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Amazon expansion forces Boone County residents, living and dead, to find new homes

Posted at 12:23 AM, Jan 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 11:09:09-05

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the Boone County Historical Society would facilitate the graves' transfer. WCPO regrets this error.

HEBRON, Ky. -- Lisa Vittitoe believes that Amazon's expansion in Northern Kentucky will be a good thing for Boone County, she said Monday night. But will be a painful thing for her.

The 210-acre parcel of land onto which the retail giant plans to construct a new cargo hub includes the farm Vittitoe calls home and the cemetery that holds generations of one local family.

The Boone County Fiscal Court voted unanimously Tuesday to relocate the William Aylor Family Cemetery; the Aylors supported the decision.

Both the living and the dead will need to find new homes.

"I just hate to see it go," Vittitoe said. "It's the family farm, and it's been here forever. It's just hard to do, and I don't know where I'm going to go."

K&V Cultural Resource Management will move the cemetery, one of many small family cemeteries constructed on private land in the 19th century, to Hebron Lutheran Church at Amazon's expense. 

Betsy Conrad, the historical society's president, said the "faithful Aylor" family is a well-known one in county history. Although a large number of family cemeteries were abandoned long ago, the identities of their occupants lost to time, Aylor descendants will have the benefit of documentation to find their ancestors in their new resting place.

For residents of that land who are still breathing, however, the question of a new home remains unanswered.

"There's not much land left," Vittitoe said. "I hate to go to a subdivision, but it looks like I'm going to have to."