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Bourbon County Confederate Monument
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Location: Paris, Kentucky
Coordinates: 38°12′10.35″N 84°15′55.24″W / 38.202875°N 84.2653444°W / 38.202875; -84.2653444Coordinates: 38°12′10.35″N 84°15′55.24″W / 38.202875°N 84.2653444°W / 38.202875; -84.2653444
Built/Founded: 1887
Architectural style(s): No Style Listed
Governing body: Local
MPS: Civil War Monuments of Kentucky MPS
Added to NRHP: July 17, 1997
NRHP Reference#: 97000719


The Bourbon County Confederate Monument, located in the middle of the Paris Cemetery of Paris, Kentucky, was built by the Confederate Monument Association in 1887. Like many monuments to the Confederate States of America in Kentucky, it is an obelisk, but is unique for being built like a chimney. The structure is made of mortared limestone, locally quarried, with the chimney being thirty feet tall on a ten foot tall base.[2]

On the rear of the monument is a list of all those who died in the War from Bourbon County for the Confederacy, or those serving the Confederacy who died in Bourbon County.[2] Bourbon was one of the more Confederate of counties; by November of 1863, 700 men from Bourbon County served for the Confederate cause, whereas only 200 men from the county fought with the Union.[3]

On July 17, 1997, it was one of sixty-one different monuments to the Civil War in Kentucky placed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the Civil War Monuments of Kentucky Multiple Property Submission.

Paris Cemetery Gatehouse
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Location: Paris, Kentucky
Built/Founded: 1847
Architect: McMurtry,John
Architectural style(s): Gothic Revival
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: November 24, 1978
NRHP Reference#: 78001301


The Paris Cemetery's gatehouse, made of granite, is also on the National Register, placed there on November 24, 1978. The cemetery was founded in 1847, with the gatehouse finished in 1862 by architect John McMurty. When opened, many families re-interred their dead in the new cemetery. The most notable person buried here is John Fox, Jr., whose novel The Trail of the Lonesome Pine was the first work of American literature to sell over a million copies.[citation needed] Aside from the Confederate Monument, other war memorials in the cemetery honor those who fought in the Mexican-American War, World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. A walking tour has been designed for those wishing to tour the cemetery.[4]



  1. 1.0 1.1 "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Civil War in Kentucky
  3. Kentucky in the Civil War
  4. The Paris Cemetery