There are approximately 22,000 burials at Linden Grove Cemetery in Covington, Kentucky. Unfortunately, over the course of time, four different maps with different grave numbering schemes were used, resulting in an incomplete cemetery census record. The results of the mapping project conducted by a Northern Kentucky University Archaeology class in the Fall of 2009 indicated a total of only 4,000 gravestones or remnants of gravestones in the Cemetery, further exacerbating the difficulty of identifying the location of the 22,000 burials.
There is a substantial amount of unused acreage in the Cemetery that is not currently available for burial purposes due to improper fill and drainage problems. The lack of usable ground for burials has caused the Cemetery Board to temporarily suspend the sale of graves in the Cemetery. This has severely impacted the Cemetery’s ability to generate funds for its operations (outside of the operating subsidy provided by the City and County). Significant investment will be required to provide a permanent solution to this particular problem. Resolution of drainage and fill problems is necessary for the redevelopment of existing unused acreage for burials and other improvements. This is essential for the Cemetery’s viability and long term sustainability.
Due to limited visible vehicular and pedestrian access, the Cemetery remains a virtually unknown commodity to many local residents. Greater public appreciation of the Cemetery’ natural beauty and historic significance is vital to its long term sustainability as a valuable historic and cultural asset to the Covington community. In addition, the Cemetery is the largest green space within Covington’s urban core, necessitating its use for passive recreational activities consistent with the sacred and solemn character of this site.
Original design and layout, the sale of unused Cemetery land in the late 1800’s, subsequent modifications and alterations to the grounds, as well as unresolved drainage and grading problems, are the underlying cause of the Cemetery’s tradition of financial, maintenance, and management difficulties over the last 150 years. The Cemetery Board and its represented stakeholders are committed to addressing and resolving these fundamental issues.
Photo from the Kenton County Public Library Archives