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Virtual Tour: English-Thomson Cemetery

On February 20, 2023 we made a trip to English-Thomson Cemetery in Greenup County, Kentucky. The area has been known as Beattyville and South Portsmouth and was reached by traveling west on Kentucky Route 8 from the Carl Perkins Bridge to Sandy’s Lane which is less than a mile from the bridge. The lane terminates at a gated private drive owned by a Mr. Sprinkle.

The cemetery is located on a plateau above the sprinkle property and contains many burials, many of which appear to be related within a few generations of each other and several that we weren’t able to discern their relationships to other so they may have just been community members that were given burial space at this cemetery. The late winter and early spring are the best times to visit this cemetery as it becomes an entanglement of greenbriar in later spring and summer.

Regardless of when you visit you should wear proper PPE like long sleeves, pants, sturdy shoes, and gloves. Also be aware that several of the monuments are unstable and that the ground in uneven.