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Benefit for Cave Hill Cemetery sells out

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Tuesday night is a sold out benefit for a foundation that supports one of Louisville's most unique places.

Thousands of people visit Cave Hill Cemetery each year, not just to visit the graves of the dead, but to enjoy nature and art.

"Cave Hill Cemetery is one of the seven wonders of Louisville," says Michael Higgs coordinator for the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation, which raises money to preserve and restore the thousands of monuments in the cemetery.

Even on an rainy autumn day like it was early Monday, Cave Hill is impressive.

"Cemeteries are more for the living than for the deceased," says Higgs.

Cave Hill is more than a sacred resting place: it is a park, an outdoor art museum, and a history museum as well.

Louisville founder George Rogers Clark is buried at Cave Hill, as is Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders and the editor of the Courier Journal in the 1800's, Henry Watterson.

"The cemetery is also an arboretum," said Higgs. "We have almost 600 different species of plants and trees, and it is also a wildlife refuge." 

It's a tradition for many Louisville families to bring their kids to feed the ducks at the cemetery's large lake.

While attendance figures are not kept, it's estimated that Cave Hill gets about 100,000 visitors a year.

Says Higgs, "The number of stories I've heard through the years of multiple generations coming to feed the ducks is just phenomenal."

He says the foundation uses the money it raises to restore the monuments that have been battered by years of acid rain.

"Section C has recently been restored by the foundation," Higgs said. "We have cleaned and sealed all of these monuments so they will be here for generations to come. Cemeteries are one of the best time capsules of history that you can ever find."

Cave Hill also contains the remains of thousands of soldiers, including three union generals and three confederate generals from the Civil War.

It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.

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