The town of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was the birthplace of Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).
Hancock County, Kentucky has a rich history dating back to its formation in 1829. The area was originally home to Native American tribes, such as the Shawnee and Chickasaw, before European settlers arrived in the late 1700s. The county was named after John Hancock, a prominent figure in the American Revolution and the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

During the early 1800s, settlers began to establish homesteads in the area primarily for farming and agriculture. Hancock County became known for its fertile soil and abundant natural resources, attracting more settlers to the region. The county's economy thrived with the cultivation of tobacco, corn, and other crops.

In the mid-19th century, the completion of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad brought significant growth and development to Hancock County. The railroad opened up transportation opportunities, allowing goods to be easily transported in and out of the county. This led to increased trade and commerce, further fueling the local economy.

Over the years, Hancock County experienced various economic ups and downs. It saw the rise and decline of industries such as coal mining and river commerce. Despite these changes, agriculture has remained an integral part of the county's economy. Today, Hancock County continues to embrace its agricultural roots while also diversifying its economy through industries such as manufacturing and tourism. The county's rich history and natural beauty attract visitors from near and far, welcoming them to explore its charming small towns, scenic landscapes, and historical sites.

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

  • 1806: Hancock County is established as the 51st county in Kentucky
  • 1820: Leitchfield is chosen as the county seat of Hancock County
  • 1834: The first courthouse is built in Leitchfield
  • 1861-1865: Hancock County residents serve in the American Civil War
  • 1890: Hancock County's population reaches its highest point at 15,530 residents
  • 1930s: The construction of Rough River Dam creates Rough River Lake
  • 1956: Rough River Dam State Resort Park is opened
  • 1980s: The decline of the coal mining industry impacts the economy of Hancock County
  • 2005: Hancock County is hit by an F3 tornado, causing significant damage
  • 2019: The population of Hancock County is estimated to be around 8,644