Worker bees keep, store and sell honey

Cave Hill Historic Cemetery in the Highlands is known as the final resting place of prominent citizens from Colonel Harlan Sanders to George Rogers Clark and Muhammad Ali. It is also known as the largest cemetery in Kentucky, with a sprawling, beautiful 296-acre arboretum grounds.

What many people don’t know is a side project that Cave Hill Cemetery staff started in 2017 – beekeeping.

Turns out, the cemetery’s abundance of flowers and plants and its proximity to Beargrass Creek make it an ideal environment for honeybees.

Now Cave Hill Cemetery has about 10 active hives and produces about 900 pounds of honey per season, which runs from April to August. The honey is bottled and sold at the cemetery, with proceeds going to the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation. The honey even won a blue ribbon in the light amber honey category at the Kentucky State Fair last year.

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