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Johnson Creek Covered Bridge in Robertson County

During our genealogy trip a few weeks ago Ritchey and I visited the Johnson Creek Covered Bridge in Robertson County.  It is about four miles north of Blue Lick Battlefield State Park, in the southern part of the county.  We drove east on US68 from Harrodsburg, turned left onto Hwy 165 after entering Robertson County, then right onto Hwy 1029.  The bridge is just a few miles up the road.

Built in 1874 by Jacob Bower, it is the only known example of Robert Smith’s truss system in the state.  In 1912 Jacob’s son, Louis, added an arch on each side for additional support due to increased traffic – I suppose it went from horse and buggies and wagons to cars!

A fire in 1910 partially destroyed the bridge, but it was rebuilt.  Pictures in 1966 show a ramshackle bridge that looks too dangerous to cross.  It was reconstructed in 2007-2008.

The bridge is 114 feet long and 16 feet wide.

Our visit was on a pleasant day, not too hot, giving plenty of time for photos and for Ritchey to find his geocache.

Even though there is a picnic table outside, we chose to sit in the middle of the bridge to eat our lunch, enjoying the breeze!  Happy to visit another place in Kentucky’s history.

Two Counties, Six Cemeteries, Four Covered Bridges and a Battlefield

Yesterday was a glorious day in Kentucky.  A reprieve from the 90+ temperatures we’ve had in the last several weeks – and no rain!  The high managed to get to 82, the skies were a bright blue, grass and trees wonderful shades of green.  We left at 8:00 a.m.

Our goal was to visit Robertson and Fleming counties and take photos in several cemeteries each.  You know how much Ritchey loves geocaching.  There are four covered bridges in the two counties – those beautiful, historic structures that are slowly dwindling in our country – and they each had geocaches hidden in them!  They were added to the list.  And on the way home, we planned to visit Blue Licks Battlefield State Park – what some have called the last battle of the Revolutionary War, fought in Kentucky on August 19, 1782.  The British and Indian forces slaughtered many of the Kentuckians.  I have posted several wills written by men from Mercer County that did not survive the battle.

We began at Piqua Methodist Church in Robertson County, a small, rural cemetery.  While there, the gentleman who takes care of the cemetery stopped by.  He showed me a list of those buried here, useful since many did not have gravestones, or have long since broken.  He related that the last person buried in this cemetery was his elementary school teacher, Gladys Shepherd, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 104.

Ritchey finding a geocache at Johnson Creek Covered Bridge in Robertson County.

Just about a mile north on Highway 165 was the small church and cemetery of Piqua Christian.  Mt. Olivet Cemetery, just outside the town of the same name, was our last cemetery for this county.  On the way to neighboring Fleming County we stopped at Johnson Creek Covered Bridge, and Ritchey found his first geocache of the day.  Sitting in the middle of the bridge eating a chicken salad and croissant sandwich, the breeze was heavenly.  Butterflies were plentiful, and there was no noise, just an occasional moo or bird chirp.

Top stone – In Memory of Edward Dulin, Sen., Born in Virginia, August 6, 1769, and Died in Kentucky, September 25, 1830.  Lower stone – In Memory of George, twin son of John W. and Elizabeth D. Dulin, Born October 23, 1851, died July 30, 1852, age 9 months and 7 days.  Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Flemingsburg, Fleming County, Kentucky.

In Fleming County we visited Elizaville Cemetery, a lovely small town, only few miles from Flemingsburg, the county seat.  Evergreen Hill Cemetery was quite impressive with its old stones.  I wanted to share this one with you today since it was so unusual.  I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an old above ground stone with writing on the side.  There were at least ten or twelve in this cemetery.  Other beautifully carved stones were for cholera victims in 1833.

Goddard White Bridge

On to the three covered bridges in Fleming County – Goddard White, Grange City and Ringo Mills.  One more cemetery stop in this county – Mt. Pisgah on Oakwood Road.

It was about 6:00 p.m. and we still had one more stop – Blue Licks Battlefield – in Nicholas County.  I was so impressed with the granite monument that names those who fought and died in this battle.  After taking photos we had a picnic supper before starting home.  It was a full day but so much fun!  And think of all the great information I have to share with you!

Old Harrodsburg Cemetery


In trying to find the perfect gift for my husband for Christmas, I didn’t realize I was doing myself a very big favor!  Ritchey’s gift was a Magellan Explorist Geocaching GPS.  He and our son, Linton, love to hike.  I thought this would be a wonderful device to mark paths, find his way, tell how far they hiked, elevation, etc.  I must add that my idea of a hike is about two miles – they hike for 11 or 12 hours.  Anyway, I wasn’t sure what Ritchey would think about the geocaching aspect, but he has fallen in love with it.  Now to my point, he has found many, many small cemeteries in our own Mercer County that I never knew!  And evidently there are many listed in other counties!  Can you imagine the possibilities?

The first mentioned was the Old Harrodsburg Cemetery (sometimes called the Magoffin Cemetery) located in downtown Harrodsburg at the corner of Magoffin and Marimon!  I had no idea this cemetery existed!  It was in use for about 20 years, then abandoned in 1860.  Most graves were moved to the new cemetery – Spring Hill – located on Greenville Street in town.  The property for the old cemetery was given by the family of Kentucky’s Civil War governor, Beriah Magoffin, Jr.  Because the cemetery was on a hillside – and the bodies had to be placed with the head downhill to face east, as was the custom at the time – made it less than desirable as a place for burial.  When we arrived there were a few stones left, and these I present to you today.


Mary, wife of David Board, born July 25, 1801 – died, October 18, 1875

I’m sure you’re first comment would be – but she died after 1860.  It was mine, also.  I just present what I find.


Jacob Mitchell, born February 6, 1793 – died September 3, 1872.  A soldier in the War of 1812.


Hilton J. Demaree, US Army, WWII, July 22, 1933 – February 25, 1993


The large central stone contains no writing.


Loved this tree – even without leafage it’s magnificent.  Perhaps that was the reason for choosing this spot for a cemetery.


Ritchey checking his coordinates!