Western State Hospital Cemetery
Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky
Date: July 19, 2001
Cemetery: Western State Hospital Cemetery
Street: Highway 68
Nearby: Western State Hospital
Features: Surrounded by fence, a few large trees, weeds
Land Type: Public
Weather problems: Unknown
Pollution problems: Unknown
Records location: Western State Hospital has some old records but will not release information.
Condition: Cemetery destroyed
Police report: No
Problem: Restricted access
Problem: Access denied
Problem: Disintegrating Headstones
Restoration: No work started as of yet
Contacted: WSH Officials over the years; Most recently Mr. Hayes, acting director; And a historian in the county.
This cemetery contains the bodies of patients who died while residing at Western State Hospital, which was used at one time for mental & physical ailments, currently only mental. All graves are completely unmarked. WSH reports that at one time there were wooden crosses which later burned. However, rumors are that this is untrue. The field is not marked as a cemetery. One visitor in the distant past found someone planting corn there. Now, it is just a large empty field. We wanted to put a stone in the field to acknowledge our loved one's resting place, although we do not know where his grave is exactly. But WSH would not allow this; They did agree to our erecting a stone bench instead. They will not release the names of the people buried there. We wish to erect a sign marking it as a historical cemetery, and someday with the names of the ones who are buried there. We need help to figure out how to get this information. We want to arrange a meeting with all concerned parties.
name: Laura Day-Roth