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Kentucky was originally part of Virginia and was known as the "Kentucky County" until it became a separate state in 1792.
Harrison County, located in northern Kentucky, has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1793. The county was named after Colonel Benjamin Harrison, a prominent figure in the American Revolutionary War. Originally inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Shawnee and Cherokee, European settlers began to explore the area in the late 18th century.

The county played a significant role in the development of Kentucky as a state. In the early 1800s, Harrison County saw a boom in agriculture, particularly in the production of tobacco, corn, and hemp. The fertile land and favorable climate allowed farmers to thrive, leading to increased economic activity.

During the Civil War, Harrison County was divided between Union and Confederate sympathizers. The county witnessed several skirmishes and raids, but ultimately, the majority of its residents remained loyal to the Union. After the war, the county experienced a period of reconstruction and rebuilding.

In the 20th century, Harrison County continued its agricultural focus but also embraced industrial development. The establishment of manufacturing plants and the expansion of trade routes contributed to the county's growth and prosperity. Today, Harrison County remains a vibrant community, preserving its historical landmarks and hosting various events and festivals that celebrate its past.

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

  • 1793 - Harrison County is established on December 21.
  • 1803 - Cynthiana is established as the county seat.
  • 1816 - The first courthouse is built in Cynthiana.
  • 1864 - During the Civil War, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan leads raids through the county.
  • 1884 - A tornado strikes Cynthiana, causing extensive damage.
  • 1890 - The Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library is established.
  • 1910 - The first electric streetcar is introduced in Cynthiana.
  • 1929 - A fire destroys the courthouse, and a new one is built the following year.
  • 1942 - During World War II, the Cynthiana Army Airfield is established.
  • 1955 - The Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum is founded.
  • 1997 - A flood causes significant damage to Cynthiana and surrounding areas.
  • 2010 - Harrison County celebrates its bicentennial.