Lost in Dover

Dover, Kentucky is a little hamlet that lies along the Ohio River in Mason County.  I, honestly, cannot recall visiting Dover in my adult life.  However, a couple of weeks ago, I found myself driving down its lonely streets.

Dover was once a booming city with factories, farms, businesses… but now, she is partially abandoned with very little activity of any sort in sight.

You can find a lot of really interesting tidbits about the history of Dover, here at NKY Views (http://www.nkyviews.com/mason/mason_dover.htm) a really awesome site that any northern Kentuckian should really enjoy.

Apparently my Berry family relatives resided in Dover prior to the Civil War, after which they lost all of their money and left me with no inheritance.

Wikipedia describes Dover as a 6th Class City, I’m not even sure what that means, but it doesn’t sound flattering at all.

Tornados seem to have had quite a penchant for the little town, leaving much of it lying in waste in 1968; I suppose that was the beginning of the end for the town.

There are 4 cemeteries in Dover, that I saw, but I only visited two of them, and am only including photos from one… the abandoned one.  It is situated along KY Route #8 at its intersection with 1235. It is possibly the Pioneer Cemetery.  It’s sad that the little cemetery sits all alone and unloved, there are some impressive stones there.

Without further ado,  I give you Dover, Kentucky.







Dover’s beautiful Ohio River view…

The Pioneer Cemetery…






~ by trippybeth on October 14, 2013.

5 Responses to “Lost in Dover”

  1. Looks like an interesting place to wander around in. I was thinking that abandoned wooden structures are a lot scarier than industrial sites due to rotting floor boards. Enjoyed the post!

  2. Such a beautiful and sadly abandoned little town.
    I believe the close-up inscribed tombstone you photographed is that of Archibald Alexander. According to newspaper archives: “Archibald J. Alexander, a well known citizen
    of Dover, committed suicide on Friday last by shooting
    himself through the heart with the largest sized
    pistol ball. He had been sick and paralyzed for many
    years. The deceased was about fifty years of age, and
    left a wife and one child.”

  3. Thank you.
    My roots are many miles away from where I live so I am grateful to others who have taken the time to photograph, transcribe, and research historical information. The power of the internet is an amazing thing!

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