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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Harrodsburg in Mercer County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Spring Hill Cemetery

Spring Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 6, 2019
1. Spring Hill Cemetery Marker
Welcome to Spring Hill Cemetery. This map and the cemetery print-out on the shelf below have been placed here to help you locate grave sites of interest. Sections are marked with letters and numbers. Lot numbers refer to the number of rows in a section and grave numbers refer to the location within the row. Unfortunately, through the years there has not been a consistent plan for identifying at which end of a section the row number starts and whether the grave numbers start from the right or the left. But the information in the cemetery records should get you in the right area ad with a little looking around, you should be able to locate the grave.

Established in 1860, just prior to the civil war, it is believed that Spring Hill Cemetery was named for the gently rolling hill on which it sits overlooking the “Big Spring” to the south where James Harrod and his band of pioneers first built cabins in 1774.

Spring Hill Cemetery was built upon the shattered friendship of two men who had a life-long respect and admiration for each other – Meaureau Pulliam, a town trustee and builder of some early houses
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in Harrodsburg and Squire Thomas Burford, owner of the historic house and surrounding land on the hill to the north overlooking the future location of the cemetery.

In 1860, Harrodsburg was seeking a more fitting burial ground than the hillside cemetery in use (called the Harrodsburg or Magoffin Cemetery), but the town trustees couldn’t agree on a location. Pullium, frustrated by the indecision, bought a tract of land from his friend Squire Burford, apparently not disclosing to him his hopes for its use as the new cemetery site. Since Pullium was also a builder, the Squire probably thought the land would be used for that purpose, not dreaming that the view from his front porch would soon be filled with graves. Their friendship was forever destroyed.

Although there are presently over 200 acres in Spring Hill, the winding roads make for an easy, pleasant and interesting walk, experiencing local history and the beauty of the many elaborate grave stones.

Spring Hill has an amazing variety of grave stones for a cemetery its size. “A Cemetery Tour of Harrodsburg” brochure is available at the office to your left or at the Visitor Center at Diamond Point, two blocks to your west. This brochure will describe the symbolism of these old stones as well as guide you on a tour of five cemetery locations within Harrodsburg.

Below the map
Spring Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 6, 2019
2. Spring Hill Cemetery Marker
you will see grave sites and locations of some of our more prominent and interesting citizens. Also, sections “circle”, C, D, E, F, G, and H contain older and more elaborate stones. Sections 27 and 28 are newer and have examples of modern, laser cut designs. Enjoy the quiet, beauty and gravestone art in the park-like setting. Feel free to visit the office if you need additional help.

Most famous burial is Beriah Magoffin, born here in Mercer County, Kentucky Governor at start of Civil war. Unusual monument made of “white” bronze molded like stone. (D-37-2)

Tallest obelisk in the cemetery, close to 50 feet, Thompson Family in Section “I”.

William Marcus Linney, pioneered in science of Kentucky Geology (G-58-10)

Matthew P. Lowery (1793-1835). Described as a most distinguished cabinet maker of the Kentucky Federal Period. Worked in Mercer County and Bluegrass area during is short life of 42 years (D-12-13)

Col. John “Jack” Chinn (1849-1920). Harrodsburg native, owner of Leonatus, 1883 Kentucky Derby Winner. Father of Col. George Chinn. Confederate soldier, Southern Gentleman, Turfman of national fame G-36-1)

Section “D”

Section “I”

Section “G”

Section “E”

Spring Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 6, 2019
3. Spring Hill Cemetery Marker
stone placed at reinterment ceremony in early 1900s, remembering four of Quantrill’s Raiders killed by posse in 1865 (Section “E” Confederate Lot)

Rev. Jesse Head, man who married Lincoln’s parents. Also discovered mineral spring which led to development of Greenville Springs Resort (E-30-UNK)

“Lizzie” Hardin, Harrodsburg native, noted Confederate sympathizer, author of “Private war of Lizzie Hardin”. Jailed for waving to the Confederate Raider John Hunt Morgan (G-37-9)

Col. George Chinn, Mercer County ative, author, noted historian, military weapons expert, story-teller supreme – “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!” G-36-11)

Memorializes Haggin Family, Kentucky Pioneers who went on to become one of most important American families in racing, politics, business. Haggins lived here and local hospital named for them. (Section “D”)

Maria Thompson Daviess, whose life spanned time of last living dwellers of Fort Harrod to after Civil War, authored one of first local histories – “History of Mercer & Boyle Counties” still used by researchers (I-14-4)

Madison, slave of Christopher Chinn, died 1860. Buried in his master’s lot among civic unrest at placing a slave in “God’s Acre” reserved for whites. Gravestone
Spring Hill Cemetery 1937 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 6, 2019
4. Spring Hill Cemetery 1937
and exact location are lost to history (Section G)

Spring Hill Cemetery: Latitude: 37* 46’ 4” or 37.768049. Longitude: -84* 50’ 29” or -84.84148. (All coordinates NAD 83)
Erected by James Harrod Trust.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionColonial EraSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky, Harrodsburg, James Harrod Trust series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
Location. 37° 46.084′ N, 84° 50.464′ W. Marker is in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, in Mercer County. Marker is at the intersection of Spring Hill Cemetery Street and North Greenville Street and Stagg Street, on the right when traveling east on Spring Hill Cemetery Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 529 N Greenville St, Harrodsburg KY 40330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Monument (here, next to this marker); Pulliam / Curry House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tewmey / Armstrong House (about 700 feet away); Courtview (about 800 feet away); John L. Bridges House / Burford Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles Ficklin / Alexander Buchanan House
Spring Hill Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 6, 2019
5. Spring Hill Cemetery Entrance
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Diamond Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. James Harrison Moore House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrodsburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 195 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 19, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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