Tucked away across the river from Cincinnati, on top of a hill that is cut by interstate 75 in Northern Kentucky, is a hidden gem of hope.
A Hidden Gem
Thousands of people drive by it every day and don’t even know it’s there.
Garden of Hope Tour
The best way to tour The Garden of Hope is to set up a free tour. You can visit the site without one but you will miss out on hearing the stories of why this place is so special. You also would miss out on stepping into the buildings that have relics of history that are museum-worthy…. that you are also encouraged to touch.
The Carpenter Shop
The inside of the carpenter shop had an extremely detailed mural that took the artist 2 years to complete.
Our guide showed us tools that were hundreds of years old used in carpentry shops. It’s not every day you get to hold a piece of history that has outlived generations.She showed us each tool and how it was used and we got to hold them too.
After the carpenter shop tour, we climbed up the stairs and took in the view. Garden of Hope has offers a beautiful view of the Cincinnati skyline.
The Replica of the Garden Tomb
The Garden Tomb area is similar to what we saw on our trip to Israel in ’98. It was so cool to be at the replica of the tomb on Easter.
You need the tour to be able to go inside the tomb too.
Inside the Replica Tomb
Everything inside the tomb is built to scale like the one in Jerusalem.
Even the way the area for the feet had to made bigger because they believe that the original person that the tomb was intended for was shorter than Jesus.
Even though it’s a replica, it’s a great visual to give life to the bible stories our kids read about Easter.
There is also a small chapel you can tour with many pieces of history. The chapel can also be requested for small weddings or memorials.
Kids will enjoy to ringing the bells outside of the chapel.
Other Points of Interests
You can also view a stone from Solomon’s Temple, (as seen above) a stone from the Jordan River, and the Good Samaritan Inn.
There are stories about two miracles there….but you have to take the tour to hear them.
Check out The Garden of Hope at 699 Edgecliff St., Covington, Ky.
The Garden is open to the public year round. For information regarding directions, a guided tour, wedding or memorial service call (859) 491-1777. The tours are given by volunteers and they do also book a wedding at the site too.
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