3650 Petersburg Rd. . . . . . . Louisville, KY. . . . . . . 40218
1) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2) In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4) And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5) Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14: 1~6
The pieces of the puzzle are coming together for the restoration of the Forest Home Cemetery. KY NABVETS has come together with several organizations to bring a new look to the Forest Home Cemetery. Sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, KY NABVETS and Evans Monument Company are working to restore the headstones of veterans lain to rest in the cemetery. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 15, to introduce the projects to those that attended. President of the Metro Council Commissioner Jim King District 10 and Commissioner Dr. Barbara Shanklin District 6 were in attendance along with the Forest Home Cemetery committee.
Even with this project in the works there is still more work that needs to be done at the cemetery. If you would like to know more about the cemetery and what you may be able to do to help out or lend a hand please send an email to: Rodney Crockett or copy and paste this into your mail address To bar. Rock9112@gmail.com
The Petersburg / Newburg Cemetery - Forest Home Cemetery, located at 3650 Petersburg Road behind Star Hope Baptist Church, is a family and community cemetery and has been for over 200 years. The cemetery has roots as far back as the 1800's, when it was set aside as the final resting place for workers and slaves of the Hundley Plantation. Families have settled in the Petersburg / Newburg area as far back as 1820 when Elizah Curtis Hundley Tevis was given her freedom and land in the Newburg area from The Hundley plantation.
Forest Home Cemetery is much larger than many know of or think it is. The Cemetery stretches from Petersburg Road back into the woods behind Community Baptist church. It also has a section that comes out as far as Indian Trail towards Newburg Park. Most of the burial plots that can be seen are those behind Star Hope Church as far back bordering Petersburg Estates. Many families still continue to come out on Memorial Day, Veterans day and birthdays to place flowers on grave sites and to care for their loved ones burial plots. There are many sites that have not been marked or have been lost due to lack of management or upkeep of the cemetery. There are some plots that were never marked and have since been grown over by the woods behind Community Baptist Church. In 1975 a cemetery committee was formed to try to care for this cemetery, but from the many past years of neglect, it has been a struggle and a battle to regain the plots from the over growth of trees. In the section behind Community Baptist Church there is said to be a pauper's grave site located there. There has been an effor to clean out this area and some of the headstones nad sites have been found.