired by Beauchamps' deep devotion and love. See over.
Erected 1967 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1077.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Taylorsville Road, Bloomfield KY 40008, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walnut Groves Farm (approx. half a mile away); Ham Brown Log Cabin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Guerrilla Quantrill (approx. 3.9 miles away); Kincheloe's Station (approx. 4.3 miles away); Camp Charity (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Spy Who Saved the Union (approx. 8.1 miles away); County Named, 1824 (approx. 8.1 miles away); Spencer House (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomfield.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the 1825 tragedy. (Submitted on July 17, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 257 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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