Fayette County: Home to a university and a first lady

September 28, 2013 


Horses walked to the barn after being exercised at Keeneland Race Course. Horses are stabled and exercised year-round at Keeneland, which also hosts two racing meets and several sales throughout the year.


Population: Fayette County — 301,569

Known for: The University of Kentucky, founded in 1865 by John Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky; Keeneland racetrack, which had its first day of horse racing in 1936 and Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, a 734-acre nature sanctuary dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the Kentucky River Palisades.

Brief history: Lexington was founded in 1775, 17 years before Kentucky became a state. By 1820, it was one of the largest and wealthiest towns west of the Allegheny Mountains. So cultured was its lifestyle, our city soon gained the nickname "Athens of the West."

Don't miss: The Mary Todd Lincoln House, 578 West Main Street, is the first site restored to honor a first lady of the United States of America. Mary Todd Lincoln was born in Lexington in 1818 and married Abraham Lincoln in 1842.

Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service

Top Jobs

View All Top Jobs

Find a Home

$107,000 Lexington
4 bed, 1 full bath, 1 half bath. TENANT OCCUPIED with 1 ...

Find a Car

Search New Cars