Jessamine County

Jessamine County
County Offices
101 North Main Street
Nicholasville 859-885-4500

Chamber of Commerce
116 S Main Street
Nicholasville 859-887-4351

Jessamine County is part of the Lexington-Fayette, KY metropolitan area. It is home to more than 49,000 residents who live within two incorporated cities and several unincorporated communities. It is within the Inner Blue Grass region of Kentucky. This area has long been a center of farming and thoroughbred horse raising.

Residents of the county enjoy an enviable quality of life that is punctuated by the scenic beauty of the area. With rolling green hills and the Kentucky river serving as a backdrop for their lives. The county is home to abundant natural beauty of the Palisades and horse farms. It is known for the friendly small-town atmosphere and community feeling. The region is home to many community activities and has a lively local arts and music scene. This area is also known for its wine making. The legislature established a commercial wine industry in the county in the late 18th century and is home to the first commercialized vineyard ever licensed in the United States, First Vineyard. Chrisman Mill Vineyard and 1922 House Vineyards are also well know regional producers.

For those looking to enjoy the great outdoors, Jessamine county has a lot to offer. Jessamin Greek Gorge is a regional favorite, this 155-acre nature preserve is popular with hikers with a 2.5 mile trail that crosses Jessamine Creek for outstanding views. The waters of the Kentucky River play an immense role in the history of the area. The river flows through the coal-mining regions of the Cumberland Mountains all the way to the north-central Bluegrass region. It continues to play a vital role in the state’s economy and cultural identity, both past and present—even down to providing drinking water to one-sixth of the population. The river is home to every imaginable water activity from boating and fishing to hiking, biking, and picnicking on the shore. Residents enjoy every opportunity to explore the river. The Jim Beam Nature Preserve is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy and the Jim Beam Company. Positioned in Jessamine and Garrard counties, its trails wind through the Kentucky River Palisades, making its proximity ideal for birders and nature lovers. This natural-occurring gorge cuts down into the oldest rock formations exposed in the state. It is a popular area with residents looking to explore the outdoors. Golfers will find plenty of holes to play with several well known golf courses in the county. Horse lovers have no end to the amount of horse farms and equine facilities that are located in the region including the world famous Asbury University Equine Center. For those looking to shop or dine in a small town setting, Jessamine county offers them a great opportunity with the historic downtowns of Nicholasville and Wilmore awash with shop and dining experiences.

Newcomers will discover an exemplary quality of life including premier educational and healthcare resources. Public schools are known for high educational standards, above average college entrance exam scores, and the high percentage of high school graduates who pursue a higher education. Parents looking for alternative educational environments can choose from a selection of private and parochial schools, including several that have developed state championship sports teams. Jessamine County Schools provides the public education for the county. For those seeking higher education, Asbury University is a private Christian university in Wilmore, Kentucky. Although it is a nondenominational school, the college’s foundation stems from a Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. The school offers 50-plus majors across 17 departments. For an affordable start on a four-year degree or career training, nearby Lexington offers three campuses for Bluegrass Community & Technical College. Madison County is the proud home of two institutions of higher education, crowned by the rapidly growing campus for Eastern Kentucky University with an enrollment of nearly 17,000. Maintaining four branch campuses, EKU also offers more than 40 online undergraduate, certificate, graduate, and non-degree options.

Residents have access to state of the art healthcare with CHI Saint Joseph Health operating Saint Joseph Jessamine, licensed as a critical care access hospital. Resources include 24-hour emergency care, heart/vascular and general surgery, orthopedics, outpatient infusions, therapies, pulmonology, sleep center, swing bed program, women’s care, and a senior renewal center. For highly advanced care, nearby Lexington is a hub of nationally recognized health systems including UK Health, CHI Saint Joseph Health, and Baptist Health Lexington. Home to the only Level I Trauma Center for both adult and pediatric patients in Central and Eastern Kentucky, UK Chandler Hospital joins Kentucky Children’s Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital in providing Kentucky’s most advanced subspeciality care.


City Office
Located 12 miles from Lexington, Nicholasville Kentucky has a lot to offer its residents. The city serves as a logistics and commuter hub between Lexington and Nicholasville’s neighboring counties. The city and the surrounding Bluegrass region have four distinct seasons that include cool plateau breezes, moderate nights in the summer, and no prolonged periods of rain, snow, or other severe weather. People move to Nicholasville to enjoy the rural beauty of the region while enjoying the history and culture of Jessamine County. The city offers all if the small town charm that people are looking for in todays world, with all of the conveniences of the big city nearby. The city is home to a historic main street that offers residents and visitors the opportunity to sample everything the region has to offer. Unique boutiques, restaurants and locally owned businesses have something for every taste or need. The region around the city is known for its winemaking and wine lovers will find a selection of wineries to visit and enjoy. Shoppers have plenty of options with local and national retailers. Outdoor enthusiasts have a lot to choose from with the Kentucky River and all that offers, plus local and regional parks and gardens. For golfers there are several world renowned courses in the area waiting to challenge them. For animal lovers, Nicholasville is home to several equine facilities, including the Asbury University Equine Center and the Taylor Made Farm, home to thoroughbred racing horses. Residents also enjoy several annual festivals that bring the community together. The city is home to the Kentucky Wine and Vine Fest. The annual festival showcases wines from commercial vineyards and amateur winemakers from across Kentucky and the surrounding region. In 2014, it was named as the “Official Wine Festival of Kentucky” by the Kentucky General Assembly. Home choices in Nicholasville are varied and dramatic. Residents will find everything from apartment living to stately horse properties with dozens of acres of land. All of this together makes Nicholasville and amazing place to call home.

City Office
Wilmore is home to nearly 6,000 residents. It is ideally located just a short drive from Lexington. It was founded as a railroad town in 1876 with the building of the nearby historic High Bridge Railroad Bridge that spans the Kentucky River Gorge and its palisades. Wilmore is a community that has a long history in the region. This can be seen in the five National Register Historic Districts within the community, including the Hager Administration Building, the East Main Street Historic District, the Kenyon Avenue Historic District, the Lexington and Main Historic District, the Morrison-Kenyon Library, and the North Lexington Avenue Historic District. Wilmore is also home to a traditional Village Green, 32-acre Centennial Park and several neighborhood parks spread throughout the city. Wilmore is home to Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary, both of which add a unique flavor of youthfulness and international flavor to the community with their worldwide connections. The institutions maintain large campuses and are known for their academic programs, which involve participation in the Olympics and an equine program praised by Kentucky’s horse industry. Residents enjoy a high quality of life in this small city. The city is home to a bustling main street full of unique shops and diversions that let residents enjoy a quiet stroll or stop for a snack or more. Residents of this small community have a strong sense of local pride and this can be seen in their friendly nature. Annually the city hosts several events that bring the community together, including major holiday celebrations and even a soap box derby race. New residents will find everything they need close to home, and if they feel the need for something more hectic Lexington is close by.

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