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Cave Hill Cemetery

Louisville, Kentucky – Background Journey for Waverly Hills Chapter

Chapter 2 took us to Waverly Hills Sanatorium. I was torn between staying at The Brown Hotel and 21C Museum Hotel, but opted for The Brown. Getting in around 9:00 p.m., we were booking it to the English Grill to find out for ourselves what all the fuss was about these hot brown things. This is one of those cases where the hype is right. You don’t want to miss this dish. I’ve considered planning an entire future weekend about this meal. It’s that good.

Gorgeous opulence inside the historic Brown Hotel:

Ceiling detail of the historic Brown Hotel - Louisville, KY
Ceiling detail of the historic Brown Hotel – Louisville, KY


We had some time to kill before our ghost hunt Saturday night, and the first thing I wanted to see was the Speed Art Museum. It was closed and I almost shed irritation tears over it. But I’m a professional, so we adapted and found some other ways to piddle around and occupy ourselves while the sun was shining.

For one thing, we discovered the North End Café along Bardstown Road, and from there some funky shops and galleries by driving around a little. I can pretty much promise you that if you put a gorilla and a dinosaur outside your store, I’m going in. It’s happening.

Shopping in Louisville, KY

Of course, I had to pay my respects to the Colonel over in Cave Hill Cemetery (this is where I refer you to my previous post about chicken money), and from there I fit in a walk over at the Waterfront Park.

Grave of Col. Sanders - Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, KY
Grave of Col. Sanders – Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, KY

I did not take in any Louisville Slugger or Derby attractions, and I realize this may result in hate email.

But I did see an awesome haunted mansion. I could tell by looking at it. There’s some spooks hiding out in this joint. I know it.

Abandoned "haunted" mansion - Louisville, KY
Abandoned “haunted” mansion – Louisville, KY
Abandoned "haunted" mansion - Louisville, KY
Abandoned “haunted” mansion – Louisville, KY

Further Reading:

I Had a Great Time!

Cave Hill Cemetery - Louisville, KY
Cave Hill Cemetery – Louisville, KY

I was looking through the photos I took when visiting Waverly Hills last year. This is a gravestone in the historic Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. Cave Hill is 160 years old, and might remind southerners of Atlanta’s Oakland or even Savannah’s Bonaventure.

The stone speaks volumes. This is the kind of life I aspire to. This is the legacy that I want to leave behind.

Now, Mr. Adams is not too far from where the great Colonel lies. And yes, I am talking about that delicious chicken (along with the concept of food in a bucket, which is just as equally brilliant, if you ask me).

Further research into the life of Mr. Adams turned up the fact that he was actually the grandson of Colonel Sanders!

I have no idea what the chicken legacy pays to grandchildren, but I do know that Mr. Adams gave money to charity, and that there is a ski run out in Aspen that is named after him (“Village Bound”). It is easy to scoff and remark “Well, I’m sure he did have a great time with all that chicken money and all. But I don’t have any chicken money, how am I supposed to have a great time?”

By pursuing activities that bring you joy. This gives you hope, and will keep you fighting for a better life. Hope, along with a bag of rice and a can of beans will keep you rowing through life’s rough waters. Maybe not everyone winds up at the end with chicken money. But the point is to have fun trying and enjoy the journey along the way. You can’t take it with you, after all. All we have is now. What are you doing with it?

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