Population (2013 estimates)
Clark County: 35,613
Clark County is located in Central Kentucky. It is within 100 miles of three metropolitan cities - Lexington,KY, Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH and three international airports. Located on I-64, a major east-west interstate, we are approximately 10 miles from the major north-south route of I-75. The Mountain Parkway opens up Eastern KY areas such as Prestonsburg, Hazard and Pikeville. Regionally, we are an easy day trip (less than 400 miles) to major metropolitan areas such as St. Louis, MO, Chicago IL and Atlanta, GA.
Winchester was founded as a town in 1792, but its roots date from 1685 when Shawnee Indians inhabited the area. Clark County was named for George Rogers Clark, commander of the Great Northwest Campaign that took place in 1779-80.
There is something here for everyone...
Leeds Theatre is the Center for Arts hosting plays, local productions, and sell-out events. The Winchester Art Guild Gallery in downtown showcases many of the local artisans beautiful pieces of artwork.
The Winchester Opera House hosts many cultural events, weddings, holiday fairs, and community events.
Our Bluegrass Heritage Museum houses the many artifacts, memorabilia and history of our past. Its beautiful Romanesque Revival style architecture was built between 1893 and 1895. The museum also has a unique gift shop and hosts monthly lecture series.The Bluegrass Heritage Museum seeks to bring the history of Central Kentucky to life by collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the material culture of the region known as Bluegrass.
Clark County is the hosts of the Annual Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival which is held the weekend after Labor Day, the Beer Cheese Festival in downtown Winchester held the second weekend in June and the Scarecrow Festival in October.
During the summer, the Clark County Fair draws big crowds for livestock shows, rodeo, tractor pulls, horse shows live entertainment and much more.
Throughout the year, the Winchester Clark County Parks and Recreation Department and YMCA offer plenty of sports-related activities for people of all ages. The community has walking trails for the fitness enthusiasts or those who just love to connect with Mother Nature while taking a stroll on the many natural paths in our landscape.
Clark County’s geographic location also appeals to newcomers. Close by is Natural Bridge State Resort Park with a 54-acre lake in Daniel Boone National Forest, fishing, boating, nature trails, playgrounds, cottages, lodges and beautiful scenery.