Touted in many circles as one of Kentucky’s best kept secrets, those who live and work in Henry County have discovered the abundant land, an excellent quality of life, a relatively low cost of living, as well as the convenience of a metropolitan area close by.
With a population of about 16,000, Henry County is just minutes from major cities to the southwest and northeast. Established in 1798 and named for Patrick Henry, the 291 square miles that make up the county is divided into many small towns and communities, all of which have distinct personalities.
Sitting in the middle of the “Golden Triangle” of Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati, Henry County offers companies and businesses the perfect location to reach markets easily. With Interstate 71, the CSX Railroad and the Kentucky River as major transportation corridors, the county is rich in opportunity for economic development and poised for growth. Agriculture still serves as one of the county’s largest industries.
Fostered primarily out of a need to diversify from the county’s major cash crop, tobacco, many farmers in the area have resorted to alternative sources of revenue generated from their farms. One of the most well-known and successful ventures to date is the recent opening of Smith-Berry Winery and Art Gallery. The Winery hopes to be a forerunner in the county’s growing tourism market.
Antique shops, home-cooking restaurants and an abundance of talented local artisans and craftspeople attract many visitors to the county. Annual festivals and craft shows showcase the products of Henry Countians from locally produced honey and jams to handmade brooms, painted gourds, primitive artworks and homespun and knitted wool items.
Capitalizing on the raw beauty and plentitude of the country, Henry County plays hosts to outdoorsman seeking opportunities to fish and hunt. The Kentucky River, flowing through the county on its way to the Ohio River, joins with Lake Jericho Recreational Area in providing fishermen with ample opportunity to catch their limits. Deer, turkey, rabbit, squirrel and game birds make elusive targets for hunters. Other recreation opportunities include: golfing, swimming tennis, softball, soccer and school sports.
Two school systems educate children in Henry County. The larger public school system consists of three elementary schools, one middle school and a high school. Enrollment in the Henry County Public School System totals 2200, while enrollment in the smaller independent district in Eminence is close to 600. Both school systems, while very different in size and style, offer top quality educational opportunities for every child in the county.
Close enough to town to provide convenience, but far enough away to be out in the country, Henry County has the best of both worlds. Simple lifestyles, rural fields, quaint towns, breathtaking scenery provide a backdrop for a time and place where things slow down a bit. “Follow the backroads” is not just an expression in Henry County, it’s an open invitation.
Preservation of historical character throughout the county's small towns and hamlets is an important project. Two cities in Henry County, New Castle and Eminence, have been named Silver Renaissance cities and Main Street cities.
Abbie Nelson sits at the ready for customers to approach her family farm's vegetable and fruit stand at a county Farmer's Market. Held throughout the summer, Farmer's Markets offer fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers to locals and out-of-town visitors alike.
Children play old-fashioned games like the three-legged race at many festivals, including the annual Historic Drennon Days Storytelling and Crafts festival.
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