Jessamine County, KY

Jessamine County History

Jessamine County Kentucky was founded by Revolutionary War veterans in December 1798. According to the census in 2010 it has a population of 48,586. Its County seat is located in Nicholasville which has a population of 28,015. Mayor Pete Sutherland is the head of five-member City Commission, that holds all legislative, executive and administrative duties and powers of the city.

There is only one other city within the borders of Jessamine County which is called Wilmore. Founded in 1779, this city has a population of 6,134 and Harold Rainwater, the longest-serving mayor in Kentucky, is the governing mayor along with five City Council members.

Jessamine County Service Areas
Nicholasville Wilmore


Jessamine County Schools serves the entire county and is the only K-12 standard school in the county. As institutions of higher education, there are the Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary, both of which are located in Wilmore.


According to a study done in 2009, the median household income is $46,940. Known major businesses around the are Alltech animal nutrition and health products, and R.J. Corman Railroad Group, both having global headquarters in Nicholasville and approximately 300 employees under their service each. The closest metropolitan area to Jessamine County in Lexington, which is about 15 minutes northeast of Jessamine County.


There are approximately four hotels in the Jessamine County that travelers can make use of, best of which appears to be Homeplace Bed & Breakfast that is located at 206 S Lexington Avenue, with a cozy interior and a calming surrounding.


There are five historical landmarks in Jessamine County which are the Boone Tunnel, Veterans Oak, Old Schoolhouse Oak, Old Camp Nelson Bridge and Kentucky River Lock and Dam 7. Among these five Veterans Oak seems to be one of the more intriguing ones as the sheer size of the oak are an astounding sight and a must for every traveler to see.