Abstract (Summary)
Boone County, Kentucky is located approximately 20 miles southwest of Cincinnati, Ohio. The county, which remained rural for most of the twentieth century, has become, over the past twenty years, the site of new suburban residential, commercial, and industrial development. Unfortunately, the increase in development resulted in a rise in the number of small family cemeteries lost during construction. During the late 1980s, Boone County realized that the destruction of local cemeteries by new development was becoming a problem and was likely to worsen in the future. The county developed a Cemetery Preservation Plan designed to protect existing cemeteries from disturbances during construction projects. The plan was approved and implemented in 1989. This thesis discusses and analyzes the impact of the Boone County Cemetery Preservation Plan, and a similar plan established by Cobb County, Georgia in 1990. A comparative case study of the two plans is conducted. Specifically, the number of disturbed and preserved cemeteries, before and after the implementation of the plans, is reviewed. Furthermore, a careful analysis of the existing plan recommendations is performed. The findings are then compared to cemetery preservation issues in Campbell County, Kentucky, which does not currently have a preservation plan or a preservation zoning ordinance. Based on the case study and the literature review, this thesis finds that both Boone County and Cobb County have had positive impacts on the preservation of their local cemeteries. Both counties have improved their methods of record-keeping and have successfully implemented cemetery protection zoning regulations. However, only Cobb County established a dedicated Cemetery Preservation Commission to manage their preservation efforts. This study finds that a dedicated cemetery preservation organization is needed in order for a county to institute, promote, and accomplish specific preservation goals. The cemetery organization should be granted the responsibility to review and monitor proposed development near existing cemeteries. The study also reveals the need for professional archaeological surveys prior to construction commencement, as well as during the process of cemetery relocation. Finally, it is determined that there are several innovative methods of increasing the public's awareness of the importance of preserving cemeteries. In order to accomplish preservation goals, local governments must enlist the help of volunteers. By performing an examination of the duties and past success of the Cobb County Cemetery Preservation Commission, this thesis is able to outline recommendations for improved cemetery preservation strategies in Boone County to be used for a pending update to their 1989 Cemetery Preservation Plan.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:cemetery preservation historic planning boone county


Date of Publication:01/01/2002

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