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Long Run Baptist Church Historical Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky; (502) 241-1519

The Long Run Cemetery has been divided into four sections to simplify the use of the map in locating graves.

Section I - This section comprises roughly the northern half of the cemetery. On the map, the graves are numbered left to right as you face west. On the database listing the names are given which match the numbers on the map.

Section 2 - This section comprises most of the southern half of the cemetery. The graves are numbered left to right as you face east.

Private Cemetery - This section is so named because it was added to the cemetery at a later date, the land having been given by Roland Proctor for the burial of his family. It is an extension of the main cemetery. The graves are numbered left to right as you face east.

Behind the Church - The graves are numbered left to right as you face east.

The graves in the Long Run Cemetery are more or less arranged in north-south rows. On the map they are placed in straight line rows running approximately north-south.

No attempt is made to located graves marked by rough native stones without inscriptions or to locate otherwise unmarked graves. The cemetery is filled with graves but only about half of them, or less, are marked. Some stones have fallen been lost by age, erosion, cattle destruction, falling and being buried, tree roots, and now by the mowing machine. To add to the confusion and lack of "law and order" some grave stones face east and some face west, sometimes even in the same row.

The cemetery, although roughly a trapezoid in shape (disregarding private section) is actually a fifteen-sided polygon. For simplicity it is represented on the map as a trapezoid. The shape does not affect the grave locations.

There are two rock enclosures and one vault. The rock enclosures are square in shape and contain two graves each. There were other rock enclosures which have been destroyed. The rock from one of them was used to make the front walk. Some slaves are buried on the south side of the cemetery but only one grave is marked with a stone.

The following stones may not be in their original position due to having been displaced when work was done on the church and when the large trees were felled: Thomas J. Buckner, Simpson S. Buckner, George Bridges, Rebecca Bridges, John H. Talbott, Leland M. Talbott, America Hobbs, Louisa Hobbs, and Simpson Sturgeon. The stone of Elijah Woolfolk, buried for about twenty years, was found after the map was drawn. It is in Section 2, near the partly fallen square. The exact grave site of Abraham Lincoln is unknown.

FENCES - There have been four different fences enclosing the Long Run Cemetery. The first was a rock fence similar to those left standing in many parts of Kentucky. As the years past it fell into disrepair and was partially replaced by a rectangular wire fence which may be seen in the 1922 pictures made by the Filson Club, along with portions of the rock fence still standing then. About 1961 a rail fence, which still stands, was built around the cemetery. For greater protection against livestock a link chain fence has been placed around the outside of the rail fence. The private cemetery was, until Jefferson County purchased the church property in 1961, enclosed by an iron mesh fence with an arch over the gate. In the northwest corner of the cemetery there is a picket-type iron fence enclosing one grave. Near this one grave enclosure there was another iron fence which grouped four or five graves of the Proctor family.

TREES - In years past there were many trees in the Long Run Cemetery as may be seen in the 1922 pictures. The finest of these trees were felled in 1949 and sold by the congregation for lumber. The proceeds were used to buy a bus for the use of the church. In the fall of 1969 members of Historic Middletown, Inc. felled eleven saplings, mostly locust, which through neglect had been allowed to grow over graves and in the rock enclosures.

GATEPOSTS AND WELL - There were two entrances to the church yard, one on the north side and one of the west, both marked by large solid posts of native stone which still stand. The north entrance has been closed by the fence leaving only the west gate. A little tot he left of the north gate is an old well still marked by the iron pump. There is a service entrance gate at the southwest corner of the cemetery.

The church walls, which were left standing after the fire in 1960, were straightened and reinforced in the fall of 1969 by the Jefferson County Park Board. Also the walls were tuck-pointed in the spring of 1970.

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