Sundial: 1040
State/Province:  Kentucky Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Armillary Sphere Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 38° 14.633’ N  85° 42.604’ W
  • Cave Hill Cemetery
    701 Baxter Avenue
    Louisville, Kentucky 40204
    Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM, 7 days a week
    Maps are available online and at the entrances to the cemetery
    Within the cemetery, the plot is in Section 31, Lot 32

  • This bronze armillary’s equatorial ring is 1.25 inches wide and 16.25 inches in diameter. The inside of the ring has Roman numerals denoting the hours from 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The outside of the ring is decorated with dogwood blossoms, a traditional Christian symbol of resurrection. The serrated meridian band is 1.25 inches wide and it has an outside diameter of 18 inches. The small horizontal band is 0.5 inches wide. The arrow is 29.5 inches long. It points in a westerly direction, meaning the dial is decorative but not useful for telling time.

    The armillary sphere is mounted on a 12 inch abacus which sits atop an ornamental round marble column 42 inches tall. The base is 20 inches in diameter and rests on a plinth 8.5 inches and beneath is a large octagonal stone platform.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Schlegel Family
  • Inscribed on the plinth with the family name:
  • Designer: unknown
  • Builder: unknown
  • Construction Date: circa 1984
  • The dial marks the family plot of Leland D. Schlegel, Sr. (1903-1984), a local industrialist and a director of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The cemetery’s files do not have any information about who designed or constructed the dial.

Last Revised: 2022-01-08 12:37