History

Walnut Ridge Cemetery

Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Inc. has a long history in Clark County. The original partition of the cemetery was designed by Edmund Lee, the designer of Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Ky.

Originally designed on 15 acres of rolling hills with tree-lined lanes, the cemetery began with 1,320 lots on land donated by the Wathen Family estate. Today, the cemetery includes nearly 100 acres and approximately 20,000 burial sites and a mausoleum building.

Walnut Ridge Cemetery is situated on a ridge with several mature trees and new flowering trees and has a lighted night view of the down town Louisville skyline. The oldest monument that has been found in Walnut Ridge is 1817; however there are many monuments that are older and more weathered.

Other interesting facts about the cemetery would include the “Preacher’s Circle”, which was formed in 1845 at the request of the Church. Approximately 15 lots were dedicated for free burial of ordained ministers and their Wives.

A “Receiving Tomb” was also built to accommodate remains for up to ten days for respite from inclement weather or to allow for family and friends time to arrive from out of town.

Famous Residents

Walnut Ridge Cemetery is the final resting place of many distinguished people. Here are a few:

  • Josephine Sanders — First wife of Colonel Sanders (Kentucky Fried Chicken owner). She passed away in 1975 and is buried in Sec N.
  • Harland Sanders Jr. — Son of Colonel Sanders. He passed away in 1932 and is buried next to his mother on Sec N.
  • Richard Vissing — Former mayor of Jeffersonville.
  • Lloyd Poore — Owner of the Bonnie Belle boat. Which you could take cruises up and down the Ohio River.
  • James Bottorff II — State Representative of the 71st District in Indiana from 1990-2005.
  • James Bottorff — Circuit Court Judge in Clark County, Indiana.
  • Robert Schnatter — Father of John Schnatter (Owner of Papa Johns Pizza).
  • Many Civil War veterans and other branches of service.

 

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Walnut Ridge Cemetery
2421 Hamburg Pike
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

p: 812-283-3707
e: walnutridgecem@att.net

Click here for Directions

Gates Open:
7:30 AM Every Day
Gates Close:
8:00 PM or Sundown
Whichever comes first

Gaius H. Snyder
Superintendent

Christa Snyder
Office Manager

Office Hours:
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Evenings and Weekends
By Appointment