Linden Grove Cemetery is an historic cemetery that is situated on 22.3 acres in the City of Covington, bounded on the east by Holman Street, on the north by West 13th Street, on the west by Kavanaugh Street, and on the south by Linden Avenue. Linden Grove Cemetery was officially consecrated on September 18, 1843 on land originally owned by the Western Baptist Theological Institute. Benjamin Grove, a landscape gardener, was the designer responsible for the Cemetery’s layout.
Over the succeeding decades, the Cemetery continually fell into disrepair and neglect. The situation degenerated to the point that in 1948, the Kenton County Circuit Court ordered the Cemetery property placed into receivership. Until 1998, a series of Trustees, appointed by the Court, was responsible for care, maintenance, and financial management of the Cemetery. Unfortunately, this system proved insufficient to the task of properly maintaining the Cemetery and a new management approach was required. An Inter-Local Agreement for the care and maintenance of Linden Grove Cemetery was executed in 1998 between the City of Covington and the Kenton County Fiscal Court. The Inter-Local Agreement established a Board of Overseers to manage and operate the Cemetery.
Kentucky Historic Marker
In 2001, the Cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
In 2010, a Kentucky Historic Marker was installed in Linden Grove Cemetery. The marker provides a permanent indication of the historic and cultural significance of the Cemetery in the development of the City of Covington and Northern Kentucky. The dedication ceremonies for the Historic Marker and the Nancy Slagle Memorial Grove were coordinated to coincide with the dedication of the replacement headstones for the Confederate Veterans on Memorial Day weekend and the Annual Covington Memorial Day Parade, from May 29 to May 31, 2010. The widespread publicity and media coverage of this event contributed significantly to expanding regional awareness, appreciation, and interest in the Cemetery. Cost $3,000. Funding for this project was provided by a grant from the William Dally Foundation and the Cemetery’s 2009-2010 operating budget.
In May 2010, nine headstones for the Confederate Veterans buried in Linden Grove Cemetery were replaced under the auspices of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The original headstones had deteriorated to the point that they were unreadable and unrecognizable. The replacement headstones were furnished at no cost by the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Over the last several years, a number of Union Veteran headstones have been replaced through the efforts of the local chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Replacement headstones are provided at no charge by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The replacement of deteriorated Union Veteran headstones will be an ongoing effort, led by the Sons of Union Veterans and supported with assistance and materials from the Cemetery.
Genealogy & Research
Kenton County Public Library
The Kenton County Public Library (KCPL) has digitized over 34,000 Linden Grove Cemetery records. The Linden Grove collection is viewable on Microfilm 929.5 K37 at KCPL, or you can access the genealogy database available online.
Alternatively, you can call Elaine Kuhn at 859-962-4085, the KCPL Kentucky History Department at 859-962-4070, or email the KCPL History Department.
Additional Reference Materials
Linden Grove Cemetery Collection at the Steely Library of Northern Kentucky University
The collection contains Linden Grove interment and lot sale books, as well as papers from the 1800's to the mid-1900's.
Partial interment list on Interment.net.
Partial interment list on the Tombstone Transcription Project.
Notable burials in Linden Grove on FindAGrave.com.
Kenton County Historical Society Society Publications: Linden Grove Cemetery, Covington compiled by George C. Dreyer
Vol I: 401 pages. $30.00 members, $40.00 non members ($6.00 S&H)
Vol II: 257 pages. $20.00 members, $30.00 non members ($4.00 S&H)
Learn more about those buried at Linden Grove.
Brigadier General John W. Finnell
Kentucky’s Adjutant General during the Civil War
B. F. Howard
Co-Founder of the African American Elks
Dr. Louise Southgate
Early female physician and women’s rights activist in Covington