Jessamine County: Home to High Bridge, Camp Nelson and First Vineyard

September 28, 2013 

A train passed over High Bridge during the dedication of the Kentucky River Blueway Trail at High Bridge Park in Wilmore in 2011. The bridge was built in 1876.

MATT GOINS

Population: Jessamine County — 49,635; Nicholasville — 28,105

Distance from Lexington: Nicholasville is 12 miles from downtown Lexington.

Known for: First Vineyard, the site of the first commercial winery and vineyard in the U.S. Jean-Jacques Dufour's original terraces were reestablished in 2007 and a new tasting room opened August 2012.

Brief history: Originally the southern portion of Fayette County, Jessamine County was formed in 1798 and is said to be named after the Jasmine flower.

Its is home to the historic High Bridge built in 1876, was once the highest trestle in the world.

Don't miss: Camp Nelson Civil War Days, a historic recreation featuring artillery drills, cannon firing, and barrack replicas. This year the reenactment will take place Sept. 7-8.

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