Hill Grove Cemetery, Edmonson County, KY
On April 3-4, 2006, Karen and I visited Mammoth Cave National Park and documented cemeteries in the
park and the surrounding area. Hill Grove Cemetery, which lies north of the park, is striking for the way
shells from local rivers.  This cemetery has been described at length, based on extensive interviews, in
Karen V. Heege, “’They’re Pretty, But They’re Work’: Shell-Decorated Graves as Community Art.”
Folklore Forum, vol. 29, no. 1 (1998), pp. 65-98.
View of Hill Grove Church 4-3-06
Photo by Karen Singer Jabbour
View of Hill Grove Cemetery 4-3-06
Photo by Karen Singer Jabbour
View along Ridge of Hill Grove Cemetery 4-3-06
Photo by Karen Singer Jabbour
Kersey Grave 4-3-06
Photo by Karen Singer Jabbour
Sanders Graves 4-3-06
Photo by Karen Singer Jabbour
Constant Graves 4-3-06
Photo by Karen Singer Jabbour
Highbaugh Grave with White Gravel and Conch Shells 4-3-06
Photo by Karen Singer Jabbour