Carroll County is settled on the Ohio River in the hills of the Ohio River Valley, mid-way between Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio. An area rich in history, the county also is one of progressive growth in industry, technology and infrastructure.

Formed in 1838 from portions of Gallatin, Trimble and Henry counties, Carroll’s county seat, Carrollton, lies on a bend of the Ohio at its confluence with the Kentucky River. Originally established in 1794 as city of Port William, Carrollton was renamed to honor Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Md., the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. The cities of Ghent, Sanders, English and Prestonville also are located in the county.

Once an area where riverboats docked to re-supply, deliver goods and allow passengers to stretch their legs, Carroll County is still an attraction for watersports enthusiasts and pleasure boaters. With great fishing and boating available on both rivers, the historic districts in Carrollton and Ghent are just beyond the boat docks, with shops, dining and historic sites dating as far back as 1790.

Blessed with fertile farmland, the agricultural industry historically has been the county’s primary economic growth factor, with strong ties to the tobacco industry. The county also boasts a growing alternative agriculture community that brings its produce and wares to sell at the Riverview Farmers Market throughout the spring, summer and fall.

But, the county has changed with the times. While still strong in agriculture, Carroll County has partnered with major industries such as North American Stainless, Dow Corning, Arkema Chemical, ArvinMeritor, Gallatin Steel, Kentucky Utilities, Ameriform Manufacturing, Nugent Sand, Steel Technologies and BPB Manufacturing to provide growth and opportunities in employment, technology, education and infrastructure.

Just to the north of Carroll County, in Sparta, is Kentucky Speedway, one of the newest state-of-the-art 1.5-mile banked tri-oval speedways in the country. The speedway has hosted NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman Truck races, the Indy Racing League and other auto-racing events, as well as concerts, outdoor sporting shows and major regional events.

In addition to its waterways, the county enjoys easy access to major overland transportation routes, including Interstate 71, the main Louisville-Cincinnati corridor, U.S. Highway 42 and Kentucky Highway 36. For local residents, travelers and visitors, there is lodging and a variety of eateries to fit the individual’s taste. General Butler State Resort Park offers fine dining, accommodations, a conference center, 9-hole golf course and other activities for the entire family. It also is host to numerous events, including the annual Kentucky Scottish Weekend in May.

The staff of The News-Democrat, the local source for news and advertising since 1868, invites you to experience and enjoy Carroll County.


The Butler-Turpin Historic House
is a museum located in Carroll
County's General Butler State Resort
Park. The Butler family is deeply
rooted in the military history of Kentucky.

Boaters drop anchor along the banks
of the Ohio River to listen to the annual
"Blues to the Point" music festival at
Point Park in Carrollton.

The Carroll County Courthouse
dominates the downtown square of
Carrollton's business district.

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