Two of the county's most historic cemeteries are easily accessible by car: the Garrard Cemetery, off Paces Creek Road at Garrard; and the John D. and Sarah White cemetery just off KY 80 near Goose Rock. In the photo at right we see the gravestone of Laura R. White, daughter of John D. and Sarah. Laura distinguished herself in the 1870s in a number of ways, including being in the first women's graduating class of the University of Michigan, by studying architecture and surveying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and at the Sorbonne, in Paris France. Though she traveled extensively in Europe and the United States, and was on the cutting edge of the women's movement in the United States, she returned to the family home at Goose Rock to oversee the White family businesses after her father's death in 1875. Her father, Daughtery, was the son of pioneer Clay County settler and salt maker Hugh White. Daughtery, born in 1812, went on to become a prominent salt maker himself, and was one of the most powerful men in Clay County througout his adult life. His son, John D., was a two-term U. S. Congressman, who delighted in expressing his contrary opinions in Washington, and who was roundly lampooned by the New York Times in several front page articles for doing so. Like his sister, Laura, John D. traveled widely in Europe and he was as comfortable there as he was in Boston Society, where he married the daughter of a prominent U. S. Congressman from Massachusetts. Yet John D., too, chose to make Clay County his home. His grave is in the small cemetery along with his Boston Society wife, Ann, and his parents Daughtery and Sarah, who was a member of a prominent Bluegrass family before marrying Daugh and moving to Goose Rock.
Daughtery's parents, Hugh and Catherine White, are buried in the larger White cemetery across the ridge, just off KY 11 near Garrard. That cemetery, the more historic of the two, actually, is not listed on the points of interest tour because you cannot drive close enough to it to visit.
Perhaps the most historic cemetery of all is the Garrard Cemetery, shown in the above photo. It is the final resting place of the families of Colonel Daniel Garrard and his extended family, including his famous son, Brigadier General Theopolis Toulman Garrard, hero of the battles of Perryville and Vicksburg in the Civil War, and the most prominent citizen of Clay County during his long life. The year T. T. was born, Daniel Garrard, who came to Clay County to get into the salt business in 1806, raised a company of men in Manchester and marched off with them to fight the British and Indians in the War of 1812. When his son, T. T., came of age, he raised a company of men and marched off to fight in Mexico during the Mexican American War in 1848. T. T. and his group of mountain soldiers, many or most of them from Clay County, distinguished themselves time and again during the brutal Civil War. T. T.'s image was tarnished toward the end of his life by being the leader of one of the factions in the nationally infamous Baker-Howard feud, sometimes known as the White-Garrard feuds.
The wives and many of the children of these powerful Garrard men, many of them historically prominent in their own right, are buried at the cemetery along with many of the in-laws.
The historic Garrard and White cemeteries accessible by car