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.
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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.