Frankfort, Kentucky's State Capital, is located in Franklin County
northwest of Lexington
. It lies along U.S. Highway 127 on the banks of the Kentucky River. The river divides Frankfort into north and south sections. The north side includes the older residential section and the Old Capitol. The New Capitol and the Executive Mansion stand in the southern section. Frankfort is often called the Bluegrass Capital due to its central location in the Bluegrass region.
In 1751, the area was explored by English adventurers. Settlement commenced in the 1780s. The name is believed to derive from Stephen Frank, a settler killed at what would be known as Frank's Ford. The town was established in 1786 as Frankfort, Va., and became the capital of the new state of Kentucky in 1792. The Frankfort post office opened in 1794.
Frankfort's population is 27,741, an increase of about 1,773 since 1990. The city is known for its whiskey distilling industry. Kentucky State University is located here.
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Adelias Bakery and Cafe |
History Kentucky History Center | Kentucky Military History Museum | Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial | Old State Capitol | State Capitol Building |
Wildlife Viewing Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary | Kentucky Wildlife Center |
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12/13 Coming to The area
Clay Alliance Spring Pottery Fair Cincinnati OH May4 The Clay Alliance Spring Pottery Fair is a combination of nearly 50 local clay artisans who exhibits and sells their unique ceramic creations.
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Lotus World Music and Arts Festival Bloomington IN May10 The annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival celebrates the diversity, beauty, and joy of music and arts from cultures around the world.
Stucky Music Festival Park City KY May17-18 It is a hard economic time and Stucky Musical Festival would like to remain a low cost event that gives both musicians and local companies a place to promote themselves, as well as sell their merchandise. Proceeds will go to growing this festival so that it can continue on and to a local charity that helps children have opportunity to participate in music and art.
CincItalia the Cincinnati Italian Festival Cincinnati OH May17-19 Come early and be dazzled by CincItalia's Italian Auto Show and enriched by our traditional Italian Statue Procession.
Kentucky Sheep and Wool Festival Lexington KY May18-19 A family friendly Festival for young and old alike, the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival has not only a wonderful selection of Fiber and Sheep related vendors, but also Educational Demonstrations, Irish Dancers, Live Music, a Tractor Show, Live Animals and much more.