The grounds of the historic Somerset Cemetery, dating to the early 1800s, are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.
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Once a private burial spot for the wealthy William Fox family and the family’s slaves, the cemetery became a community cemetery in the 1860s. There is still room for years of future burials, as the cemetery currently spreads over about 20 acres. In addition to the slave burial grounds, other unique features include the faint outline of a trench line made by Civil War soldiers when they made their camp on the grounds, a “locomotive wheel” circle designed as a nod to the community’s ties to the railroad, and sharp corners in the roads which haven’t been altered since the days horses and buggies made square turns. That’s not to mention the countless Pulaski Countians buried here, who were the movers and shakers of our town from the 1800s to present times.
The cemetery was managed by volunteer boards and caretakers for many years, but the City of Somerset assumed ownership in 2012. As a municipal cemetery, it’s guaranteed that funding and personnel will always be available to keep the cemetery properly maintained.
Interested in a tour?
Walkers, joggers, stroller-pushers, history lovers, nature lovers, art enthusiasts, photography buffs, motorists, groups, etc., are welcome to visit! Because the office has a staff of one, it’s helpful to call before you stop to make sure someone will be there to assist you.
If you’re interested in a tour, please contact the office at 606.679.3473.
Reserve a plot
Grave spaces are available for $800 per space, with payment plans available. For information, call 606.679.3473.