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Nicholasville to celebrate its 210th birthday

NICHOLASVILLE — The city of Nicholasville will celebrate its 210th birthday on Tuesday with a public event.

The Founders Day Celebration will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the Jessamine Chamber of Commerce, 508 North Main Street.

Birthday cake will be served and there will be a pictorial display of more than 100 photographs showing Nicholasville through the years.

The celebration is open to the public.

Historical accounts say Nicholasville was laid out on Sept. 16, 1798 so that the main roads led to Lexington, Danville and Harrodsburg.

The Rev. John Metcalf, a Methodist preacher, named the town in honor of Gen. George Nicholas, a prominent attorney who was instrumental in drafting the Kentucky Constitution.

The city received its first charter in 1812 and it was incorporated in 1837.

The most recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau estimate that Nicholasville's population in 2007 was 25,854, making it the 12th largest city in Kentucky.