Laurel County is a county in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 58,849. Its county seat is London.
Laurel County is included in the London, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Laurel County, by-the-drink alcohol sales is permitted only in restaurants in the city of London seating at least 50 diners and deriving at least 50% of their total sales from food. Laurel County, the 80th county to be organized in Kentucky, was established by an act of the general assembly, December 21, 1825, from parts of Rockcastle, Clay, Knox and Whitley Counties. Laurel County was named from the Laurel River, noted for dense laurel thickets along its banks.
Laurel County was the location of the Battle of Wildcat Mountain, a pivotal yet little known battle during the American Civil War that kept Confederate armies from advancing on Big Hill, a major stronghold during the war.
After a fire damaged the courthouse in 1958, a new structure was completed in 1961.
The first Kentucky Fried Chicken was started in Laurel County in Colonel Harland Sanders hometown of North Corbin. Due to the history of chicken in the county,
The World Chicken Festival is celebrated every year in Laurel County, drawing crowds of up to 250,000 people over the four-day festival.