High Bridge Historic Rail Bridge

Built in 1877, High Bridge once held the record as the tallest railroad trestle in the world.

Camp Nelson National Monument

Walk in the footsteps of thousands who fled a life of slavery and found safety within the camp.

Picturesque Towns

Strolls through quaint, historic towns with unique shopping, dining and entertainment experiences.

Horse Farms

Visit these magnificent Thoroughbreds up close and personal.

Unique Shopping

Shop trendy boutiques and artsy shops for those special gifts you can’t find anywhere else.

Vineyards

Tour the first commercial vineyard in America!

Unique Murals

See the stunning murals that brighten downtown.

Welcome To Jessamine County, Kentucky

Beauty. Charm. Adventure. Find It Here!

NICHOLASVILLE was incorporated in 1812 and is swiftly growing, ranked the 9th largest town in Kentucky by population. Here you can enjoy charcuterie, salads and specialty drinks at Luna’s Coffee, Wine and Butterfly Cafe or let your spirits soar with Jake’s Cigar Bar’s cigar and bourbon experiences, or eat and shop at Brannon Crossing, one of the hottest developments in the region. For good, wholesome family fun, catch a performance of KCAL Old Time Radio Troupe, which since 2014 has reproduced Old Time Radio episodes with a twist, and has shows year-round in downtown Nicholasville.

About 10 minutes south of town, you’ll find Camp Nelson National Monument, a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and interprets the site of the US Army supply depot and training center during the Civil War. The base played an integral role in ending slavery in Kentucky, as 10,000 formerly enslaved African American men self-emancipated by enlisting in the United States Colored Troops. They were joined by their families and other freedom seekers who sought refuge here. In addition to the visitor center, museum, and constructed barracks, there are over five miles of walking trails. Directly south of the national park site is Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

WILMORE was founded by the Cincinnati Southern Railroad as a flag stop after the building of the High Bridge trestle and has grown in size to 6,000 residents. Wilmore is home to Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary with its on-campus walking trail. It is known for its small town charm, delightful shopping and dining, and its historic Main Street District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

For a must see stop, head toward KEENE, which originated as a mill town founded in the late 1700s. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat at Dixie Cafe, and nearby is the 1922 House and Vineyards, where you can spend a great afternoon wine tasting and relaxing. Expand your adventure and visit First Vineyard, the first commercial winery in the United States or Ghost Fox Winery, a micro-winery both located in Nicholasville.

Welcome To Jessamine County, Kentucky

Beauty. Charm. Adventure.
Find It Here.

NICHOLASVILLE was incorporated in 1812 and is swiftly growing, ranked the 9th largest town in Kentucky by population. Here you can enjoy charcuterie, salads and specialty drinks at Luna’s Coffee, Wine and Butterfly Cafe or let your spirits soar with Jake’s Cigar Bar’s cigar and bourbon experiences, or eat and shop at Brannon Crossing, one of the hottest developments in the region. For good, wholesome family fun, catch a performance of KCAL Old Time Radio Troupe, which since 2014 has reproduced Old Time Radio episodes with a twist, and has shows year-round in downtown Nicholasville.

About 10 minutes south of town, you’ll find Camp Nelson National Monument, a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and interprets the site of the US Army supply depot and training center during the Civil War. The base played an integral role in ending slavery in Kentucky, as 10,000 formerly enslaved African American men self-emancipated by enlisting in the United States Colored Troops. They were joined by their families and other freedom seekers who sought refuge here. In addition to the visitor center, museum, and constructed barracks, there are over five miles of walking trails. Directly south of the national park site is Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

WILMORE was founded by the Cincinnati Southern Railroad as a flag stop after the building of the High Bridge trestle and has grown in size to 6,000 residents. Wilmore is home to Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary with its on-campus walking trail. It is known for its small town charm, delightful shopping and dining, and its historic Main Street District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

For a must see stop, head toward KEENE, which originated as a mill town founded in the late 1700s. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat at Dixie Cafe, and nearby is the 1922 House and Vineyards, where you can spend a great afternoon wine tasting and relaxing. Expand your adventure and visit First Vineyard, the first commercial winery in the United States or Ghost Fox Winery, a micro-winery both located in Nicholasville.

Things To Do

OUTDOORS

Over 15 Local Parks and 250 Acres of Trails and Outdoor Fun!

HISTORY

Walk in the footsteps of thousands who fled a life of slavery.

WINERIES

Savor local vintners’ craft award-winning wines.

HORSES

See towering Thoroughbreds up close and give them a pat on the nose!

ENTERTAINMENT

Enhance your stay with our lively local arts and music scene.

SHOPPING

Shop local for those special gifts you can’t find anywhere else.

RECREATION

Golf, hike, bike, or kayak and enjoy our abundant natural beauty.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Enjoy everything from classic car cruise-ins, to storytelling festival, to live music events.

Looking for a place to stay or a bite to eat?

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Places to Stay
Places to Stay

Pick from a range of lodging options from comfortable hotels to charming B&B's.

Places To Eat
Places To Eat

Deliciously diverse options from cafes to southern comfort to savory ethnic choices.

Upcoming Events

See what's coming soon.

12 Jul
160th Anniversary of Camp Nelson
Date Friday July 12th, 2024 7:00 PM - Sunday July 14th, 2024 4:00 PM
In 1864, the US Army authorized the recruitment, enlistment,...
12 Jul
KCAL "Summer Shenanigans" Old Time Radio Show
Friday July 12th, 2024 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
KCAL Old Time Radio Troupe recreates old time radio shows the...
13 Jul
Wilmore Farmers Market
Saturday July 13th, 2024 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Shop fresh and shop local at the Jessamine County Farmers’...

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