Replacing Squire Boone Memorial Headstone
Sometime in 2004, the government-supplied headstone that marks Squire Boone’s grave became cracked. Because it was made of marble, a fairly soft stone, it could not stand up to the elements within the cave. The staff at Squire Boone Village repaired it the best they could, but the break was still visible.
In 2011, Bill Scott, of Scott Funeral Homes in Southern Indiana, visited the caverns and noticed the damage. He felt Mr. Boone should have a gravestone befitting his status as a war hero and an important figure in our nation’s history. Drawing on his experience in the funeral business, Mr. Scott took it upon himself to arrange for a replacement headstone. After extensive research, which included many dead-ends, his perseverance was finally rewarded when the Veterans Administration provided a new, more durable stone made of granite. The headstone was installed in April 2012, followed by a public memorial service on June 9. Our thanks to Bill Scott for his kindness and generosity.
Squire Boone's Coffin with old headstone
Carving out groove for the new headstone
Setting the mold for the new headstone
The old headstone and the new one
Bringing the new headstone into the cave
Putting in the new headstone