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Kentucky was the site of many important battles during the American Civil War, including the Battle of Perryville, which was the largest battle fought in the state.
Edmonson County, Kentucky has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. The area was originally home to Native American tribes, including the Shawnee and Cherokee, who hunted and lived off the land. The first European explorers arrived in the 18th century, with John Floyd leading an expedition through the region in 1774.

The county was officially formed on January 12, 1825, when it was carved out of neighboring Grayson, Hart, and Warren counties. It was named after Captain John Edmonson, a well-respected local figure who fought and died in the War of 1812. In its early years, Edmonson County relied heavily on agriculture, with corn, tobacco, and wheat being the main crops.

During the American Civil War, Edmonson County witnessed significant divisions among its residents. While many locals supported the Confederacy, there were also Union sympathizers. The county was strategically important due to its proximity to the Green River and railroad lines. The Battle of Munfordville, a major Civil War skirmish, took place in Edmonson County in 1862. The county suffered from the war's devastations, including economic decline and loss of life.

In the following decades, Edmonson County started to recover and grow. The arrival of railroads in the late 19th century boosted trade and transportation, further stimulating the local economy. Farming continued to be a vital part of Edmonson County's way of life, but other industries, such as timber and coal, also began to thrive. Today, the county remains a predominantly rural area with a strong sense of community and a focus on preserving its rich history and natural beauty.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Edmonson County, Kentucky.

  • 1825 - Edmonson County was established on January 12.
  • 1826 - The county's first courthouse was built in Brownsville.
  • 1829 - The first county clerk was appointed.
  • 1839 - The first Masonic Lodge in the county was established.
  • 1861-1865 - Edmonson County residents served in the American Civil War.
  • 1864 - The famous Nolin ambush took place during the Civil War.
  • 1917-1918 - Many young men from the county served in World War I.
  • 1936 - Mammoth Cave National Park was established, a portion of which lies in Edmonson County.
  • 1940s-1950s - The county experienced an increase in industrial development.
  • 1973 - The current Edmonson County Courthouse was constructed in Brownsville.
  • 1987 - The Kentucky Melungeon Heritage Association was founded in the county.
  • 2010 - The population of Edmonson County was 12,161.