Knox County, KY
Knox County is a county located near the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,883. Its county seat is Barbourville. The county is named for General Henry Knox.
Knox County is included in the London, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Knox County is a prohibition or dry county, with the exception of the portion of the city of Corbin that lies within Knox County. The city had voted in 2006 to allow sales of alcohol by the drink in qualifying restaurants, and then approved full retail sales in 2012. It is one of the few coal-producing counties in Kentucky not to experience massive population loss.
East Main Street Bridge, Corbin, KY. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.
Knox Historical Museum, Barbourville, KY
Doctor Thomas Walker State Historic Park
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Knox County was formed on December 19, 1799, from portions of Lincoln County. It was named for Henry Knox, a general and the first United States Secretary of War.
The Civil War Battle of Barbourville was fought on September 19, 1861, between 800 Confederate soldiers from General Felix Zollicoffer’s command and 300 Union troops who attempted to defend the Union’s Camp Dick Robinson. The Union men tore up the planks on the bridge in an attempt to keep the Confederates from crossing, but the more numerous Confederates succeeded anyway. They destroyed the camp and seized the arms and equipment it contained.
The present courthouse, completed in 1964, is the fifth courthouse to serve the county.