Saturday Ritchey and I visited the beautiful St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Scott County, Kentucky. It was an absolutely beautiful day, as you can see from the photos – deep blue skies, white fluffy clouds and lots of sunshine, but a moderate temperature of about 80 degrees.
The present church was built in 1820 at a cost of $3,600. Doesn’t that sound amazing in today’s world? This is the oldest parish in the Covington Diocese, and was a pioneer mission for East Kentucky. The parish, second oldest in the state, was formed by Maryland settlers who arrived in 1786; the first church was built about 1794.
The cemetery is across the road from the church – small, but very beautiful. Trees and several benches give visitors the chance to sit and enjoy the cool breeze while contemplating all those who have gone before.
I was amazed at how old the stones are – there are several Revolutionary War soldiers buried here. I share with you today seven gravestones representing some of the oldest people buried in this cemetery.